Afrofuturism is a multi-media cultural genre that wields elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, and even a little magic to address both the real-world issues facing black people in the present day, and to re-examine and offer up a better way to see ourselves in the future, both in fiction and in reality.
It encompasses the world of sci-fi and fantasy culture from a black perspective, and encourages a breaking down of current, outdated, and widely accepted paradigms to promote a more fully realized and complex black experience. Afrofuturism is intersectional, and, at its heart, about representation and fighting erasure through a kind of cultural activism.
On behalf of the Afrofuturism Network (AFN), it is with great pleasure that we announce our 1st Annual Afrofuturism Network Comic Book Convention and Conference (AFNCC) occurring Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Chantilly, Virginia between 10 am and 6 pm.
In this section, we highlight the artists who are doing the necessary work to celebrate our likeness and get varied and nuanced black images in front of more and more people.
This is the Afrofuturistic version of #throwbackthursday where we highlight and celebrate past contributions to the genre and take a minute to honor those who have paved the way.