Interview with Cosplayer/Podcaster Sistah Geek

CqWyUBBVIAEylzrCosplayer/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.

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October’s Black Sci-Fi Book Club: “At the Village Vanguard (Ruminations on Blacktopia)”

author-editor-maurice-broaddusJoin us on Twitter for the next Black Sci-Fi Book Club from 6:30-8:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Oct. 31! We’ll be discussing Maurice Broaddus’ “At the Village Vanguard (Ruminations on Blacktopia),” which was posted on the website of Mothership Zeta digtial magazine earlier this year. Click here to read the story and use the hashtag #blackscifibookclub to give your thoughts!

Check Out Midwest BSFA at Hero Nation on Sept. 9!

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Want to get into steampunk but not sure where to start? Aiesha of Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance will discuss the film short Steamfunk and Rococoa: A Black Victorian Fantasy (steampunk as it pertains to people of color) and lead a steampunk character building workshop at the Hero Nation event in Ypslanti, Mich., next month! Hero Nation-Ypslanti, Sept. 9, 1-6 p.m., Parkridge Community Center, 591 Armstrong Dr., Ypsilanti, MI 48197, www.heronationypsi.com.

Queen City Black Comix Day Alum Wins Fellowship

Zakiyya-S.-AsheQCBCD 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

The Wars of Other Men’s Scott Norman

So it took a liiiittle bit longer than expected, but The Wars of Other Men is out on DVD now! Go buy it on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/The-Wars-of-Other-Men/dp/B071G7MVDL) and revisit our interview with the lead actor Scott Norman!

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TWOOMThe steampunk/dieselpunk tale The Wars of Other Men comes out on DVD this month. We talked with Scott Norman, who plays the film’s nameless main character, about the life of an actor, being a black geek/nerd and “steaselpunk” (TM Scott Norman).

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Okwui Okpokwasili on Bronx Gothic

If you’re in or near New York City, Okwui Okpokwasili’s Bronx Gothic is the subject of a documentary film of the same name by Andrew Rossi and is having a two week run at Film Forum (209 W. Houston St., New York, NY 10014) from Wednesday, July 12, through Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

A description from the the New York Times:
“The film follows Ms. Okpokwasili as she prepares for her final performance of the work not far from her childhood home. Mr. Rossi honors the fullness of her live performances, showing long stretches intact, while illuminating the relationships, in particular between daughters and mothers, that orbit her process.”

Check out the interview we did with Okwui when she brought Bronx Gothic to the Contemporary Arts Center last year.

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Okwui Okpokwasili.jpgNew York artist Okwui Okpokwasili brings her one-woman show, Bronx Gothic, to the Contemporary Arts Center this week. Midwest BSFA talked to the writer/choreographer about combining elements of the Victorian Gothic and West African storytelling, and exploring the concepts of darkness and innocence in her work.

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