Book of the Week: 08/13 - 08/19

 

AFROFUTURISM: The World of Black Sci-fi and Fantasy Culture

By: Ytasha L. Womack

In this hip, accessible primer to the music and art of Afrofuturism, author Ytasha Womack introduces readers to the burgeoning community of artists creating Afrofuturist works, the innovators from the past, and the wide range of subjects they explore. From the sci-fi literature of Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler and N.K. Jemisin to the musical cosmos of Sun Ra, George Clinton and Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, to the visual and multimedia artists inspired by African Dogon myths and Egyptian deities, the book's topics range from the "alien" experience of blacks in America to the "wake up" cry that peppers sci-fi literature, sermons and activism. With a twofold aim to entertain and enlighten, Afrofuturists strive to break down racial, ethnic and social limitations to empower and free individuals to be themselves. 

YTASHA WOMACK is an author, filmmaker, dancer and futurist. Her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy explores black sci fi culture, bleeks, black comix, and the legacy of futurism. The book is a 2014 Locus Award Finalist in the nonfiction category. Her book Rayla 2212 is a sci fi/ Afrofuturist novel that follows Rayla Illmatic's travels through space and time. The book inspired the Race in Space Conference at Duke University October 2013 and debuted at the 2014 Chicago Comic Con.

Ytasha is also author of the critically acclaimed book Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity and 2212: Book of Rayla. She is also the coeditor of the hip hop anthology Beats, Rhyme & Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop. Her films include Love Shorts (writer/producer) and The Engagement (director). Ytasha is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and studied media management at Columbia College in Chicago.