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Guest Fest: Using Afrofuturism to Re-Examine Our Past By Rasheedah Phillips

RasheedahThe Future is already Here. It’s just unevenly distributed.

William Gibson

 

The word “futurism” embedded in the term Afrofuturism denotes a forward-looking aesthetic or theme that envisions the prospective future of humanity. If popular media, literature, and film are any indication, the images that people typically draw to mind when thinking of the future generally involve either 1) post-apocalyptic scenery 2) highly-advanced technology or 3) interplanetary and outerspace travel.

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State of Black SciFi 2012 Youth Symposium Coming May 5,2012

On Saturday, May 5, the Atlanta Black Speculative Fiction Cafe will host a day-long symposium spotlighting science fiction and fantasy as a signature intersection of science, history, technology, and humanistic studies. The symposium will feature scholarly panel discussions involving authors and artists of African descent who will showcase their involvement in their respective genres and […]

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The State of Black Scifi 2012: The Grand Finale with a New Short Story from Alicia McCalla

FlareThis is the last week of our amazing online Black History Month event.  It’s been an enlightening experience.  I’d like to take the time to thank everyone who has participated from the other bloggers to the readers, retweeters, and commenters. You all have been wonderful. My winners this week are Chicki Brown and Ellen Barrow.  Congratulations!  This week we have a special treat.  Each participant has created an original short story.

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Check out my Interview with Hildie McQueen on My Favorite Things

I'm so excited to be interviewed by Hildie McQueen today.  She asked about my five favorite things. Shout out to all my tea drinkers.  I also shared about my favorite restaurant.  Go check out the interview.

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Alicia McCalla Guest Blogs About Her Grandfather on Petit Fors and Hot Tamales

I'm the Guest Chef Today at Petit Fors and Hot Tamales. I'm talking about someone very near and dear to my heart, My Grandad. Some of you all may know about his recent diagnosis.  Please check out my guest blog.  I'll be donating part of my proceeds for Breaking Free to an association. Here's the […]

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Celebrate Black History Month Online: State of Black SciFi 2012 Coming Soon!

StateofBlackSFLogo2012I'm so excited to participate in a discussion about the State of Black speculative fiction with a few of my writer friends.  During the next seven weeks, we'll participate in a blog hop or blog tour where we all give our opinions on issues surrounding this interesting topic.  I'm hoping that this online event will become something that we do each year during Black History Month.

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A Black Woman Sci-Fi Writer’s Unfounded Rage Towards “The Help”

The_HelpOk, it’s truth time. Deep down inside I secretly despised the tragic mammy. I know, my rage about the image was totally wrong, illogical, and unlike the normal me. I’m usually very accepting of all types but the whole Black mammy thing pissed me off. I was the kid who stared at the Aunt Jemima pancake box. I didn’t like that little woman with the red head rag. I ate my pancakes better when Quaker gave her a perm. And, that woman from Gone with the Wind, uggh, I wanted to slap her. She should’ve known how to birth a baby…

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Visited the Afro-Futurism Exhibit at the Tubman Museum in Macon, Georgia

Alicia_at_Tubman_Museum_in_MaconMy husband and I visited the Riffing on the Real: Afro-Futurism in the Arts Exhibit at the Tubman African-American Museum in Macon, Georgia. It was an easy drive from metro Atlanta to Macon.  The exhibit was wonderful.  We thoroughly enjoyed it.  The subject of Afro-futurism encompassed various motifs like sci fi, fantasy, futurism, comics as well as other art and artifacts from African masks to contemporary or visionary art. It was a true sci fi experience.

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