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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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6 questions

1. Why is it important to imagine the future through the lense of black experiences? (00:00:23)

2. Why did Mark Dery coin the term Afrofuturism? (00:00:33)

3. How does George Clinton connect the past with the present and future in his work? (00:01:15)

4. Why does Outkast "take pride in the difference"? (00:02:14)

5. What is a common thread in Afrofuturism? (00:02:45)

6. Do you think Afrofuturism is important to bringing about change in our society for black people and all people? (00:03:00)

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