the original afrofuturism logo
I was introduced to the concept of Afrofuturism by Alondra Nelson and Art McGee in the early 1990s. I joined the newly founded Afrofuturism listserv moderated by Dr. Nelson and became part of the lively community of scholars, activists and artists who have given the field its shape. Along with occasionally moderating the listserv, I built the original Afrofuturism web site with contributions from many in the community
In 1996 WIRED Magazine published my brief but oft-cited essay, ““Life Behind the Screen: African-American Theory and Computer-Mediated Communication.” The original version, The Unbearable Whiteness of Being: African American Critical Theory and Cyberculture, was longer, but WIRED insisted on truncating it.
Other writing on Afrofuturism:
- “From Panther to Monster: Black Popular Culture Representations of Resistance from the Black Power Movement of the 1960s to the Boyz in the Hood,” in Elaine Richards & Ronald Jackson, Innovations in African-American Rhetoric, (University of Illinois Press, 2002).
- “That Just Kills Me: Black Militant Near Futurist Fiction,” Social Text (Summer 2002).
- A Review of Lisa Nakamura’s Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity on the Internet, 2002.
- “Room Full of Mirrors: Race, Tourism, and Cyberspace,” Artbyte (May/June 2000).
- Duppies in the Machine: White Cyberculture Critics Read Race,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Detroit, MI, October, 2000.“
- Captive Audience: Telecoms in the Prisons,” WIRED Magazine, (October, 1997)