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Listen to Alicia McCalla on Black Science Fiction Radio

Join me on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 9pm. I'm a guest on  Genesis Science Fiction Radio with William Hayashi and the Black Science Fiction Society. Don't forget to call in or chat via TalkShoe. I'd love to hear from you!  Here's the direct link to the show. Click here. 

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Guest Fest: Meet Paranormal Romance Author Shonda Brock!

Shonda Brock PsHave you ever been dying to tell a story, yet at the same time afraid to tell it?  I don’t mean just any around-the-way tale, but a true story that happened to you and no one else knows. I’m talking about every time you think to open your mouth to tell it, your heart starts pounding, your tongue becomes the Sahara Desert and the fear of saying it out loud makes you change your mind.  

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Domestic Violence Victim Viewed as Weak & Dumb in My Paranormal Romance

flee72dpiwebOctober is Domestic Violence Month. So it was difficult when I received a 1-star review for my short story, Flee with the words that the heroine (a domestic violence victim) was dumb, weak, and boring.

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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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