Monday, February 13, 2012

Black SciFi events, conferences, and podcasts

We are a passionate fighting people, people aware that some struggles can't be won without a fight. Because of this, we have many in-roads that other US minorities do not have. We have the African-American read-in. We have Black conferences such as Onyx con, Alien Encounters etc. We have Black book festivals and podcasts.

Consider for instance, movies like Akira and The Last Airbender. White film-makers take artistic property with Asian protagonists and replace these Asian main characters with White protagonists. Such a thing could never happen with a Black novel, film, or cartoon. Why? Because Hollywood knows we African-Americans would not stand for it.

During the Civil Rights era, the Asian-American community stood by while Blacks, Native Americans, Gays, Hispanics, fought for their rights. During that time, the Asian American community benefitted from the struggles of other minorities but because they had not join in the fight, they still have not gained the creative power that Black artists have.

Wile it is true, the Black creative world has not totally arrive, we are still a PRESENCE. People notice us. We have grown in force and are involved in and apart of the mainstream. We are in White owned events, conferences, podcasts, and publishing houses. And we have our own events, podcasts and conferences. Those fighters from back in the day would be proud to see how much good their battles have won for us.

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Other participants

Check out the other members of this Online Black History Month Event:
Winston Blakely, Artist/Writer-- is a Fine Arts/Comic Book artist, having a career spanning 20 years, whose achievements have included working for Valiant Comics and Rich Buckler's Visage Studios. He is also the creator of Little Miss Strange, the world's first black alien sorceress and the all- genre anthology entitled - Immortal Fantasy.  Both graphic albums are available at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and other online book store outlets. Visit him: or

L. M. Davis, Author--began her love affair with fantasy in the second grade.  Her first novel, Interlopers: A Shifters Novel, was released in 2010, and the follow-up Posers:  A Shifters Novel will be released this spring.  For more information visit her blog or her website

Milton Davis, Author – Milton Davis is owner/publisher of MVmedia, LLC . As an author he specializes in science fiction and fantasy and is the author of Meji Book One, Meji Book Two and Changa’s Safari. Visit him:   and
Margaret Fieland, Author-- lives  and writes in the suburbs west of Boston, MA
with her partner and five dogs. She is one of the Poetic Muselings. Their poetry anthology, Lifelines is available from  Her book, "Relocated," will be available from MuseItUp Publishing in July, 2012. The Angry Little Boy," will be published by 4RV publishing in early 2013.  You may visit her website,

Valjeanne Jeffers, Author -- is an editor and the author of the SF/fantasy novels: Immortal, Immortal II: The Time of Legend and Immortal III: Stealer of Souls. Her fourth and fifth novels: Immortal IV: Collision of Worlds and The Switch: Clockwork will be released this spring. Visit her at: and and
Alicia McCalla, Author- writes for both young adults and adults with her brand of multicultural science fiction, urban fantasy, and futurism. Her debut novel, Breaking Free will be available February 1, 2012.  The Breaking Free theme song created by Asante McCalla is available for immediate download on itunes and Amazon. Visit her at:
Carole McDonnell, Author--She writes Christian, speculative fiction, and multicultural stories. Her first novel is Wind Follower. Her short fiction has appeared in many anthologies and have been collected in an ebook, Spirit Fruit: Collected Speculative Fiction.  Visit Carole:  or
Rasheedah Phillips,Author--is the creator of The AfroFuturist Affair in Philly. She plans to debut her first spec/sci-fic novel Recurrence Plot in Spring 2012. You may catch her ruminating from time to time on her blog,
Nicole Sconiers, Author-is also a screenwriter living in the sunny jungle of L.A. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, and she recently published Escape from Beckyville: Tales of Race, Hair and Rage.  Visit her: 
Jarvis Sheffield, M.Ed. is owner & operator of, & Visit him:

Thaddeus Howze, Author-- is a veteran of the Information Technology and Communications industry with over twenty-six years of experience. His expertise is in re-engineering IT environments using process-oriented management techniques. In English, that means he studies the needs of his clients and configures their offices to optimize the use of information technology in their environment. Visit him: or

Balogun Ojetade, Author—of the bestselling “Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within” (non-fiction), “Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman” (Steampunk) and the feature film, “A Single Link”. Visit him:


Alicia said...

Strong thoughts Carole. Thanks for posting this. :)

Winston said...

This what I was talking about...Thank you, Carole... Love it.

Carole McDonnell said...

Thanks, guys! Hey, we are a mighty mighty people!

Unknown said...

That's an excellent observation, Carole. We are a fighting people. Even when you compare our situation with people of the Diaspora in other countries our struggles and achievements stand out. Though we have a long way to go, I feel we'll get close to where we wish to be. The struggle continues...

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