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Afrofuturism Icon Ytasha L. Womack and Artist Gloria Muriel Join Afronauts

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Ytasha L. Womack is an author, filmmaker, dancer and innovator. Her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy explores black sci fi culture, bleeks, black comix, and the legacy of futurism. She is author of the critically acclaimed book Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity and Rayla 2212. She is also the coeditor of the hip hop anthology Beats, Rhyme & Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop.  Her films include Love Shorts (writer/producer) and The Engagement (director).  Her film Bar Star City (director/writer) goes into production this year.

Gloria Muriel is a native of Mexico, lives in San Diego and is a graphic designer by trade. She has two daughters ages 11 and 12, which is the same general age as the girls in her pictures (“a coincidence,” she says, slyly).Whether with a brush, spray can, or roller, Gloria’s intention is to awaken hearts and open minds to the raw novelty of the present moment. Her murals can be found in Mexicali, Tijuana, Guadalajara, Mexico City, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Miami.