A Good Read: Afrofuturism Is More Than Black Panther

When Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated movie Black Panther was released this past winter, a new buzzword entered mainstream parlance: afrofuturism.

The term is often used as shorthand for African-American science fiction; Wikipedia elaborates with this definition: “Afrofuturism is an emergent literary and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, Afrocentricity and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of people of colour, but also to revise, interrogate and re-examine the historical events of the past.”

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