🎉 BOOK REVIEW 🎉
AFROFUTURISM: THE WORLD OF BLACK SCI-FI AND FANTASY CULTURE by Ytasha L. Womack defines and celebrates the many facets of Afrofuturism. By refocusing the lens on black people and the black experience, Afrofuturism can reimagine black history as well as the vast possibilities in black future. This book explores various formats of Afrofuturistic media (mainly movies, music, literature), and the creators and artists behind them.
This was one of our discussion picks for our Afrofuturism theme this month on @thereadingwomen podcast, and I enjoyed it so much! When I first heard this was technically a textbook, I was worried it might be too “academic” for me (especially since I didn’t know much about afrofuturism before I read this book). But that wasn’t the case at all! This book is very approachable, and has a good balance of research and interviews. It’s short and concise (around 200 pages), but rich in detail. It also features many references to Afrofuturistic works and media, and there is no shortage of content. Your list of additional things to watch, read, and listen will grow very long very fast. I really enjoyed learning from this book, and I feel like it’s a great introduction to the genre. My only *small* complaint is that I felt like I needed more detailed information to truly understand the differences between things like Afrofuturism vs. Afrosurrealism vs. black fantasy, but that also could be because the content is very new to me. I know there are many articles and resources I can pick up for further reading, and plan to take advantage of those to learn more. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 4.5/5! Highly recommend for those who want to learn more about Afrofuturism, or would like to build a long list of Afrofuturistic content to dive into! #sachireviews #afrofuturism #ytashalwomack