Future Reference

Professor Walter Greason provides resources for those interested in diving deep into Afrofuturism.

In addition to the popular Black Panther, Lovecraft Country, and Watchmen, Walter Greason, Ph.D., creator of the popular Wakanda Syllabus, recommends these other novels, movies, and TV shows in the Afrofuturism genre.

Kindred (1979) — “Octavia E. Butler’s classic novel explores the intersection of the past and present through
the ongoing legacy of racial slavery in the United States. It defines the principle of Afrofuturism that ‘every past was once a future.’”

Brother from Another Planet (1984) — “Joe Morton continues to distinguish himself as one of the great actors of this generation. His performance in this film revealed the contradictions of racial judgement through the metaphor of extraterrestrial alien experiences.”

“Epilogue,” Justice League Unlimited (2005) — One of the greatest animated productions ever, ‘Epilogue’ connects 80 years of comic and cartoon narratives, explaining the framework of the Batman mythos. Dwayne McDuffie’s writing shines through every moment of the episode.”

Get Out (2017) — “Jordan Peele’s debut film transformed the conventions of the horror genre by emphasizing the constant suspense of racial perceptions and negotiations, leaving the audience gasping in anticipation until the final scene.”

Star Trek: Discovery (2017-present) — “Michael Burnham, who was portrayed by Sonequa Martin-Green, was the first African-American woman character to lead a Star Trek series, realizing the potential presented in the original series by Nichelle Nichols. Her performances, especially in seasons two and three, laid the foundation for later speculative breakthroughs of Regina King in Watchmen and Jurnee Smolle in Lovecraft Country.”