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…




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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