An alternate history of Michael Jackson and the black space age

In 1985, Ebony ran this hopeful image of Michael Jackson, projecting what he would look like at the age of 40. Today it's like a wistful imagining of what might have been, if Jackson's career had taken a different turn. These pictures are just one part of a fascinating article on black retro-futurism by Rebecca O'Neal at Death and Taxes.

In it, O'Neal sifts through mid-twentieth century copies of magazines like Ebony and Jet, exploring their visions of the future for everything from fashion to politics. Here's are predictions for black space-age fashion, which O'Neal suggests might not be quite as desirable as the Michael Jackson alternate future.

An alternate history of Michael Jackson and the black space age

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