In 1811 a former slave named Henry Christophe anointed himself 'First Monarch' of the 'New World.' For 10 years, he ruled over a part of modern-day Haiti, becoming a global media sensation.
A renamed Brooklyn street celebrates Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a Haitian slave turned president. For centuries his legacy was tarnished by allegations that Haiti's revolution led to 'white genocide.'
In a gloomy year filled, a number of artists with an Afrofuturist perspective gave hope with inspired works of art.