future

Black Lives Matter activist Janaya Khan organizes a sit-in at Yonge st. and College st. during the Trans Pride March, in Toronto on Friday July 1 , 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eduardo Lima

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.