Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack (Oct 2013) www.iafrofuturism.com
The Afrofuturism book chat at Blue 1647 was amazing. The chat took place at 1647 S. Blue Island in Chicago. The audience was teaming with animators, comic book creators, music producers, techies, and SF fans who gathered at the Pilsen based tech incubator, on Friday Dec. 27.
The purpose of the event was to allow more people to learn about Afrofuturism and have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the subject. Many of the attendees were long time Afrofuturists but had just discovered the term. “They were excited to learn that they were part of a larger cultural paradigm,” said Ytasha L. Womack, author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture. ‘They aren’t alone in their work and interest.”
James Quake , DJ/animator and owner of Quake Studios hosted the event. “I was hoping to try and support people that support us, ” said Quake. He hosted the event to share the ideas of Afrofuturism with the incubator.
Participants were also looking at other ways to use the Afrofuturist lens, exploring how it could enhance health and used to create events. “They were also excited to learn that Chicago’s influence on Afrofuturism was recognized and they are part of that rich legacy,” said Womack.