Ytasha Womack is a filmmaker, futurist, and the author of Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity and 2212: Book of Rayla. She is the creator of the Rayla 2212 sci-fi multimedia series, the director of the award-winning film The Engagement, the producer and writer of Love Shorts, and the coeditor of Beats Rhymes and Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop. She has written for many publications including Ebony and the Chicago Tribune. She lives in Chicago.
Today we’re interviewing her for her non-fiction book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture, launching on October 3. This book sheds a very different light on the history of science fiction compared to the “standard” narrative, especially as it integrates music, fashion, art, and technology into its scope. And that’s before we get to all the pre-Samuel Delany black writers that haven’t always made it into the historical narrative.
Karen Burnham: Hello! Thanks so much for taking the time for this interview. Could you give us a short overview of your book Afrofuturism and what you hope readers will find in it?
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