A CONSTELLATION OF QUEER AFRO FUTURIST VISIONS 

 

 

We have collaboratively collected this “reading list” to be enjoyed and expanded on.

People's names are before their works.

 

 

WRITINGS - BOOKS - POETRY - PAPERS 

 

Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategy

Adrienne Maree Brown, Pleasure Activism

Akwaeke Emezi, Freshwater

Alex Zamalin, Black Utopia: The History of An Idea from Black Nationalism to Afrofuturism

Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines 

Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity  

Alexis Pauline Gumbs, M Archive: After the End of The World 

Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Dub: Finding Ceremony

Amandla Stenberg, Niobe #1 & #2 She is Life

Audre Lorde, Uses of the Erotic

Audre Lorde, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name 

Bell Hooks, Communion: The Female Search for Love

Bell Hooks, It’s All About Love 

Bernadine Evariste, Girl, Woman, Other

Eve Tuck & Yang, Decolonization Is Not A Metaphor

Fabulous: Sylvester James, Black Queer Afrofuturism and the Black Fantastic

Fred Moten & Stefano Harney, The Undercommons

Jared Sexton, Afro Pessimism: The Unclear World

Jared Sexton, The Social Life of Social Death: On Afro-Pessimism and Black Optimism

Jose Esteban Munoz, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity

Jose Esteban Munoz, Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics 

Malik Gaines, Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left: A History of the Impossible 

Nalo Hopkinson, The Salt Roads

Octavia Butler, Dawn (Xenogenesis #1)

Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

Rasheedah Philips, Black Quantum Futurism Space-Time Collapse II, Community Futurisms 

Rasheedah Philips, Black Quantum Futurism: Theory & Practice 

Ruha Benjiman, Race after Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code 

Ruha Benjiman, Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life 

Saidiya Hartman, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women and Queer Radicals 

Sylvia Wynter, On Being Human as Praxis

Yrsa Daley-Ward, Bone

Ytasha L Womack, Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy Culture 

Academic, transnational feminisms:

 

El-Tayeb, Fatima. European Others: Queering Ethnicity in Postnational Europe. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 2011. 

 

Wekker, Gloria. White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race. Durham London: Duke University Press, 2016.

 

Alexander, M. Jacqui. Pedagogies of Crossing: Meditations on Feminism, Sexual Politics, 

Memory, and the Sacred. Perverse Modernities. Durham [N.C.]: Duke University Press, 2005.

 

Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds. This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Expanded and rev. 3rd ed, Women of Color Series. Berkeley: Third Woman Press, 2002. 

MUSIC / SONIC 

 

3 Canal

Adrienne Marie Browne, How To Survive The End of The World (podcast)

Africa Bambaata

Afro-Harping Dorothy Ashby

Azelia Banks

Calypso Rose

DREXCIYA

Erykah Badu

Evan Ifekoya, Black Obsidian Sound Systems (Art/sound)

FAKA

FKA Twigs

Frank Ocean

George Clinton, Mothership Connection

Grace Jones

Janelle Monae

Lyzza

Marsha's Plate (podcast)

Missy Elliot

Moses Somney

Nina Simone

Onipa

Serpent With Feet

Shy Girl

Sudan Archives

Sun Ra

VISUALS / VIDEOS & ART 

 

Fannie Sosa, Niv Acosta, Black Power Naps

Jenn Nkiru, Rebirth is Necessary, 

Jenn Nkiru, Black To Techno

Jennie Livingston, Paris is Burning

Josell Ramos, Maestro The Birth of Dance Culture

John Akomfrah, The Last Angel of History 1996

Juliana Huxtable (artist)

Kodwo Eshun & The Otolith Group (artists)

Kara Walker (artist)

Rhea Dillon (art film)

Sharon Lewis, Brown Girl Begins

Sun Ra, Space is the place

SUPPORTS/LINKS & FURTHER INSIGHTS 

 

Black Futures, Kimberly Drew & Jenna Worthem

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/553674/black-futures-by-edited-by-kimberly-drew--jenna-wortham/

 

Noname Bookclub 

https://nonamebooks.com

 

Liquid Blackness

https://liquidblackness.com

 

Black Fusionist Society

https://afrofuturist.center/programming/digital_projects/black-fusionist-society

 

The Justice Fleet 

https://www.thejusticefleet.com

 

Dweller Electronics Library on Techno & Its History

https://dwellerforever.blog/library/?fbclid=IwAR2XfE7FypS0SioCvuHyfWki3sxg8_EjhS0yobuddB4mu1ClVI6P3LtL4aw

 

Black Techno Futures Local and Global Perspectives 

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=297032738298446&ref=watch_permalink

 

Mikrohaus or the Black Atlantic 

https://vimeo.com/60528438?fbclid=IwAR2XfE7FypS0SioCvuHyfWki3sxg8_EjhS0yobuddB4mu1ClVI6P3LtL4aw

 

The Last Angel of History, John Akomfrah 1996 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBUBGTIJg6Y&fbclid=IwAR2XfE7FypS0SioCvuHyfWki3sxg8_EjhS0yobuddB4mu1ClVI6P3LtL4aw

 

Ayeesha Hamid Black Atlantis 

https://www.artandeducation.net/classroom/video/276250/ayesha-hameed-black-atlantis

 

Jamie Philbert, Art on Purpose & Kalinda 

https://www.jamiephilbert.com/?fbclid=IwAR1reNAoi6GsUDqfgb7mRLF5e9XvNoA8m4zoLSS-4u6RuGzy2qTMp2Z0lhk

 

In Conversation: An Episode on Climate Justice and Queer & Trans Liberation

https://www.ourclimatevoices.org/listening-series/queer-trans-liberation

 

https://open.spotify.com/album/4M0QYlDP6vIlrPLEBTZOFz?highlight=spotify:track:4r0YHR3zvwXER5yrZuKDfP

 

Makeda Thomas 

https://makedathomas.org

 

Idakeda Group & Atillah Springer 

https://idakedagroup.com

 

Sister from Another Planet 

https://www.sisterfromanotherplanet.com/category/afrofuturistic/

 

The Digital and Black Hair, Nontsikkelelo Mutiti

http://nontsikelelomutiti.com/2017/03/04/the-digital-in-black-hair-aesthetics/

 

Black Hair as Technology 

https://www.sisterfromanotherplanet.com/the-digital-black-hair-technology-african-material-culture/

 

The Funambulist Journal and Podcast

https://thefunambulist.net

CONTRIBUTORS 

 

 

BLACK QUEER BOOK CLUB

We offer a safe space for black queer people, queer POC and POC allies to read, learn, discuss, grow and create in a friendly supportive community. We are a group that seeks to reimagine what it would be like to center black queer stories and to learn from them. Our active social media at the moment is our Instagram: @black.queerbookclub. 

 

PRIM.BLACK

K Bailey Obazee is the DRYBABE of our times. Founder of PRIM, a platform for storytelling which produces OKHA, a monthly queer + black book club, K believes in the power of storytelling, especially when shared full with Blackness.

 

The Institute of Queer Ecology (IQECO), is a collaborative, decentralized organism that works to imagine and realize an equitable multispecies future. With interdisciplinary programming that oscillates between curating exhibitions and directly producing artworks/projects, the Institute of Queer Ecology lays the groundwork for a (bio)diverse utopia.

Elizabeth Löwe Hunter 

Is an academic and one of our video responders - watch here (permalink to queer afro futures video) 

 

ORIGINS EILE 

 

OE is a Queer Black collective for QTIBPOC based in Ireland. 

PROPAGATION

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