In 2001 MIT and USC presented a conference called "Race In Digital Space: A National Conference On Race and New Media Technologies". During my Afrofuturistic research, this (still active) website proved to be a tremendous source for internet surfing , and connected a series of dots with regard to to artists, scholars, musicians, etc. who are particularly interested in contributions by people of color to our collective future. For me, the point of this reBlogging exercise was not merely to trumpet the innovation and creativity of folks within the African Diaspora, but an opportunity to expand the conversation to fit more realistic proportions. Our imaginations need not be confined by one (or two) black crew members on a Star Ship (Star Trek), or relegated to sacrificial lamb status to save a white protagonist (Y the Last Man). I envision a future where many distinct cultures are well-represented and enhance critical survival. But enough of my soap-boxing...
There were so many threads to explore based on Race In Digital Space that I am sure I won't be able to create a separate posting for each, as my EYEBEAM reBlogging duties end on Tuesday, November 10th @ 11am. Although I will try and follow up with my key selections until then, I've included an exhaustive list of LINKS for your review. Please enjoy, the future is now.
Mad LINKS, son!
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