Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader
Greg Tate is a music and popular culture critic and journalist whose work has appeared in many publications, including the Village Voice, Vibe, Spin, the Wire, and Downbeat. He is the author of Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America and Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience and the editor of Everything but the Burden: What White People Are Taking from Black Culture. Tate, via guitar and baton, also leads the conducted improvisation ensemble Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, who tour internationally.
Race, Sex, Politricks, and Belles Lettres
Section five collects Greg Tate’s best literary criticism, on works ranging from novels by Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith, and Edward P. Jones to scholarly work by Patricia Hill Collins and biographers of Amiri Baraka and Frantz Fanon. In a final essay, “Kalahari Hopscotch,” Tate reflects on his trajectory as a Black futurist, starting from an obsession with Marvel Comics and Black science-fiction characters as a kid. Tate argues Afro-futurism is about seeing the institutional exclusion, hyperinvisibility, and massive social erasure that Black people face not as impediments but as incitements where Black futurist avatars are inspired to repurpose oppression and re-create the world anew.