Because many slaves had their his­to­ry erased by their own­ers when they were brought to Amer­i­ca from Africa cen­turies ago, Afro­fu­tur­ism emerged in 20th-Cen­tu­ry music, film, art and lit­er­a­ture and point­ed this exiled cul­ture in a new direc­tion: the future. In this view, Africans are the alien ‘oth­er’ in West­ern soci­ety, stig­ma­tized as out­casts, who must build bridges in their imag­i­na­tions to a new utopia, pos­si­bly far removed geo­graph­i­cal­ly and spir­i­tu­al­ly from the world that is mar­gin­al­iz­ing them.

BBC — Cul­ture — Janelle Mon­ae: Sci­ence fic­tion in African-Amer­i­can pop

Unex­pect­ed­ly inter­est­ing arti­cle on sci-fi influ­ences in African-Amer­i­can pop music. ATLiens, The Cold Vein and Del­tron 3030 remain favourite albums of mine but I’d nev­er con­nect­ed them under the umbrel­la of Afro­fu­tur­ism. 

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Kars Alfrink

Kars is a designer, researcher and educator focused on emerging technologies, social progress and the built environment.