Exploring Afrofuturism

A relatively newly-named genre I've been exploring is Afrofuturism. I stumbled into it when I discovered a book series I love is considered part of that genre. Once I heard the term, I started looking into it. Even though the phrase is newly coined, the concept is more than half a century old. Afrofuturism refers to not only book, but art, music, and films that are typically science fiction or speculative fiction but also contain Black history and culture. Think Black Panther, both the comics and the movies. Think Janelle Monáe's music and writing. I am really enjoying exploring Afrofuturism and I think you might, too.

I by far enjoy the books most, so here are some to get you started.

Afrofuturistic Novels

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More and more Afrofuturistic films are hitting the mainstream and who doesn't love Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse?

Afrofuturism at the Movies

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And for a soundtrack to accompany your exploration, check out this Spotify playlist.