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Afrofuturism as an expression first surfaced in the work of Afrofuturist forefather, Jazz musician Sun Ra, from the depths of 1950s American institutional racism and marginalization. Ra mixed various African symbols, poetry, and philosophy, through extra-terrestrial transfiguration and phantasmic amalgamation of ancient and alien technologies, in a manner that recaptures, reimagines, and revises Afrodiasporic history and present – often with a tint of sarcasm. philosophy, through extra- terrestrial transfiguration and phantasmic amalgamation of ancient and alien technologies, in a manner that recaptures, reimagines, and revises Afrodiasporic history and present – often with a tint of sarcasm. In his film, Space is the Place (1974), “Ra attempts to save Earth’s inhabitants by offering them off-world employment with Outer Spaceways Incorporated, but seeing that the position provides no pay and requires giving up Earthly pleasures and vices, only a handful take him up on the offer” (Anderson and Jones, 2016:65). Sun Ra, excerpt from the introduction of Space is the Place (1974)