Black Future Month – Afrofuturism Recommendations

Were you a fan of the movie Black Panther?  The critically acclaimed box office smash brought the term Afrofuturism into the mainstream as people clamored for more things to watch, read, and listen to upon finishing the film.

The Oxford Dictionary defines Afrofuturism as “A movement in literature, music, art, etc., featuring futuristic or science fiction themes which incorporate elements of black history and culture.”  The Huffington Post has a whole article dedicated to explaining What The Heck Is Afrofuturism? for the uninitiated.

To go with our “How Long ‘Til Black Future Month” themed display here in the library, we’ve got a list of recommended books, music, and movies for those looking to dive into the genre.


African Immortals series by Tananarive Due

Afrofuturism : The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack – Nonfiction

The Archandroid : Suites II & III by Janelle Monae – Music CD

Atlantis by Sun Ra – Music CD (Available to request through the Commonwealth Catalog)

The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord

Binti series by Nnedi Okorafor

Black by Kwanza Osajyefo – Teen Graphic Novel

Black Lightning – TV Series

Black Panther & The Crew: We Are the Streets by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yona Harvey – Graphic Novel

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates – Graphic Novel

Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Roxane Gay – Graphic Novel

Born In Flames – DVD

Broken Earth series by N. K. Jemisin

Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson – Teen

The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra : The Sound of Joy is Enlightening by Chris Raschka – Children’s Nonfiction

Dark Matter : A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora edited by Sheree R. Thomas – Short Stories

Destination: Planet Negro!– DVD

Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany

Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe – Music CD (Do yourself a favor and watch the Emotion Picture video for the album as well!)

Earthseed series by Octavia Butler

Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing – Poetry

The Electric Lady by Janelle Monáe – Music CD

Elysium, or, The World After by Jennifer Marie Brissett

Everfair by Nisi Shawl

FTL, Y’all! : Tales from the Age of the $200 Warp Drive edited by Amanda Lafrenais- Teen Graphic Novel

The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord

How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N. K. Jemisin – Short Stories

The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor – Teen

The Magic City by Sun Ra – Music CD (Available to request through the Commonwealth Catalog)

Metropolis: The Chase Suite by Janelle Monae – Music CD

Nigerians in Space series by Deji Bryce Olukotun

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

A Pure Solar World : Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism by Paul Youngquist – Nonfiction

Rise of the Black Panther by Evan Narcisse, consultant Ta-Nehisi Coates

Sankofa – DVD

Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson

Space Is the Place – DVD (Available to request through the Commonwealth Catalog)

Space Is the Place – Music CD (Available to request through the Commonwealth Catalog)

Speculative Blackness : The Future of Race in Science Fiction by André M. Carrington – Nonfiction

Superb by David F. Walker – Teen Graphic Novel

A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

A Wrinkle In Time – DVD

Xenogenesis series by Octavia Butler

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