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Interview with Author Nicole Sconiers: Beckyville has the Snarky, Racial Humor of Undercover Brother Mixed with the Sophistication of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.

Escape_From_BeckyvilleI met Nicole Sconiers at OnyxCon 3 in Atlanta. I immediately downloaded the Beckyville short stories and dug-in. I couldn’t stop reading them. The stories push the envelope of issues that pertain to African-American women such as issues surrounding hair, attitude, rage, and injustice. These stories are not for the faint of heart. Sconiers uses speculative fiction to share those internalized emotions and feelings that some Black women have towards being victimized and treated as if they are racially inferior but it’s done in a snarky, satirical manner. I especially love the stories that expose issues surrounding Black women’s hair. I know I am always asked about my Sisterlocks. LOL!

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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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Jennifer Estep Does Race with Dignity and Integrity in Spider’s Bite

I always get super excited when a mainstream author creates real multicultural worlds.  There are so many Urban Fantasies that pass on race. I don’t know maybe they’re afraid to tackle portraying the real world or maybe their everyday world is white.  Authors miss a great opportunity to add flair, depth, and interest to their works.

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