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DEI Reading Lists

This guide contains book lists curated by staff on the UWM Libraries Diversity Advisory Committee.

This Winter, in honor of Black History Month, the library is compiling a list of Black readings, viewings, and music by Black artists in the science fiction, Afrofuturism, and utopian Genre. All Film and Television suggestions also showcase black characters prominently portrayed in the Science Fiction Genre.

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Science Fiction, Afrofuturism, and Utopian Themes



Black Panther / Marvel Studios presents ; directed by Ryan Coogler ; written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole ; produced by Kevin Feige.

Burbank, CA : Buena Vista Home Entertainment; 2018


The Matrix / a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation ; in association with Village Roadshow Pictures - Groucho II Film partnership ; a Silver Pictures production ; produced by Joel Silver, written and directed by Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski.

Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video; 2007


The fifth element / Columbia Pictures presents a Gaumont production ; screenplay by Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen ; story by Luc Besson ; produced by Patrice Ledoux ; directed by Luc Besson.

Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment; 2005


Men in black / Columbia Pictures presents an Amblin Entertainment production in association with MacDonald Parkes Productions ; a Barry Sonnenfeld film ; executive producer, Steven Spielberg ; screen story and screenplay by Ed Solomon ; produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald ; directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.

Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video; 2002

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Blade / New Line Cinema presents an Amen Ra Films production in association with Peter Frankfurt ; a Stephen Norrington picture ; produced by Robert Engelman, Peter Frankfurt, Wesley Snipes ; written by David S. Goyer ; directed by Stephen Norrington.

Place of publication not identified : publisher not identified ; 2009?

A wrinkle in time / Disney presents ; a Whitaker Entertainment production ; an Ava DuVernay film ; produced by Jim Whitaker, Catherine Hand ; screenplay by Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell ; directed by Ava DuVernay.

Burbank, CA : Buena Vista Home Entertainment; 2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (dirs. Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, 2018)

Spider-Man, into the Spider-Verse (Motion picture); Spider-Man : into the Spider-Verse / Columbia Pictures presents in association with Marvel ; an Avi Arad/Lord Miller/Pascal Pictures production ; a Sony Pictures Animation film ; directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman ; produced by Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Christina Steinberg ; story by Phil Lord ; screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman.

Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; 2019

Sankofa on Netflix USA

Sankofa / a film by Haile Gerima ; Negod-Gwad Productions.

Washington, D.C. : Mypheduh Films; 1993

A huge alien spacecraft in space over North America

Independence day / Twentieth Century Fox presents a Centropolis Entertainment production ; a Roland Emmerich film ; written by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich ; produced by Dean Devlin ; directed by Roland Emmerich.

Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment; 2003


Brother from another planet (Motion picture : 1984); Brother from another planet / produced by Peggy Rajski and Maggie Renzi ; written, directed and edited by John Sayles.

Carlisle, Massachusetts : Desert Island Films, Inc.; 2011




Space is the Place Playlist 

Music by Black artists inspired by science fiction, Afrofuturism, and utopias. 

UWM Music Library        



Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, and Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)


Star trek, the next generation (Television program). Season 1.; Star trek, the next generation. Season 1.

United States : CBS DVD; 2013


Firefly (Television program); Firefly. The complete series / produced by Mutant Enemy Inc. in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television ; created by Joss Whedon ; [executive producers, Joss Whedon, Tim Minear; producers, Ben Edlund, Gareth Davies].

Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment; 2003

Walter Koenig, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, and Nichelle Nichols in Star Trek (1966)


Star trek (Television program). Season 1.; Star trek, the original series. Season one / created and produced by Gene Roddenberry ; a Desilu production in association with Norway Corporation ; [producers, John Meredyth Lucas, Gene Roddenberry ; directed by Marc Daniels ... and others].

Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount; 2004

Doctor Who - The Doctor Who Comic Special 2022


Doctor Who (Television program : 2005- ). Season 3.; Doctor Who. The complete third series / 2 entertain ; BBC Wales, in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ; executive producers, Russell T. Davies, Julie Gardner, Phil Collinson ; producers, Phil Collinson, Susie Liggat..

London : BBC Worldwide ; Burbank, CA : distributed by Warner Home Video; 2012




Lovecraft country. The complete first season [DVD videorecording]

Lovecraft country (Television program).

DVD | Warner Bros. Home Entertainment | [2021]