So it's been a week since the Black Spec Arts Movement Convention in Philadelphia and I'm still trying to come down from the high. After a disappointing as hell election, being in the presence of so many Black creators and fans was a bit of a respite of the crazy that the US has descended in to.
The pics above are mainly from a panel that I was on. Many thanks to Maurice from Black Sci-Fi for tapping me for this presentation.
The panel was moderated by Black Sci-Fi and it was entitled 'Our Voices, Our Imagination’ featuring panelists Maurice Waters (President, Black Sci-Fi), Myself (Founder/Editor in Chief, Black Girl Magic Literary Magazine), Shawn Alleyne ( Artist/Owner, Pyroglyphics Studio), Stacey Robinson (Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, University of Illinois), N. Steven Harris (Artist, Scout Comics & Xmoor Studios/Illustrator, Dynamite) and Tim Fielder(Diesel Funk and Animation Director at Bighead Scientists /Adjunct at New York Film Academy). The panel discussed the experience of being a Black Sci-Fi writer/artist/publisher.
It was such an honor to be included on this panel with such great artists and to be able to learn about their motivations to create and their journeys to becoming creators. We also had a swag bag giveaway which included items from all of the panelists and Miles Morales (cosplayer) in my above pic was awarded with it.
If you have a chance to go to a Black Speculative Arts Movement event I highly recommend it and luckily they're have another one soon February 18th in Prairie View, TX. More details here...