Afrofuturism: An invitation to dance, or a provocation to insurgency?

by Emma Dabiri I put all things about Ancient Egypt out of my head since they failed. I’m thinking about the future of Black Egypt, which is outside the realm of history. So what I’m talking about is the myth, and nothing that has ever been, is part of what I’m talking about. Black folks… Read More

Black Lives Matter: International Decade for People of African Descent

by Patrick Vernon  With the ongoing state police killing of black youth, men and women in the USA; Ebola, climate change, and Islamic led terrorism in Africa; fragile economies of the Caribbean; and growing health, economic and political social inequality in the UK and mainland Europe we are starting to feel like an endangered species!!!… Read More

“I belong deeply to myself” by Somali Art

by Somali Art I make art that is influenced by Somali culture and history. The horn of Africa is a historical gateway between Africa and Asia. Somali culture is rich in influences including other African cultures, Persian, Ottoman, Arab and Indian culture. Since the Somali civil war the arts scene in the Somali community has… Read More

Inside Afrofuturism: This movement is not for co-opting

Afrofuturism is a topic that we have addressed on numerous occasions on Media Diversified. Now, it makes its way to the BFI. Film critic, journalist, and film programmer, Ashley Clark has curated Inside Afrofuturism; a short season of movies, brought together under the afrofuturism rubric. I spoke with him about his inspiration for the programme,… Read More

Video Games’ Afrofuturism Frontier

by Jordan Minor There has been a lot of talk lately about the need for video games and gaming culture to diversify. But there are many different ways to do this, and without clear directions, an ultimatum could just paralyze an industry already timid about widening its representation. That is why I would like to… Read More

Birth of a Planet

by Ytasha L. Womack This story is a prequel to the Rayla 2212 series and explores the early years of a new colony turned independent on Planet Hope, the first Earth colony beyond the solar system. This story is part of the Race in Space Conference initiative first launched at Duke University with Ytasha L. Womack… Read More

“Popular culture” is no longer a “marketplace of ideas.” It’s a cartel.

An Exclusive interview with Bill Campbell by Micah Yongo How did your interest in science fiction begin? It was in college and, like so many things in college, it was because of a woman. A friend of mine who knew I’d wanted to be a writer and knew my “left of center” tastes gave me… Read More

Dieselpunk: Myth and Metaphor

Editors note: Dieselpunk is shorthand to describe a fantasy society with an industrial level of development, informed by Cyberpunk sensibilities, The dieselpunk narrative is characterized by conflict vs the undefeatable (nature, society, cosmic), strong use of technology, and Grey and Gray Morality. The protagonists are often Heroic Neutral and have low social status. Black Empire:… Read More

Where are the Black Women in Science Fiction?

by Chardine Taylor-Stone The visibility of Black women in Speculative fiction may be small but it is memorable. High profile Black female characters that have appeared before us on screen sometimes saving the world and putting the universe to rights include Uhura (Star Trek), Storm (X-men), Zoe Washburne (Firefly), Anastasia Dualla (Battlestar Galactica) and most… Read More

What is Afrofuturism?

by Micah Yongo You need only cast a quick glance over the considerable career of someone like Isaac Asimov to note the prescient, directive power of science-fiction. The man who coined both the word and idea of robotics in his classic I, Robot and, in his 1964 article, Visit to the World’s Fair of 2014,… Read More