119. The Space Race: Afrofuturism
Sun Ra and Parliament-Funkadelic return to claim the pyramids, and Octavia Butler uses science fiction to confront the brutal past of slavery.
Thanks to Stephan Terre for the creation of the futuristic intro music!
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• P. Youngquist, A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism (Austin 2016).
Film: The Last Angel in History (1996, directed by John Akomfrah)