janaya khan is the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto and has become a leading voice in the global crusade demanding social transformation, justice, and equality. Known as future within the BLM movement, khan is a Black, queer, gender-nonconforming activist, staunch Afrofuturist, boxer, and social-justice educator. Khan’s dedication and bold approach to social justice work has created opportunities to contribute to academic and frontline community dialogue engaging audiences on the global impacts of the Black Lives Matter movement. An accomplished lecturer and author, their writings have been featured in The Feminist Wire, The Root, Huffington Post Black Voices, and Al Jazeera.

janaya currently resides in Los Angeles as the organization director of Gender Justice LA.

 

Afrofuturism has a tendency to look back at history and the past, to situate itself in the present that is actually a future. It often focuses on a Black protagonist as the storyteller.The popular narratives that we see around Blackness and the way we come to understand ourselves are informed by stereotypes, anti-Black racism, misogyny, over-sexualizing, and a myriad of other things. If we focus on and empower the most marginalized people in a space or in a group or community, and if they have what they need, then everyone has what they need.