The Greatest Afrofuturist Books | POPSUGAR Leisure


As writer and scholar Ytasha L. Womack explains, Afrofuturism is an artistic genre that combines fantasy, technology, black cultures, liberation and mysticism. It is a “view of the future and alternative realities through a black cultural lens,” including those from Africa and the African diaspora. Typically seen through an artistic aesthetic of music, visual art, dance, film, or literature, Womack also explains that the genre can be a method of self-liberation and healing by using the imagination to overcome circumstance and freedom of choice create.

Currently Marvels Black Panther Film is the best known and most popular example of Afrofuturism. In literature, authors from Womack to Octavia E. Butler to NK Jemisin and many more are celebrated for their work in space.

Whether you’re looking for an imaginative and liberating reading, or looking for a proposal for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021’s Afrofuturism Call, pick one of these Afrofuturist favorites.