The pendulum has swung away from Sci-Fi.
We’re too gripped in the now.
Too curious what’s going to happen today or tomorrow in our politics.
Which doesn’t necessarily mean we’re present, either.
Updates and notifications have ensured otherwise.
It just sort of feels like we’ve lost sight of a brighter future.
Which is reflected in polls with a higher percetange of people thinking they will be worse off than their parents.
But the truth is, baked into most sci-fi is an optimism of a better future.
Yes, there’s evil, but its prevailed.
Sci-fi gave us storyline versions of the world in a better place because of humans, not the opposite. It has the unique ability to help us imagine. To our ourselves in their shoes.
What we need today is a new Star Trek, a new Star Wars.
Even a new Harry Potter would be a help to those suffering from our modern stress for the future. Pull us away into a story.
But the truth is, those stories have always been about white people. Even though the world in reality looks different than that.
Which made me happy to see that they’re having Tony Stark step down to be replaced by Iron Heart in the comics - a young black female protagonist is taking the reigns.
And then on This American Life I heard about Afrofuturism for the first time.
Which is, according to NYT is, "a social, political and cultural genre that projects black space voyagers, warriors and their heroic like into a fantasy landscape, one that has long been the province of their mostly white counterparts.”
The real future is black, and hispanic, and white, and every other race. It’s just time for them to reclaim their space in it, their own way. And Afrofuturism is the artistic rallying point to dream up that future.
"Ms. Olupona said her abstract, Afrocentric designs, some incorporating fantasy fauna and futurist imagery, “suggest ways in which we can differentiate ourselves.”
“What they say about the future,” she continued, “is that we’re always going to be here.” (credit NYT)
Currently when you type out the word "Afrofuturism" my spell check is still giving me an word unknown.
But if we can manifest our own future by dreaming about
it in the present, will that still be the case?