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Alien Encounters: Panelists Tackle Tough Issues That Impact YA Black Speculative Fiction

Alien_Encounters_PanelI was pleased to attend the authors’ discussion and book signing at Auburn Avenue Research library. This Alien Encounters topic was “Beyond Twilight and Harry Potter: Speculative Fiction for Young Adults of Color.” The dicussion was timely, interesting, and important. I’m sad that I missed the other sessions, I was knee deep in finishing Breaking Free. Sadness. But what I heard at this panel was awesome.

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Interview with Author Nicole Sconiers: Beckyville has the Snarky, Racial Humor of Undercover Brother Mixed with the Sophistication of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.

Escape_From_BeckyvilleI met Nicole Sconiers at OnyxCon 3 in Atlanta. I immediately downloaded the Beckyville short stories and dug-in. I couldn’t stop reading them. The stories push the envelope of issues that pertain to African-American women such as issues surrounding hair, attitude, rage, and injustice. These stories are not for the faint of heart. Sconiers uses speculative fiction to share those internalized emotions and feelings that some Black women have towards being victimized and treated as if they are racially inferior but it’s done in a snarky, satirical manner. I especially love the stories that expose issues surrounding Black women’s hair. I know I am always asked about my Sisterlocks. LOL!

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Most People of Color Don’t Care for Science Fiction: Morris Chestnut talks about his role on the hit TV series “V”

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 OK, I’ve been trying real hard to not skee and scream whenever I see  Morris Chestnut on “V.” I’ve always had a little crush. LOL! Totally, a fan girl…

Last season ended on an incredible cliffhanger.  Is Ryan Nichols dead? Did they kill off Chestnut’s character?  It would be so cliche, if the black man dies when the series is taking off. One thing is for sure, Chestnut has acted his butt off during this last season of “V” and not many have noticed.  He’s done a great job of showing Ryan Nichols as a traitor but we still sympathize with him. I never sympathized with Robert Englund’s character.