Midwest BSFA Organizes Panel for Virtual Convention

michigan magick & machineMidwest BSFA members and supporters will participate in a panel called Steampunk Aesthetics Through A Black Lens as part of the virtual convention Michigan Magick and Machine (July 24-26 on Discord)! Black people and other POC interested in steampunk are doing so within a Eurocentric framework that doesn’t really take us into account. Panelists would explore their character back stories and how they navigate the space and still manage to have fun. Continue reading “Midwest BSFA Organizes Panel for Virtual Convention”

Interview with Filmmaker Akosua Akoben

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Filmmaker Akosua Akoben found a new love in film production, and plans to produce several webseries and multimedia productions. Part of her webseries, The Pride, will screen at our “What Does the Future Look Like?” program on Feb. 23! We recently talked to her about her interest in science fiction and Afrofuturism and her webseries, The Pride. Continue reading “Interview with Filmmaker Akosua Akoben”

Destination: Planet Negro Screening on Feb. 23

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On Feb. 23, Midwest BSFA will screen Destination: Planet Negro in conjunction with our “What Does the Future Look Like?” programming initiative.

Movie synopsis: “In 1939, African American leaders respond to Jim Crow segregation by building a rocket to colonize Mars. The three person crew blasts off, but time travel instead, arriving in present-day America revealing much about race today.”

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Open Gaming at Chase Public – Steamfunkateers’ The Haunting of the House of Crum

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In honor of the closing of Ral Buldhar: A Dungeons & Dragons Art Show exhibit, Chase Public is hosting an afternoon of open gaming on Feb. 16. We’ll be bringing The Haunting of the House of Crum, the first one-shot campaign for writer Balogun Ojetade’s Steamfunkateers steamfunk role playing game. Continue reading “Open Gaming at Chase Public – Steamfunkateers’ The Haunting of the House of Crum”

Interview with Jennie Wright of The Sankofa Experience

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The Sankofa Experience kicks off at People’s Liberty in Over-the-Rhine next month. The first half of the programming – Feb. 2-24 – explores the Harlem Renaissance while the second half – March 7-24 – explores the dawn of the age of hip hop. We recently talked to Jennie Wright, Chief Imagination Officer of The Sankofa Experience, about how she and her crew tie speculative fiction, African-American history and the Afrofantastic together for this imaginative programming. Continue reading “Interview with Jennie Wright of The Sankofa Experience”

“What Does the Future Look Like?” Short Film Program

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Each year during Black History Month, we collectively discuss past experiences and contributions of African-Americans, but Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance’s “What Does the Future Look Like?” programming focuses on our futures through a distinctly speculative fiction lens. We are encouraging black filmmakers in the Midwest to show us their interpretations of what the future looks like for black people.

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Co-Founder Participates in D&D Art Show at Chase Public in January

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The culmination of our co-founder’s Dungeons & Dragons gameplay from this past summer is finally here! Ral Buldhar, Chase Public’s exhibition on collaborative gaming, opens on Jan. 11, and you’ll see artwork of the players’ characters as well as scenes from their D&D escapades. Come to opening night and meet the players and discuss what they contributed to the show. Click here for more details. 6–10 pm, Jan. 11, 2019, Chase Public, 2868 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington (Cincinnati 45225)

Midwest BSFA Hosts “Matinee Noir: Black Speculative Fiction Shorts” on Oct.28

43079484_2058710107505084_4202272770651848704_nOctober is Black Speculative Fiction Month and we’re hosting “Matinee Noir: Black Speculative Fiction Shorts” on Oct. 28 at the Clifton branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County! Here’s the list of films we’re featuring this month.  Continue reading “Midwest BSFA Hosts “Matinee Noir: Black Speculative Fiction Shorts” on Oct.28″