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ARRRGH!

Not getting ANY interest from Agents from my query letter. Any hints to help me improve it or should I just break down and rewrite the 1st chapter of my book?



Query:



I’ve been a fan of Sci-Fi and fantasy since before I could even read. For a young African American that meant watching and reading stories that didn’t include people who looked like me or who were from where I was from. Then as I got older it seemed as though the opposite began to happen with OVERLY Afro… Continue

Added by Night Manager on June 22, 2009 at 1:59pm — 3 Comments

The Museum of Uncut Funk is officially the shiznit people!

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The Museum of Uncut Funk is officially the shiznit people! they CONSISTANTLY educate me on the untold history of black comics. their feature on Black Music and Comics not only covered books i knew about (KRS ONE's Break the Chain), but they dropped dime on books about Public Enemy, Ice-T and 2 Live Crew that i never even HEARD of... and that's just the hip hop stuff! but the Museum always goes… Continue

Added by The Museum Of UnCut Funk on June 21, 2009 at 10:19pm — No Comments

World of Hurt

“Funkemporium!” May 1st, 2009

Gotta give some link love to The Museum of Uncut Funk!



Described by curator Pamela Thomas, aka “Sister Tofunky,” as “The planet’s first virtual museum dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the FUNK!,” The Museum of Uncut Funk has more galleries than the Smithsonian Institution. Before you click the link, get yourself a two-day pass and pack a lunch, ’cause you’ll definitely be there a while and… Continue

Added by The Museum Of UnCut Funk on June 21, 2009 at 10:16pm — No Comments

SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES OLDER WRITERS GRANT WINNER

Press Release #26



SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES OLDER WRITERS GRANT WINNER



SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION PO Box 1693, Dubuque, IA 52004-1693



info@speculativeliterature.org - http://www.speculativeliterature.org/



For Immediate Release: June 1, 2009



SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES OLDER WRITERS GRANT WINNER



Karen L. Simpson wins the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Older Writers Grant



The… Continue

Added by Malon Edwards on June 19, 2009 at 10:50am — No Comments

SPACE: PART 1 (cross post)



I was asked to do this a little while ago- by a professional astronomer, no less- so, here it is.



Well. Okay. It wasn't a little while ago; it was months. And she didn't so much ask me as she did inspire me to promise, proactively, that I would. She really is an astronomer, though, and that is the crux. She is one of those people who actually does the thing that scribblers like me only dream about. Such promises made to such people must be fulfilled or,… Continue

Added by Geoff Thorne on June 19, 2009 at 1:03am — 2 Comments

Excerpt of a work in progress. Ra's Test

This is an excerpt at one of my attempts to crank out a story that has been bouncing around in my head. This actual excerpt will be included in a book of short stories that is almost complete. I'd appreciate any critique anyone is willing to offer. I've noticed many people here tend to lean towards the supportive veiwpoints. Those are great, but I'm looking for something more substantial if possible. At the least I hope you enjoy this tidbit.







Ra's… Continue

Added by Michael Herron on June 15, 2009 at 4:57am — 2 Comments

LES TON TONS-- A work in progress: seeking funding for a "B" horror film.

"Les Ton Tons?"

"That used to be the name for the secret police. Taken from Voodoo Folklore; in mythology it was a

mischievous spirit that ate flesh." the nurse added authoritvely.

A delayed flight. Two passengers with a dark secret. An emigree from an island mired in

poverty and superstition; combined with a disfunctional crew, struggling with problems of

their own. A Voodoo curse and the promise of fantastic wealth. These are but parts of the

backstory of death… Continue

Added by george patton on June 13, 2009 at 3:15pm — No Comments

FIRST TWO IMARO NOVELS AVAILABLE AT HALF-PRICE!

From now until June 17, you can get copies of my novels Imaro and Imaro2: The Quest for Cush at half-price from Night Shade Books (www.nightshadebooks.com). Use the coupon code 50NSB2009 at checkout. And remember, you can also get Imaro: The Trail of Bohu and Dossouye from Amazon.com or www.lulu.com. Here’s hoping you take advantage of Night Shade’s limited-time offer.

Added by Charles R. Saunders on June 8, 2009 at 7:07am — No Comments

The Magic of Stephen King's - The Eyes of the Dragon

I read my first Stephen King book when I was 9. I stayed up all night and nearly fell out of bed when I heard an errant car honk from outside because it was so creepy. I thought I had read all of the King stuff there was. Somehow I kept missing The Eyes of the Dragon. It's one of the rare out of print King books (although I just learned it will probably be re-released soon). It is not nearly as bone-chilling as his horror works but like the Dark Tower series, it is haunting and lovely. I… Continue

Added by VD DeVau on June 7, 2009 at 6:03pm — 3 Comments

Don't You Hate It When You Have To Keep A Secret?

But I must. I found out this weekend at the BEA that there is a serious Sci fi/fantasy book series coming out next winter from a totally unexpected source. However, I was told that I had to keep the name of this Black writer under wraps.

. . . AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's killin' me!
I just can't wait to see the looks on all of your faces. This is going to be good.

Added by Diane on June 1, 2009 at 2:16pm — 3 Comments

On Our Way to the BEA (Book Expo America)!

This will be the first year we are exhibiting. Booth 2142 - somebody play that number! It's been hectic, but I think we will get through. We will be introducing our initial catalog for 2009 - four books. We will be blogging, twittering (!?), and video interviewing all weekend. Check us out daily for fresh news. We will also be displaying the works and promotional materials of several members - so if you are in the tri-state area, come out and support your fellow members:

Audrey… Continue

Added by Diane on May 28, 2009 at 3:00am — No Comments

I'm one of two Guests of Honor for next year's Wiscon, :-D!!

Now that Wiscon 33 is over, I'm now free to announce that next year, Mary Anne Mohanraj (a writer, editor, and spec-fic community activist) and…

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Added by Nnedi Okorafor on May 26, 2009 at 9:12pm — 1 Comment

NUBIAN SPIRIT (DVD)

THE AFRICAN LEGACY OF THE NILE VALLEY



by Louis Buckley (Director, Producer, Editor and Narrator)



A Journey Through Ancient Africa's Golden Times



We know that the ancient Egyptians (Kamites) and Cushites

were indigenous to Africa and that they were Africans, but how…
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Added by The Cushite on May 23, 2009 at 10:37pm — No Comments

What's really going on?

I guess i just feel like venting. I know when I was a kid in the 90's, the generation before us was probably befuddled and bewildered with our fashions and music, and probably our attitudes too. But for the life of me, I can't understand the the downward spiral that this generation depicts. These damn kids don't seem to gravitate towards anything positive or sensible. Damn, I mean we had NWA and a lot of so-called "negative" role models, but in actuality the entertainment icons of that time… Continue

Added by Demetrius Littlejohn on May 23, 2009 at 2:08pm — No Comments

How Dark Is Too Dark?

When I first sat down to draft the concept that would develop into my current project, my goal was to illustrate some of the baser emotions I saw within myself. In doing so, I created a character that, at best, was uncaring and completely sociopathic. It wasn't long before I realized the character was so repugnant, that no matter how well I wrote the story, readers would never accept her as anything other than an antagonist.



So... I was left with the task of reconstruction. Over the… Continue

Added by William Butler on May 22, 2009 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

Amille Gets a Baby -- Ironics Story from Last Month!

Okay so, here's the short I wrote about the final major character in the Ironics story - Amille. It's longer than the others but oddly, it is the least developed. In total there are five viewpoint characters - Ronnie (here and in the initial Irony blog post), Garren ("human" from post 2), Noe (the Ironic smuggler/lover in post 2), Amille and the baby, who is still nameless here. One of them is the "villian" of the collage of stories. I have decided to… Continue

Added by VD DeVau on May 20, 2009 at 8:27pm — 2 Comments

East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (2009)

Just came back from Philly, from attending the only Black comic book convention in the US. It was awesome! Lions.12 did really good. I brought 40 comics with me and came back with five. It was smaller than most the cons I've been to, but I could feel the love. I got to see a awesome brother in the lord and ccas member there. Mark I had a good time brother. And I also got to meet Reggie Byers creator of Kidz of the King. Isay the greatest highlight if the trip was getting to minister to a boy… Continue

Added by GC Comics on May 19, 2009 at 7:15pm — 1 Comment

Unamused with My Muse

So, I've committed myself to writing fiction everyday just like I write do my research work everyday. And in spite of all the advice I've read and been given about daily writing and how rewarding writing everyday used to be for me --- I am uninspired. Well, that's not exactly right. I'll explain.



I have lots of ideas. Don't we all? Three of which I have been picking over for the last few years. I have posted some of the Ironics stories here but there are two other stories - one a… Continue

Added by VD DeVau on May 15, 2009 at 5:05pm — 1 Comment

This is plain and simply awesome...

Here is my brother Emezie's latest animation. It is by far my favorite to date. It is titled Rock Opera and I have no idea what inspired him to create this particular twisted, imaginative, animated tale. It’s deep.



The story, the art, the music are all his own and they are all absolutely awesome- and I'd say that even if he weren’t my brother.…
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Added by Nnedi Okorafor on May 14, 2009 at 10:41pm — No Comments

The length of belief.

This is my first blog. And I plan to keep it brief. Ever since I heard this question, I've wondered what peoples answer would be regarding it. 'Can I walk a righteous path holding a beer?' Paradoxical in nature. But don't let that get in the way of how intriguing a question it is. I'd love to know peoples answer on the matter.

Added by Michael Herron on May 12, 2009 at 5:09pm — 1 Comment

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February Seventeen...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on February 17, 2019 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Meharry Medical College - Instagram

Topics: African Americans, Civil Rights, Education, Human Rights, Women's Rights

Livingstone College…

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February Sixteen...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on February 16, 2019 at 5:40pm 0 Comments

Violet Lewis, founded of Lewis Business College, and the first location on Indiana Street in Indianapolis.

Topics: African Americans, Civil Rights, Education, Human Rights, Women's Rights

LeMoyne College…

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February Fifteen...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on February 15, 2019 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Image Source: Lawson State Community College (link below)

Topics: African Americans, Civil Rights, Education, Human Rights, Women's Rights

Knoxville College…

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Apathy, Crises and Zappa...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on February 15, 2019 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Image Source: Five Thirty Eight blog

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Politics

So what exactly is a constitutional crisis? We should be clear about what does — and, more importantly, does not…
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February Fourteen...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on February 14, 2019 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Johnson C. Smith - The Division of Government Sponsored Programs and Research inducted seven students into its Ronald E. McNair Scholars program. This year’s theme is “Defying Gravity: Launching Scholars Academic Success.”

Topics: African Americans, Civil Rights, Education, Human Rights, Women's Rights

Jarvis…

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Semper Fidelis...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on February 14, 2019 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Topics: Mars, NASA, Opportunity, Planetary Exploration, Spaceflight

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover was built to operate for just 90 days, but kept going for 15 years. NASA officially declared it dead on Wednesday, and its last message to scientists before it went dark eight months ago is getting a lot of attention.

The rover spent a decade and a half sending data bursts, not words, but according to…
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February Thirteen...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on February 13, 2019 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Topics: African Americans, Civil Rights, Education, Human Rights, Women's Rights

Huston-Tillotson University

Huston–Tillotson University is a historically black university in Austin, Texas, United States. The school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, and the United Negro College Fund. Huston–Tillotson University established in 1881. The University is a member of the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). Their colors are maroon and white & their…
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Anthony "Tony" Mitchell...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on February 13, 2019 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Anthony "Tony" Mitchell

Topics: African Americans, Civil Rights, Education, Electrical Engineering, NSBE

“The 2019 BEYA Selection Committee, supported by the Council of Engineering Deans of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and our lead sponsor Lockheed Martin Corporation, have invested in me the authority to…
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The Talented Tenth Saga----PLEASE DONATE

Posted by Christopher Love on February 12, 2019 at 9:17pm 0 Comments

The Talented Tenth Saga will be an 8 issue, limited run comic book series and film.  This series is unique for many reasons.

  • First of all, it will feature real people versus hand drawn or CGI characters. This is why actors and actresses will be sought.
  • Secondly, the main characters in the world of The Talented Tenth Saga will be diverse as the world we live in.
  • And lastly, all 8 issues will be given out for free and can be read at beauty shops, barber shops, schools, libraries and other organizations in local communities starting in Madison County, Alabama and beyond. The film will be uploaded to YouTube and other platforms for free to enjoy and view.

The comic book can be downloaded on IndyPlanet.com

Please support this project.

https://www.ioby.org/project/talented-tenth-saga

Everyone Deserves Heroes That Look Like THEM…

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February Twelve...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on February 12, 2019 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Image Source: Howard University Instagram

Topics: African Americans, Civil Rights, Education, Human Rights, Women's Rights

Harris-Stowe State University…

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