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The Power of Self Affirming Images





Formerly a Purple Magazine blog article.




The Power of Self Affirming Images

in the Edutainment of Children

lit:PurpleZoe





I am currently fawning over a regal barbie doll, named Nichelle.

Her skin is like darkest chocolate before any additives are infused, and you can see in this barbie doll, the image of beauty which many young girls of color… Continue

Added by PurpleZoe on February 1, 2009 at 3:30am — 7 Comments

Black Sci Fi Catalog


I want to put together a catalog of Black Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels
Please add five books that should be included,

I'll start

1. The Seer Legacy of Stone & Spirit by Iya Ta’Shia Asanti
2. Meji by Milton Davis
3. Immortal by Valjeanne Jeffers
4. Marvelous World by Troy Cle’s
5. Night Biters AJ Harper

Added by A J Harper on January 31, 2009 at 3:47pm — 3 Comments

DAW Books acquires my first adult novel, titled Who Fears Death?

I’m ecstatic to announce that earlier this week I sold my first adult novel to DAW Books. The book is titled Who Fears Death? and it is possibly the most terrifying book I’ve ever written.



I started writing it just after my father passed in 2004 and the very nature of the story plagued me with nightmares as I was writing it. It also plagued several of my friend with nightmares when they read it. The story is relentless and unflinching. It was inspired by the genocide in the… Continue

Added by Nnedi Okorafor on January 30, 2009 at 10:45am — 2 Comments

WHY IS IT?

Why is it? – A man wakes up in the morning after sleeping under an advertised blanket on an advertised mattress and pull off advertised pajamas? Takes a bath in an advertised tub, shaves with an advertised razor, washes with an advertised soap, put on advertised clothes, sits down to breakfast of advertised coffee, put on an advertised hat, rides to his office in an advertised car, writes with an advertised pen.. Then he refuses to advertise, says that advertising doesn’t pay, and… Continue

Added by Jarvis Sheffield - Admin on January 29, 2009 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

BLACK SCIENCE FICTION STORE OFFICIAL DEADLINE TODAY

BLACK SCIENCE FICTION STORE OFFICIAL DEADLINE TODAY



For all members with merchandise such as books, movies, comics etc. Please send your 35 dollar payment so we can get you and your products listed on BlackScienceFictionStore.com



If you are serious about making money selling your products please join us to sell your work in our BlackScienceFictionStore.com site that will be launched February 1, 2009. What better time to sell Black Science Fiction than on Black History… Continue

Added by Jarvis Sheffield - Admin on January 26, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

On the Grind in '09 Part 1

So I've committed myself to working hard for my screenwriting organization, (The Organization of Black Screenwriters), and screening films for the Los Angeles Film Festival, but I have to make time for my own writing, especially my short stories.



My goal this year is to take weekend trips out of town for my own personal writing retreats. I find that I am most inspired when I am in a new place, or sitting in church. (Not that my church is boring, but Rev Michael Beckwith of Agape… Continue

Added by Lisa Bolekaja on January 25, 2009 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Career Planning

Well, Juno Books became an imprint of Pocket Books. Juno published Wind Follower. Now, this may be good news but it might not be. Juno's been going toward urban fantasy. I like folkloric fantasy. Exploring tribal culture and what makes tribes. Current novel is Constant Tower which needs an agent cause it's neither urban fantasy nor does it have a female protag which is what Juno wants. But it's such a great book! What to do!



I have another novel, Daughters of Men, which many folks… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on January 24, 2009 at 7:49am — 2 Comments

NetFlix film competition for new filmmakers.

http://www.netflixfindyourvoice.com/

Hey, it's worth a try. -C

Added by Carole McDonnell on January 22, 2009 at 8:06am — No Comments

EarthSquadron.com - January 20, 2008

Hello everyone,

Earth Squadron is steadily working towards our goals with the project. However, due to the economic downturn the action figure has been put on hold for several months. It will definitely be complete during the summer. The storyline is complete with new additions to the ever growing universe. Even with the setbacks we’ve come to understand that everything happens for a reason. We’ve been privy to some new software that we are in the process of mastering which will increase… Continue

Added by TheDigitalBrothers on January 20, 2009 at 11:35pm — No Comments

I'm dancing on my toes.....

I'm watching Obama take office, and before he even stepped onto the dais, I was rocking my feet like the African women from Kenya to Nigeria, who move their hips, ushering in the elements and pushing power forward through their arms and the ululations they call with tongue and teeth. A martini glass in my hand, and hope in my heart, I'm thinkin', "Damn, this is a new day."



Although I know Obama isn't as progressive as I want him to be, game peeps game when it comes to this historic… Continue

Added by Lisa Bolekaja on January 20, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

IMARO: THE TRAIL OF BOHU IS IN THE HOUSE!!!

The message is clear: you can’t keep an Ilyassai down. Imaro is back, bigger and badder than ever. The third volume of his larger-than-life adventures – “Imaro: The Trail of Bohu” – is now available at www.lulu.com. You can read an excerpt from it in the Discussions section of the Sword and Soul group on this site.



I have two people to thank for helping me to keep Imaro in print after the setback the series suffered in 2007. The first is Brother Uraeus, who started the publishing… Continue

Added by Charles R. Saunders on January 17, 2009 at 8:47pm — 4 Comments

Film rights and options available to "IVORY JOINS THE REAPING WORLD WIND"

I am going for broke...



I recently posted a press release on PRWEB.COM



http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/01/prweb1812854.htm



offering the film rights and options on my debut novel on a bid basis to interested film producers, production companies and investors.



My Google and Yahoo results have dramatically increased and many websites have picked up the news.



I would like George Lucas and Industrial Light and Magic to be involved with the… Continue

Added by HOLLIS WILLIAMS on January 17, 2009 at 10:26am — 2 Comments

POLITICAL CONVERGENCE

This is an Op-Ed article I had published in a local newspaper last week. Given its subject matter, I think it remains relevant.



Rare Convergence in Political History Rings in New Year



Much has been written and said about the historical significance of Barack Obama’s victory in the recent U.S. presidential election. The event deserves all those words and more, for when Obama takes the oath of office during his Jan. 20 inauguration, he will be the first black person to hold… Continue

Added by Charles R. Saunders on January 16, 2009 at 9:58am — No Comments

pooling our resources and doing for self

WE NEED OUR OWN!!! WE CANNOT DEPEND ON OTHERS TO DO THAT WHICH WE CAN DO FOR SELF. WE CANNOT DEPEND ON HOLLYWOOD TO DEPICT US POSITIVELY. WE MUST CREATE OUR OWN"HOLLYWOOD"AND MAKE IT HAPPEN OURSELVES. HOLLA BACK

Added by dahmin muhammad on January 15, 2009 at 6:26am — 1 Comment

For those folks living near NYC -- hey it's worth a try

Suvudu is giving away three pairs of Weekend Tickets to Comic Con New York, one of the biggest Comics, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Manga, Television, Movies, You-Name-It-They-Got-It Extravaganzas known to mankind! All you need to do is email us your name, phone number, and mailing address at infosuvudu@randomhouse.com. It's just that easy, but be sure to read the legal for all the fine print.

To enter, submit your name, phone number and mailing address to info@suvudu.com between 12:01 AM EDT January… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on January 13, 2009 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Best Markets for Sci Fi Writers

While cruising the Web the other day, I found a list of possible markets for sci-fi and spec writers. Info includes payment terms and other resources, but the most important items are links to stories that are being published.



Why is this important?



In order to compete in any marketplace, you must study from the people who are successfully selling. So, my advice is to review and evaluate the stories that are winning awards and paychecks and utilize some of the… Continue

Added by Stafford Battle on January 9, 2009 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Amalgam Fan Fiction

AMALGAM UNIVERSE:

from ACT II

Part two:

THE 1ST ALLIANCES:

MAYDAY!







Her Viper was beginning to spin. Slowly now, but Starbuck knew soon she would be pinned to one side of her Viper as the centripetal forces rose. She slid her hand over the emergency eject lever, better to have it in hand now than when she may not have the strength to reach it. Be a shame to have the opportunity to bail only to be held back by her own body weight times ten. Spinning… Continue

Added by Night Manager on January 8, 2009 at 10:13am — 1 Comment

Dark Scribe Magazine nominees

DARK SCRIBE MAGAZINE has announced the nominees for the 2nd Annual Black Quill Awards! Every vote makes a difference, so please follow the link below and cast yours now.

Remember, voting closes at midnight EST on Sunday, January 25th, 2009. And please, tell your friends!

http://www.darkscribemagazine.com/current-nominees/

Added by Carole McDonnell on January 5, 2009 at 8:22am — No Comments

SCI-FI Amalgam Universe: Fan Fiction

I'm not usually into fan fiction but a buddy of mine; a fellow writer and I got into some heated arguments about which SCI-FI series could kick the ass out of the which other SCI-FI series and stories. That sort of kicked off a bit of a running writing fight and then evolved into a pretty interesting series of short stories and "What ifs". The stories all follow a specific outline and had a definite plot but we write them from several different points along the story. A story where EVERY and… Continue

Added by Night Manager on January 3, 2009 at 7:50pm — 1 Comment

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Cult of Nihilists...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 18, 2019 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Source: 9GAG

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Human Rights, LGBT Rights, Women's Rights

“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Ronald…
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Doppelgänger...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 17, 2019 at 5:30am 0 Comments

(Courtesy: shutterstock/tomertu)

Topics: Antimatter, Astrophysics, Cosmology, Dark Matter, Star Trek, Theoretical Physics

Our universe could be the mirror image of an antimatter universe…
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Ultra-bright X-rays...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 16, 2019 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Overview: Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory

Topics: High Energy Physics, Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics, X-rays

The upgrade of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory will make it…
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Initial posting

Posted by Kwesi Adebisi on January 15, 2019 at 9:40am 0 Comments

I would give an intricate, wordy introduction, but there are some hinderances. I am currently realm-building for a debut series, but life has a way of taking priority. One day, I will have the availability I need. My next one will be more detailed, rest assured.

Disaster Hypocrisy...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 15, 2019 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Credit: Karl Spencer Getty Images

Topics: Climate Change, Global Warming, Politics, Research

Mexico won’t pay for President Trump’s border wall. But Northern Californians might.

Many of…
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3D Topological Insulators...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 14, 2019 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Courtesy: H. Chen

Topics: Laser, Optical Physics, Photonics, Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Quantum Mechanics

Reference: Topological Insulators, then the rest of the post.…

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Post Apocalypse...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 11, 2019 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Nuff said.

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Human Rights, Politics

Donald J. Trump is a a carefully-crafted public fiction. I have said this for years, and stand by that assertion. A headline from Newsweek: "…
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ONYXCON SANKOFA 2019 - Saturday and Sunday February 16-17

Posted by Jarvis Sheffield - Admin on January 10, 2019 at 8:49am 0 Comments

ONYXCON returns to WOLF CREEK LIBRARY for another celebration of the HISTORY of the African Diaspora in Popular Arts! JOIN US Saturday and Sunday FEBRUARY 16-17 for family fun and EDUTAINMENT! VENDING NOW AVAILABLE! APPLY via ONYXCON@gmail.com

Hobbled Hubble...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 10, 2019 at 5:30am 0 Comments

The Hubble telescope launched in 1990. Credit: NASA

Topics: Astronomy, Astrophysics, NASA, Politics, Research

Yet another casualty: science. The NSF, NOAA and other related sites are…
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Earth's AT-ATs...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 9, 2019 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Image Source: Link below

Topics: Green Energy, Green Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, Star Wars

Ironically, I drive a Hyundai Santa Fe (2013). But I'm satisfied with its performance, so I don't think I'll be "trading up" to this one. Plus, it's designed primarily for first responders.…

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