The Intergalactic Future of Black Panther's Wakanda Is a Bold Statement About Science Fiction

Black Panther’s Wakanda is the kind of Afrofuturist fantasy that’s been largely missing from the mainstream pop cultural canon. Unlike most other genre fiction that could scarcely imagine black people living in the future, Black Panther envisions a world in which an entire nation of uncolonized Africans became the…

Black Panther's Costume Designer Breaks Down the Real World Inspiration Behind Key Looks

Black Panther’s costumes weren’t just the garb of King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and the people of Wakanda. They were also a loving tribute to the art, history, and culture of several African nations. Now, the film’s costume designer Ruth Carter is giving an inside look at how she mixed tradition and technology to…

From Metropolis to Dirty Computer: A Guide to Janelle Monáe's Time-Traveling Musical Odyssey

When you play one of Janelle Monáe’s albums, you aren’t just taking a winding tour through the musical influences that have shaped the artist’s intoxicating, soul-piercing voice. You’re tapping into a part of an expansive Afrofuturist saga about identity, revolution, time travel, and (of course) androids.

Janelle Monáe's About to Drop the Afrofuturist Art Film We've All Been Waiting for [Update]

It’s been nearly five long years since Janelle Monáe invited us back into the magical neon wonderland she’s dreaming up with her previous musical work, but the wait is finally over. Dirty Computer, her third album, is about to drop—and it’s coming with a 50-minute-long scifi film in tow.

The 'Wakanda Curriculum' Is One Teacher's Attempt to Take Black Panther Conversations to the Next Level

Black Panther has been a lively topic of conversation for a bit longer now than most Marvel movies manage to be, and in wider circles. It owes a lot of that to its thoughtful take on producing politically relevant themes and pushing discussions about the worldwide black experience. Now, one teacher in Chicago is using…