Dieselfunk Dispatch: BSAM’s Reynaldo Anderson Talks the State of Afrofuturism

Greetings, Dieselfunkateers! The Dieselfunk Dispatch has a special guest today with Dr. Reynaldo Anderson. Anderson is a prominent scholar in Africana studies, social movements, and a creator of the Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM). On a massive scale, Anderson is a scholar is arguably the foremost scholar on the subject of Afrofuturism at this moment in history. […]

Malika: Warrior Queen’s Dewunmi Roye Okupe Talks Animation and Kickstarter

Greetings, Dieselfunkateers! Today we have one of the masters of trans-media storytelling and entertainment, Dewunmi Roye Okupe. In this talk we discuss Okupe’s work, company, and creative ventures. DD: How goes it today, Roye? DRO: Doing perfect, sir! Honored to be here. DD: Honored to have you. To begin, one characteristic indicative of your company, […]

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Dieselfunk Dispatch: SDCC Afrofuturism Lounge with LaWana Richmond, Keithan Jones, and Jason Reeves

Greetings, Dieselfunkateers! Today we speak with the co-organizers of the first annual Afrofuturism Lounge. What exactly is the Afrofuturism Lounge? There are many venues that have come about that showcase the talents of creators of color within a speculative space. Taking place over Friday and Saturday evenings July 20th-21st from 7-11 p.m. at Broker’s Building Gallery as counter-programming […]

N.K. Jemisin’s “The Fifth Season” Is An Expectation-Breaker

There are some writers who stick out because of their consistent clarity of voice, insight, and unique vision. N.K. Jemisin is one of those rare people. The Fifth Season, book one in her Broken Earth trilogy, gives us a world formed by massive earthquakes and those who can protect others from them. The book focuses […]

Comics Featured As High Culture In New York Times Article On Afrofuturism

An article posted in the New York Times yesterday by Ruth La Ferla places the comics art form amongst some great company. Aiming to identify the next generation of Afrofuturism, La Ferla writes: In part, Afrofuturism, an aesthetic dating roughly from the 1970s, has taken on a new public face through a new generation of recording artists […]