Manifesting an advanced Black future: Blackfuturism
Blackfuturism is an African American vibe/movement/tool/sauce. It’s a forward-thinking vibe that causes us to build a beautiful, thriving, and evolving culture. Blackfuturism is a movement that consists of art, philosophy, technology, ancient Nubian culture, ancient Egyptian culture, modern African American Culture, our highest ideas of who we are, and futuristic ideas presented in Sci-Fi books and movies. Blackfuturism says that (out of our creative genius) we make ourselves as glorious as we want to be. Blackfuturism is the secret sauce of Newbeings 1619. Below are some artists, thought leaders, and history representing some of the “ingredients” that make up our secret sauce: Blackfuturism.
Lt. Nyota Uhura
(/niˈoʊtə ʊˈhʊrə/) is a fictional character in the Star Trek franchise. In the original TV series, the character was portrayed by Nichelle Nichols. Uhura is a translator and communications officer who specializes in linguistics, cryptography, and philology. She was an important part of the original series’ multicultural crew and one of the first black characters to be portrayed in a non-menial role on an American television series. Wiki.
Nubian or Kushite Pharaohs: Nubians (/ˈnuːbiənz, ˈnjuː-/) are an ethno-linguistic group of people who are indigenous to the region which is now present-day Northern Sudan and southern Egypt. They originate from the early inhabitants of the central Nile valley, believed to be one of the earliest cradles of civilization. They speak Nubian languages, part of the Northern Eastern Sudanic languages. Wiki.
Artwork from the song: Remember the time. The music video was filmed in January 1992 at the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot. Prior to the release of the video, Jackson’s record label promoted it by releasing clips, as well as releasing behind the scenes clips of making the video. The nine-minute video was promoted as a “short film”. It premiered on ABC, NBC and Fox and Black Entertainment Television on February 2, 1992. Wiki.
Black Panther is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character, portayed by Chadwick Boseman was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Jack Kirby, first appearing in Fantastic Four #52 (cover-dated July 1966) in the Silver Age of Comic Books. Black Panther’s real name is T’Challa, and he is depicted as the king and protector of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Wiki.
Melissa Arnette Elliott (born July 1, 1971) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. She embarked on her music career with R&B girl group Sista in the early-mid 1990s and later became a member of the Swing Mob collective along with childhood friend and longtime collaborator Timbaland, with whom she worked on projects for American R&B acts Aaliyah, 702, Total, and SWV. Following several collaborations and guest appearances, she launched her solo career on July 15, 1997. Wiki.
Morpheus /ˈmɔːrfiəs/ is a fictional character in The Matrix franchise. He is portrayed by Laurence Fishburne in the films, and in the video game The Matrix: Path of Neo where he was the only actor to reprise his character’s voice. In the Matrix films, Morpheus is the captain of the Nebuchadnezzar, which is a hovercraft of the human forces of the last human city, Zion, in a devastated world where most humans are grown by sentient machines and kept imprisoned in the Matrix, a virtual computer-generated world. Wiki.
Earth, Wind & Fire
Earth, Wind & Fire (abbreviated as EW&F or simply EWF) is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, dance, Latin, and Afro pop. They have been described as one of the most innovative and commercially successful acts of all time. Rolling Stone called them “innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing” and declared that the band “changed the sound of black pop”. VH1 has also described EWF as “one of the greatest bands” ever. Wiki.
Octavia Estelle Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006) was an American science fiction author. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, she became in 1995 the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. Butler was born in Pasadena, California. After her father died, she was raised by her widowed mother. Extremely shy as a child, Octavia found an outlet at the library reading fantasy, and in writing. She began writing science fiction as a teenager. She attended community college during the Black Power movement, and while participating in a local writer’s workshop was encouraged to attend the Clarion Workshop, which focused on science fiction. Wiki.
Will I Am
William Adams (born William James Adams Jr.; March 15, 1975), better known by his stage name will.i.am (pronounced “Will-I-am”), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, DJ, actor, entrepreneur, and television personality. He is the founding and lead member of the musical group Black Eyed Peas. Wiki. i.am+ is an American technology company based in Los Angeles, California. The company was founded by Will.i.am in 2013 with the mission of “creating wearable products that combine fashion and technology.” In 2016, i.am+ acquired Israeli machine learning software company Sensiya, now known as over.ai. Wiki.
Willard Carroll Smith Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, producer and rapper. In April 2007, Newsweek called him “the most powerful actor in Hollywood”. Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards. Some of his Sci Fi movies include: Independance Day, Men In Black I, II & III, I Robot, I Am Legend, After Earth and more. Wiki.