“An emancipatory Black fantastic requires interrupting the dark fantastic cycle in order to create new paradigms. It requires mentoring diverse talent, actively acquiring new stories, and then moving toward culturally sustaining visions of editorship, marketing, reviewing, librarianship, book retailing, and literacy education. It requires publishing, Hollywood, education, libraries, and merchandising to acknowledge the ways that they have been complicit in reproducing the known world for every generation in the stories that we tell our children, teens, and young adults.But, ultimately, emancipating the dark fantastic requires decolonizing our fantasies and our dreams.” I think this quote perfectly summarizes what the problem is—and how to solve it. Or, at least, how to start trying to solve it. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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