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Afrofuturism: Background Information

Afrofuturist Timeline

Here is a great timeline that highlights some major contributors to the Afrofuturism movement.

**Do not think that this site lists the definitive list of Afrofuturists.

Afrofuturism Timeline

What is Afrofuturism?

Afrofuturism is a term that emerged in the mid 90s, coined by cultural critic Mark Dery who affixed the term to the growing artistic movement and critiques that followed narratives of people of African descent in a sci-fi, futuristic treaties. Afrofuturists seek to inspire and forge a stronger self-identity and respect for humanity by encouraging enthusiasts to reexamine their environments and re-imagine the future in a cross cultural context.

The aesthetic includes the music, visual art, literature, film, critical essays and other mediums dedicated to futuristic explorations primarily through the arts.  Works range in theme and story lines but they are typically characterized by compelling insights, both cosmetic and analytical into black identity in the Americas, Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa and beyond. 

the full article by Ytasha Womack

Selected Websites

Here a some basic websites and blogs that deal with notions of Afrofuturism in art, scholaship, music and other formats.

Musings of a Renegade Futurist

Aker: Futuristically Ancient

Afrofuturist Affair