MINIMUM NUMBER OF SOURCES: (Essay only): • Discuss TWO works from class. (You m


MINIMUM NUMBER OF SOURCES: (Essay only):
• Discuss TWO works from class. (You may add ADDITIONAL works, either from inside
or outside of class, but an essay must include a thorough discussion of at least two works
from class.)
• And at least TWO secondary sources. (An outside article/blog/opinion that supports your
argument or you refute in your paper. Wikipedia and dictionaries are not appropriate
sources. You may add additional sources for background, but make sure TWO sources
address the class works directly.)
PROMPT:
What does Wakanda represent in Afrofuturism? What are some of the benefits and
pitfalls of Wakanda as imagined in Black Panther (film or series)? What social issues are
addressed in Black Panther and how can they be relevant in the real world? Be sure to mention
at least one other work from class.
FEEL FREE TO CHOOSE ONE OF THE BELOW OPTIONS TO ADDRESS ALONG WITH BLACK PANTHER:
Delany, Samuel R. “Aye, and Gomorrah” – http://strangehorizons.com/fiction/aye-and-gomorrah/ (Links to an external site.)
Due, Tananarive
“Like Daughter”
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/like-daughter/ (Links to an external site.)
“Herd Immunity” (2014)
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/herd-immunity/ (Links to an external site.)
Hopkinson, Nalo.
“Greedy Choke Puppy” (CANVAS)
Jemisin, N.K —
“Walking Awake” (2014)
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/walking-awake/ (Links to an external site.)
Okorafor, Nnedi.
“Spider the Artist.” http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/spider-the-artist/ (Links to an external site.)
Okorafor, Nnedi (with Wanuri Kahiu) “Rusties”
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/okorafor-kahiu_10_16/ (Links to an external site.)
Shawl, Nisi
“Black Betty”

“Black Betty” by Nisi Shawl


INSTRUCTIONS:
Based on the books, literature, and films we have studied so far—or similar Afrofuturism
works you find during your research—craft an essay discussing your understanding of the
themes in Afrofuturism and their meaning, context, and/or effectiveness. You should refer to the
course work and at least two sources—which would include quoting from the works themselves.
(Outside scholarship is required—and article or blog post, for example—but you must discuss at
least one class work.) Be as specific as possible.
POSSIBLE APPROACHES: You may write a compare and contrast essay about two or
more of the works we have studied (or comparing a work we have studied to another outside of
class); an analysis of two or more works; or present a specific argument (i.e. argumentative
essay) that you then use your analysis of works to bolster.
You should have a thesis statement in your first paragraph and lay out your subtopics.
Each paragraph introducing a new subject or idea should have a topic sentence.
FORMAT: Assignments MUST be emailed as a Word document (or Word compatible)
or PDF. You must write DOUBLE-SPACED in a 12-pt font, preferably Times New Roman. The
word count will be weighed more heavily than the page count, so do not rely upon specialty fonts
to increase your page count. Again, it is best to use Times New Roman. Essays may be formatted
in MLA or APA style, but all citations should be cited in a Works Cited page


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