This is an excerpt from Episode 2 of Astro Black, a 4-channel video installation informed by the history and politics of Afrofuturism. Episode 2 examines the shift in the 1980s from the party-music roots of early hip-hop to the overtly politicized work of artists such as Public Enemy. Instead of invoking the promise of an alternate future, Public Enemy mobilizes science fiction to frame the present in a state of critical emergency. Following the archeological discovery of an ancient stone crosshairs (the P.E logo), the episode cuts to 1988 and the arrival of an ominous mothership in New York City. By hijacking President Ronald Reagan's TV broadcast, the mothership transmits an alternative statement from Chuck D and Sun Ra that incites viewers to take to the streets and fight the power.

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