Women in Afrofuturism: Laylah Ali, Janelle Monae, Wanuri Kahui, Ingrid LaFleur | AADAT

In a world that places centrality on the male figure, Afrofuturist movements have been dramatically promoted by women in many forms of media, with perhaps the most popular icon today being Janelle Monae, lighting up our screens with her futuristic themes that are largely focused on androids and quite recently, ‘electric ladies’. The expression of mainstream artists within this fantastical realm, however, is not completely new. Older artists such as Grace Jones, Erykah Badoe, Labelle have over the years created personas that have escaped the trappings of popularized constructions of black identity, be it through their androgynous looks or mystic creations.

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