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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.

Summer Reading Fest: Flee (The Short Story Prequel to The Soul Eaters) Chapter Five

Flee small - CopyThis is the last chapter. I hope you all have enjoyed my Summer Reading Fest.  Don’t forget that I’ll blog next week about why I chose to include domestic violence and female genital mutilation in my paranormal romance. This is the last week to participate in the free drawing for Breaking Free so make sure you RT/Tweet, like my FB page, or sign-up for my subscriber’s list. 

 

I’m hoping that you’re on the edge of your seat. Shania’s got that creepy priest after her baby, her memories are all messed up and Corbin’s about to go through an evil awakening.  Do you agree that she should run? Finish Chapter Five of Flee.

Summer Reading Fest: Flee (The Short Story Prequel to The Soul Eaters) Chapter One


Flee small - CopyWelcome to my summer reading fest.  I’d like to introduce everyone to my heroine, Shania. Her grandmother has passed away and left her an interesting wood box that hums and glows.  Nobody else can see that part, though. This box is opening up her earth elemental magic. It’s awakening her lost memories. 

 

I’m hoping to inspire conversations around the Africana symbols, Shania’s creepy ex-boyfriend, Thor, her dog, or even if a romance heroine is allowed to have an abortion.Let me know what you think.

 

BTW, Don’t forget to RT/Tweet, like my FB fan page or sign-up for my subscriber’s list to win a free e-copy of Breaking Free.  Without further adieu, Here’s Chapter One. 

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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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Guest Fest: Author Deana Zhollis Discusses Sexual Slavery in her Cinderella Fairy Tale

Deana_ZhollisI’m excited to introduce Deana Zhollis. I came across her book, the 9th Symbol, while perusing the Book of the Month on the Black Science Fiction Society. I was immediately taken-into her world and the interesting mixture of her fairy tale and alien domination. I enjoy stories that discuss freedom from sexual abuse.  Please check out her interview as well as her response to why she adds the theme of sexual slavery to her works.

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Blog Circus: State of Black SciFi 2012 Youth Symposium at Auburn Research Library

Youth_SymposiumI’m a little late this week so I’m catching up with the other writers who will be participating in the Youth Symposium at the Auburn Research Library this Saturday, May 5th.  The topic is when I was a child, speculative fiction taught me…

I fell in love with scifi and fantasy when I was really young. In fact, one of my first stories that I wrote was a spaceship story about two black children who escape from harsh city life and fly in a cool spaceship to explore the universe. The title was “Lashamn and Zeneco’s Space Adventures.”

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Guest Fest: Mocha Memoirs Press is Accepting Submissions

Mocha_Memoirs_Press_logo_b_small06/13/2012 Updated Submission information  at the end of this interview.

I’m excited that my Guestfest has begun.This week, I have a wonderful interview with Nicole Kurtz from Mocha Memoirs Press. I’m very excited to share that they’re open for submissions.  I’d like to invite readers and authors to post questions for Nicole. She said that she’d be available to respond.