Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi & Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack

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This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the literature history novel, Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi & Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack. This book was published in October 2013 by Chicago Review Press and has a page count of 224 pages. The audiobook is 5 hours & 55 minutes in length and narrated by Karen Chilton. The following overview is provided from the B&N page: In this hip, accessible primer to the music, literature, and art of Afrofuturism, author Ytasha Womack introduces readers to the burgeoning community of artists creating Afrofuturist works, the innovators from the past, and the wide range of subjects they explore. From the sci-fi literature of Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, and N. K. Jemisin to the musical cosmos of Sun Ra, George Clinton, and the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, to the visual and multimedia artists inspired by African Dogon myths and Egyptian deities, the book’s topics range from the “alien” experience of blacks in America to the “wake up” cry that peppers sci-fi literature, sermons, and activism. With a twofold aim to entertain and enlighten, Afrofuturists strive to break down racial, ethnic, and social limitations to empower and free individuals to be themselves.

So, my only complaint about this book was I wanted more. If you know of other fantastic reads like this one, please let me know. I learned a lot and have a new perspective when I am consuming some of my favorite Sci-Fi and Fantasy works. Highly recommend this book.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Tomorrow for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the missing person’s case of Dimetra Janice Harris. Next week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the horror novel, Desperation by Stephen King. Until then keep reading on; Nerd out!

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