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AFROFUTURISM AND ARAB FUTURISM Reflections of a Present-day Diasporic Reader Lama Suleiman Larissa Sansour  |  A Space Exodus  |  Courtesy of the artist Edited by Communication scholar Reynaldo Anderson and leading Africana Studies professor Charles E. Jones, Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness, is a collection of essays that examines Afrofuturism as a genre of Afrodiasporic cultural production, and as a framework for analysis and critique from within various fields of Black technocultural studies. In undertaking such an examination, the authors and contributors seek to define what they call Astro-Blackness, “in which a person’s Black state of consciousness, released from the confining and crippling slave or colonial mentality, becomes aware of the multitude and varied possibilities and probabilities within the universe.” 1 Having a somewhat remote interest in science fiction (mostly as contradicting affinities either towards consumerist escapism or anarchist imaginations), Afrofuturism 2.0 proves to be not only an educational experience, but a necessary provocation of questions on Pan-Arab culture, which may be read through various Palestinian states of being – whether present, absent, or imagined.