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Today’s women Afrofuturist musicians are more overtly aligning Afrofuturism and feminism. Writer and artist Tanekeya Word says that while Afrofuturist feminism is similar to “cyberfeminism” (in which the cyborg is the ultimate evolution), it is ultimately “rooted in ethnicity and gender.” Afrofuturist feminism and cyberfeminism both exist within a radical feminist context, one in which, historically, Word says, “unity amongst women left no room in their structure for race, othering the black body within feminism for decades.” But in contrast to Donna Haraway’s 1991 “A Cyborg Manifesto,” where cyborgs are genderless and operate outside of race, procreation, or family structures in a technology- and progress-obsessed future, Afrofuturist feminists “do not need to eradicate the black or female body nor the history it has witnessed.”

Word goes on to note that although “Afrofuturist feminists [may] shape-shift, hybridization, including robotics, may occur—it’s not a permanent state that negates the black female body” entirely. So, Seattle duo THEESatisfaction can explore Afrofuturism through the song “Earthseed,” based on the sci-fi series of the same name by Octavia E. Butler, in which she details a fictional religion based on the concept “God is Change”—and then on the same album, produce a jam like “QueenS,” which is all about getting down in the here and now. In the music video, you’ll see the most fashionable house party you can imagine—all bright colors and prints, dangly earrings, ’fros and braids—and a celebration of queer female friendship.

Erykah Badu - 20 Feet Tall

whentidessubside:

Erykah Badu - 20 Feet Tall

Then you, you built a wall a
20 foot wall so I couldnt see
But if I get off my off my knee
I might recall Im 20 feet tall

deedwyerart:

Erykah Badu 

Photography: Dee Dwyer

deedwyerart:

Erykah Badu 

Photography: Dee Dwyer

donnieiv:

The Robert Glasper Experiment w/ Erykah Badu show at SXSW personally one of my favorites. Smooth instrumentals, Erykah Badu performing a great melody of a few songs. And the Robert Glasper Experiment cover songs from their Black Radio EP doing cover such as No Church in the Wild and a Dilla tribute. This alone was worth admission to SXSW.

Erykah Badu ft. Zigaboo Modeliste & The Dap Kings - A La Modeliste (2012)

i-torigenemccarthy:

Erykah Badu performing at the 2012 AfroPunk Festival in Dumbo, Brooklyn. 

Photo by Tori Gene McCarthy

Erykah Badu & My Morning Jacket - The Day Is Coming (2011)