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  • the reimagining of a future filled with arts, science and technology seen through a black lens. The term was conceived a quarter-century ago by white author Mark Dery in his essay "Black to the Future," which looks at speculative fiction within the African diaspora. noun  ☝️ Source: HuffPost  (view on wordnik.com)
  • a cultural aesthetic that combines science-fiction, history and fantasy to explore the African-American experience and aims to connect those from the black diaspora with their forgotten African ancestry noun  ☝️ Source: tate.org.uk  (view on wordnik.com)
  • speculative fiction that treats African-American themes and addresses African-American concerns in the context of 20th century technoculture — and more generally, African-American signification that appropriates images of technology and a prosthetically enhanced future. noun  ☝️ Source: The Discourse of Cyberculture  (view on wordnik.com)

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    • Afrofuturism Afrofuturism is a cultural aesthetic, philosophy of science and philosophy of history that explores the developing intersection of African diaspora culture with technology. It was coined by Mark Dery in 1993 and explored in the late 1990s through conversations led by Alondra Nelson. Afrofuturism addresses themes and concerns of the African diaspora through technoculture and science fiction, encompassing a range of media and artists with a shared interest in envisioning black futures that stem from Afrodiasporic experiences. Ytasha L. Womack writer of Afrofuturism defines it as, “An intersection of imagination, technology, the future and liberation” (9). It is the philosophy of science fiction, and history that traverses across African Diaspora culture with technology. Its purpose is to explore the African American experience, specifically slavery. She also follows up with a quote by the curator Ingrid LaFleur who defines it as “a way of imagining possible futures through a black cultural lens.”

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