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Afrofuturism mixes sci-fi and social justice. Here’s how it works.

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Published on Mar 4, 2016

What does the future look like for black people?


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Video by: Gina Barton, Victoria Massie, and Joe Posner

Black people are rarely featured in sci-fi and fantasy films — that is, unless that black person is Will Smith. How do black people get to exist in the future? Afrofuturism, a scholarly and artistic movement that imagines the future through black people’s experiences is one answer. The term was coined in 1994 by culture critic Mark Dery in his "Black to the Future" essay.

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