Aisha Shillingford and Terry Marshall

Oct 28, 2019

Black Freedom Beyond Borders

Re-Imaging Gender in Wakanda

Wakanda Dream Lab 2019

Wakanda Dream Lab’s anthology, Black Freedom Beyond Borders: Re-Imaging Gender in Wakanda, features the work of writers, artists, and activists, as they imagine gender justice through the framework of Wakanda. The various stories and pieces are creative and thought-provoking as they center the voices, experiences, and visions of Black and Native women, femmes, girls, and trans and gender non-conforming people. In this interview, we chat with Aisha Shillingford and Terry Marshall about their own work and the work of Wakanda Dream Lab. We go on to discuss the process of putting together the anthology, what makes Wakanda so special, and what they want readers to learn from the book. Black Freedom Beyond Borders: Re-Imaging Gender in Wakanda shows the importance of speculative writing in envisioning liberation and justice.

A huge shoutout to the many people involved in this project!

Follow Wakanda Dream Lab’s work on their website and on their Instagram.

Download the anthology for free here!

Adrian King (they/them) is a PhD student in American Culture at the University of Michigan.

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