Back to the AfroFuture

When the Black Panther movie was announced it sparked renewed interest in Afrofuturism. What is it? What are its characteristics? Is the Black Panther even a good example of Afrofuturism? Like all of the great debates of our time, the debate about Afrofuturism happened on social media: on the Elysian plane of reason and measured rhetoric that […]

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Wakanda Forever

What is a utopia? What do you imagine? Do you imagine moving sidewalks and flying cars, teleportation machines, world peace? Utopia, defined by Sir Thomas Moore in his book Utopia (1516), is an imaginary place, an ideal state, a visionary system. In 1966, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby imagined a utopia, an idea of an Africa untouched […]

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Letters to a King

On April 16, 1963 Martin Luther King sat in a Birmingham jail and wrote a letter. In it, he defended to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference his “untimely and unwise” present activities in the city of Birmingham, Alabama. Why Birmingham? “Because injustice is here,” he said. Why protest? “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice […]

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