The Drinking Gourd
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The Drinking Gourd

Making a Case for W.E.B. Du Bois as a Proto-Afrofuturist

Du Bois encompasses both the mundane and the fantastical aspects of Afrofuturism in the praxis of his life’s work.

Image: W.E.B. Du Bois’ City and Rural Population data visualization (1890). Photo: Library of Congress.

The term Afrofuturism evokes a stellar litany: musicians Sun Ra and George Clinton along with novelists Octavia Butler and Samuel R. Delany. While in its early 1990’s debut…

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The Drinking Gourd provides nuanced depictions of the Black Muslim Diaspora through various forms of media, including but not limited to: visual art, poems, non-fiction, and fiction.

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Safiyah Cheatam

Safiyah Cheatam

Baltimore-based conceptual visual artist, digital storyteller, and sci-fi enthusiast, using the lens/theory of mundane Afrofuturism to guide her works.

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