Afro-Futuristic Vision #18 – Sci-Fi is Dead…
Afro-Futuristic Vision #18 – Sci-Fi is Dead…
Rise in Excellence,
‘For a Samurai to be brave he must have a bit of Black blood.’ Is a Japanese proverb that alludes to the reasoning that Samurai, of the beginnings of that warrior class were
of Afrikan ascent (I do not like to use the word descent in this context). Runoko Rashidi and many others cite, Sakanouye No Tamuramaro, as a pivotal military leader in early Japanese (Nihogo) history. And he was noted to be of Afrikan origin. I used google translate to get the following kanji:勇敢なるようにサムライのために彼は黒い血のビットを持っている必要があります。However, I would love to have the original kanji for this statement. When I think of this Japanese proverb, this proverb of my own comes to mind: ‘For a Sci-Fi Film to have life, it must have a bit of Black soul.’ My feeling does not come from a space of ‘racial superiority’ nor from a need to push my cultural in a venue that has already been established to be of European expression. This feeling comes from feeling the impressions I am left with while watching these films. For every Sci-Fi Film I have watched, I can immediately feel a strong depth of emotion and morality when the actor is Nubian (yeah, let’s use that term as we go forward). Most Sci-Fi films are based on one or two notions:1) human progression through controlling the elements of ‘nature’ (which in most films they feel there is a lack of consciousness and why that consciousness is separated into a field called Paranormal and Horror/Fantasy)
2) exploitation of a new discovery/technology (which when stated gives the illusion that it never existed before rather than found) by corporations
These notions or concepts represent the expression of the poles of positive (extending) and negative (receiving). Directions. Of course, you can attach whatever intentions you want to either, extending crude ideas or receiving beneficial ideas and vice versa. In Sci-Fi’s case, the intention, which is somewhat hidden, is to control nature or to manipulate its forces. There is hardly, if any, acknowledgement to emotional content for a species, energy source or element (that is not to say we must run around bowing to everything in existence…although maybe that would help). To put it plainly, that which gives life to all things have no life of its own. At least, that is the impression I get when I watch a movie like Disney’s Blackhole, and throughout the movie everything is about cunning calculations until they experience that truth that it is their intentions that carried them to the realms that reflected their hearts, Maximillian’s group to ‘Hell’ and Vincent’s group to ‘Heaven’. Although, this movie did touch upon Sci-Fi into the realm of emotions (internal technology), without the emotional expression of the actors being lively and colorful, it came across very, for lack of a better term…dead. All the elements were there but the elements could only speak from calculations and theorizing. As a child, when these impressions came off the screen, it was up to me to add rhythm to it as it passed through the orifices of my senses. You know, like how you took those old 80’s songs like Square Biz and added that much more funk. Or how you took that line from Warriors, ‘Warriors come out to play’ and added rhythm to it so it came out on beat. Anyway, there is a serious element missing from Sci-Fi Films, although visually spectacular, your heart strings are being plucked in another direction and at times left without resolve…your heart does like to be resolved…you know that right?
Let’s take a little break and look at some ‘facts’:
1) Most Sci-Fi Films are based on external technology (metal space-ships, sophisticated weaponry, artificial organs, drug-enhanced human abilities)
2) Science Fiction was coined in 1851, re-coined and brought into currency by the American editor Hugo Gemsback during the early 1930’s
3) Sci-Fi was coined in the 1950’s
4) Science means – c.1300, “knowledge (of something) acquired by study,” also “a particular branch of knowledge,” from O.Fr. science, from L. scientia “knowledge,” fromsciens (gen. scientis), prp. of scire “to know,” probably originally “to separate one thing from another, to distinguish,” related to scindere “to cut, divide,” from PIE root *skei- (cf. Gk. skhizein “to split, rend, cleave,” Goth. skaidan,O.E. sceadan “to divide, separate;” see shed (v.)). Modern sense of “non-arts studies” is attested from 1670s. The distinction is commonly understood as between theoretical truth (Gk. episteme) and methods for effecting practical results (tekhne), but science sometimes is used for practical applications andart for applications of skill. Main modern (restricted) sense of “body of regular or methodical observations or propositions … concerning any subject or speculation” is attested from 1725; in 17c.-18c. this concept commonly was called philosophy. To blind (someone) with science “confuse by the use of big words or complex explanations” is attested from 1937, originally noted as a phrase from Australia and New Zealand. Fiction means – fiction late 14c., “something invented,” from O.Fr. ficcion (13c.) “dissimulation, ruse; invention,” and directly from L. fictionem (nom. fictio) “a fashioning or feigning,” noun of action from pp. stem of fingere “to shape, form, devise, feign,” originally “to knead, form out of clay,” from PIE *dheigh- (cf. O.E. dag”dough;” see dough). As a branch of literature, 1590s.
5) Dead means – dead (adj.) O.E. dead “dead,” also “torpid, dull;” of water, “still, standing,” from P.Gmc.*dauthaz (cf. O.S. dod, Dan. død, Swed. död, O.Fris. dad, M.Du. doot, Du.dood, O.H.G. tot, Ger. tot, O.N. dauðr, Goth dauþs “dead”), from PIE *dhou-toz-, from root *dheu- (3) “to die” (see die (v.)).
Meaning “insensible” is first attested early 13c. Of places, “inactive, dull,” from 1580s. Used from 16c. in adjectival sense of “utter, absolute, quite” (cf. dead drunk first attested 1590s; dead heat, 1796). As an adverb, from late 14c.Dead on is 1889, from marksmanship. Dead soldier “emptied liquor bottle” is military slang from 1913; dead duck is from 1844. Dead letter is from 1703, used of laws lacking force as well as uncollected mail. Phrase in the dead of the night first recorded 1540s.
Read carefully once more and you will see, to a degree, Sci-Fi is Dead. And in Sci-Fi Films, you will see that there is always an issue when it comes to leaving the body in exchange for another life… Dead – dull, torpid, still, inactive (although this is not so b/c everything moves constantly) The inactivity and dullness I speak of has nothing to do with the amazing storylines nor top-notch action, the inactivity and dullness I speak of is of CONNECTION. The synergy of the heart pumping and beating in the direction of balance being an outcome at the end of a story. In addition, the facts I mentioned do not reflect the art of story-telling from a Nubian Perspective. The Nubian Perspective does not designate who is good and evil for you to be bias and develop anger towards, but tells you of the ethics and the pathways that both lead to and instills proper reasoning. When Nubian actors began to show up in Sci-Fi films, the story opened up, along with the message it was seeking to convey. Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura) actually did bring color and soul to Star Trek, although her lines were not the best show of her acting ability in the earlier shows, her presence adding depth. You felt it. In truth, although many say it was a breakthrough that we were appearing in Sci-Fi Films, our essence/being wasn’t given the full opportunity to express our character’s role with emotional depth, morale and soul. There a very few, if any real ‘Black Sci-Fi’ films out there. Maybe Pumzi. The current perception of Sci-Fi is still based on conquering nature. Heart, Morality and connection to Nature, without those elements, no matter how great the storyline is, you will always be missing something and will make impressions on viewers that Nature is to be controlled or synthesized, not synergized. Here are a few Sci-Fi Films where our presence was most necessary to guide the film:
Strange Days Event Horizon AVP Matrix I am Legend Night of the Living Dead Avengers SuperNova Blade The Thing
When I write, I keep these things in mind, so that I can produce something innovative and at the same time somewhat familiar. My basic premise is that the Sci-Fi genre has two basic expressions:
1) External Science – the use of machines, gadgets and weaponry that run on I/O or On/Off switches and have an external energy source. 2) Internal Science – the use of machines, gadgets and weaponry that run on the energy surrounding them (along with the heart of man), have their own consciousness and have no on/off switch.
So don’t get it twisted, I will continue to watch Sci-Fi Films b/c I enjoy them and I am able to extract what I need and don’t need. My current works, Renpet and N Eternity Reclaim, reflect my approach. And I plan to produce many more with my premise of Internal Technology. Thank you for reading. Please SHARE, TAG, POST, REBLOG, COMMENT, SUPPORT MY WORKS:
An inexperienced inter-dimensional being is thrust into the chaotic lives of a group of reckless young adults who survived the globally cataclysmic changes of The Great Year. With barely enough skill to keep herself from being swept by their psychologically and spiritually crippled minds…Can she keep them together long enough to realize the true cause of the dramatic transformation of the world’s population into one heavily pigmented race?
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A cosmic being, Neith, uncovers forgotten secrets on a hostile planet of giants. Neith finds herself forced to deal with decisions she made during the eons she spent as a warrior…the death of her son, the transformation of her husband into a malevolent beast… and the attacks by a planet that wants to kill her… Can she mend the wounds of her traumatic past before she’s forced into bloodshed once more?
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