Ytasha L. Womack

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Filmmaker, dancer, independent scholar, and author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture

Ytasha L. Womack is a critically acclaimed author, filmmaker, dancer, independent scholar, and champion of humanity and the imagination. Her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture (2013) is the leading primer on the exciting subject which bridges science fiction, futurisms, and culture. The book is a 2014 Locus Awards Non Fiction Finalist.
Her film "A Love Letter to the Ancestors From Chicago" (2017) is an Afrofuturist dance film. It was featured in Afropunk Brooklyn, Black(s) to the Future Fest in Paris, Cultura IberaAmericana in Cuba, Afrotopia in Bristol, England, Reel Time Film Fest in Lagos, Nigeria and the Black Harvest Film Fest in Chicago among others. The film won Best Experimental Film at the Collected Voices Festival. Her Afrofuturist series Eartha 2198 debuts February 2019 as part of www.raylauniverse.com. The series chronicles the adventures and self discovery of teleporting astronauts with soul journey missions from Planet Hope. Womack is currently a writer-in-residence with Emerson College in Boston.


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