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‘Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures’ Illustrated Book Released In Association With New Smithsonian Exhibition

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The newly released book Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures is a companion work for the Afrofuturism Smithsonian exhibition that opens March 24th.

The art exhibition is an immersive exploration of Afrofuturist expression and culture across various mediums, including literature, music, art, film, fashion, and activism. It showcases hundreds of objects and images, along with multimedia displays, to provide a comprehensive view of the history and evolution of Afrofuturism.

The accompanying 208-page book delves into the captivating concept of Afrofuturism and its ability to reframe the past and envision a more empowering future for the Black community. 

Through music, art, and speculative fiction, Afrofuturism offers a lens to explore Black identity, creativity, agency, and hope. 

The book features 100 phenomenal illustrations showcasing objects and images that embody these themes, including iconic items such as T’Challa’s suit from Black Panther and Uhura’s outfit from Star Trek.

Each chapter contains thought-provoking essays from a diverse group of scholars, reflecting on topics such as legacy, alienation, and activism, and profiles of influential figures and objects. 

Afrofuturism provides a powerful framework to imagine alternatives to oppressive structures like white supremacy, offering a revolutionary ode to the radical potential of Black imagination. As Afrofuturism gains increasing visibility in both academia and pop culture, this book is a timely and compelling exploration of its impact and significance.

Purchase a copy of Afrofuturism via Amazon or at your local bookstore.

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Ayanna Nicole

Hi! I’m Ayanna, a writer and artist. Although I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with two degrees in art and psychology, I’ve had a passion for writing for as long as I can remember. By following my dreams and utilizing my creativity, I designed Jaro Magazine with the ultimate intention of bringing more positive stories in the black community to the forefront, while also highlighting our versatile and vibrant culture through Jaro’s four modes: film, books, art, and music. I also manage a book hub, which you can find on Instagram @bloomingliterature.

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