The concept of Afro-futurism is hardly new, but it’s emerged into pop culture in a big way since the mid-2010s, envisioning a hopeful future for a tech-savvy African diaspora. How are online communities and younger generations of Americans helping to usher in this new age of Afro-visualism?
Dr. Reynaldo Anderson is an associate professor of Africology and African American Studies at Temple University and the executive director and co-founder of the Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM).
Dr. Grace Gipson is a Black future feminist/pop culture scholar whose research explores Black popular culture, digital humanities, representations of race and gender within comic books, Afro-futurism, and race and new media.
Dr. Tammy Hodo is a professional diversity and inclusivity consultant and the founder and CEO of All Things Diverse, LLC.
Dr. David Jamison is a writer, activist, and public educator. He has a doctorate in African diaspora history from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA. He has taught public high school in both Brooklyn, New York, and Los Angeles, California, and has attended and presented at several international conferences on Africana studies. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with his wife and daughter.
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In a climate where representation in media is vital for minority viewers, Netflix’s Strong Black Lead is using its celebratory platform to ensure Black people feel seen. By constructing a collective voice, not only is it bringing people together, but it showcases true-to-life content.
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With accessibility to sports a barrier for minorities, Nike’s new talk show FM Broadcast is tapping into the frequency of the future in an effort to diversify the sporting landscape. How can efforts to improve social inclusion and representation change the world of sports for the better?