By: Ytasha L. Womack
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
A 2014 Locus Awards finalist, nonfiction category.
Wonderfully narrated by Karen Chilton, Afrofuturism is an engaging, hip, and accessible primer to the music, literature, and art of Afrofuturism. Author Ytasha Womack introduces listeners to the burgeoning community of artists creating Afrofuturist works. She writes engagingly about the innovators from the past and the wide range of subjects they explore - from the sci-fi literature of Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, and N. K. Jemisin to the musical cosmos of Sun Ra, George Clinton, and the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, to the visual and multimedia artists inspired by African Dogon myths and Egyptian deities.
The audiobook’s topics range from the “alien” experience of blacks in America to the “wake up” cry that peppers sci-fi literature, sermons, and activism. With an aim to both entertain and enlighten, Afrofuturists strive to break down racial, ethnic, and social limitations to empower and free individuals to be themselves.
Karen Chilton is an experienced, warm, and dynamic actor who has narrated many excellent audiobook recordings. She was the reader of the 2017 Audiofile Earphones Award-winning The March Against Fear. She was also the narrator of Michelle Alexander’s much acclaimed The New Jim Crow.
Listening Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins