Hey, PushBlack! Today we’re celebrating the birthday of author Octavia Butler…
Hey, PushBlack! Today we’re celebrating the belated birthday of author Octavia Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006). Octavia Butler used fantasy and science fiction to explore the black experience and to break free from the legacies of slavery and colonialism. Whether it’s fiction or reality, the black community has strong connections to the unknown. Actor Levar Burton, star from the TV miniseries Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation, sums it up well in this two-minute video where he explains how science fiction and space open up a reality, in which “everyone is welcome.” Today, we’re exploring this idea by discussing the connection between astrophysics, science fiction, and freedom.
Song of the Day
This is my planet, I’m ’bout business
The best that ever done it, can I get a witness?
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