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toptenI’m always amazed at the number of hits that I receive on my blog.  Each week I post and I wonder if people are interested in posts that deal with race, class, and gender in Scifi, Paranormal and Futuristic books, movies, and TV series. 

I get excited whenever an awesome post takes off like lightening.  I thought I’d re-share some of those amazing discussions and believe me, some of those posts, get heated…

 

 

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Election Day: State of Black Science Fiction Anthology Released

Early VotingToday is Election Day! I’m so excited about the possibilities that this day brings.  Not only have I already “early voted” for my favorite candidate but I have the wonderful opportunity to share the release of the long-awaited SOBSF flash fiction anthology. Before I share the details about the anthology, I wanted to share my views about the State of Black Science Fiction 2012.  What’s even more amazing is that the other authors in the anthology are sharing their views so don’t forget to hop over to their blogs and read their opinions. Here’s my observations:

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Book Two in the Genetic Revolution Series is Coming...

doubleIDWithin the last couple of months, I received lots of tweets and emails asking about Book Two in the Genetic Revolution Series.  Double Identity is scheduled to come out 2014.  I’m working hard to build or create a series that readers will continue to love and enjoy.  I’m hoping readers will enjoy book two. Double Identity picks up where Breaking Free ended.  Here’s the description.

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Guest Fest: Balogun Ojetade Discusses Countering Negative Images of Blacks in the Media

Soleem2The longest-running, most successful propaganda campaign of all time is for black inferiority.

From posters that advertised slaves for sale, to the New Yorker‘s radical “Obama” cover, there has been an unrelenting, powerfully persuasive effort to promote what the brand of black inferiority. Even today, for every positive image of African-Americans, there are 100 negative stereotypes; sadly, many of them perpetrated by Black people.

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Guest Fest: Does Being Black Mean Writing Black? By Alicia Michaels

aliciamichaelsI will start this post by admitting to living in a bit of a bubble my entire life. I’m a small town girl from the suburbs with two loving parents and a little brother. The small town I lived in was situated right beside Fort Hood Army base, the largest military installation in the world. While my father got out of the army before I got to Kindergarten, the presence of the military was a strong force in my community. As such, I am accustomed to a multicultural mix of people living and working around me. It is not unusual for soldiers to come home from overseas with Korean or German wives and for biracial children to dominate schools.

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Guest Fest: GRW Member Tamara LeBlanc Shares Her “Fortuitous Moment In Time.”

Tamara LeBlancI’ve been with my critique group now for almost eight years…is it eight already, hmm, time flies. I met them by chance one afternoon in a Border’s coffee shop while I was diligently typing on my WIP and swilling Java in tandem…sip, type, sip, type.

I’ll never forget that day.

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State of Black SF 2012 Authors Create New Anthology

Possibilities Available as a free digital download! State of Black SF authors have created a flash fiction anthology that opens imagination to the idea of what Black speculative fiction can become.  These super short stories are morsels of raw potential.  Added to the flash fiction anthology are innovative digital artwork.  Join artist Winston Blakely and […]

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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 […]

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Noelle Pierce is an Artistic Genius: Check Out My New Book Covers

Breaking FreeI am really excited about my new book covers. Noelle Pierce did an awesome job.  I believe she created that gritty image mixed with visual interest. I hope everyone enjoys her work. The three book covers together look like a work of art. They are telling XJ's story.  I've also included the animoto book trailer I created with Asante's song.

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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.

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