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Democratizing the future


Democratizing the future

Welcome to the afrofuturist podcast where we examine, speculate and imagine the future from a global point of view. We are dedicated to building a community that showcases diverse ideas of the future through podcasts, blogs, articles and upcoming events.

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Welcome to The Afrofuturist Podcast Website! We are a radio show that examines, speculates, and imagines the black future from a global point of view. We strive to create an online community for our audience through our stream of episodes, blog articles, and upcoming events. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about the world of afrofuturism.

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The Afrofuturist Podcast will bring the people and ideas that strive to shape the future from places seldom discussed but equally valuable. From artists and engineers to technologists and thought leaders, our show will showcase those that are passionate about diversifying and democratizing the building of the future.

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We have an exciting line-up of guests in conversation with Ahmed Best for 2018 along with some upcoming live podcasts that will explore playable media, digital wearables, Afrofuturist art and transforming education in the future.

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Ahmed Best

Writer, Director, Producer, Actor, Musician, Host and Futurist

Ahmed was a founding member of the acid jazz group, The Jazzhole and starred in the Broadway musical Stomp. He then went on to be the first CGI lead character in a motion picture starring as Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

A graduate of the American Film Institute, Ahmed is an Ovation Award, LACC Award, Stage Raw Award, and an Annie award winner. He’s the Executive Producer of The DL Chronicles (GLAAD award winner for Best Anthology series), Co-Director of the web series Bandwagon, the Creator, Writer, and Director for the web series This Can't Be My Life, and the sci-fi comedy The Nebula. Ahmed is addicted to culture and devoted to the future.

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Dr. Lonny Brooks

Executive Producer, Co-Creator, Resident Afrofuturist & Communications Professor

Lonny J Avi Brooks is an Associate professor in the Communication Department at California State University, East Bay, which is, in turn, part of the newly formed School of Arts Media. He teaches in the Public, Professional and Organizational concentration in Communication and he is the Co-Principal Investigator for the Long Term and Futures Thinking in Education Project and has piloted the integration of long term and futures thinking into his Communication courses for the last four years.

His current manuscript is "Working in the Future Tense@Futureland: Circulating Afrofuturetypes of Work, Culture and Racial Identity" (in review). His latest articles include the forthcoming “Minority Reports from 2054: Building Collective and Critical Forecasting Imaginaries and Afrofuturetypes in Game Jamming” for the special 2018 issue of the Canadian journal "TOPIA: Black Lives, Black Politics, Black Futures" and “Cruelty and Afrofuturism,” a special commentary section on Cruelty in the Age of Trump for the Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies journal. With Dr. Reynaldo Anderson, Dr. Brooks published “Student visions of multiple urban futures 2050” in "Envisioning Futures for Environmental and Sustainability Education."

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