Episode 22: Afrofuturism & Black Sci-fi/Fantasy, feat. Justin Clark
CATCH A TRIP INTO THE AFROFUTURE ABOARD A SHIP PILOTED BY SPACE-AGE PROPHETS, PHAROANIC JESTERS, METEOR MEN, AND OTHER BROTHERS FROM ANOTHER PLANET!
What might the world look like in a universe where Africa hadn’t been colonized? What might the race relations of our world look like to a visitor from outer space? What if Superman was a Black nerd from D.C.? What if malevolent aliens crash landed in the London projects? These questions and more will be answered in Genre Grinder’s look at Afrofuturism and Black sci-fi/fantasy movies. Join Gabe and returning guest host Justin Clark of Slant Magazine & Game Spot as they attempt to parse this wide-ranging, unique, and socially relevant genre by looking at five films – John Coney’s Space is the Place (1974), John Sayles’ The Brother from Another Planet (1984), Robert Townsend’s The Meteor Man (1993), Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block (2011), and Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You (2018). They also take time to chat briefly about other relevant films.
00:00 – Intro
07:16 – Space is the Place (+ Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames )
25:27 – The Brother from Another Planet
42:14 – Meteor Man (+ the Blade movies, the Alien vs. Predator franchise, and Ngozi Onwurah’s Welcome II the Terrordome )
1:26:00 – Attack the Block (+ the Black Panther comics and movie)
1:43:31 – Sorry to Bother You
1:55:31 – Outro, Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time (2018), Colm McCarthy’s The Girl with All the Gifts (2016 + Last of Us and the Sweet Tooth comic), and Stefon Bristol’s See You Yesterday (2019)
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