Glossary: AfroFuturism

1974 poster for "Space is the Place" starring the Legendary Sun Ra. Photo Courtesy of Getty Images

1974 poster for “Space is the Place” starring the Legendary Sun Ra. Photo Courtesy of Getty Images

What is Afrofuturism?

In 1909 Filipo Tommaso Marinetti launched the Italian Futurist movement in his Futurist Manifesto. Among its many principles, FT Marinetti and his fellow futurists sought to make people producers of their society rather than just consumers. They were obsessed with the idea of stretching the imagination, robots, technology and war. They wanted to destroy libraries, schools, museums, and all history in hopes that society would cleanse itself.

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Thinking is a Habit in David Banner’s “Walking With Gods”

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If you’ve seen any of the latter episodes of Issa Rae’s “Awkward Black Girl” you will be more than familiar with the production quality and look of David Banner’s “Walking With Gods”. He’s no Gordon Parks Jr. when it comes to directing super-fly action sequences but Banner can tell a pretty exciting visual story.  What’s sets WWG apart from the ever-growing slew of web series aimed at audiences of color is  that it’s a decent piece of Afrofuturism from the guy that made “Like a Pimp”.

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