Afrofuturism As A Means for Black Creatives, Professionals, and Activists to Sustain Our Mental Health

In scribing new pieces using the genre Afrofurism and delving into the core of its meaning, definition, and uses I am discovering how useful it is to help we Black creatives, professionals, leaders, and activists to maintain good mental health. Afrofuturism is a world where we manifest our own identities and create safe spaces for us to thrive, to be, to exist as human beings within neighborhoods and communities all over the planet.

This discovery should have come to me decades ago — but helpful tools to advance in life come in due time! A godsend Afrofuturism is for me, but it has been with me for longer than I had known. I have always been a fan of science fiction, magic, otherworldly dimensions where beings are the center of their story and the magic of the writing or creativity helps give birth to that powerful reality. Black sci-fi and modern day Marvel movies speak to me even more these days as I am making sense of the world around me.

Afrofuturism for me is a portal. It is the advancement of the African Diaspora we need in order to combat racial violence, racial terrorism, anti-Blackness and police violence. So many things are coming to perspective to me as I think about the ways in which Afrofuturism answers the questions I need as an activist concerned about various social justice issues. My sanity increases in the portal of Afrofuturistic thinking. How could it not as I analyze racial tensions or policymaking for communities of color in the United States?

Pay attention to the next person you experience on or offline who has an Afrofuture background or leaning. Our community is helping to make sense of the world we live in and the world we can live in. This is a breakthrough for us as we march for Black Lives, as communities queer language or systems that are aggressively male focused and rigid, as we collectively are breaking glass ceilings that have benefited only a few. Delve into Afrofuturism and you will embark on freedom-thought that will carry you into worlds of knew understanding, clarity.

Our mental and spiritual well-being is being helped dramatically through the world of Afrofuturism. There is no limit on who can be leaders in these realms and how leadership pushes back at the status quo. It is ultimately our minds, our spirits, and our creativity we use in Afrofuturism that creates a more just world where we the ones with the darker hue and the like are heroes, are change makers, are the ones bringing justice and salvation to the world. We are moving into that reality whether our current structures allows us to or not.

Do not be afraid of the future! is what Afrofuturism is singing to us, to this world. Create the reality you see fit in order to have the most whole life you need to keep going! this is what Afrofuturism is encouraging us to do with our lives, our talents, our gifts, our abilities. Public Enemy’s “Fear Of A Black Planet” is what Afrofururism is a soundtrack for the many of us who are universally held back in this system of white supremacy and outdated patriarchal rule. How will you engage the mental and spiritual practices of Afrofuturism to better your Earthly situation?

I will continue to write, to create, to lead with Afrofuturism as my gage and as my guide. I will call upon a book such as “Kindred” by Octavia Butler to address my mental and spiritual needs while I am resisting white ideology that continues to harm, displace, hurt, and negatively impact BIPOC globally and continuously. The future is within you and within me. The future of BIPOC is within the pens, the paintbrushes, the graphic design, the movies, the music, and the technology we use to paint a new world for our existence.

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Christopher D. Sims

Writer, performance artist, and activist who writes about racism, anti-Blackness, and human rights struggles. A voice for truth and righteousness.