Women of Color & Horror: 10 On My TBR

This list of women of color who write horror includes Nuzo Onoh and Tananarive Due. Check it out!

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It’s September and for me finally the beginning of the creepy season, huzzah! I’ll just ignore that last small heat wave this week, go away please summer, I have my tea and candles and creepy reads ready! I have a lot of books on my tbr that fall under speculative, horror and mystery, but I’m also working towards seeking out and supporting more women writers of Color. I’ve chosen horror because it’s a genre I’ve been wanting to explore more and because, like science-fiction and fantasy,  horror can offer women of Color a space in which to disturb social conventions and transgress boundaries.

This here is a list of 10 works by WoC writers that can be considered horror (often also fantasy) and some of which may be new to you as well. Let’s start with a better known one:

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White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi gr-pic

Haunted house story and a reworking of…

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Projects I’m Supporting, Part Deux

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“Just waiting for the dominant culture to bestow equality, recognition, and acceptance upon marginalized groups is a sucker’s bet.”

That comment was made on a story about the launch of the “People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction!” Kickstarter campaign from earlier this year. It was in response to someone else on the thread saying that being “gimmicky” is fine until you’re too gimmicky and then you “become BET.” (As if diversity and inclusion are “gimmicky.” *scoff*) I’m a firm believer in the importance of supporting the projects you’d like to see in the world so nonsensical statements like this one don’t phase me. I’m just going to keep putting my money where my mouth is. If you can afford it, you should, too. Here are a few more projects I’m supporting as we head into 2017.   Read More

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Get Out – Trailer Response

Can’t wait until this movie comes out next February. The trailer had me shook and not in a good way. This articulates why.

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“Every Black American is bilingual. All of them. We speak street vernacular and we speak job interview.” – Dave Chappelle, 2005.

When I went to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, I saw this quote hanging on the wall with lights shining on its message. As I stood there reading the quote, I remembered the first time I heard Dave Chappelle say this; it stuck with me for a time because of the deeper meaning behind it, a meaning that goes farther than just language.

Being black in America, you’re taught early on that you will always have two faces; one for your friends on the block and one for the world that doesn’t know you personally.

When you’re with your friends or family, you can be as loud as you want, as silly as you want, or as rude and vulgar as you want. When…

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rEVOLUTION Cincy Video Premieres on Oct. 1

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In August, members of Midwest BSFA participated in a music video for rEVOLUTION Cincy’s newest song and the team is having a viewing party on Oct. 1. rEVOLUTION Cincy is a movement to encourage citizens to think about the issues that are important to them, to communicate those issues, and then to take personal action. The motto: Be the Change You Wish to See. Read More

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COSPLAYING at #MECCAcon2016

Join us at the Detroit main library next Saturday, Sept. 17!

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In a dream world, #MECCAcon2016 would be filled with cosplayers as DOGONS, EGUNGUN, WITCHDOCTORS, VOODOU, BOBO MASKS, IGBO MASKS, etc. I’d honestly smile from ear to ear in gentrified Midtown Detroit, lol.
So… What exactly IS cosplay? 
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“Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure?), a contraction of the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character.[1] Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture and a broader use of the term “cosplay” applies to any costumed role-playing in venues apart from the stage. Any entity that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject and it is not unusual to see genders switched. Favorite sources include manga and anime, comic books and cartoons, video games, and live-action films and television series.”
 
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Now….  What is MECCAcon cosplay?
Well, at MECCAcon (Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and…

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The Dieselfunk Anthology is Available Now!

Get your dieselfunk anthology NOW!

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Marcus Garvey, Noble Drew Ali, Zora Neale Thurston, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Triple Nickles, Jazz and the Harlem Renaissance.

These people and things – and much more – are what make Dieselfunk hotter than fish grease on a Friday in July!

Get in on the hotness and take an amazing ride with Day Al-Mohamed, Shawn A. Cosby, Milton Davis, Malon Edwards, Joe Hilliard, Ronald Jones, Carole McDonnell, Balogun Ojetade and James A Staten as they add a funky twist to the Dieselpunk genre.

The Dieselfunk! anthology fills a void common in most speculative fiction genres, providing a much needed voice from and African/African Diaspora perspective. Dieselpunk just got funky!

Available now!

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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

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Black Power: The Superhero Anthology TOC

Can’t wait!

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When we put out the call for submissions for Black Power: The Superhero Anthology, we expected a good response. However, we were NOT expecting to receive over 50 submissions.

Correction: over 50 submissions of some of the greatest stories we have ever had the pleasure of reading!

It was difficult to narrow it down, but we have chosen nineteen (19) stories we feel best capture what we are looking for and will excite and inspire readers who have been waiting for an anthology like this – one in which Black Superheroes are at the forefront, aren’t simply the sidekick, cannon fodder, or the “Magical Negro,” whose major purpose is to pick the white hero up (emotionally and often physically) when he is down and encourage said white hero to go on and save the world.

We at Blacktastic Books – the Comic Book, Graphic Novel and Superhero imprint of…

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