In the Future, We Kill Our Attackers: Rihanna’s “Man Down” as Afrofuturist Text

Jessica Marie Johnson:

This isn’t the first time Rihanna’s killed someone off. In 2011, my alter ego Kismet Nuñez wrote this on “Man Down,” violence and black girl alien vengeance:

“Rihanna’s video for “Man Down” dropped last week and set the web on fire. The way justice and rape, innocence and violence work in the video–and the non-sensical responses to it–have already been outlined by better writers than me.

I’m writing this post to take the video to its logical conclusion:

In the future, do we kill our attackers?”

Read the rest….

Originally posted on The AntiJemima Life:

Rihanna’s video for “Man Down”  dropped last week and set the web on fire.  The way justice and rape, innocence and violence work in the video–and the non-sensical responses to it–have alreadybeenoutlined by betterwritersthan me.

I’m writing this post to take the video to its logical conclusion:

In the future, do we kill our attackers?

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Out of Philly: ANTI-KY-THE/RA | Black Quantum Futurism

The mysterious Antikythera Mechanism, an astrolabe known as the first
computer, was recovered in 82 fragments from a sunken shipwreck off the island of Antikythera around 1900. Although it is widely believed to have been constructed by a Greek astronomer around 100 BCE, this origin story has not been confirmed. No other such technologically complex artifact appeared anywhere in Europe until late 14th century. In 2015AD, BQF Theorists unearthed rare, previously unseen records and unheard sound clips claiming to detail the true origins of the mechanism as designed and constructed by a secret society in ancient Ifriqiyah as a device for time displacement.Album originally released through DWS Summer 2015 Catalogue, Available for free download at deepwhitesound.com/dws157/

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BRAVE NEW SOULS: Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writers of the 21st Century

I missed this when it was released. Many thanks to @superheroesincolor on Tumblr for reblogging this back around:

This documentary explores the thoughts, goals and inspirations of a new generation of Black creators in graphic novels, television, cinema, literature and digital media.

Producer/director Brandon M. Easton wanted to shine much-needed light on new Black writers whose contributions and market awareness have been buried under the onslaught of the myriad of entertainment options in the 21st century.

Brandon also wanted to provide a window into their creative process and expose both aspiring writers and potential fans to incredibly imaginative, witty and sophisticated storytelling that challenges your perception of reality.

CITIZEN B. PRODUCTIONS, copyright 2013

via ▶ BRAVE NEW SOULS: Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writers of the 21st Century – final trailer – YouTube.

Accepted for #ASA2015: Data and Diaspora Catalogues: Black Life and Death in the Future Space

Excited to join Alex Weheliye, Marisa Parham, Schuyler Esprit, and Kevin Browne on a panel about #dh, data, afrofuturism, and Black/African diaspora studies at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting in Toronto! Our panel was accepted:

Data and Diaspora Catalogues: Black Life and Death in the Future Space

This session explores ways black life is replicated and rationalized on screen and as data in an age of black death. As black studies moves into the second decade of the twenty-first century, practitioners of black studies in the academy and beyond continue to grapple with the fungibility of black life. As work by Sylvia Wynter, Katherine McKittrick, and Joy James has shown, black humanity (or its elision from the category of Man) sits uncomfortably against new interest in digital tools, methods, and analyses being employed in humanistic studies. The panelists gathered here ask a series of questions about ways black life and death meet in a world where the digital and analog intersect to build new humans. Questions include: How is black life replicated and rationalized on screen and as data? How do we engage with new cyborg racializing assemblages at the interface level–i.e., programming notions of big data into black experiences, then and now? What do we gain and lose in such engagements? In what ways can the digital serve as a hotspot for the throbbing resilience of black life? Panelists engage these questions and present original research from their work as scholars and practitioners in digital blackness and diaspora studies.

See you there!

Featured Image Credit: Video still from “Never Catch Me” by Flying Lotus (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

The Internet is an Archive

Seeing Alondra Nelson share this post, Judy Malloy shared the following via Twitter:

And then shared these resources:

And let’s not forget Afrofuturism.net is still live. AS is eblackstudies.org.

Many thanks, Judy (and to Alondra for the share).

The internet is an archive, my friends. Keep the resources coming.