Future Tense at Slate and New America: Afrofuturism’s Reimagined Tomorrows

Since the release of Marvel’s Black Panther in 2018, Afrofuturism has become an almost household term: a powerful way to celebrate Black creativity and explore its political effects. But there’s much more to the Afrofuturist tradition than superheroes and kings, and it extends beyond film into literature, music, dance, and fashion—and even politics.

In a moment defined by the growing awareness and rejection of the systemic racism highlighted by the disparate impact of the pandemic and the killings of Black citizens by law enforcement, the project of imagining a future where Black people are surviving, thriving, and leading technological and social change is more urgent than ever. Black Lives Matter, and so do Black futures—to all of our futures.

Fabrice Guerrier joined Dr. Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, SAMMUS Rap Artist to discuss Afrofuturism as a movement, it’s significance for our evolving times and our shared collective futures. The conversation was moderated by Ytasha Womack, Author, Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture.

TEDxFSU: Gone are the days of the lone Genius

“Our communities, our democracies, how we do business, our activism, how we connect to the environment and our entire planet, how we teach our children, we have to re-imagine it all.”

Fabrice Guerrier gave a keynote talk at Florida State University TEDxTalk on how creativity will define the future in the fourth industrial revolution happening on the planet currently.