Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack

By Ytasha L. Womack

Comprising parts of the avant-garde, technological know-how fiction, state of the art hip-hop, black comix, and image novels, Afrofuturism spans either underground and mainstream popular culture. With a twofold goal to entertain and enlighten, Afrofuturists attempt to collapse racial, ethnic, and all social boundaries to empower and loose participants to be themselves. This booklet introduces readers to the burgeoning artists developing Afrofuturist works, the heritage of innovators some time past, and the big variety of topics they discover. From the sci-fi literature of Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, and NK Jemisin to the musical cosmos of sunlight Ra, George Clinton, and the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, to the visible and multimedia artists encouraged by means of African Dogon myths and Egyptian deities, themes variety from the "alien" adventure of blacks in the US to the "wake up" cry that peppers sci-fi literature, sermons, and activism. Interviews with rappers, composers, musicians, singers, authors, comedian illustrators, painters, and DJs, in addition to Afrofuturist professors, offer a firsthand examine this attention-grabbing flow.

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But once we believe mathematics really is rhetoric pure and simple, metaphor becomes denotation and its foundation crumbles. The remapping of alien turf into one's own terminology can take several forms. The simplest is takeover; mathematics, in the example just given, can become recognized simply as one subdivision of rhetoric rather than as a subdivision of something different called, say, objective argument. But meaning is a two-way relation. Concept denotes content but at the same time contents define concept.

Other mechanisms lengthening the cycle usually involve interaction between multiple fractal distinctions, a topic I shall take up shortly. 26 The fractal cycle is at heart a profoundly traditional mechanism. Like any good ritual, it unites opposites. On the one hand, it generates perpetual change. Old ideas are always being thrown out. Intellectual autocracy is perpetually overthrown. On the other, it produces perpetual stability. The new ideas are always the old ideas under new labels. The new people are the old people in new roles.

Those who never believed in absolute structural determination wonder what all the fuss is about. Fractionation thus produces fractal cycles of several generations. Other mechanisms lengthening the cycle usually involve interaction between multiple fractal distinctions, a topic I shall take up shortly. 26 The fractal cycle is at heart a profoundly traditional mechanism. Like any good ritual, it unites opposites. On the one hand, it generates perpetual change. Old ideas are always being thrown out.

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