Artwork Needed for What Does the Future Look Like? Exhibit

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The Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance is planning to host an art exhibit on Afrofuturism next February. We’re pegging this for Black History Month because as a society, we always talk about the past experiences of African-Americans during that month. With this exhibit, we’d like to focus on their futures. What Does the Future Look Like? will showcase the offerings from local and regional artists (mixed media, multimedia, painting, sculpting, you name it) to show us their interpretations of what the future looks like for black people.

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Cosplaying While Black

13775562_1765905916985497_5192150657252847448_nLast 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

Cosplaying While Black and ‪#‎28DaysOfBlackCosplay

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Last fall, I was standing around shooting the breeze with a bunch of people at a comic book convention when one of the guys turned to me and said, “You know who you should cosplay?” I cringed internally because if you’re a white guy talking to a non-racially ambiguous plus-sized black woman, this type of conversation never ends well, especially for the party on the receiving end of such a question.

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Introducing…

the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance! This is an online and IRL community where African-Americans who like all types of genres that fall under speculative fiction (sci-fi, Afrofuturism, steampunk, sword & soul, etc) can get together. We pay special attention to the works of black creators (writers, authors, filmmakers, musicians, etc.) and want to encourage more African-Americans – and people of all backgrounds – to support them in their efforts.

Our goals include:

  • Highlighting diversity in the speculative fiction space
  • Hosting monthly/quarterly programs on speculative fiction topics
  • Attending conventions/conferences with speculative fiction themes

If you have ideas for blog topics, IRL programs, etc., please email us at midwestbsfa@gmail.com. Stay tuned.

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