In July of 2013, three fascinating clips were posted to YouTube. The videos were entitled “Black Sci-Fi” and consisted of very stylized documentary footage of interviews with Mike Sargent, Steven Barnes, Octavia E. Butler, Samuel R. Delany and Nichelle Nichols. It was a fascinating look into the minds of, a very rare breed – the Black science fiction writer, as well as at the groundbreaking Star Trek actress. It was produced by the BBC in 1992. The clips eventually spread like wildfire around the internet and were eventually seen on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, on SF websites like SF Signal and TOR, on pop culture sites like The Absolute Mag and eventually on the Black film news site, Shadow and Act. My take on the overall reaction of people who commented on these clips, was of excitement and confirmation of the idea that Black people have a future that is feasible and hopeful. Read more…