Archive | afrofuturism blog series

This blog series is for Tananarive Due’s “Wakanda Bound: Introduction to Afrofuturism” course at UCLA, which I took in Spring 2018.

Parable of the Sower

To get to the future, you will need a map: the importance of vision and ideology in Parable of the Sower (and real life)

The white male founders of the United States lived in a world that was not at all one where all men were equal, or where all men had the same access to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—and for the most part, they were perfectly happy with this reality. Their idealized vision of themselves […]

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Octavia Butler cover art by John Jude Palancar

The future will set you free: themes of regression and progression in Octavia Butler’s work

Human societies are constantly struggling between the past and the future, rarely fully inhabiting the present. We see evidence of this conflict today more plainly than ever, as climate change threatens humanity’s long-term survival while U.S. politics is preoccupied with the fallout of loss of white male status. The slogans of populist politicians of today […]

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