This Instagram Account Celebrates Black Characters In Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror
It's no secret that there has never really been space for black people in speculative fiction – an umbrella term for science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres – but thankfully, black creatives are changing the narrative and creating more representation.
Four years ago, as part of his contribution to the cause, Asante Massawa created Nubiamancy – a social media platform that curates the best in black speculative fiction in order to share it with a larger audience.
By showcasing content based on African mysticism and alternative forms of Afrocentricity, Asante seeks to inspire more creatives to insert black characters into genres where we remain underseen.
About what inspired him to create Nubiamancy, Asante said:
"I started this by myself to help normalize seeing people of African descent in entertainment genres that underrepresent us, to promote content that features people of African descent, and to inspire creators to create more content in those veins."
Following all the positive feedback, Asante is now embarking on a mission to turn the social media platform into a film studio – and he is currently trying to raise $100,000 on GoFundMe.
The short term goal is to become a film studio that creates short films based on some of the content displayed on the page; and the long term goal is to transition into full-length feature films.
By Daniel Orubo, published on 27/03/2017