Meet Reese of Futuristically Ancient (blog)
Reese is an old mate of mine from college. I have followed her blog for sometime now, and often found her posts fascinating; especially her opinions on African media, and current African trends. I have begged her to let me feature her on here, and this is what we came up with. I hope you will enjoy this piece and also go check out Reese's page!
I am from Queens, New York City. I was born in Brooklyn to Caribbean parents.
How do you describe yourself?
To put it simply I am a writer, blogger, and a poet. In other words, I want my thoughts to be inside your head, and the ones you do not forget. (Muhahaha!). I want to find the meaning of life with words and see how words twist, shape and change the reality around me, and those around me. I want to be, as I have written before, the flower of words, blooming and growing everyday.
What are some of your interests?
I own a blog; Aker: Futuristically Ancient; in which I explore the cultures of the African diaspora through afrofuturist and afrosurrealist lens. It centers on themes found in speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, myth, mysticism, futurist and surrealist works, etc. Some of my main interests are of course studying about the culture of the African diaspora, but also media analysis, mythology studies, music and dance.
Why do you blog?
I started blogging as a way to express myself and the thoughts in my head. I have a lot to say, but sometimes speaking is hard for me. I am a better writer than I am a speaker, and the blogging platform allows me to do that well. Now, I also want my blog to give a platform for others who need a space for their voices to be heard, and feels that the mainstream is not allowing them to do that.
What are your future plans?
I have a few things in mind. I want to get an internship, maybe by the end of this year. I plan to publish my senior thesis and poetry collection next year. I want to continue to expand on my blog. Though, I am currently unsure whether to, or not to go to grad school, if I do go, I probably will do an individualized program combining mythology studies, media analysis and creative work.