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Check out my Interview with Hildie McQueen on My Favorite Things

I'm so excited to be interviewed by Hildie McQueen today.  She asked about my five favorite things. Shout out to all my tea drinkers.  I also shared about my favorite restaurant.  Go check out the interview.

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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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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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The State of Black SciFi 2012: Why I Love Teen Dystopian SciFi!

StateofBlackSFLogo2012Let’s talk about the social commentary of teen dystopian literature. What the heck is it anyway? Dystopian literature takes a social problem and extrapolates that problem to a frightening extreme. I grew up reading Ray Bradbury but today’s craze is all about the Hunger Games. Everybody is talking about it and publishers want to find the next one. Teen dystopian fiction sells big but it’s also good. I love dystopian fiction but let me back up a bit. Let me put this in perspective. People step back from me when I tell them that I’m a Native Detroiter. 

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What is the State of Black SciFi 2012?

StateofBlackSFLogo2012This week begins an exciting online Black History Month Event. I’m proud to both remember and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s achievements and to open this awesome discussion on the State of Black Science Fiction 2012. This 7-week blog hop will feature some extraordinary authors who will share their feelings and estimations on Black speculative fiction. Did I mention that there will be giveaways?

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Celebrate Black History Month Online: State of Black SciFi 2012 Coming Soon!

StateofBlackSFLogo2012I'm so excited to participate in a discussion about the State of Black speculative fiction with a few of my writer friends.  During the next seven weeks, we'll participate in a blog hop or blog tour where we all give our opinions on issues surrounding this interesting topic.  I'm hoping that this online event will become something that we do each year during Black History Month.

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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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YA Indie Carnival: Read a Paragraph from Chapter 1 of Breaking Free by Alicia McCalla

Indie Carnival IconThis week the YA Indie Carnival topic is to post one paragraph of a current story or work in progress.  Here's an unedited paragraph from the beginning of Breaking Free. I want to introduce everyone to XJ Patterson. I hope she's tough enough to be a revolutionary leader. In the beginning, she's reluctant but she's still on a mission. 

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OnyxCon Fills the Gap in Speculative Fiction for African Americans

Alicia_and_Asante_at_OnyxconI'm so excited to say that I attended this year's OnyxCon in Atlanta.  What's OnyxCon? The short version is that it's an  event that highlights authors, artists, game designers, comics, and websites that support African-American speculative fiction.  It's a small event but the impact is huge.

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Visited the Afro-Futurism Exhibit at the Tubman Museum in Macon, Georgia

Alicia_at_Tubman_Museum_in_MaconMy husband and I visited the Riffing on the Real: Afro-Futurism in the Arts Exhibit at the Tubman African-American Museum in Macon, Georgia. It was an easy drive from metro Atlanta to Macon.  The exhibit was wonderful.  We thoroughly enjoyed it.  The subject of Afro-futurism encompassed various motifs like sci fi, fantasy, futurism, comics as well as other art and artifacts from African masks to contemporary or visionary art. It was a true sci fi experience.

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