After years of touring and discovering music from all parts of the world, Napoleon Maddox came home with a longing for cultivation and fearless celebration of what musicians here have to offer the world. “It’s important that the connection be understood, stated and restated. This music came from the beak of Paul Lawrence Dunbar and Maya Angelou’s “caged bird,” he says. “When artists around the world create or perform jazz, country, funk, rock, hip-hop or trap, they are echoing some Blues that the ‘caged bird sang.’” The musical offerings he’s heard on stages in Finland, England, France and other places, drove him to create the Underworld Jazz Festival, which takes place May 23-27 at venues around Cincinnati, and include two performances of his experimental music mashup, The Deconstruction Period. In honor of this event, we asked Napo to give us his top Afrofuturistic tracks. Read More
Our co-founder Aiesha Little was recently featured on PUNK BLACK’s website under her steampunk name Ofeibea Loveless! Check out the interview here!
We recently caught up with Jermaine Dickerson, illustrator, designer and former co-host of the BLKBOARD podcast, to talk about what he’s been up to since the success of his inaugural Hero Nation-Ypsilanti event last fall. Read More
Author K. Ceres Wright joins us for the final Black Sci-Fi Book Club discussion of 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 26 on Twitter! We recently caught up with her to talk about her writing journey, her reading habits and how to reach your dreams. (Click here to read the story we’ll be discussing and use the hashtag #blackscifibookclub to add your thoughts!) Read More
We recently chatted with cosplayer/author TaLynn Kel about her geek journey, dealing with racism when it hits close to home, challenging allies and what she gets out of cosplaying. Read More
Midwest BSFA recently spoke with Troy Wiggins, co-editor of Fiyah Magazine, about his publication, the “Voices On Fiyah” project and the general brilliance of black speculative fiction writers. Read More
During the next Black Sci-Fi Book Club from 6:30-8:30 p.m. EST on Oct. 31 on Twitter, we’re discussing Maurice Broaddus’ “At the Village Vanguard (Ruminations on Blacktopia),” which was posted on the website of Mothership Zeta digtial magazine earlier this year. We talked to him about his background, his writing and what he would do if he wasn’t a writer. (Click here to read the story and use the hashtag #blackscifibookclub on Twitter to give your thoughts!) Read More
Cosplayer/geeklanthropist Sistah Geek, co-host of the Wakanda IV Lyfe podcast, is co-presenting a steampunk character building workshop with our fearless leader at the Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts (MECCACon) at 11 a.m. on Sept. 16! We talked to her about comics, steampunk, not letting mansplainers drain you and being a geek who gives back.
QCBCD alum Zakiyya Ashe won the national competition for the 2017-2018 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship prize of $30,000! Starting this month, her year-long project, “Hidden Minorities: Connection through Animation and Graphic Novels,” will take her through Australia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, and France. We recently talked to the Berea College grad about her project and what she hopes to accomplish. Read More