My radio show At the Edge interviews Kathryn Buford @liveunchained about their Indiegogo campaign http://www.indiegogo.com/liveunchained Tues Feb 26 8pm EST

warsan-1My radio show At the Edge: An Afrofuturist Salon is back with an episode featuring Kathryn Buford, Chief Visionary Officer/Lead Editress of Live Unchained, an organization that “represents black women’s collective and individual creativity.” “Live Unchained was born out of the desire to preserve, share and honor the diverse voices and experiences of black women across continents.” (www.liveunchained.com & 16396_10102254273779090_867894660_nhttps://www.facebook.com/iliveunchained)

Kathryn will discuss Live Unchained’s crowdfunding campaign to bring London-based Somali poet,Warsan Shire and “Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful” to Washington, DC, as well as the February 2013 launching of an Indigogo campaign to raise funds for the event set to take place in Fall 2014. Live Unchained’s 1st annual awards ceremony is named “Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful” after a line from one of Shire’s popular poems, “For Women Who Are Difficult to Love.” Shire’s captivating poetry on womanhood, love and social justice have garnered international acclaim as she has performed in many countries and been featured in prestigious media outlets like Vogue Italia. Live Unchained will host a workshop with Shire on healing through narrative, panel discussion on cultural activism and an experiential awards ceremony with a special performance by Shire to honor Live Unchained artists.

Live Unchained crowdfunding campaign: www.indiegogo.com/liveunchained
Live Unchained artists promo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OJjzWQC6Bw
Live Unchained postcard campaign press release:
http://www.prweb.com/releases/Live-Unchained/University-Illinois/prweb10407655.htm & http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/terrifying-strange-and-beautiful?website_name=liveunchained

Kathryn is a writer, digital media consultant and sociology PhD student at University of Maryland. Her current research explores social entrepreneurship and women’s art and emancipatory knowledge across the African diaspora. In addition to Live Unchained, her writings have appeared in various online media outlets including Everything PR, Argophilia and SiliconANGLE, where she curated the technology and social change series.

The radio episode is HERE: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/at-the-edge-an-afrofuturist-salon/2013/02/27/live-unchained-terrifying-strange-and-beautiful-campaign

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Tonight’s radio show was fabulous!

Listen to my new episode Artists and Writers at Work: Interview with S Torriano Berry at http://tobtr.com/s/4274841 #BlogTalkRadio

Tonight’s show with Kenji Jasper was fabulous!!!!

549630_10151183038847781_1008852425_nListen to my new episode Artists and Writers at Work: Interview with Kenji Jasper  at http://tobtr.com/s/4256597. #BlogTalkRadio

Artists and Writers at Work: Interview with Kenji Jasper TONIGHT @ 8PM EST

549630_10151183038847781_1008852425_nArtists and Writers at Work: Interview with Kenji Jasper 01/11 by At the Edge An Afrofuturist Salon | Blog Talk Radio.

This episode features an interview with my long-time friend and colleague Kenji Jasper, a novelist, journalist, and screenwriter.  Jasper began his writing career with an article as an intern for The Washington Informer at 13. At 14, he became a contributor to Black Entertainment Television‘s YSB Magazine, and later worked as a writer and instructor at The Institute for the Preservation and Study of African American Writing. He also served as an on-air personality for WTTG Fox 5’s Newsbag (1986–1987), and later as one of the founding cast members of Black Entertainment Television’s Teen Summit (1989–1993). By the time he graduated from Morehouse College in 1997, his journalism had appeared in VIBE, Essence, The Village Voice, Upscale, The Charlotte Observer, The San Diego Union Tribune, and The Atlanta Tribune.
He wrote his first novel, Dark, at the age of 21, which was released in the UK, translated into French, and optioned for film by State Street Pictures (Soul Food, Barbershop, Roll Bounce) and Fox Searchlight Pictures.  His second novel, Dakota Grand, was published in 2002 and was praised by Publishers Weekly, VIBE, Essence, The Chicago Sun-Times and Africana.com. His third novel, Seeking Salamanca Mitchell, was published in 2004.  His memoir The House on Childress Street was published in 2006, followed by his fourth novel, Snow.  Jasper has contributed articles and essays to National Public Radio, The Village Voice, VIBE, The Charlotte Observer, The Chicago Sun-Times and Essence among many other publications. In 2007 he co-edited and published Beats, Rhymes and Life, a collection of critical writings on hip hop culture with writer and director Ytasha Womack. He was also the CEO and Editor of The Armory, a publishing partnership with Akashic Books. Its first release, Got by first-time author D, was published in 2007, followed by Cake in 2008.

 

Another great short story by Thaddeus Howze…

I’m waiting for this serial to become a book-length work. I admit it: I’m hooked on “Hub City.”

Hub City Blues

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a tale of hub city

As I was ushered into the first entry points at the city’s outer wall, I was impressed with the speed and efficiency of the staff as they coordinated everyone’s entry into the city. Security forces maintained control of the entry point but were cordial and civil to everyone. There was very little grumbling in line. Their police uniforms were spartan and crisp and each officer looked well fed and fit, unlike most of the people in line.

While we waited, we were given water and a real fruit, whose origins were unknown but it was pleasant, sweet and much needed after the dusty road. When I reached the front of the line, a young woman appearing to be in her late twenties was scanning my identity card and checking my authorization papers. “Welcome to Hub City sir, do you have anything to declare?…

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For The Holidays! Buy My Book For Your Loved One!

Here’s an idea for Holiday shopping–give your loved one a copy of my book! Edwin Mellen Press, the publisher of my book How Three Black Women Writers Combined Spiritual and Sensual Love: Rhetorically Transcending the Boundaries of Love is now offering my book in soft-cover for half the price: $43.29 USD. It’s a heck of a bargain considering the fact that the hardcover is $119 USD. So how do you get it? Well, until Mellen Press starts offering it online at Amazon or on their site, you have to call and ask, though I’m betting if enough people ask, they’ll relent and get on board with market demand much faster. Meanwhile, here’s the contact name and phone number:
Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin
Ms. Irene Miller
Order Fulfillment

imiller@mellenpress.com

716-754-2788

Be sure to let her know you found out the good news about getting my book soft-cover from me, Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin.

Meanwhile, here’s the publisher site (academics do get small discounts for the hardcover): http://www.mellenpress.com/mellenpress.cfm?bookid=7973&pc=9

Science Fiction and Fantasy Site to check out – thanks @ebonstorm

Science Fiction and Fantasy. Okay, so Thaddeus Howze of Hubcity Blues turned me onto this super-fabulous science fiction website.  To be brief, if you are a fan of science fiction movies, novels, short stories, games, etc., and/or if you are a writer or developer, take a look at this website–and dive into the seemingly endless possibilities of engaging in great conversation and new ideas about science fiction, science fact, and of course, AFROFUTURISM!!!  Get moving, comrades! And don’t forget to give props to Thaddeus, because he’s a heavy contributor to this site!