December 3, 2015

AFROFUTURISM: Imagining The Future of Black Identity

1:30pm - 3:30pm EST

Afrofuturism emphasizes the intersection of black cultures and imagination, liberation, and technology. Rooted in works like those of science fiction author Octavia Butler, avant-garde jazz legend Sun Ra, and George Clinton, Afrofuturism explores concepts of race, space and time and asks the existential question posed by critic Mark Dery: “Can a community whose past has been deliberately erased imagine possible futures?”

Will the alternative futures and realities Afrofuturism describes transform and reshape the concept of black identity? Join Future Tense for a discussion on Afrofuturism and its unique vantage on the challenges faced by African-Americans and others throughout the African diaspora.


During the event, enjoy an Afrofuturist inspired drink from 67 Orange Street. Follow the discussion online using #Afrofuturism and by following@NewAmericaNYC and @FutureTenseNow.


Michael Bennett @MGBennett
Principal Investigator, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University

Ytasha Womack @ytashawomack
Author, Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture and Post Black: How A New Generation is Redefining African American Identity

DJ and Artist

Wale Oyejide @IkireJones
Designer and Creative Director, Ikire Jones

Aisha Harris @craftingmystyle
Staff writer, Slate

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