Being "radical" has little to do with burning buildings or upending police vehicles. Being an AFROFuturist is more than fanciful music and art.
Being Radical means acting out for positive change against a stagnant reality. AFROFuturism is a cultural movement to improve society by offering visions of a brighter future.
"Eleven fictional stories imagine different visions of the future of digital in Africa. They call on policymakers and technologists to stretch their focus beyond questions of personal privacy and identity and consider collective data as a public good used to inform better decision making and benefit the communities who generate it." -- African FuturesTake a Look!
NEF Africa Science Week features a series of events to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in various cities of participating countries. A. variety of challenges exist to bring technology and science to everyone around the world.Visit Website
Qyanan M. Steward reveals that, "Congressional legislation repeats U.S. errors of the past in excluding Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from being consulted as thought-leaders when it comes to making national science and technology research policy and participating in and receiving funding for such research. . . " However, the CHIPS and Science Act may open more opportunities to HBCUs and their students.Read Full Commentary
“Radical AFROFuturism” is a spinoff of the more popular known AFROFuturism sci-fi genre. Black History Month which relies on Afrofuturism to keep it relevant is more than Harriet, Frederick, and Martin -- heroic people who should be honored and hoisted. However, lesser-acknowledged names such as Sutton, George, Pauline, Leslie, Martin (D), Thomas, and Charles must be considered. These individuals were “Radical AFROFuturists” during their lifetimes. They pushed beyond existing norms to better the situations of people of color in America despite oppressive laws and political dystopia. They should be considered extreme radicals who had dreams of a brighter future.
Sutton E Griggs proposed a separate American African state in the 19th century. George Schuyler empowered Africans with futuristic ray guns and airships conquering Europe to free colonial Africa. Pauline Hopkins penned a fantastic Ethiopian civilization decades preceding Black Panther’s Wakanda. L. A. Banks brought urban Black Vampire slaying into hip hop focus. Martin Delany was a Union soldier, Black nationalist, abolitionist, writer, kick-ass fighter who chose a difficult, dangerous path before the American Civil War. Thomas Mofolo described the original, vicious Zulu king who bewildered and embarrassed the British Empire during its global heyday. Charles Chesnett crossed critical racial boundaries to give us amazing, astounding tales about the Antebellum South.
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