Thursday, December 24, 2015

Black Comic Book Festival & Black Comix Art Festival 2016

Greeting to all of you!!!  Happy holidays!

As we are wrapping up the end of 2015, and if you art looking for events to participate or attend in the new year, here are two that you should enjoy, one on the east coast, the other on the west coast.  Celebrating the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend!!!

Black Comic Book Festival
January 16, 2016
Schomburg Library Center
New York, NY

Black Comix Art Festival
January 17-18, 2016
The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA

Hope that you all have a happy new year!  See you all back/fresh on the scene in 2016!!  :-D

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Literary Weekend: Langston Hughes Festival, and the Mosaic Literary Conference

Langston Hughes Festival
November 20, 2015
Marian Anderson Theatre at Aaron Davis Hall
City College of New York (CCNY)
New York, NY

Mosaic Literary Conference
November 21, 2015
Bronx Museum
1040 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Underground Comic Con 2015

Representing for the state of Delaware!!!!

The 3rd annual Underground Comic Con will be taking place at Claymont Boys & Girls Club, from 11am to 5pm.  Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children.

Please help to spread the word!!!!

Underground Comic Con
Claymont Boys & Girls Club
500 Darley Road
Claymnont, DE 19703

11am to 5pm
$5 adult admission, $2 children admission, Club members free

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Stories of The Dominican Diaspora: Open Mic Event

Presented to you by La Galeria Magazine.  Open Mic poetry event.

Stories of the Dominican Diaspora
120 East 32nd Street
New York, NY10016
7pm start

$5 suggested donation

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Literacy Across Harlem/Literacy Across the South Bronx- Monthly event

Literacy Across Harlem
Literacy Across the South Bronx

The new literacy initiative created by the brothers and sisters from Total Equity Now (TEN).  Based in Harlem, and spreading out to the other boroughs, and hopefully beyond.  Meant to encourage increased literacy in our communities,  these monthly events help to bring the cool back to the love of literature.  Lets do our part to help spread the word to #RockThoseReads!!!!  Held on the first day of every month!!!


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Events in September...

Yep, okay...I've been off my game.  That's what happens when the movement is really just one person.  There are never enough hours in the day to get stuff done....


Here are some upcoming events that are taking place in September.  The updated SoE listing will be posted soon...

Taking place in Harlem, NYC....

Taking place in Chicago, IL.  The exhibit runs from September 11th to November 8th.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Schedule of Events: Spring Season 2015

Augusta Literary Festival
March 7, 2015
Augusta, GA

Louisiana Black Heritage Festival
March 13-15, 2015
Lake Charles, LA

Hurston/Wright Writing Workshop
March 14-15, 2015
Washington, DC

National Black United Front Black Power Womens Conference
March 27-29, 2015
Washington, DC

National Black Writers Conference
March 28, 2015
Brooklyn, NY

Towson Black Comic Book Mini-Fest
March 28, 2015
Towson, MD

African American Literary Tea:
Kaleidoscope-Authors, Art & Music
March 29, 2015
Cary, NC

Sankofa Conference
April 3-5, 2015
Washington, DC

North Texas Book Festival
April 10-11, 2015
Austin, TX

Austin International Poetry Festival
April 11, 2015
Austin, TX

San Antonio Book Festival
April 11, 2015
San Antonio, TX

Chicago Latino Book & Family Festival
April 11-12, 2015
Cicero, IL

Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival
April 17-19, 2015
Memphis, TN

Los Angeles Book Festival
April 18-19, 2015
Los Angeles, CA

Dayton Book Expo
April, 25, 2015
Dayton, OH

Kids Comic Con
April 25, 2015
Bronx, NY

Que Pasa Festival
May 2, 2015
Richmond, VA

Inland Empire Latino Book & Family Festival
May 2, 2015
San Bernadino, CA

African American Children's Book Fair
May 9, 2015
Baltimore, MD

East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention
May 15-16, 2015
Philadelphia, PA

May 22-25, 2015
Brooklyn, NY

Sacramento Latino Book & Family Festival
May 23, 2015
Sacramento, CA

Book Expo America
May 27-29, 2015
New York, NY

Friday, January 23, 2015

Tales From the Rhythmic-Zone: A Book Review

Tales From the Rhythmic-Zone
Onli Studios
Story, Pencils, & Ink by: Turtel Onli
Color by: Ashley Woods
Cover Art by: Christian St. Pierre

Tales From the Rhythmic-Zone is a graphic novel combining four stories created through Onli Studios: "NOG NU", "NOG is Back", "The Legend of the Azaniac", and "Wolfshead".  The majority of the book is based on the character of NOG, a staple character in the Black Age of Comics Movement started and created by Turtel Onli in Chicago back in 1980s (1981 to be exact).

The main character is known as NOG: The Protector of the Pyramids, protecting the inhabitants of Planet Nubia; a spiritually and technologically advanced race of people from deep in the reaches of outer space.  NOG is the result of the union between a Virgin Nubian woman, and "a comet set forth by the sun on the perfect day of peace", he has the power to change form at the speed of thought.  To quote Tales From the Rhythmic-Zone:

"Becoming NOG is a process where the most gifted of all Nuba gives over his or her life to protect the Nubian Pyramides, and the planet Nuba."

NOG fights against the Technocratic Complex, and in this graphic novel specifically, against the character of Mag-Non. The Nubian spaceway has been attacked recently by the Technocratic Complex, plundering their outposts, having been destroyed and defaced.  Upon this time of reckoning, they have found a new NOG; one that is adaptable for combat on sky, sea, and sand...and especially on dry land.

Mag-Non has arrived on Planet Nubia, using stealth and deceit, attacking the Nubian forces.  Nog finally appears, traveling at the speed of thought, and engages Mag-Non in vicious combat.

I truly enjoyed this book, and the creativity behind it.  I liked Mr. Onli's use of Kemetic/African spirituality, and cultural history, blending the two in a science fiction narrative form.  The colors used were engaging, as well as the attempts at social commentary, without being heavy handed, and on the preachy side.  Though preachiness can be very debatable, at least in my humble opinion, the messages in the story weren't over the top.  They were quite creative, using some of the character's spiritual decisions and morphing them into a contemporary context.

We are not taught much about our history, or our cultural heritage; Mr. Onli's use of the graphic novel format helped to teach a bit of our history to those of us that are unaware.  Graphic novels (and comic books overall, for that matter) are an under utilized tool as a way of reaching our community as an educational tool.  They could and should be used as a way to open our children's minds to their history and culture that they might not be receiving at home, and are definitely not being taught in the mainstream school system.

I truly enjoyed this product, and would recommend it for anyone; child or adult.  If you are interested in buying this product, and any other Black Age products (There are actually many), you can actually reach Bro. Turtel Onli at  They have other Black Age materials that you would be interested in; not just for our young boys, but also for our young sisters as well.

Please spread the word!!!  THE BLACK AGE FOREVER!!!!!     

NBUF presents: Malcolm X Black Power Conference 2015

Representing for my peoples at the National Black United Front (NBUF)

Malcolm X Black Power Conference
February 20-22, 2015
Washington, DC

Vending opportunities are also available.


Black Comic Book Events in February

OnyxCon Sankofa
February 14-15, 2015
Atlanta, GA

This year's edition of ONYXCON: SANKOFA held every year in Atlanta, Georgia.  This year's edition will be off the hook.

Khem Comic Book Fest
February 20, 2015
Newark, NJ

New to the scene is the 1st annual Khem Comic Book Fest, taking place in Newark, New Jersey.  The theme for this comic book fest is the children, and their future.  Teaching them the principles of artistry, entrepreneurship, and activism.