“October is Black Speculative Fiction Month and like legions of others, I am celebrating it something fierce. Why does Black Speculative Fiction Month matter? Black Speculative Fiction Month matters because now more than ever our stories must be told and our voices must be heard. Black Speculative Fiction Month matters because too often at cons and writing events, I’m the only nonwhite guest in attendance.”
For me, Black Speculative Fiction Month matters because it highlights how we honor our ancestors by imagining ourselves into a positive, thriving future of our own design. And it’s about damn time. Ase, and so it is…
An illustration by David Brame for “Sanford Biggers: CODESWITCH,”created in collaboration with John Jennings. (Photo courtesy of David Brame)
“The literary genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror have for decades explored themes of the future, technology, and the fantastic. From the stark weirdness of Philip K.Dick to the spine-shivering darkness of H.P. Lovecraft, the genres were until the late 20th century largely tales of white experience told by white writers, but that’s changing.
In the new subgenre of Afrofuturism, Black creators in fiction, poetry, film, and comics are using their personal and shared history to create new tales. Last week as part of Bunnell Street Arts Center’s weekly Zoom presentation, “Inspiration and Adaptation,” new-to-Homer artist and writer David Brame spoke on Afrofuturism. His talk can be seen at www.bunnellarts.org/inspiration-and-adaptation.”
Price: Free for museum members and SCAD card holders, $10 general admission, $8 senior/military, $5 students www.scadfash.org
Academy Award-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter is an expert storyteller who harnesses the power of visual communication to share narratives of culture, race, and politics. Creating costumes for generation-defining films like Black Panther, Selma, and Do the Right Thing, she brings vibrancy, nuance, color, and texture to each of her culture-shifting characters. Carter’s exhibition Afrofuturism in Costume Design at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film features unforgettable designs from nearly four decades of her career within an Afrofuturistic installation incorporating original artwork by SCAD alum Brandon Sadler, whose murals were prominently featured in Black Panther.
Gallery capacity is limited and timed tickets are required for all guests. Reserve or purchase tickets online.
Black Comix, Artists, Writers, Publisher, Animators, and more come together to showcase their wares and share share their stories with Black comic enthusiasts as well as the general public in an intimate setting that encourages engagement and networking. Come learn some how’s and why’s from industry veterans as well as entry level and novices. Enter our cosplay and/or hero/villain lair competitions.
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