Things Fall Apart; The Attempted Hijack of the Black Writer

by JJ Bola  “All art is political, Johnson. Otherwise, it would just be decoration,” said the Earl of Oxford in Shakespeare’s Richard III.* To assume that this does not extend to the great art of literature would simply be false. Unlike visual art, which can either be used to make bold political statements or balance… 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

Black Consciousness: an intersection of theory and praxis.

by Youlendree Appasamy In a South Africa where political machinations are the modus operandi and the political actors are simplified to greedy, corrupt individuals (often for good reason), it is difficult not to think of George Orwell’s political fairy tale: Animal Farm. In response to South Africa’s ambiguous, yet ominous political landscape and the 36th… Read More