A F R O F U T U R I S M
Traditionally many libraries honor Black History during February, but this February Highline's Libguide and library are elevating and celebrating Afrofuturism!
Afrofuturism is a cultural movement & philosophy focusing on shared interests in envisioning Black futures & Black liberation different than oppression and violence from the past and present. Afrofuturism is at "the intersection between Black culture, technology, liberation & the imagination; with some mysticism thrown in, too... It's a way of bridging the future and the past to reimagine the experience of People of Color" (Ytasha Womack, author of Afrofuturism: The world of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture).
This libguide was co-created by librarians Wadiyah Nelson & Sam Sermeno
Source: Highline College Library display, S. Sermeno, 2019
Source: Seattle Public Library, Douglass-Truth branch 2018 display, S. Sermeno
AFROPUNK: Afrofuturism tagged articles, pages of fashion, art, and politics
Both photos from AFROPUNK website articles; bottom picture from Fashion designer House of ENID.
"From psychedelic sketch shows to far-out satire, black artists are expressing the absurdity of life in a racist society by embracing the disturbing and bizarre..."
The Moments That Defined 2018's Surge in Afrofuturism (Vice Magazine)
"Black Panther' reignited a longstanding cultural tradition celebrating sci fi, technology, Africa, and the power of Blackness in art.."
Afrofuturism combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, and magic realism with Afrocentric & non-Western belief systems to tell stories that center and celebrate black people throughout time - especially in the future! These stories critique present day oppression and force readers to examine history, the present, and the future. This list was created by a librarian at The Seattle Public Library.
Free streaming videos through Films on Demand database (library/canvas login)
Free streaming videos through SWANK database (library/canvas login)
Free streaming videos through KANOPY (library/canvas login): BLACK HISTORY MONTH FILMS