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Guest Fest: Rasheedah Phillips Discusses her Debut Novel and Black Motherhood

Rasheedah PhillipsWhy did you decide to use the theme of intergenerational poverty?

As an attorney representing low-income tenants living in public housing, intergenerational poverty is something that I witness daily in both my work and my community, and something I have had personal experiences with. It felt both natural and necessary to weave those topics into my stories, which are speculative re-tellings of real life experiences.  Outside of the context of politics and policy, where they are spun and distorted, these complicated tales of intergenerational poverty are rarely heard and rarely analyzed. .

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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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Alicia McCalla Interviews with Smooth Drama on Blog Talk Radio

I participated in an interview on the blog talk radio show, Smooth Drama, last Tuesday.  It was my first Internet radio show.  I had a great time with the two co-hosts.  The interview is about 20 minutes long. Let me know what you think. 

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The State of Black SciFi 2012: My Tribute to Octavia Butler

Octavia_ButlerWe’re almost at the end of our 7-week online Black History Month event.  It’s been an exceptional experience.  During week six, our topic is all about our favorite Black SF icon.  I’ve chosen Octavia Butler. So much as been written about Butler, I don’t know if I can offer a unique perspective but I’ll try.

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