Sunday, December 18, 2011

Schedule of Events: Winter 2012

Greetings and blessings, brothers and sisters:

I hope that you are all doing well, and are persevering through these troubled times.  The holidays are coming upon us, and the new year is right around the corner.  Hopefully, many of you are preparing yourselves for your new literary venture, and having a major impact on the populace with your creative works.  Whatever that I can do to help, I will surly do it.  As is my duty, here is the latest Schedule of Events listing that I have come up with:

Zora Neale Hurston Festival for the Arts & Humanities
January 21-29, 2012
Eatonville, FL

New Year Book Jubilee
January 28, 2012
Dallas, TX

Harlem Fine Arts Show
February 10-12, 2012
New York, NY

Black Comic Book Day
February 11, 2012
College Park, GA

Black Comic Book Day (Detroit)
February 11, 2012
(The Truth Bookstore)
Southfield, MI

Black Comic Book Day (New York)
February 18, 2012
(Hue Man Bookstore)
New York, NY

National Council for Black Studies
NCBS 36th Annual National Conference
March 7-10, 2012
location tba

National Black Herstory Conference & Awards
March 22-24, 2012
Atlanta, GA

Negritud Conference (Journal of Afro-Latin American Studies)
March 22-24, 2012
San Juan, PR

National Black Writers Conference
March 29-April 1, 2012
Brooklyn, NY

Dayton Book Expo
April 28, 2012
Dayton, OH

Hip Hop Literacies Conference
May 9-11, 2012
Ohio State University
Tba, OH

This is by no means a complete list.  If any of you has any information that you would like to share, the list will be updated as soon as possible.  We are also working on holding the Expo for the fall of 2012.  Stay tuned!!!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Black Science Fiction Society

In my cyber travels, I have been fortunate enough to come across many interesting people, and some fascinating online communities.  I've been able to cross paths with like-minded individuals, and other artistic souls.  Since I've always been one to infuse my politics with my art, I had always hoped to be able to find a place where I could do just that.

Enter the Black Science Fiction Society.

They exist on a Ning platform.  They're an online community that you can easily join, dedicated to expanding the Black/African presence in the genre of Science Fiction.  Instead of just whining about not getting acceptance from white folks in that field, these people are actually doing something about it.  They are very progressive in their ideas, and also in their creative ventures.  One main thing about them that I like, is that they do a lot of stuff offline, as well as on their site.

You have many creative brothers and sisters on that site.  They go from self-published authors, to artists...animators to publishers...poets to performance artists.  They are a very tight-knit community, and are very supportive of each other.

They have many different genres that they cater to; Sword and Soul, Fantasy, Steampunk/Steamfunk, Military, Action/Adventure, Suspense, Fan Fiction, Comic Books, and so many others.  They're not all diehard Afrocentrics, but a lot of their stories have elements of not only our continental culture, but also elements of the Diaspora.

Many are trying to collaborate with each other to work on projects.  They've already produced a magazine, and a few anthologies.  They even have an online store where you can purchase a number of the members' books.  They've even created an online TV channel; you can join that site, and upload your content.

It is definitely a way for me to be able to creatively express myself.  I've even posted and excerpt or two of some novels that I want to work on.  I've always wanted a way to 'edu-tain' the masses.  Perhaps for my next book idea, I should try my hand at fiction....?

If you get the opportunity, please go to their site, and join up.  Purchase some of their products, and sample some of the groups that they have to offer.  We need to support our own.  Because if we don't....who will?

They also have a sister site called Wagadu


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Clemente In Context/Clemente En contexto

Clemente In Context is a panel discussion and book lecture that will be held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American Culture.  This event will be held on December 10, 2011, from 12pm to 4:30pm.  The Lewis Museum is located at 830 East Pratt Street in Baltimore, Maryland.

Clemente In Context profiles the life of Major League Baseball great Roberto Clemente; both his athletic prowess on the field, and his humanitarianism off of it. This event will also highlight the struggles that he faced, as well as other African Americans and Afro Latinos in general, the struggles and trial and tribulations with bigotry & segregation in his time, as well as contemporary struggles.  The panel discussion will include sports journalist Danny Torres, actor Modesto Lacen (who currently stars in a play on Broadway about Clemente's life), and author/activist Kevin Alberto Sabio.

Following the panel discussion will be a book lecture based on the book "Raise Your Brown Black Fist: The Political Shouts of an Angry Afro Latino", authored by Kevin Alberto Sabio.  He will be speaking on the struggles of Afro Latino identity, and the issues Afro Latinos face in gaining recognition and acceptance from the mainstream society, and also the Black and greater Latino communities.

The event is FREE, with standard museum admission ($8, $6 for students). Books by participating authors will be available for sale at the event.

Clemente In Context is part of a broader exhibit at the Reginald F Lewis Museum; Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente, and Indivisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas.  Both exhibits will be showing at the Lewis Museum until December 30th.

FMI: (443) 263-1800

Thursday, November 3, 2011

PLM Afrikan Marketplace

Since my time here in Baltimore, I have been lucky enough to be able to network and politic with a number of like-minded brothers and sisters out here.  One of those groups of brothers and sisters dedicated to the uplift of our people/community is called Pan-Afrikan Liberation Movement, or PLM for short.  These dedicated young brothers and sisters have created many programs to help engage the community in; one of such is their monthly Afrikan Marketplace.

Their monthly Afrikan Marketplace brings together the local community and Black business owners, gaining support and exposure for these Black-owned businesses, and also instilling the local residents with a sense of Ujamaa and Umoja (cooperative economics, and unity).  They are circulating Black dollars within the Black community, trying to keep our money in our own community.

PLM's Afrikan Marketplace is held every 3rd Saturday of the month from 1pm-7pm.  As of this posting, the next Afrikan marketplace will be held on Saturday, November 19th.  The Marketplace is held at the Maggie Quile Druid Heights Community Center, located at 2140 McCulloh Street  here in Baltimore, MD.  For those of you interested in participating,  PLM can be contacted at 443-257-2470, or you may email them at

As I like to say when promoting their Afrikan Marketplace on other cyber locales....SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY!!!!  SUPPORT BLACK BUSINESSES!!!!!!!!  

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Winter Season 2011/2012

Here is the latest Schedule of Events listing that we have.  The listings will be periodically updated when we receive new information.  Hope that this helps you all.....

AfroLatin@s Now! Conference
November 3-5, 2011
New York, NY

Annual Black Authors Literary Festival
November 5, 2011
Richmond, VA

Christian Writer's Literary Festival
December 10, 2011
Baltimore, MD

Zora Neale Hurston Festival for the Arts & Humanities
January 21-29, 2012
Eatonville, FL

New Years Book Jubilee
January 28, 2012
Dallas, TX

National Black Herstory Conference & Awards
March 22-24, 2012
Atlanta, GA

National Black Writers Conference
March 29-April 1, 2012
Brooklyn, NY

When new information comes our way, we will update the list, and repost the Schedule of Events.  We are more than just a one-time event....WE ARE A MOVEMENT!!!!!

New Start

Who are we?

WE.....Are the Universal African Literary Arts Movement & Expo.
We are an independent grassroots event aimed at highlighting and promoting the endeavors of African descended peoples in the field and industry of literature: from authorship, to publishing, to distribution.

Now...what does that long-winded explanation mean?

Quite simply put...we're a networking group, and teaching tool.  We help independent authors, publishers, poets, and other artists to get the word out to the masses about their various works.  We generally send out e-blasts to the members of our Mailing List, informing them of the various literary and cultural functions and events that they can attend to showcase and/or sell their work(s).  We seasonally send out e-blasts of our Schedule of Events listing (updated ever so often when new information comes to our attention).  We also send out e-blasts helping to promote some of our members' works within our own network.  

ALSO.....we have an annual event (that hasn't been so annual) called the Universal Africana Literary Arts Expo (or 'The Expo' for short), where we gather together to showcase our brothers and sisters in the various fields that they occupy: publishers, book clubs, bookstores, comic books, art (graphic and otherwise), magazines, the Black Press, as well as authors and poets.  We're even considering including Bloggers....

We have profile pages across the various Social Media platforms; MySpace, Facebook, various sites.  Since it costs a bit of cash to have your own website, We considered having a blog page as a decent alternative.  We wanted an alternative way to reach the masses outside the blog posts on those various social networking sites. we be.

We will continue to post our Schedule of Events list here; we used to use our Facebook page, but now they are taking away that function.  That way, we can keep the masses informed, and those NOT on our Mailing List can have access to this same information.  We've been going strong since we first started this venture in 2008; we're looking to continue on strong into the future.

Uhuru sase, y paz