We need to imagine responsibly.
If you doubt the power of the imagination, just turn on the news. Any channel, any day.
Now, more than ever, folks need to be making conscious choices about the images we consume, create and reproduce.
Afrofuturism is a genre that invites us to honour and explore the creative accomplishments and potential of Afrixan peoples. In my view, it provides explanations of and responses to the new face of anti-Black intersectional racism North Americans currently face.
The term Afrofuturism has been attributed to Mark Dery, who coined the term in his 1994 essay “Black to the Future”. He explains:
Speculative fiction that treats African-American themes and addresses African-American concerns in the context of twentieth-century technoculture – and, more generally, African-American signification that appropriates images of technology and a prosthetically enhanced future – might, for want of a better term, be called “Afrofuturism.”
The notion of Afrofuturism gives rise to a troubling antinomy: Can a community whose past has been deliberately rubbed out, and whose energies have subsequently been consumed by the search for legible traces of its history, imagine possible futures?
– Mark Dery, Black to the Future: Interviews with Samuel R. Delany, Greg Tate, and Tricia Rose, 1994.
Before this essay and since, academics, artists, musicians, fashion designers, architects and writers have contributed to our understanding of the word. A quick internet search will connect you to worlds of cultural production that provide further explanation.
About SOULar Powered Afrofuturism Slow-Reading Group
Established on January 15, 2015, SOULar Powered Afrofuturism Reading Group is a group of individuals interested in reading speculative, fabulist, magical realist, science fiction and fantasy texts from the Afrofuturism genre.
SOULar Powered Afrofuturism Slow-Reading Group is the expression of collective choice to support the cultural re/production of images, music, film and literary works that honour the innovation, beauty and power of Afrixan peoples.
The group meets in online monthly “Circles” to discuss a pre-selected text. Circles are co-hosted by group members and are facilitated ways that invite participation from those who have read the book, and those who have not.
Our 2017 Reads
Here’s our 2017 Reading Calendar:
This year, we have also partnered with Glad Day Bookshop and Fresh Paint Cafe (Toronto) and we are looking forward to several exciting events. Stay tuned!
Come Read With Us!
If you would like to join our group, please search for us on FaceBook. We’re listed as “SOULar Powered Reading Group”.
We’re listed as “SOULar Powered Reading Group”.