My B.S.F. Projects
Naturally, I myself have a number of B.S.F. related projects that I have undertaken, from academic articles to public lectures. Being that I believe in making sure that knowledge is accessible, I have tried my best to make things available for the public. Check out below to see some of the work I have been able to make available.
“Kids In Black: The Transformative Power of Black Fantasy” = This is a chapter that I wrote for a collection called Broadening Critical Boundaries in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Culture. The chapter discusses the importance of Blackness in the fantasy genre and how such representation can aid Black children and all those who interact with them. Here is a preview of the chapter, but please contact me if you are interested in reading and/or citing the entire thing.
Blog Post/Public Articles
“Black Speculative Fiction On the Rise” = This article was written for the Project on the History of Black Writing blog after I met with Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due at the 2018 National Black Book Festival. It recognizes that Black Speculative Fiction is gaining traction even in spaces not normally accepting of speculative fiction and that there is a list of people to thank for that progress. The post can be found here.
“Humanity in Color” = This article was written for the Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction blog during an open call for submissions. It deals with the race for diversity points and how limiting that can be for characters of color, queer characters, female characters, and their intersections. Instead, I advocate for inclusion that allows these characters to be fully human even in their flaws. The post can be found here.
Personal Blog Posts = Since my site has its own blog, there are also quite a few posts here that deal with Black Speculative Fiction. The topics of these posts are varied, but all of them deal with the ever growing movement of Black Speculative Fiction. The posts have been tagged with Black Speculative Fiction and a link to all the posts with that tag can be found here.
Introduction to Black Speculative Fiction = I do a lecture where I introduce audiences to the basics of Black Speculative Fiction through visual examples and using my own expertise. I use this to demonstrate the difference between fiction with Blackness present and fiction that centers Blackness. It is also designed to make people aware that Blackness in speculative fiction adds necessary layers to speculative fiction, providing fresher takes and making the genres more inclusive. Here is a preview of said lecture, and feel free to contact me if you are interested in having me give the lecture at an event.
Black Speculative Fiction and You = I have been afforded the opportunity to talk about Black Speculative Fiction with high school students, connecting it to larger subjects like African American Studies and Creative Writing. During this talk, I discussed what Black Speculative Fiction is and helped students to understand how they can create and recognize Black Speculative Fiction qualities and themes in the works they enjoy. Students were even able to talk about works they recognized as Black Speculative Fiction and win prizes for it. Here is a collage from the discussion and feel free to contact me if you are interested in having me give this lecture at your school.
Elemental Series = Naturally, my main novel series is full of the tenets of Black Speculative Fiction. By following a primarily Black cast of characters as they journey to learn themselves and protect their world, I use the Elemental series to show that no matter who you are, where you come from, or what you look like, anyone can be super. Learn more about the Elemental series here.
Other Creative Ventures = Most of my creative writing deals with some aspects of Black Speculative Fiction. As a fiction writer first and foremost, I have a number of published short stories that examine different aspects of Black Speculative Fiction and its subsidiaries. Look here for my creative publications both within the Elemental series and outside of it.