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Posted 5/8/13 , edited 5/8/13

deshicray wrote:

why am i thinking of morgan freeman?


Lololol


mystic17 wrote:

....It's a genre now? and Janelle looks great in your picture. \o/

I guess? I do enjoy the performances and songs of some of the artists you mentioned.


Subgenre? I guess to be more specific its more an aesthetic, similar to goth? - goth doesn't have its own genre of music. But goth rock and metal are works within those genres that have a goth aesthetic.


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I'll man up and admit, I have honestly never heard of Afrofuturism. That said, I think the concept is pretty great since it is true that sci-fi doesn't really usually take the time to consider the non-Western world/universe. Unfortunately, I'm not into a lot of the popular contemporary music genres, so I'm not any particular fan of any artist mentioned above; nor am I at all acclimated with the works of Samuel Delaney or Octavia Butler since I predominately read works from the medieval period (well before any kind of "futurism", let alone the "afro" variety). Either way, I think it sounds pretty great and I'd definitely support it. Thanks, Talchild, I always enjoy learning something new.


No need to man up at all. Even though popular artists like OutKast and Janelle Monae are part of the afrofuturism aesthetic, its still a very underground aesthetic. Even in articles about those artists, you won't find the word commonly flung around unless its very specific websites like Afro-Punk or the like. I did a college independent study on it, and there is VERY little academic writings on it so far.



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Afrofuturism 24/7.


:D Yes! Yes!

I would love to talk about it with you, if you'd be down.


omnikinrouge wrote:

is this like electro kind of funk not to be cliché.Il check it out for myself got the curiosity lv up lol.


In music, its not an exact genre. But honestly, that's a good guess. A lot of the artists who are part of the afro futurist aesthetic, despite occupying a wide range of genres (Sun Ra is jazz, Parliament Funkadelic is funk, Outkast is rap, and Janelle Monae is R&B and Soul), they all, at least to a certain degree, play with electro-funk.


spacebat wrote:

The picture of the chick in your Avatar looks pretty hot. Is this an American Black art form? When I think Afro-American the lady in your Avatar doesn't fit my impression of American Black ,she's very West African.

I think it's cool. There exists different ethnicites of African ppl just like white, asian & hispanic. West Africans have never considered themselves all "one" ppl either. So it's cool how diverse the art is.

Also, when I think Afro I commonly think of the "Afro-American revival" which has little to do with futurism.

I love seeing individuals with more melatonin in futuristic artwork though and the African themes makes me think of Stargate.


That's Janelle Monae. I highly suggest you listen to her. My favorite songs by her is probably Sincerely, Jane and Mushrooms and Roses. For some singles a videos, Many Moons was the one that first put her on the scene, Tightope is her biggest one, and she just released her newest video, Q.U.E.E.N. She also did a lot of stuff with OutKast and Big Boi.

And yes, she is Afro-American, but there picture is her in costume, for her album. And while Afro-Futurism is a black American aesthetic, it draws influence from traditional African and other non-Western cultures.


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Outside of music, the works of writers Samuel Delaney and Octavia Butler are defined as afrofuturism.

I've read nearly all of Octavia Butler's works. She's one of my favorite authors. Taken logically, it's just silly to imagine the future of humanity being whitewashed. Pale skin, hair, and eyes are less common than dark skin, hair, and eyes, and only persist in isolated populations.

The only justification for spacefarers to be pale-skinned might be a lack of natural sunlight, but I think that any civilization that has the technology to create artificial gravity should also be able to create environments that provide enough radiation that the species doesn't have to evolve into albinos to maintain healthy vitamin D levels.


I've read one of her works, so far. I just know that she is often brought up in talks of Afrofuturism. I really want to read more though. I got more into afrofuturism through the music, and visual art and visual aesthetic of it.









I honestly didn't expect so much interest xp
I am very happy about it though.


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Talchild wrote:



I honestly didn't expect so much interest xp
I am very happy about it though.




I don't think you're going to receive much descent if the art looks cool and the chick is hot...

This looks lame >>
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I am a Black man into sci-fi and have definitely noticed what you are saying here. That said, there are some movies that I love that are a bit on the cusp of the movement. I would use The Matrix trilogy as an example. What do you think?



The Matrix didn't take it as far as it should have, but it was a great example IMO.
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CABarrett wrote:

I am a Black man into sci-fi and have definitely noticed what you are saying here. That said, there are some movies that I love that are a bit on the cusp of the movement. I would use The Matrix trilogy as an example. What do you think?

The Matrix didn't take it as far as it should have, but it was a great example IMO.


I'm not Black but i'm into Scifi. You're drawing from the worst matrix scenes. :P



Morpheus, what a badass.

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I have never heard of the word before (I've heard the artists of course) but it sounds like an interesting concept, though I'm not the biggest sci-fi fan. I like one of Janelle's songs but don't know which album to start with.

I can see why people see the need for it, it must be annoying seeing all these sci-fi and fantasy series in the West with little or no non-white characters with the excuse of 'It wouldn't be realistic!' as if that makes any sense when there are aliens,dragons,fairies etc.
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The thread title lead me to believe this would be about how awesome afros will look in the future... needless to say I am sorely disappointed
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sounds interesting, will check it out
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I like the sound of a future filled with afros
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