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Afrofuturism by Nat'l Mus Afr Am Hist Culture
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Feb 06, 2024 | ISBN 9781588347718

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“This fascinating, eye-popping collection of essays and imagery […] displays the range of art, literature, and music that defines the Afrofuturist aesthetic.”

“This stunning collection conveys the range, creativity, and dynamism of Afrofuturism and demonstrates its profound impact on popular culture. […] Bursting with bold, captivating images and smart criticism, this is an inspiring tribute to a revolutionary way of looking at the world.”

“The narrative that Blacks don’t exist in the future is a story told by other people. And as others try to recraft history for their own comfort, we must continue to be the keepers of our own image. Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures is us speaking our own truth: we’ve been here and will continue to be.”

Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures is quite the achievement—an accessible text that educates readers on the past, present, and future of the Afrofuturist movement. […] a much-needed educational resource and a rallying cry for the public to recognize Afrofuturism as both an aesthetic movement and a way of seeing the world.”


“At a time where space travel is now literal and seems to have billionaire status as a prerequisite, this book proves that Black people have been beyond time and space and bent them to our liking to return over the course of many generations and lifetimes to write, sing, and shout about it. Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures is a definitive assertion that we will continue to do so.”

“When Sun Ra said ‘Space is the Place,’ he was referring to both outer and inner space, the place where the mind escapes the body and soars out in search of love and meaning. This book renders that outer/inner space in tangible form, encapsulating generations of words, sounds, and images that define Afrofuturism.” — Nelson George, filmmaker and author of The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture and Style

Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures is a visually stunning and profoundly informative work that offers insight into the definition and practice of Afrofuturism. Its contemporary voices provide depth and clarity for readers searching to understand this complex subject. Filled with enlightening essays, insightful profiles, and archival materials that evoke the transformative vision linked to Afrofuturism, the book presents revealing intersections that illustrate how progressive Black visions shaped past actions, articulate present-day concerns, and offer potentially better futures.” — Julian Chambliss, curator, Beyond the Black Panther: Visions of Afrofuturism in American Comics exhibition

“Between these covers, you will find a variety of perspectives on Afrofuturism—its roots and origins as well as its journey through the past and present and on through the future—using words, sounds (evoked), and visuals from dyed-in-the-wool Afrofuturists along with scholars, historians, and artists. Whether you are new to Afrofuturism, a futurist, or some space in between, Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures will teach, inspire, and compel. I encourage you to savor this four-course meal of a book.” — LaWana Richmond, cofounder and organizer of Afrofuturism Lounge and founder of AfroCon

Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures is easily one of the best texts ever produced on the topic. It provides a tour through the history, anatomy, and imagination of this great movement. The work is scholarly, rhythmic, and artful and offers us the opportunity to engage Afrofuturism’s rich history in all its forms through its many influences and progenitors. A welcome addition to every collection!” — C. Brandon Ogbunu, technologist and computational biologist at Yale University

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