On Thursday, April 22, the Oakland Public Library hosted a virtual program with filmmaker, curator and visual artist Celia Peters in which she spoke about the origins, development, and current popularity of Afrofuturism. Click here to watch!
Using images from art, fashion, literature, and clips from music and films, she illustrated that Afrofuturism is a multidisciplinary, wide-ranging creative movement that centers Black history and culture. Ms. Peters cited the cosmologies of Nigeria, Mali, and Egypt as major influences, “cultures that show up in the DNA of Afrofuturism.”
Afrofuturism places Black protagonists and experiences at the center of a song, painting, story, or film. With the phenomenal international success of the film “