October 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″
It’s Black Speculative Fiction Month and I wanted to highlight some of the projects I’m supporting this month! Continue reading “Projects I’m Supporting, Part Eight”
Black Speculative Fiction Month is right around the corner and we can’t wait to share all of our recommendations with you! Be on the lookout for interviews with filmmaker Melody Cooper, author Charlie J. Askew and Tonia Thompson of the Nightlight podcast as well as reviews of Jamila Rowser’s Wobbledy 3000, Tee Franklin’s Jook Joint as well as info on our Black Speculative Fiction Shorts event on Oct. 28! October will be LIT! (As in “literature”…get it?…OK, I’ll show myself out.)
Kayla Upthegrove will join the big band as the singer for the Cowboy Bebop jazz tribute concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Withrow High School! Continue reading “Cowboy Bebop Concert Personnel: Kayla Upthegrove”
With 121 votes, Nicci Sefton’s Radical Edward cosplay is the winner of our Cowboy Bebop online costume contest! She will receive a custom Funko Pop, a concert poster signed by Ed’s voice actor, Melissa Fahn, and a ticket to the concert! Congratulations, Nicci! To buy your tickets to the show, visit 321letsjam.eventzilla.net!
Trumpeter Dennis Bradley Reynolds will join the big band for the Cowboy Bebop jazz tribute concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Withrow High School! Continue reading “Cowboy Bebop Concert Personnel: Dennis Reynolds”
Ten years ago this month, back when I was a full-time magazine editor, I had the pleasure of witnessing the birth of a dream in real time.
I’d spent several months in late 2007/early 2008 shadowing a local teacher named Betsey Zenk and her autistic student Latron Dodd. Latron didn’t read, write or talk but he had perfect pitch. Betsey used her music therapy background to connect with him through music. Shortly before winter break, she taught Latron some chords on a piano. When he returned, he was playing parts of “Moonlight Sonata.” Betsey was amazed. Through music, she began to see something come alive in Latron and she wanted to nurture that spark. Continue reading “Take the #CowboyBebopChallenge and Buy a Concert Ticket for a Local Student!”
Midwest BSFA and Airship Ashanti are sponsoring a Cowboy Bebop online costume contest and we’ve narrowed the contestants down to four finalists! Check out the finalists and visit the Facebook invite for the concert (https://www.facebook.com/events/1215545841880985/) to vote in the poll for your favorite cosplayer!
I’ve been thinking a lot about the rift between black Americans and continental Africans, and how more visible it is these days, thanks to social media. From Seren Aishitemasu’s slightly unhinged but still insightful YouTube videos about continental Africans’ appropriation of black American culture for profit and fame to the online grumblings from continental Africans about Black Panther/Coming to America mashups earlier this year to Luvvie Ajayi starting what felt like a diaspora war on Twitter last week when she tried to talk slick about Tevin Campbell, I’m seeing more clearly the fissures in the already fragile foundation on which black Americans and continental Africans stand. As someone who does steampunk from a multicultural perspective centering on a West African narrative, this all makes me think about changes I could make to my character’s backstory.***
Our co-founder, Aiesha, spoke with the host of WVXU’s Local Exposure podcast about our upcoming Cowboy Bebop jazz tribute concert. Click here to listen to the interview!