Afrofuturism was coined in 1993 by Mark Dery in his book Flame Wars, in an essay titled Black To The Future, a debate between Dery, and black science fiction writers and cultural critics Samuel Delany, Greg Tate, and Tricia Rose.
Afrofuturism is a cultural movement that envisions the reimagined history and identity of black people as transformative, in rejection of racial traumas and focusing on liberation in order to proactively reclaim the future of black people.
Rooted in themes of science fiction and fantasy genres, it sits under the umbrella of the speculative fiction subgenre, as well as, recontextualizing the…
Norman Lewis has greatly contributed to the canon of visual art through his teaching and shaping ideas behind black aesthetics. His paintings presented a new visual vocabulary to black life, one area being jazz music, a mode of black creative abstraction.
As a result of experiencing segregation in WWII, Norman Lewis changed his tune, transitioning from figurative to abstract expressionist works.
Bio: My name is Nay Jones and I’m a visual artist of sorts that focuses on black existence through an afro-surrealist/futurist lens. I paint, write, and film. I mix all of the various mediums however my primary medium is film.
I’m mostly a documentarian.
Simply put, I just try to capture black people existing on camera. It’s hard though because you literally can’t make this shit up. The experiences that black people have are unique and it’s hard to put any sort of words to them.
So I use film to at least try and give a visual to the…
Michael Jackson’s short film “Ghosts” was written by Mick Garris and Stephen King, directed by Stan Winston, choreographed by Lavelle Smith Jr. and Travis Payne, and produced by Michael Jackson
The 40-minute short film was officially released in 1996 on VHS, as the most expensive music video ever made, topping near $15 million.
Ghosts film originally began production in 1993 under the title “Is It Scary?” and was meant to be the theme song for a comedy sitcom version of the Adams Family called the Adams Family Values.
The 1993 allegations halted production and Paramount Pictures who produced…
Bio: Terrence Moline is an illustrator at heart, designer by trade and community builder by freak of nature. Originally a New Orleans native, TMoline, created a national community for AA/Black graphic designers after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina. In addition, T. — people call him T. — has designed for clients ranging from academia to cultural African American Institutions.
His mission in life is to design opportunities that were not available to him as an AA/Black creative and to continue the tradition of education through community.
What is your first memory of graphic design?
I created flyers for my cousin…
Having had an eye for details since childhood, Aamina has been taking photos, capturing her surroundings, and cultivating her artistic style for years. She currently attends Virginia Commonwealth University, in pursuit of a BFA in Photography.
In addition to cultivating interests in graphic design, bookmaking and coding, she sells prints and other items featuring her work on Society6 and shares her compositions on Instagram for the world to see. With all there is to capture, Aamina can be spotted around Richmond, VA taking pictures of anything that catches her eye. — Aamina Palmer’s bio from www.amipalm.com
AV: Growing up in…
Jenn Nkiru is best known for her 2nd unit directorial work with Ricky Saiz on The Carters music video Apesh*t, as well as in her own films As Told G/D Thyself featuring Kamasi Washington, Rebirth Is Necessary and Women Are Present.
Black to Techno is an exploration into the direct origins of blackness in techno and electronic music. The presentation of this doc is unlike any other.
Nkiru’s take on presenting the history of techno in a nonlinear format is her intention to bring attention to this history reflecting on how black people see themselves in their art.
Subway Art was originally published in 1984, a year after the release of the 1983 graffiti film Style Wars.
Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant were co-producers of the Style Wars documentary.
Beforehand, both of them were photographing the graffiti scene unbeknownst to each other.
Chalfant and Cooper had begun photographing graffiti since the mid-1970s. They met unexpectedly at a show at the OK Harris Gallery in 1980. Chalfant had photos of graffiti artist Lee Quinones and other writers work on display.
Martha Cooper was a staff photographer at the NY Times. Her introduction to the graffiti subculture was on a…
The Black Godfather: The Clarence Avant Story does a stellar job of telling the story of Clarence Avant, the music executive, who left a tremendous impact on those he came across. He was a man of honesty and numbers, a mover and shaker who made deals.
If you didn’t know who Clarence Avant was before this documentary, after watching you will.
I remember his speech from the 2013 BET Honors, also I had remembered seeing him in photos with Michael Jackson during the Bad era and JAY Z’s Roc Nation Pre-Grammy brunch, completely unaware of who he was.
Hip Hop Raised Me is a hip-hop history coffee table book detailing the history of hip-hop music and culture.
With a massive collection of photography, a plethora of album covers, and footnotes galore, Hip Hop Raised Me is a well-written book of immense size and depth, comprised of 440 pages and 1000+ images, an excellent conversation starter for hip-hop heads, historians, and book lovers.
The book is written by DJ Semtex, a London-based DJ, and host of BBC’s Radio1Xtra. He has met many of the artists featured in the book and became a huge supporter of early in their…