June 26, 2016

"An educational and entertaining guide to sci-fi and fantasy within African American culture"

aFroFuturism: Comprising elements of the avant-garde, science fiction, cutting-edge hip-hop, black comix, and graphic novels, Afrofuturism spans both underground and mainstream pop culture. by Ytasha L. Womack

'With a twofold aim to entertain and enlighten, Afrofuturists strive to break down racial, ethnic, and all social limitations to empower and free individuals to be themselves.

'This book introduces readers to the burgeoning artists creating Afrofuturist works, the history of innovators in the past, and the wide range of subjects they explore. From the sci-fi literature of Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, and NK Jemisin to the musical cosmos of Sun Ra, George Clinton, and the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, to the visual and multimedia artists inspired by African Dogon myths and Egyptian deities, topics range from the “alien” experience of blacks in America to the “wake up” cry that peppers sci-fi literature, sermons, and activism. Interviews with rappers, composers, musicians, singers, authors, comic illustrators, painters, and DJs, as well as Afrofuturist professors, provide a firsthand look at this fascinating movement.'

JUNE 26, Talk on Afrofuturism Book Chat and Exploration of  Cosmic Identity at Blue 1647, 6-8 pm. Chat lead by Ytasha L. Womack. TechMonth Chicago Exploring the world of Black Sci-Fi fantasy and culture. 1647 S. Blue Island Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

JUNE 30 - JULY 3, CONVERGENCE, Minneapolis, US, Don't miss this popular anime con. Ytasha L. Womack is Guest of Honor and she'll be featured on several panels with book signings, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington, MN 55439. DETAILS HERE

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