Nettrice Gaskins: Afrofuturist Artist

Nettrice Gaskins -- Masthead

Nettrice has gifted us with the first graphic banner for  It is based on her ongoing artistic work in the Second Life environment:

Alternate Futures: Afrofuturist Multiverses & Beyond is an interactive, immersive 3D art experience primarily concerned with Afrofuturism, an artistic, literary, and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of sci-fi, artscience, fantasy and magical realism with non-Western concepts in order to investigate contemporary issues of people of color, but also to re-examine linkages to historical events of the past.  This Second Life simulation overlays virtual art with a socio-political dichotomy and asks the visitor to choose.

Her biography:

I am an artist who bridges the actual and virtual worlds and explores how these realities can have a transformative impact on people’s lives and experiences when it can be fully implemented and realized. My purpose is to bring together people, concepts, modalities, media, and worlds through art.  In Fall 2010 I will join a vibrant community of practitioner/theorists in the Digital Media PhD program at Georgia Tech as a student.

Nettrice also blogs for PBS Art:21, so check out her work there.

We welcome Nettrice as a contributor and look forward to more contributions of art and writing.

Introducing: the blacker heckler

lectori salutem:

I will be the editor responsible for the music section of

There is a specific reason why I am here and I’ll provide you with an abbreviated version of my story: Two weeks ago one of my professors discovered that I don’t really care for reggae music -God forbid- specifically, the sound of reggae or any of its avatars (I jest….well, just a little). He then argued a case for the intellectual-political thought behind reggae, but I wasn’t that easily convinced (not to listen to the music anyway). Because truth be told, I’m pretty rigid when it comes to my musical palate.(Having that said, because of his continuous efforts I will look into the mythical and mnenomic aspects of reggae music.) Another professor joined the conversation and asked me what kind of music I liked, to which I responded: “Sun Ra!!!!!!! The Antique Blacks Belong To me!!!!!” I received a quizzical look and a judgment: people only say they like Sun Ra because they want to be perceived as cool (or something to that affect). While he also recommend I listen to Pharaoh Saunders, at this point I felt a bit odd.

So, I started thinking about my ‘peculiar’ preferences and remembered that there was an aesthetic movement called Afrofuturism. I noticed that the majority of my favorite artists, writers, topics could be placed under the banner of Afrofuturism. I guess one could say that I remembered that I am an Afrofuturist.

In the near future I hope to update the section with some new and old music soon and develop a solid monthly music review.

Playing: ‘RobertaFlack’ by Flying Lotus (from Los Angeles; 2008)

What’s teasing your airwaves?


less of an oddity, more of an Afrofuturist

Welcome to the New Afrofuturism Site

After eight years of old graphics and mostly static info, I’m updating the site, turning it into a blog, and adding the many bibliographic citations and resources that have collected since the last (long ago) update.  Official opening date for the new site will be May 1, 2010, but you can check on changes daily until that date.

Anyone interested in becoming a writer for the site, contributing graphics, or taking part in building in any other fashion is invited to help.