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The State of Black SciFi 2012: I heart Onyx Con!

black_scifi_logo_4In the late 1990s, I remember attending a panel discussion of African-American SF authors at Robert W. Woodruff Library in the Atlanta University Center. The panel included my favorites like Octavia Butler and Brandon Massey. It was the first time that I’d ever participated in an event that highlighted a variety of African-American authors in SF. I was elated.

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Confederate Uniform is a Dead Symbol in the Jonah Hex Movie

Josh_Brolin_Jonah_Hex_thmbI've had an awesome Thanksgiving Holiday.  One of the things that I had a chance to do was catch up on movies.  I  watched Jonah Hex.  I originally wanted to see the movie because who wouldn't want to see a haunted cowboy?  Secretly, I love a good cowboy flick. I always loved John Wayne. What kept me questioning, though, was the fact that Jonah wore this beat-up, worn out Confederate uniform, years after the Civil War ended.

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Race Matters: Showing Race and Racial Issues is Important

SkinwalkerSo, I like it when an author puts race in front of my eyes.  I enjoy visualizing what a character looks like, race and all.  When it's done correctly, the experience can deepen the reader's relationship with the character.  There are some people who say that showing race in this way is racist.  They enjoy reading or writing raceless, race free, or characters of color with little or no physical description. I contend that this approach is racist.

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Paranormal Author Hildie McQueen Discusses Her Biracial Heritage and the Impact on her Debut Novel Desperate Betrayal

Alicia_and_Hildie_M_and_M_2011I’m so excited to share my interview with Hildie McQueen. She’s one of my writer buds from Georgia Romance Writers. Hildie’s book, Desperate Betrayal, was recently released by Crescent Moon Press.

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Guest Blogger: Laura A. H. Elliott Talks About Writing Latinas and Mariachis

Laura_ElliottWhen fear’s as blind as love, how far would you go to find your happily ever after? Winnemucca is a story about a teenage girl’s enchanted road trip to her true self. The main character, Ginny, is Latina but has grown up in a largely non-Hispanic culture. Nonetheless, she is drawn to the cultural roots that run in her blood and her road trip is a means of allowing that part of her to blossom. In this excerpt from Winnemucca, Ginny is on the road with Las Rosas Rojas y Adoradads, a group of mariachis:

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Guest Blogger Deleyna Marr: It's All About POV. The Need to Write Multicultural SciFi.

Deleyna_web_2I do not believe I am a racist. And yet I can make thoughtless comments, be oblivious, be hurtful without realization or intent. Like when I offered a hairdrier to a black friend. Hey, I thought I was being helpful. Forget color-blind. I can be down-right blind.

I don’t classify people by race. Why? I grew up with parents who were from the deep south. They would whisper things like, “well, he’s black...” as if that would explain something. Those comments made me ill. I grew up in Silicon Valley in the middle of the dot com boom. My early jobs were so multi-cultural that to me the world was a rainbow. I tour guided at a museum that drew international tourists and tried to learn phrases in as many languages as I could.

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White Authors Fear Being Called a Racist: When Inclusion is Done Wrong

white_man_with_a_prejudice_blindfoldSome authors of Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal stories get race all wrong and the work that they produce is seen as racist.  I'm one of those people, though, who hold back on the "R" word until I completely read the entire work. So, when a book came across my desk, I gave pause.

 

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Black People Don’t Read Science Fiction: New Blog Tackles Multiculturalism in Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Stories

Alicia Mccalla and her uncle at a young ageAlicia and her uncle old

 One of the worse fights I’ve had was with my uncle who was a few years older than me.  It wasn’t just a battle of words but a knock down drag out physical fight with me clutching hold to my weird books and him trying to pry them out of my skinny little hands.  I think he was trying to save me. Some 20 years later; I get it. He didn’t want anyone to think that his quirky niece was weird.

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