The theme of Afrofuture Fridays generally examines the questions: Where do we want to be? Where are we now? How do we get there? All through the lends of some aspect of black art.

Now today is a special Afrofuture Friday. We were due to have a two-day event of Afrofuture Friday and Afrofuturism 2.0, but then Covid-19 happened. While that has been delayed, we did want to have a bit of a taste of some of the folks who were going to participate in that.

So, gathered here today are some of the preeminent voices in Afrofuturism, Dr. Reynaldo Anderson, Sheree Renee Thomas, and Andrew Rollins. We’ll be discussing:

Afrofuturism BC (Before Covid-19) and AC (After Covid-19): From 1619 to Covid19, we’ll be discussing the role of Afrofuturism in navigating our current situation and moving forward.

#Afrocentricty  #Afropessimism  #Antiblackness #Afrofuturism 2.0

Live: Curating the End of the World & Creating New Futures: A Conversation with Dr. Reynaldo Anderson, Sheree Renee Thomas, and Andrew Rollins

We are excited to announce that we are helping to organize an online conference featuring keynote speakers and our friend Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard who is the author of Collective Courage: A History of African-American Economic Thought and Practice, which chronicles the long history of economic cooperation in African-American communities.

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Dr. Reynaldo Anderson currently serves as an Associate Professor of Communication at Harris-Stowe State University in Saint Louis Missouri. Reynaldo is currently the executive director and co-founder of the Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM) a network of artists, curators, intellectuals and activists.  Finally, he is the co-editor of the book Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness published by Lexington books, co-editor of Cosmic Underground: A Grimoire of Black Speculative Discontent published by Cedar Grove Publishing, co-editor of The Black Speculative Art Movement: Black Futurity, Art+Design by Lexington books, the co-editor of Black Lives, Black Politics, Black Futures, special issue of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, and co-editor of When is Wakanda: Afrofuturism and Dark Speculative Futurity Journal of Futures Studies.

Sheree Renée Thomas creates art inspired by myth and folklore, natural science and conjure, and the genius culture created in the Mississippi Delta. She is the author of Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future(Third Man Books, May 26, 2020), her first fiction collection. She is also the author of two multigenre/hybrid collections, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, longlisted for the 2016 Otherwise Award and Shotgun Lullabies (Aqueduct Press), described as a “revelatory work like Jean Toomer’s Cane.” She edited the two-time World Fantasy Award-winning volumes, Dark Matter, that first introduced W.E.B. Du Bois’s work as science fictionand was the first black author to be honored with the World Fantasy Award since its inception in 1975. She serves as the Associate Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora (Illinois State University, Normal). She lives in Memphis, Tennessee. Connect: IG/FB: @shereereneethomas  or Twitter:@blackpotmojo 

Andrew Rollins is a writer and lecturer on Afrofuturism. His chapter “Our Old Ship of Zion: The Black Church in Post Modernity” appears in the anthology, AFROFUTURISM 2.0: THE RISE OF ASTRO BLACKNESS.  He has two chapters in the anthology, COSMIC UNDERGROUND: A GRIMOIRE OF BLACK SPECULATIVE DISCONTENT: “The Oddities of Nature” (about the life, theology and ministry of Bishop Charles Mason, the founder of the Church of God in Christ) and “The Harmonics and Modalities of Metaphysical Blackness” (an interpretation of Modern Jazz as an expression of Afro-Orientalism). Rollins has spoken on futurism and speculative art at conferences on topics including Transhumanism and the Prophetic Voice of the Black Church; Dark Politics and the Occult; The Ethics of Survival and Black Slave Religion the Roots of Afrofuturism.

RECOMMENDED READING LIST:

Books by/with Dr. Reynaldo Anderson
Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness
Cosmic Underground: A Grimoire of Black Speculative Discontent
The Black Speculative Art Movement: Black Futurity, Art+Design
RECOMMENDATIONS: Capital is Dead: Is This Something Worse? (McKenzie Wark)
Tendai Huchu short story: “The Sale”

Books by/with Sheree Renée Thomas
Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (her latest collection!)
Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (collection)
Shotgun Lullabies (collection)
Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (anthology)
Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora (journal)
RECOMMENDATIONS: The City We Became: A Novel (N.K. Jemisin)
Cosmic Slop (George Clinton anthology series)
Tendai Huchu short story: “Space Traders” (in Dark Matter)

Books by/with Andrew Rollins
Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness
Cosmic Underground: A Grimoire of Black Speculative Discontent
RECOMMENDATIONS: Edward W. Blyden’s Intellectual Transformations: Afropublicanism, Pan-Africanism, Islam, and the Indigenous West African Church (Harry N. K. Odamtten)

Books by/with Maurice Broaddus
Pimp My Airship
The Usual Suspects
Buffalo Soldier
The Voices of Martyrs (collection)
RECOMMENDATIONS: The Fifth Season (N.K. Jemisin)

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Afrofuture Friday: Parable of the Sower Discussion

The theme of our Afrofuturism Fridays discussions is to ponder the questions “Where are we now?” “Where do we want to be?” and “How do we get there?” because we have to imagine the future we want to see.

Let’s start with a re-cap of Octavia Butler and her seminal work Parable of the Sower.

Who was Octavia E. Butler?

(AP Photo/ Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Joshua Trujillo)

Born in 1947 in Pasadena, California, her mother was a maid and her father a shoe shine man who died when she was seven. She was raised in a strict Baptist home by her mother and grandmother. Though introverted and socially awkward, and having severe dyslexia, she spent hours reading science fiction and fantasy in her public library.

When she was 10, she saw the B-movie “Devil Girl from Mars” which changed her life. She had two epiphanies: “Someone got paid to write that.” And “I could write better than that.” So she convinced her mom to buy her a typewriter.

A well-intentioned aunt told her that “Negroes can’t be writers.”

She graduated high school in 1965 and began to take night classes at a local community college. She entered and won a fiction writing contest with a draft that would become Kindred, her best-selling novel. While working a series of temp jobs, she was encouraged by science fiction great, Harlan Ellison, to keep writing.

In 1984, her short story “Speech Sounds” (about the unraveling of civilization when a disease renders everyone mute) won the Hugo for Best Short Story. The next year she won the Hugo and Locus Awards for her novella Bloodchild. Parable of the Sower came out in 1993 and Parable of the Talents in 1998, the latter won the Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction novel. In 1995 she became the first science fiction writer to win a MacArthur “Genius” Award.

The Parable series was supposed to be at least a trilogy, but researching it proved too depressing for her so she gave herself a break by writing a science fiction vampire novel called Fledgling. It was her 14th and final book. She died of a stroke in 2006.

She inspired a generation of writers (myself included – I sent out my first story in 1993).

Parable of the Sower

[If you haven’t had a chance to read the book, here’s a Crash Course Literature by John Greene.]

Octavia Butler has said that she came to this of the future by imagining our current problems progressing unchecked to their logical ends. How prescient was Butler? Here’s a taste:

“Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a liar is to ask to be lied to. To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery.”

That quote was about a presidential candidate running on the platform “Make America Great Again” … which she wrote in 1998. And that was in the sequel, Parable of the Talents. Her work combines imagination with social, political, and even religious practice. It creates blueprints to find new ways to understand ourselves and the world around us. And, with its Afrofuture promise, it paints a vivid portrait of what the world could look like. In our discussion we’ll be looking at themes in the book focusing on community strategies to survive a dystopian landscape as well as a discussion on what transformative justice may look like.

LIVE Parable of the Sower: Online Book Discussion

LIVE Parable of the Sower: Online Book Discussion.

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[PATREON] MARCH/APRIL ROUND UP

First off, I’ll just leave this right here…

Anyway, my new novella, “Bound by Sorrow,” is up on the Beneath Ceaseless Skies site. Here’s a summary (part of the review on the Hugo nominated Quick Sips Reviews site):

Dinga is a warrior on a journey to deliver his dead sister to the Dreaming City, a city where gods still live. Accompanied by the irreverent bard Gerard, Dinga’s journey is punctuated by stories, his own and those he encounters, which illuminate his life and his mission and the mythology all around him. It’s a story very much about grief, and power of confronting grief in different ways. There’s an epic sweep to the piece a deep history that might be historical (fantasy), building this very living feel of each layer of story, reaching forward through time from Dinga to the reader, and perhaps beyond. It’s a story that unfolds and unpacks a lot over its novella length, but never loses sight of its thematic core of grief, death, dreams, and choices.

READ THE REVIEW OF THE STORY HERE (spoilers: it’s a great review)

LEARN SOME OF THE BACKGROUND OF THE STORY HERE (spoilers: I blame Brian Keene)

Over on the Patreon:

[AWESOME PIC] Ferb – In this time of anxiety, inconvenience, and sacrifice … our cat Ferb still refuses to drink out of any other bowl or faucet. #wakeupmeows

[AWESOME BLOG POST] The life update post that I did for Brian Keene’s site (except with bonus additions)

[AWESOME PIMPING] SoS ch 4 (a sneak preview of a work in progress)

[AWESOME COMMUNITY] COMMUNITY REPORT – March/April (the work slows, but doesn’t stop)

As always, I appreciate your support of my Patreon. Words cannot express how encouraging it is, especially during these dark times. I really appreciate it…and each and every one of you. Thank you!

I launched a Patreon because some friends wanted a way to help support the work that I do in the community. If you would like to support it (and receive updates on the work that’s being done) please feel free to join. Thank you so much!
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Twenty. Years.

April 1st, 2000

April 1st, 2020 (Pandemic Celebration mode)

“Bound by Sorrow” now up!

My novelette, “Bound by Sorrow,” is now up on Beneath Ceaseless Skies!

Remembering our past…

“All journeys are born of death.” The eyes of the Wise One glistened as he spoke. “Let me tell you a story. Each word in its place; none forgotten. The order is sacred, exactly as I once heard it. You would do well to heed its wisdom, young warrior.”

A great drama played out behind the old man’s eyelids so plainly the warrior could almost behold it. The campfire flickered in his eyes, which no longer focused on the young warrior but were lost recalling the words to the story. The warrior took a stone that fit snugly into his palm and sharpened his blade. When matters of life and duty became too much, threatening to drag him under the sea billows of life, he kept his head down and focused on what he knew he did best.

[Continue reading on Beneath Ceaseless Skies]

Pulling back the curtain Part I

Let me start by saying that BRIAN KEENE is like the older brother I never wanted (along with WRATH JAMES WHITE). Like, to the point where my baby sister’s (RO TOWNSEND) argument about sibling reparations almost begins to make sense.

A couple years ago, I drove out to visit Brian. At one point during our usual hilarious shenanigans, we got into an extended conversation which veered into the deeply personal. He asked me if I’d ever written about my sister’s death. I told him that I hadn’t. He then goes all in telling me that, since he knows me, if I haven’t written about it, I haven’t dealt with it because that’s what I do.

Mind you, we decide to have this intimate conversation in the middle of his podcast. As one does.

When my father was diagnosed with his cancer, I began to write a story about a young warrior poet dealing with the death of his sister who ends up encountering an orisha dealing with his dying father. I had already been thinking about the rituals of grief by reading Francis Weller’s The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief. And, well, I actually wrote the death scene of the father four days before my father passed away.

What was supposed to be a 5,000-word story turned out to be closer to 20,000. Apparently, I had a lot to work through. To my friends I referred to it as the container of my grief, something I *had* to write to deal with everything going on. Stuff I had to get out in order to move forward (in my life and in my other writing). Anyway, I cut close to the bone to write it and it was a challenging piece to write.

All this to say that “Bound by Sorrow” is a deeply personal story for a lot of reasons. As well as an Afrofuturist/Sword and Soul adventure story, because that’s also what I do.

The bottom line is that sometimes I really can’t stand Brian. Even moreso when he’s right.

And, btw, a very special shout out to CHEF OYA (of The Trap). She knows why she’s awesome.

Pulling back the curtain Part II

The name Luci may seem out of place. Let me tell you that story:

One day I came into my classroom and one of my students is sitting in my chair with her feet up on my desk.

              “Mr. Broaddus, we need to talk,” she says.

              “Okay.”

              “I need to be in your next story.”

              “Okay. A couple things: one, get out of my chair. Two, my next story is about going through grief.”

              “Okay then, you have to write the character bio.”

              “That’s fine,” she says, undeterred. “I can help you with that.”

So, she wrote a paragraph about how beautiful, smart, and funny “her character” had to be. And that she should be a princess. It was a pretty solid character sketch, so I wanted to honor it (and she approved of my line about being a princess).

[PATREON] FEBRUARY ROUND UP

Okay, I need the record to reflect that I have turned in the first draft of my novel, Sweep of Stars, a short play for the Indiana Repertory Theater, and a project for D&D. I am currently working on two short stories and the rewrites for my second middle grade novel, Unfadeable. Thus endeth my note for those folks wanting to keep me accountable for getting my writing done.

BTW, the 2020 Mo*Con: Origins lineup has been announced.

Anyway, for this month’s round-up on Patreon we have:

AWESOME PICS – Ferb sexy pics, because my cat is ridiculous

AWESOME BLOG POST – My Odd Journey to Being a Full-Time Novelist

AWESOME PIMPING – Sneak Preview of Sweep of Stars in draft

COMMUNITY REPORT – More on what I’ve been out and about doing in the community (with pictures), covering my 5th Grade Classroom Tour, Afrofuture Friday, Zora!, Cafe Creative, and more! Pretty much, this is the reason you all support my Patreon and I really appreciate it. Thank you!

I launched a Patreon because some friends wanted a way to help support the work that I do in the community. If you would like to support it (and receive updates on the work that’s being done) please feel free to join. Thank you so much!
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Afrofuture Fridays – Pimp My Airship by Maurice Broaddus

Join us for a special discussion with the Kheprw Institute’s resident Afrofuturist, Maurice Broaddus, led by Dr. Leah Milne about his novel, Pimp My Airship.


The book reimagines a retrofuture Indianapolis in a world where America lost the Revolutionary War, remains a colony of England, and has various oppressive systems in place. But art (and artists) lead the way for changing the system:

All the poet called Sleepy wants to do is spit his verses, smoke chiba, and stay off the COP’s radar—all of which becomes impossible once he encounters a professional protestor known as (120 Degrees of) Knowledge Allah. They soon find themselves on the wrong side of local authorities and have to elude the powers that be.

When young heiress Sophine Jefferson’s father is murdered, the careful life she’d been constructing for herself tumbles around her. She’s quickly drawn into a web of intrigue, politics and airships, joining with Sleepy and Knowledge Allah in a fight for their freedom. Chased from one end of a retro-fitted Indianapolis to the other, they encounter outlaws, the occasional circus, possibly a medium, and more outlaws. They find themselves in a battle much larger than they imagined: a battle for control of the country and the soul of their people.

Read the first chapter here.

Here’s what’s been said about it:

“Imagine the anarchic spirit of Sorry to Bother You given a turn away from body horror and toward steampunk.” — B&N Sci-fi & Fantasy Blog

“Broaddus has managed to create what could be considered a steampunk classic in the years to come. The contemporary relevance, prose, and characterization make this a book that cannot be missed.” — Pyles of Books

Maurice Broaddus’ essay “Steampunk as Afrofuturism”

Profile on Maurice Broaddus on Ozy.com: “Meet the Man Behind Afrofuturist Steampunk”

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[PATREON] JANUARY ROUND UP

To quote the opening of this month’s “Goals” blog post: In the last month, the Broaddus family: decided they wanted to move (it was an open revolt), we found a house, moved into the house, and had a housewarming party; I got horrifically sick (with some alien strain of the flu virus), had jury duty, all while trying to hit a deadline for a novel due at the end of the month (spoilers: I missed that deadline). Life happens.”

And this doesn’t include the usual minefield of holiday festivities and family.

Ozy has written a profile on me (I can’t post the cover art often enough): MEET THE MAN BEHIND AFROFUTURIST STEAMPUNK

BTW, the 2020 Mo*Con: Origins lineup has been announced.

Anyway, for this month’s round-up on Patreon we have:

AWESOME PICS – Ferb determined to be cute/get my attention

AWESOME BLOG POST – “It’s a new year! Time to set goals!!!”

AWESOME PIMPING – Sneak Preview of Sweep of Stars in draft

COMMUNITY REPORT – More on what I’ve been out and about doing in the community (with pictures), covering my involvement with Indiana Homecoming, Spirit & Place, Meet the Author/Be an Author, Afrofuture Friday, and Cafe Creative. Pretty much, this is the reason you all support my Patreon and I really appreciate it. Thank you!

I launched a Patreon because some friends wanted a way to help support the work that I do in the community. If you would like to support it (and receive updates on the work that’s being done) please feel free to join. Thank you so much!
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Mo*Con: Origins (POSTPONED)

Okay, I should have posted this sooner (since people are already preregistering even though the website hasn’t been updated yet but will soon), but this year’s Mo*Con lineup has been set. You should probably know in advance, this year I turn fifty. By strange coincidence, Mo*Con begins the day after that event. I’m *positive* no shenanigans will ensue. Here’s the brief run down:

Mo*Con: Origins
Day: May 1-3, 2020
Location: Café Creative (546 E. 17th Street, Indianapolis, IN)

Guests of Honor: Nisi Shawl
-Chesya Burke
-Linda Addison
-Wrath James White
-Brian Keene

Editor Guest: Scott Andrews (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Publisher Guest of Honor: Jason Sizemore

Special Guests:
-K. Tempest Bradford
-Jeff Strand
-Lynne Hanson

FEATURED LOCAL ARTISTS
-Deonna Craig
-Rae Parker

BTW, the kickoff event (on my birthday): Mini Open Bite Night: Reads

More info (eventually though the preregistering link still works)

BIOS:

Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl, winner of the 2019 Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award, wrote the 2016 Nebula Award finalist Everfair (Tor) and the 2008 Tiptree Award-winning collection Filter House (Aqueduct). Their stories also comprise the contents of PM Press’s 2019 Talk like a Man and Dark Moon’s 2018 Primer to Nisi Shawl, and they have edited and co-edited numerous anthologies such as New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color. In 2005 they co-wrote Writing the Other: A Practical Approach. Shawl helped found the Carl Brandon Society, and serves on the board of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. They live in Seattle and take frequent walks with their cat.

Chesya Burke

Chesya Burke is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Florida. Having written and published over a hundred fiction pieces and articles within the genres of science fiction, fantasy, comics and horror, her academic research focuses primarily on the intersections of race, gender and genre. In addition, she wrote several articles for the African American National Biography published by Harvard and Oxford University Press and she is currently working on her standalone comic. Burke’s story collection, Let’s Play White, is being taught in universities around the world. Chesya’s novel, The Strange Crimes of Little Africa has garnered critical acclaim by writers such as Tananarive Due and Kiese Laymon.

Linda D. Addison

Linda D. Addison, award-winning author of four collections, including How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend, the first African-American recipient of the HWA Bram Stoker Award®, received the 2016 HWA Mentor of the Year Award and the 2018 HWA Lifetime Achievement Award. Check out her latest poetry in: The Place of Broken Things, written with Alessandro Manzetti (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2019). She’s excited about the 2020 release of a film (inspired by my poem of same name) “Mourning Meal”, by producer and director Jamal Hodge. She has published over 350 poems, stories and articles and is a member of CITH, HWA, SFWA and SFPA.

Wrath James White

WRATH JAMES WHITE is a former World Class Heavyweight Kickboxer, a professional Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts trainer, distance runner, performance artist, and former street brawler, who is now known for creating some of the most disturbing works of fiction in print. He’s the author of such extreme horror classics as THE RESURRECTIONIST (now a major motion picture titled “Come Back To Me”) SUCCULENT PREY, and it’s sequel PREY DRIVE, YACCUB’S CURSE, 400 DAYS OF OPPRESSION, SACRIFICE, VORACIOUS, TO THE DEATH, THE REAPER, SKINZZ, EVERYONE DIES FAMOUS IN A SMALL TOWN, THE BOOK OF A THOUSAND SINS, HIS PAIN, POPULATION ZERO and many others. He is the co-author of TERATOLOGIST co-written with the king of extreme horror, Edward Lee, SOMETHING TERRIBLE co-written with his son Sultan Z. White, ORGY OF SOULS co-written with Maurice Broaddus, HERO and THE KILLINGS both co-written with J.F. Gonzalez, POISONING EROS co-written with Monica J. O’Rourke, MASTER OF PAIN co-written with Kristopher Rufty, and BOY’S NIGHT co-written with Matt Shaw among others.

Brian Keene

BRIAN KEENE writes novels, comic books, stories, journalism, and other words for money. He is the author of over fifty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and fantasy genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is credited (along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture’s recurrent interest in zombies. He oversees Maelstrom, a small press publishing imprint specializing in collectible limited editions, via Thunderstorm Books. He has written for such Marvel and DC properties as Thor, Doom Patrol, Justice League, Harley Quinn, Devil-Slayer, Superman, and Masters of the Universe, as well as his own critically acclaimed creator-owned comic series The Last Zombie. Keene has also written for media properties such as Doctor Who, The X-Files, Hellboy, and Aliens. Keene also hosts the popular podcasts The Horror Show with Brian Keene and Defenders Dialogue, both of which air weekly on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, YouTube, and elsewhere.

Scott H. Andrews

Scott H. Andrews <http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ch.cgi?Scott_H._Andrews> lives in Virginia with his wife, two cats, thirteen guitars, a dozen overflowing bookcases, and hundreds of beer bottles from all over the world. Scott is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop; his literary short fiction has won a $1000 prize from the /Briar Cliff Review/, and his genre short fiction has appeared in /Space & Time/, /Crossed Genres/, and Ann VanderMeer’s /Weird Tales/.Besides teaching college chemistry, he is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the seven-time Hugo Award finalist online fantasy magazine /Beneath Ceaseless Skies/ <http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/>.

Jason Sizemore

Raised in the Appalachian hills of southeast Kentucky, Jason Sizemore is a three-time Hugo Award-nominated editor, writer, and publisher who operates the genre press Apex Publications. He is the author of a collection of dark science fiction and horror shorts titled Irredeemable and the tell-all creative nonfiction For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher. He currently lives in Lexington, KY. For more information visit www.jason-sizemore.com or you can find him on Twitter @apexjason.

K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford is a science fiction and fantasy writer, writing instructor, media critic, reviewer, and podcaster. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple anthologies and magazines including Strange Horizons, PodCastle, Sunspot Jungle, In the Shadow of the Towers, and many more. She’s the host of ORIGINality, a podcast about the roots of creative genius, and contributes to several more. Her media criticism and reviews can be found on NPR, io9, and in books about Time Lords. When not writing, she teaches classes on writing inclusive fiction through LitReactor and Writing the Other.com. Visit her website at ktempestbradford.com.

Jeff Strand

Jeff Strand is the four-time Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of over forty books, including PRESSURE, DWELLER, MY PRETTIES, and WOLF HUNT. Cemetery Dance said “No author working today comes close to Jeff Strand’s perfect mixture of comedy and terror,” but though most of his work falls into the “horror/comedy” category, he’s also written not-so-funny horror, comedy novels for kids, a romantic comedy, a smut comedy, and various other departures from the sub-genre for which he’s best known. He emceed the Bram Stoker Awards ceremony a record ten times (previous record: two times) and several of his books have been optioned for film. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He’s on social media that old people use (Facebook and Twitter) but not the new-fangled ones. You can visit his Gleefully Macabre website at www.JeffStrand.com.

Lynne Hansen

Lynne Hansen is a horror artist who specializes in book covers. She has 19 years of book marketing and promotion experience, including serving for six years as senior editor for a small press publishing company. Lynne’s clients include Cemetery Dance Publications, Thunderstorm Books, and Bloodshot Books, as well as folks like New York Times bestselling authors Christopher Golden, Rick Hautala, and Thomas E. Sniegoski. For samples of her work for them and other fantastic authors like Jeff Strand, James A. Moore, Owl Goingback, Amber Benson, Peter Atkins, Lisa Morton, and many more, browse her portfolio at LynneHansenArt.com.

Deonna Craig

Deonna Craig is an Indianapolis based visual artist and the owner of DC’s heARTbeat. She graduated from Cathedral High School and DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology. As an entrepreneur, Deonna is able to pursue her passions of community building, teaching, public speaking, and of course visual art. She has received great recognition for her work in the cultural community. She also serves as a mentor, a dance instructor, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. DC’s heARTbeat provides original artwork, live painting experiences, painting classes, and art therapy. Her unique work has been featured in various galleries and trade shows over the past 10 years. To learn more about Deonna Craig be sure to connect with her: IG: deonna_heartbeat, Facebook: Deonna Craig, Website: deonnacraigart.com

Rae Parker

Rae Parker is a traditional artist with a background as a graphic designer, art instructor, tattoo and digital artist from Newark, New Jersey. Rae also graduated from the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago receiving their Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications. Rae’s work has been shown at The Indiana Landmarks, The Murphy Arts Building, a iMOCA chapter, The Madame Walker Theater, Clowe’s Memorial Hall, IMA (now known as Newfields), The Indianapolis Central Library, The Arts Garden and Garfield Park Art Center. Art exhibits such as Flava Fresh and Meet the Artists has been the hosts of such exposure for Rae’s career. Their work has been published in the Indy Star, Indianapolis Recorder and Nuvo newspaper. Currently, Rae can be seen, creating live in a new stage production, titled “Village Voices : Notes from the Griot.” Rae has worked with non profit organizations: Classical Music Indy, Indiana Math and Science Academies, Arts for Lawrence as well as Theater at the Fort. Rae Parker Art & Design www.raeparkerart.bigcartel.com Instagram: @raeparkerart

Afrofuture Friday – An Evening with Clint Breeze and the Groove

Clint Breeze and the Groove joined us for a special panel discussion at Broadway United Methodist Church around their latest release, Arrival. With their themes of community, gentrification, and building a better future, they even blessed us with a sample.

Clint Breeze is the artistic persona of Indianapolis-based drummer and Hip Hop producer, Carrington Clinton. The Groove is a The-Roots style hip hop band with an all-star lineup of Indy-based musicians featuring Nick Tucker (bass), Joel Tucker (Guitar), Jared Thompson (Saxophone), Christopher Pitts (keys), Zachary Finnegan (trumpet), frontman Pernell from Pike (emcee, vocalist) and led by drummer and beatmaker Clint Breeze.

 

Clint Breeze and The Groove has shared the stage with Trombone Shorty, Durand Jones and The Indications and The Commonheart. Headlined several festivals in Indianapolis including Chreece and Indy Jazz Fest. Clint Breeze and The Groove released their debut studio album, ARRIVAL, in April 2019

Arrival Teaser Video (Facebook)

Album Purchase Link (Bandcamp)

Album Streaming Link (Spotify)

Nappy Head (2016, Bandcamp)

Socials:

https://www.instagram.com/clintbreezeandthegroove/

https://www.instagram.com/clintbreezey/

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