An Immerse Response

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Essay | No Comments
An Immerse Response

I had a opportunity to write a short essay for Immerse, a website promoting creative discussions about emerging nonfiction storytelling. I met the editor, Jessica Clark at the National Black Programming Consortium’s 360 2.0 Bootcamp in September 2016 when I was an NBPC 360 fellow. Jessica came in to talk to us about developing a […]

Speculations… The White Fantastic Imagination

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Speculations, Uncategorized | No Comments

In March of 2015, I presented at the conference called Speculative Humanities: Steampunk to Afrofuturism at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey. The title of my audio-visual presentation was The White Fantastic Imagination and the Invisible Universe. In my 20 minute time slot, I talked primarily about the research I have been doing for […]

Speculations… The Making of the BBC’s “Black Sci-Fi”

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Speculations | No Comments

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 […]

Speculations… Shadows… Brown Girl…

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Speculations | No Comments

The second book discussion at The Shadows Took Shape exhibition was focused on Brown Girl in the Ring, written by Nalo Hopkinson and published in 1998. The discussion was co-moderated by writer and artist, Rosamond King and by me, the producer and director of the up-coming, Invisible Universe documentary. I opened the discussion with an […]

Speculations… Samuel R. Delany on racism essay

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Speculations | No Comments

Racism for me has always appeared to be first and foremost a system, largely supported by material and economic conditions at work in a field of social traditions. – Samuel R. Delany One of the objectives of the Invisible Universe Documentary is to explore the particular ways in which the conventional world of SF literature […]

Speculations… Shadows… Kindred

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Speculations | No Comments

The first book discussion at The Shadows Took Shape exhibition was focused on Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. Leading the discussion were Philadelphia native, Rasheedah Phillips, an attorney, writer and the founder of The Afrofuturist Affair and Mississippi native, John Jennings, a designer, curator, illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist and University of Buffalo professor. Their discussion […]

Speculations… Cinematic Similarities

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Speculations | No Comments

I recently noticed some similarities in a couple of scenes from two of my most favorite films, The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and Blade Runner (1982). Nothing wrong with being inspired by a classic film! 1. time – late into the night/early morning 2. location – victim’s bedroom, victim in canopy bed 3. action – victim […]

Speculations… Behind the Mask: Black Actors as Aliens

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

James Earl Jones speaks about his voicing of the Darth Vader character. Images of Black people in science fiction films have often mirrored the inadequacies of other film genres by under-representing, misrepresenting or deleting the Black body from the narrative. However it came as quite a surprise to me when I came upon this little […]

Speculations… Zambia’s Minister of Space

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Speculations | No Comments

I’ve been obsessed with space flight since I was a child. I’ve wanted to be an astronaut since as far back as I can remember. A large part of my library consists of books about the history of NASA and the Russian Aviation and Space Agency/Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), the history of rocket technology […]

Speculations… S. Torriano Berry interview

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Steven Torriano Berry is an American film producer, writer and director. He directed Noh Matta Wat!, the first Belizean dramatic television series, which first aired on 28 November 2005. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Berry was raised in Des Moines, Iowa. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University, he entered the Master’s […]