Voices of the Black Imaginary

Interview of Chesya Burke, author and doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Florida
Interview of Chesya Burke, author and doctoral ...
Interview of author Tenea D. Johnson at the Zora Neale Hurston Festival in Eatonville, Florida
Interview of author Tenea D. Johnson at the Zor...
Interview of Dr. Reynaldo Anderson, Associate Professor of Communication at Harris-Stowe State University
Interview of Dr. Reynaldo Anderson, Associate P...
Interview of Dr. Michele Berger, Associate Professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill
Interview of Dr. Michele Berger, Associate Prof...
Ingrid LaFleur speaks at the Utopian Studies Society meeting at Michigan State University
Ingrid LaFleur speaks at the Utopian Studies So...
Interview of fiction writer Iheoma Nwachukwu
Interview of fiction writer Iheoma Nwachukwu

Voices of the Black Imaginary is a unique oral history archive derived from interviews with scholars and creatives engaged with Afrofuturism. Defined broadly, Afrofuturism offers a way to rethink the place of race, art, science, and design in society. With roots in a longer history of black speculative practice and Afrodiasporic experience, the practice and theory linked to Afrofuturism offers new ways to see and understand our world.

Subjects in the collection are engaged with contemporary Afrofuturist thought and action. Their comments represent a unique opportunity to understand the dynamic evolution of black speculative practice in the United States.

This project is led by Dr. Julian Chambliss in the Department of English at Michigan State University. The collection would not be possible without the support of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. The festival’s 2020-2024 cycle centers Afrofuturism and served as venue to speak to many of the subjects.