Going Black To The Future

Ahead of the Brooklyn Academy‘s “Space Is the Place” film series, its curator, Ashley Clark, run downs five of the best films going black to the future. Clark gives precedence to Sun Ra (pictured) in the 1974 “Space is the Place”: ‘If Afrofuturism has a key player, it’s Sun Ra. Born Herman Poole Blount in segregated Alabama in 1914, Ra spent years developing a diverse portfolio as a musician with his legendary Arkestra (jazz, big band, blues, proto-electronica); and an opaque, mythical persona which blended cosmological ideas with ancient Egyptian mysticism.’

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