Black Kirby and Janelle Monae: The New Cutting Edge of Afrofuturism

Afrofuturism, the movement that puts people of African descent at the center of futuristic and science-fictional ideals, has gotten a new avatar in the form of singer Janelle Monae. But there's also a new book coming out, two new art shows, an Octavia Butler graphic novel, and much, much more. » 10/01/13 11:42am 10/01/13 11:42am

Escaping From Slave Ships To Space Ships

Spinning out of an off-hand comment at Comic-Con from Grant Morrison about how "artists tend to draw white guys," comic critic and commentator David Brothers offers up an insightful essay about what science fiction can represent with regards to black cultural identity.Considering the concept of Afro Futurism and the… » 8/08/08 12:13pm 8/08/08 12:13pm

Kanye West Lost In Space, With Only Killer Beats And Sexbot For Company

Rapper Kanye West premiered his space opera-themed Glow In The Dark tour last night in Seattle, and he may have single-handedly reinvented hip hop performance for a science fictional era. Rapping alone, in front of screens that showed whirling backgrounds of space porn, he navigated through the story of an "astronaut… » 4/17/08 4:00pm 4/17/08 4:00pm

What Do You Think About the New Afrofuturism?

Everybody is YouTubing Barack Obama's March 18 speech about racial politics partly because it was one of the most nuanced political speeches in recent memory, but also because he played the futurist card. He talked about his own racially-mixed family, and speculated about how mixed-race community and people represent… » 3/20/08 3:25pm 3/20/08 3:25pm