Midwest BSFA Celebrates Its Second Anniversary!

We made it around the sun once again and today, the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance celebrates its second anniversary! This has been a whirlwind of a year, full of programs and conversations and debates and friendship building and I look forward to more in 2017!

Here’s a short recap of what we got up to this year:

  • In April, we chatted with University of Cincinnati Professor Charles Jones about Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness, the book he co-edited with Reynaldo Anderson, co-founder of the Black Speculative Arts Movement. I also made my second appearance on the BLKBOARD podcast.
  • In May, we had a table at the Cincinnati Library Comic Con at the main branch. We did trivia on the show’s black recurring characters and guest stars.
  • In June, we hosted the 2nd Queen City Black Comix Day, showcasing local and regional comics artists and creators. We were also featured on Ghettoblaster Magazine‘s website.
  • In September, we had a table at MECCACon in Detroit and hosted a steampunk character building workshop for adults.
  • In October, we hosted a sci-fi short film night in honor of Black Speculative Fiction Month.
  • In November, we hosted a panel on cyberfunk at Pandoracon, a three-day sci-fi convention in Cincinnati. I also served as the Queen of Diamonds for the event.

Thanks to the rest of the Midwest BSFA crew for making these last two years so much! I look forward to doing bigger and better programming with you in the years to come!

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.

Pop Culture Uncovered

“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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The Midwest BSFA Pandoracon Badge Winner is…

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ADRIENNE MELAN! Adrienne will represent the House of Diamonds in the Pandoracon games during the convention next month! Here’s what she had to say: “I want to attend this year’s Pandoracon because I like to go to events where I can meet new people, make new memories with my friends and to especially see my friend, Aiesha.”

There’s still time to buy a ticket to Pandoracon! Get them soon! Nov. 11-13. Crowne Plaza, 5901 Pfeiffer Road, Blue Ash, http://thepandorasociety.com/pandoracon/pc2016-tickets/