Afrofuturism, sci-fi and why 'it is a radical act for Black people to imagine having a future'
Author Nalo Hopkinson on the power of science fiction and why Black Panther is going to change everything
You may know about Black History Month, but what about Black Future Month? CBC Arts turned to science fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson to find out more about what the future means — and why it's so exciting.
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Hopkinson brings her experience as a Black woman to her novels. She's been reading science fiction since she was young, but she came to writing it in her adulthood after discovering that one of the writers she admired was a Black man. Now, she's the award-winning author of six novels, including the acclaimed Brown Girl in the Ring (which is the inspiration for a new movie by Sharon Lewis, called Brown Girl Begins).
In this video, Hopkinson reflects on the power of fantastical writing and how it intersects with Afrofuturism. She also looks forward to the release of Black Panther as a groundbreaking film. And you'll get a good sense of what the future means to this powerful author.
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