For the past few months, fans have been connecting the dots between Afro-futurism and the Black Panther superhero movie. So HBO’s VICE asked three artists, including our very own, Nnedi Okorafor, to share their thoughts on the concept of Afro-futurism.

For those of you wondering what all the fuss about Afro-futurism is, here is a little introduction. Afro-futurism is a term coined by culture critic Mark Dery in the 1990s. The term defines art forms based on imaginations of the future through the lens of blackness. Against the domination of sci-fi/fantasy by white male writers, Afro-futurism provides a space for artistic work and scholarly inquiry built around identifying what is futuristic about black life, worlds, imagination, and power.

But like every artistic moment, Afro-futurism is also the source of considerable disagreement. Scholars and artists have never really been able to agree on the definition of the concept and the terms of its complexities. As a result, with Black Panther being touted as the first truly mainstream Afro-futurist film project, HBO’s VICE team sets out to dig deeper by interviewing Nnedi Okorafor, who has written several of the Black Panther comics issues, and author and choreographer Ytasha Womack

The entire video is worth 5 minutes of your life. But a few things stand out. Okorafor talks about how the absence of Africa in sci-fi narratives inspired her writing. We also love Okorafor’s insistence on the African roots of Afro-futurism: “It is rooted in Africa, and just like the diaspora, everything else is connected to it.”

Her insistence on the African origins of the concept is tied to widely publicized belief that Afro-futurism is not new to Africa, that African art forms have always been traced through by something futuristic.

Anyway, watch and enjoy!