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Seattle @ Northwest African American Museum
Feb 27, 2014

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Building Afrotopia

BY STACEY ROBINSON
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"The work becomes a conversation about class, race, gender and appropriation."

In Building Afrotopia from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, artist Stacey Robinson illustrates how speculating black futures became paramount in his artistic practice as a response to the global displacement of Black and Indigenous people. Robinson shares recent work, beginning with his current Pan-African flag series, representing nations where Black and Indigenous populations are controlled by extreme measures. Robinson then shares works from an in-progress book, 100 Afrofuturists Practitioners, depicting people building future spaces where Black peace exists using S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art(s), and Math). Lastly, Robinson presents works inspired by the past Black Renaissance speculative Black Futures, with Afrofuturist digital collages inspired by Romare Bearden, James Denmark, Manzel Bowman, and other past and contemporary mixed media collage artists. 

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The Role of Time For Sci Fi Writers

BY MALENA CRAWFORD
@ VOL 16 ON APR 12, 2019

Malena Crawford is a novelist who writes in the science fiction genre of Afrofuturism. Afrofuturism is a term coined by Mark Dery which asks the simple question: What does blackness look like in the future? She will share the role of time in healing narratives, shifting perceptions, and creating new possibilities.

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PKN SEA vol. 51 - AfroFuturism: A Journey Through Race and Time

The February 27 PKN SEA vol. 51 AfroFuturism event at NAAM was by turns electric, moving, profound, brilliant and stunning. Click here to view presentations by Barbara Earl Thomas, Sandra Jackson Dumont, Zola Mumford, Christina Orbe, Charles Mudede, Donald Byrd, Ahamefule J. Oluo, Saheed Adejumobe, Okanomode Soulchilde and Hannah Hong Frelot.