My love of fantasy is a major part of who I am as both and artist and person. I spent a lot of time imagining as an only child, and while I didn't have and imaginary friend, per se, I did relish in opulent daydreams that continue to fuel my creative work. That being said, it's always a pleasure to find representations of blackness within the realm of fantasy. Nalo Hopkinson, who writes patois so well that the rhythm and melody is like a soundtrack to her glittering speculations of alternate realities, and Octavia Butler (grand Dame of SciFi)- whose economic prose mirrors the adventures of her ultra-capable black sheros.
Of course, M.Alsi Dukan's encyclopedic knowledge of speculative fiction bends to the narratives she creates through film.
Most recently, though, I've been introduced to two visual artists who take me on a trip and feature people of the African Diaspora...