Part Two of The Drinking Gourd’s Afrofuturism roundtable series.

“Before the term Afrofuturism was even coined…I could create these imagined worlds where a person who looked like me, who lived like me, who had a history like me, was not abnormal.”

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Image: Black person uses a pencil to write in a notebook. There are two additional notebooks stacked in front of them. Photo by Kat Stokes on Unsplash


Part One of The Drinking Gourd’s Afrofuturism roundtable series.

“Why is the future assumed to be the continuation of growth? What if it’s degrowth?”

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Image: Forest with the sun shining through the trees. Photo by Sebastian Unrau on Unsplash.


Fiction

Their mistake was simple: They sent her body to the masjid

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Downtown Minneapolis. Photo: Steijn Leijzer/Unsplash


Three years later, there are still more questions than answers

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Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty


Black liberation theology was something I always knew, even if I couldn’t name it

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Illustration: Farhiya Jama


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2019 Lightning Talk Transcript


We’ve become a stand-in for any “unidentifiable” Black religious group — and a source of persistent anxiety for white America

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Black nationalist leader Malcolm X (left) with black muslim leader Louis Farrakhan (right) among the group at a rally in New York, 1963. Photo: Robert L. Haggins/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images


“Surviving R. Kelly” exposes even more of men’s bare minimum politics when it comes to Black women

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R. Kelly performing in Oakland, California, in January 2017. Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images


I don’t worry, I’ll tell you. I’m a man who believed that I died 20 years ago, and I live like a man who is dead already.”

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Young Black woman and police officer standing face to face. Source: Patience Zalanga


Its message of sacrifice is the biggest irony of all

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Image: Ad for Nike’s new campaign. Close up shot of Kaepernick with Nike’s slogan at the bottom of frame.

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Vanessa Taylor is based in Philadelphia. She has work in outlets such as Teen Vogue, Racked, and Catapult Magazine. Follow her across social media @bacontribe.

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