In the West, we’re all accustomed to widespread ideas about the future. Flying cars, robots, extraterrestrial travel, and although these ideas are far-flung and imaginative, how inclusive and diverse they are is a different question.
YouTuber Diana in Colour explains more when she says this: “visions of the future are often dictated and represented from white perspectives, in this future, there is little to no thought to what happens to people of African descent with most mainstream media portraying the future through a white lens.”
According to Vox, only 8% of the hundred top-grossing sci-fi and fantasy films had black protagonists people. That means, the future we’re presented through literature, film, music and art is blinkered, it’s one narrative chopped and changed only on the surface and not in substance.
“Afrofuturism is a literary and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, Afrocentrism and magical realism with non-western cosmologies to critique the issue facing people of colour today and also to interrogate and examine the historical events of the past”, explains Diana.
So a future, future then, one that represents black people of present and past, and uses contextual realness to inform a vision of the future, is one Heady Mix needs to show you. By removing a Western-Centric lens, Africa can be seen with enhanced clarity and accuracy.
With writers from Malawi, South Africa, Botswana, Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya, we’re connecting our readers to present, past and future Africa. Maybe one you’ve not read of before, feeding your curiosity to discover a language of hope and not of stereotype.
We’re bringing Afrofuturism to you, but its beauty is found in its imagination. And if we’ve got your attention, then so too will Ytasha L. Womack, in her video, championing imagination, embracing hope and the power of storytelling:
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So don’t be disappointed, get your Afrofuturism subscription book box today.