Future Things: A discussion about Afrofuturism

March 28, 2023
7 – 9 p.m.
Online Event – Register Here

Ytasha L. Womack is a critically acclaimed author, filmmaker, dancer, independent scholar, and champion of humanity and the imagination. Her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture (2013) is the leading primer on the exciting subject which bridges science fiction, futurisms, and culture. The book is a 2014 Locus Awards Non Fiction Finalist.

Womack tours the world championing Afrofuturism and the role of the imagination. Her works in Afrofuturism have been translated into Portuguese and Spanish for markets in Brazil and Latin America. Afrofuturism is taught in high schools and universities across the world.

Her film “A Love Letter to the Ancestors From Chicago” (2017) is an Afrofuturist dance film. It was featured in Afropunk Brooklyn, Black(s) to the Future Fest in Paris, Cultura IberaAmericana in Cuba, Afrotopia in Bristol, England, Reel Time Film Fest in Lagos, Nigeria and the Black Harvest Film Fest in Chicago among others. The film won Best Experimental Film at the Collected Voices Festival.

She’s currently developing other Afrofuturist films including Bar Star City (www.barstarcity.com).

Come check out this conversation with Ytasha curated by John Jennings (adapter of Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower and winner of the Hugo Award for that work and writer of the upcoming Silver Surfer Ghost Light mini series).