We made it around the sun once again and today, the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance celebrates its second anniversary! This has been a whirlwind of a year, full of programs and conversations and debates and friendship building and I look forward to more in 2017!
Here’s a short recap of what we got up to this year:
- In April, we chatted with University of Cincinnati Professor Charles Jones about Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness, the book he co-edited with Reynaldo Anderson, co-founder of the Black Speculative Arts Movement. I also made my second appearance on the BLKBOARD podcast.
- In May, we had a table at the Cincinnati Library Comic Con at the main branch. We did trivia on the show’s black recurring characters and guest stars.
- In June, we hosted the 2nd Queen City Black Comix Day, showcasing local and regional comics artists and creators. We were also featured on Ghettoblaster Magazine‘s website.
- In September, we had a table at MECCACon in Detroit and hosted a steampunk character building workshop for adults.
- In October, we hosted a sci-fi short film night in honor of Black Speculative Fiction Month.
- In November, we hosted a panel on cyberfunk at Pandoracon, a three-day sci-fi convention in Cincinnati. I also served as the Queen of Diamonds for the event.
Thanks to the rest of the Midwest BSFA crew for making these last two years so much! I look forward to doing bigger and better programming with you in the years to come!
Hey hey hey! After a couple of cons and a much-needed holiday break, we’re back like cooked crack! (But, um, far less addictive/destructive.) November was hectic, y’all. HECTIC. Check out what we and our friends were up to last month! Read More
Last month, some friends and I attended Motor City Steam Con up in Livonia, Mich. Good panels, good entertainment, seeing old acquaintances – all around great first convention. We had a great time. When I posted my photos from the event on Facebook a few days later, a friend of a friend got tagged in a picture of the two of us (I was dressed as a steampunk version of Garnet from Steven Universe), which started a thread of comments from people I don’t know. Most of them were complimentary but there always has to be one person who wants to try and ruin things, right? Read More
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As a black person who’s like science fiction, comics and other geeky things, it’s sometimes easy to sound like a broken record: “Why don’t any of these characaters look like me?” “Why is the black person the sidekick?” “Why is the black woman here to be sassy comic relief?” And the biggest, most over-asked question of them all: “When is [insert other mainstream nerdy interest group here aka Marvel, DC, Hollywood, etc.] going to start taking us seriously?” Well, for me, 2015 was the year of taking us seriously. And 2016 will be the same. Read More
That’s right, it’s our anniversary! A year ago today, I posted the first entry on this blog and started working on something that has become near and dear to my heart. Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance has allowed me to indulge in programming and conversations that have expanded my imagination and fed my spirit. I can only hope that it’s done the same for our members and those around us.
So the short Afrofuturism primer I wrote for The Pandora Society’s website last month in honor of Black Speculative Fiction Month apparently brought all of the racists to the yard when the site’s manager posted a link to the article in a Facebook group. Someone dropped the gem, “Captain Kirk needed another taste of chocolate now that Uhura and Scotty were married” (um…whet?) and kicked off a dust-up about people of color in science fiction and “political correctness run amok.” Read More