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Can African Americans come to know the African Gods and Goddesses like the Greek, Roman or Norse Ones?

flee72dpiwebOver the last couple of months, I’ve been working on the foundation of my upcoming African Elemental series.  In some ways, it’s been an adventure.  Research always does that to writers.  It’s a form of the creative process or creativity.  Because I write dark paranormal, I don’t have to be as historically accurate or as precise as other authors.  But it begs the critical question, when you’re unfamiliar with a culture or tradition, how far should you go?  Then it dawned on me, why am I so unfamiliar with West African gods and goddesses? I don’t seem to have this disconnect with Greek, Roman, or Norse ones. What’s up with that?

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The State of Black Sci-Fi 2012: Why is it Important to Show Race, Culture, Minority Politics or Ethnicity in Sci-Fi?

Paper_BagWoohoo! I’m excited that we’re at Day 3 in our discussion of Black Science Fiction. Don’t forget about the incredible giveaways coming up February 6th. This week we’re discussing if it’s important to show race, culture, minority politics, or ethnicity in Sci-Fi. K. Let’s talk. 

I remember the day that my grandmother told me that she interviewed (in her youth) for a position at a local retailer but was unable to get the job because she didn’t pass the paper bag test. Yup. That’s right. My grandmother wasn’t lighter than a paper bag and so she couldn’t get that job.