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#BlackSciFi 2014 Book Signing @ the Challenges Game & Comic Shop in Decatur, Georgia Feb 22nd

Come out and meet authors Alan Jones, Alicia McCalla, Balogun Ojetade, James Mason, LM Davis and Milton Davis as they discuss Black Speculative Fiction and read from their works. Come purchase books and have them signed by the writers. As an added bonus, James Mason will provide caricatures for any purchases totaling $20.00 or more. Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014 Time: 12pm-5pm […]

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#BlackSciFi 2014 Book Signing @ the Challenges Game & Comic Shop in Decatur, Georgia Feb 22nd (2)

SOBSF 2014 Come out and meet authors Alan Jones, Alicia McCalla, Balogun Ojetade, James Mason, LM Davis and Milton Davis as they discuss Black Speculative Fiction and read from their works. Come purchase books and have them signed by the writers. As an added bonus, James Mason will provide caricatures for any purchases totaling $20.00 or more. Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014 […]

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Genetic Revolution Series

Double Identity

Book Two in the Genetic Revolution Series Available 2015! XJ Patterson’s world just got more complicated. She’s been trying to save her revolutionary mom from an evil mind swipe procedure when she discovers that she and her two long lost cousins are a secret genetically-enhanced weapon. She’s already saved one cousin and now she has […]

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Dragoncon Here We Come!

The State of Black Science Fiction authors will be participating in a panel discussion at Dragoncon this year.  It’s a great start to bringing the discussion to a large venue.  The author panel includes LM Davis, Milton Davis, Alan Jones, Alicia McCalla, Wendy Raven McNair, and Balogun Ojetale.   We’re a part of the Science […]

Revealing Eden
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From White Racial Superiority to Mother of an Evolved Species: A Critical Analysis of Save the Pearls

Revealing EdenLast week, one of my former students emailed me in distress over this series, “Save the Pearls.” Her anger stemmed from the obvious racially negative subtext (conscious and unconscious) that related to whites as “pearls” and blacks as “coals” in this controversial YA novel.

Admittedly, I was horrified by the obvious racial insensitivities within the first book’s descriptions on Amazon as well as on the “Save the Pearls” website, where the love interest, Jamal, has the astrological sign labeled “pimp.” The book trailer also was very disturbing with a young, blond woman in black face, telling her tale of reverse discrimination in her post apocalyptic world where her white skin makes her genetically-inferior and unable to handle the “heat.” Could someone really publish such a book in the 21st century? But what worried me the most was that this book was written for teens.