Afrofuturism

Culture

Solange Reviving BlackPlanet Is a Nod to OG Black Twitter

The 1999 site was futuristic for its time, birthed black Twitter, and influenced the rest of the web too.
Taylor Hosking
3.1.19
Browsing Black History

Afrofuturism: The Radical Genre Imagining a Future for Black People

Afrofuturism imagines alternative possibilities for Black people through works grounded in the harsh realities of present day. Could their creations help inspire better real-world futures?
Tajja Isen
2.12.19
Culture

The Moments That Defined 2018's Surge in Afrofuturism

'Black Panther' reignited a longstanding cultural tradition celebrating sci fi, technology, Africa, and the power of blackness in art.
Taylor Hosking
12.28.18
The Dystopia and Utopia Issue

Rethinking the System: Five Experts Imagine a Better Future

From the #MeToo movement to Afrofuturism, writers, documentarians, and other authorities offer their vision of a more utopian future.
E.J. Graff
George Turner
Astra Taylor
Ngozi Erondu
Reynaldo Anderson
4.9.18
Black Women Making History

This Neuroscientist Uses Art to Fight Hate

Hyphen-Labs' Ashley Baccus-Clark co-created a VR project that puts users into the body of a black woman.
Amirah Mercer
2.26.18
Black Women Making History

Meet the Woman Behind the African Utopia in 'Black Panther'

Production designer Hannah Beachler built Wakanda as an Afrofuturist dream world.
Gabrielle Bruney
2.16.18
POP CULTURE

‘Black Mirror’ Is Obsessed with Black Suffering

"Black Museum" is perhaps the first episode to address race head-on. But does it do it justice?
Lindsey Addawoo
1.8.18
Afrofuturism

Exploring the Future of Astro-Blackness

Talking African metaphysics and the next wave of Afrofuturism with Dr. Reynaldo Anderson.
Seth Ferranti
10.18.17
The VICE Guide to Right Now

The New 'Black Panther' Trailer Kicks Ass in an Afrofuturist Paradise

The first trailer follows the Marvel superhero's origin story and his fight for the throne.
Beckett Mufson
10.16.17
PROFILES

Shabazz Palaces Are Ready to Take You to the Wildest Place in Space

Ishmael Butler discusses "expanding the now" on two new albums, 'Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines' and 'Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star.'
Mike Ramos
7.12.17
Premieres

Philly Producers Moor Mother and Mental Jewelry Team Up on 'Crime Waves'

Stream the often dreamy, sometimes nightmarish new collaboration, out digitally and on vinyl June 16 via Don Giovanni.
Kim Kelly
6.13.17
immersive theater

Immersive Theater Show Takes Afrofuturism to Outer Space

An explorer living in an advanced civilization discovers a signal coming from an alien world in 'The Last Blues Song of a Lost Afronaut.' What she discovers is a a type of extraterrestrial she’s never come across before: a white woman.
Kevin Holmes
5.26.17
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