Singing the cyber blues: Janelle Monaé's Metropolis
Kandia Crazy Horse, San Francisco Bay Guardian, 7 May 2008
AFROFUTURISM BEGAN in earnest with those "20 odd Negroes" brought to Jamestown. Truly, long-ago Africans brought to New World shores invented modernity on the fly, animating poet John Masefield's "The Passing Strange": "Out of the earth to rest or range/Perpetual in perpetual change / The unknown passing through the strange."
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