Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Black Panther and The Crew review

When I first started reading Black Panther and the Crew: We are the Streets by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Writer), Yona Harvey (Writer), Butch Guice (Illustrator) I thought is was going to be a great superhero comic book series but it turned out to be a good superhero graphic novel story.  It was good book and I urge everyone to read it but it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be let me explain.
The first thing that caused me to raise an eyebrow  was how they drew Misty Knight.  She looked like a man on the cover of the first issue.  That is inexcusable.  Misty Knight is the hottest chick in superheroes stories.  How did they mess up Misty Knight?  Aren’t comics are for young men to fantasize about hot women in tight clothes?  How do they have the actress who plays Misty Knight look better than the comic book version?  That was unnecessary.
Now, I don’t mind stories that start slow to build up a real world connection and that is what Black Panther and the Crew had.  The background setting of Harlem and subject of gentrification was a good element but I found that it came at the sacrifice of superhero fighting and action.  Most superhero stories the superheroes use both their brains and their powers to solve their challenges.  In BP and the Crew the powers the heroes had seemed like background elements.  There were fight scenes don’t get me wrong but there was no concerted effort to strategize around the use of them.  BP and The Crew was a beautiful mixture of popular Black superheroes there was Luke Cage, Storm, Black Panther, Misty Knight and Manifold but there use of powers was a side issue.  A good example of superhero powers strategy is with the Fantastic Four.  When the Fantastic Four fight a villain or fight a battle there is a division of heroes based on what hero’s powers can address what area of the threat or which villain they will fight.  BP and The Crew also lacked a super villain.  This superhero team up fought a regular person which is sort of corny to me. 
                I hope this review was helpful.  I wrote this to help provide some feedback for Marvel editors.  I am a new to comic book reader, I started reading around 2008.  I was inspired to start reading comics again by the success and portrayal of more realistic superheroes in the movies.  That said my tastes reside with a superhero that are more like real people with regular human problems. So,

Hoodwinked about Space.

In this blog I will explain why Black people should not be scared of space but should be excited about it.  I don’t think Black people should be building weapons for space defense but should be sending up flares and welcome signals.  I was first introduced to space stories and space speculation at 11 years old when my father took me to see Star Wars but it wasn’t until I was introduced to Zuro a tale of Alien Avengers by William Simms in my mid-twenties did I understand the full power of space stories as speculative fiction. Zuro a tale of Alien Avengers is a story about Black aliens who come to earth to liberate all Black people on earth.  To this day it is my favorite fiction book.  Zuro planted seeds in my imagination that led me to believe that something fishy is going on with what people think about life in outer space.  In 1996 like half the country I saw Will Smith fight aliens in the blockbuster movie Independence Day.  I like most people bought into the narrative of aliens from space coming to get us but now I feel I like every Black person was hoodwinked about their interpretation of space.
                What are space stories? Well a space story is a story set in space or on another planet. Space is made of fact, fiction and legend. Space is the great sandbox for speculation because space is limitless.  Space can host just about any story from westerns to horror.  In the golden era of Science fiction more than half of the stories were set in space.  Most of the fantasies were like James Camron’s Avatar filled with humanoid animal people.  Space stories unlike stories set on earth have the luxury of still being mostly unknown.  Space stories can take place in the future like Star trek or in the past like Star Wars.
                Since the earliest science fiction movies space has been a popular setting.  However, the repeated theme of invaders and attackers from space is a dominant theme. This is what I call the poison of western space interpretation. Whether it was The Day the Earth Stood Still or War of the Worlds writers of European heritage have showcased this doomsday view.  Not only were the people from space white but their behaviors where similar to that of European sea faring explorers of the early 15th century. Just as Christopher Columbus wrote about his ability to conquer the natives the western space narrative is filled with life forms from outer space who want to do the same thing to humans.  So, when most American’s black or white close their eyes they share the popular theme of a threatening life coming from space and a space fill mostly with white people.  This is in contrast to earth being majority people of color.
                The history of humanity is important to this discussion about aliens and Black people.  Exhibit one: Egypt.  Egypt is not only the oldest civilization in human history Egypt’s, achievements are so advanced that they are beyond the ability of comprehension of today’s scientists. The Pyramids are considered one of the wonders of the world.  They are said that the technical design and size of the structures are beyond the ability of any human that has walked the earth implying that aliens to have built them.  Next, Egyptians preserved themselves and the oldest mummified bodies have had dark skin and were Black people. So if you put those two things together you have belief that Black aliens built the pyramids or aliens built pyramids for Black people.
                The next point in my position are the discoveries on the moon.  Like the belief of the builders of the pyramids there is a belief that the Apollo moon missions were not what NASA says. There is a belief that NASA started the story that the moon landings were a hoax to cover up evidence of aliens and high technology on the Moon that was found by Apollo mission astronauts.  They also believe there are pictures of a base on the moon and even a picture of a preserved alien body.  They believe the body of this alien is a wait for it yes, a person of color or a black person. So, true or false it is a belief that there are  Black humans in space and they have come as close to the earth as the moon.
                If you put all of my points together and accept all of what we know about space is pretty much nothing there is no reason to not connect these dots at least in a speculative sort of way.  If these dots are connected at least as a collections theories and hypothesises then you have one big theory that aliens are black.  Thinking this way then is opens the question as to why these theories have not been connected? That brings me to my theory.  I believe that Black people are in outer space and the government knows it and they are keeping that information from us.  I think they don’t want  people especially Black people believe that Black people on earth are the descendants of the Black people in space and that if these Black aliens come back to earth they see the position that Black people are in and then they will seek vengeance.  Now, I don’t believe that they will seek vengeance but I do believe that the government or controlling powers believe they aliens will. 
What does this mean for Science Fiction and fantasy? It means that there is a possible connection to my theory that explains why there is such a one sided view of space and aliens in science fiction.  If you factor in that art influences how people think then you can accept that this new military space division that VP Pence has commissioned is a logic progression of sci-fi pushing fear of aliens.  Now if you combine all of the above with a government which is capable of hiding the truth then you can see it is possible for sci-fi to push fear to people so they will support a military attack on any alien that comes to earth. Then apply American racism to that and you have a white government which is set to keep Black aliens from coming to earth.  Wow, I know that is far reaching but it does make sense in a conspiracy theorist sort of way.

Welcome to Boss Lady’s Planet is my first space story and it is a Black space story that shows black people living in space.  There is no mention of earth or racism.  I wrote the story to allow Black people to imagine themselves in space.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Top Ten Movies of 2016

                This was another good year for movies.  My beloved Star Wars franchise answered naysayers with Rogue One which Star Trek, X Men and James Bond had weak movies.   2016 also includes the largest release of mainstream Black films.  Over 15 films were written, directed or featuring black characters last year.  These films all enjoyed some sort of nationwide release.  Mostly importantly, 2016 saw the release of Luke Cage, a Netflix show which broke the server.  This wasn’t a regular Marvel superhero story.  Luke Cage felt like a Black film.  It was about a Black superhero who wasn’t saving the USA but the Black community of Harlem.  This broke all of the myths of Black sci-fi stories.  Now, the excuse that Black characters on the cover of sci-fi is no longer an excuse.  This should pave the way for more diversity in sci-fi.  Thank God.  Let’s go.
                Now, here is my family’s coveted list of top movies for the year of 2016.
This is my list.
  1.  Hidden Figures
  2. Rogue One
  3. Deadpool
  4. The Boy
  5. Captain America  Civil War
  6. Birth of a Nation
  7. Pride Prejudice and Zombies
  8. Don’t Breathe
  9. Doctor Strange
  10. Keanu

For the first time I am able to list my top ten Black movies of the year.
  1. Hidden Figures
  2. Birth of a Nation
  3. Keanu
  4. Barbershop Next cut.
  5. Almost Christmas
  6. The Magnificent Seven.
  7. Ride Along 2
  8. Fences.
  9. Boo Madea
  10. Meet the Blacks
  11. Kevin Hart What Now?
  12. Moonlight
  13. Race
  14. Miles Ahead
  15. Central Intelligence.
  16. Fifty Shades of Black.

My son, Malcolm’s list
  1. Rogue One
  2. Meet the Blacks
  3. Captain America Civil War
  4. The Boy
  5. Deadpool
  6. Don’t Breathe
  7. Hidden Figures
  8. Keanu
  9. Doctor Strange
  10.  Lights out.

My wife’s Nivia’s list.
  1. Hidden Figures
  2. Deadpool
  3. Captain America Civil War
  4. Almost Christmas
  5. Rogue One
  6. Barbershop Next Cut
  7. Pride Prejudice and Zombies
  8. Warcraft
  9. Dr. Strange
  10. Magnificent 7 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Author Jeff Carroll NEW book The Harlem Shake warns of an earthquake to hit Harlem, NYC.

Florida August 2016 Hip Hop Comix and Flix announces the release of the urbanlit disaster story The Harlem Shake by Jeff Carroll.  It Happened on Negro Mountain is a real place located in Maryland. It Happened on Negro Mountain is available everywhere books are sold.

The 125th Street Fault is caused by a rift in the crust runs along underneath this street from the East River to New Jersey and is known as the 125th Street Fault or the Manhattanville Fault. It is suspected to have caused a magnitude-5.2 earthquake in 1737, two smaller ones in 1981, as well as a 2.4 magnitude quake in 2001. The fault line, which skims across the top of Central Park and runs to Roosevelt Island to the southeast, creates a fault valley deep enough to require the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line to use a trestle bridge between 122nd and 135th Streets. Riverside Drive also elevates to cross over the fault valley.

“I wanted to write a mainstream type story but still black.  I wanted to expand on what is black science fiction.  When people think of Black sci-fi they think of African warriors and paranormal stories not global disasters and the post apocalypse,” said Jeff Carroll of his work.

The Harlem Shake (Hip Hop Comix N Flix Paperback, August 20, 2016, ISBN: 978-0-9820087-5-1 $12.00 and $3.99 ebook) set to change the face of Urbanlit and Black Sci-fi with author Jeff Carroll. Jeff Carroll is an activist to his core and after the 2010 earthquake hit Haiti which was rumored to be caused by fracking near a fault line he looked for other fault lines.  When he learned about the 125th Street fault line he wanted to write it into a story and start a conversation about disaster prep in the Black community.

The story: Two lovers are reunited by the storm of the century.. Just when New Yorkers were given a wakeup call into the realities of Global Warming by way of Hurricane Sandy, Harlem becomes host to yet another one of Mother Nature’s catastrophic lessons.
There was an inactive fault line under the village of Harlem.  When this fracture in the bedrock of Harlem’s famed 125th street becomes active, all of Harlem begins to shake as New York experiences a category 8 earthquake.
Young television audience producer Kenny thinks he is prepared for everything Murphy’s Law can throw at him.  With the help of his roommate, Ant, he manages to generate a packed audience to the Apollo Theater despite the hurricane forecast..  He is full of confidence when he runs into his ex-girlfriend, Deidra, who left him to travel along with a rapper as a glorified manager.
Still in all he was having a good day, but not in his wildest dreams would he think that he and his team of audience coordinators and friends would have to navigate crevasses the length of city blocks, collapsing buildings and lawless streets. It will take all of his skills to help them escape being buried under the rubble of this world famous concrete jungle.

Jeff Carroll lives in South Florida, with his wife and son.  He is a writer, a filmmaker and owner of Hip Hop Comix N Flix.  He enjoys writing Sci/fi, Horror and fantasy stories with lots of action and a social edge.  He has written and produced 2 films, his second film was Gold Digger Killer won 3 film awards including BEST Picture at the International Hip Hop film festival. Jeff Carroll is the author of the non-fiction book The Hip Hop Dating Guide.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Top Movies of 2015

This was another very good year for movies.  There are more and more Sci-fi movies every year.  I have no problem with that but I do miss good Eddie Murphy comedies and fun horror movies like Freddie vs Jason.  This was also the year that three black cast movie held the number one spot for six weeks.  Started with Straight outta Compton followed by The War Room and closed out by The Perfect Guy. 
 So without further adieu I present my family and my list of top ten movies for the year 2015.

My top ten.
  1.           Mad Max fury Road. This was not really a remake or a reboot it was a reboot sequel.  Excellent.  I was a fun ride and tried to be nothing much more than that.  Simple story and lots of action.  I love the trucks and chase scenes they were like supersized B movies.
  2.           Creed.  This was a spin off from the Rocky movies.  It was a tear jerker.  I just watched the first 4 Rocky movies before I went to see Creed and it was a beautiful story.  My only complaint was that Michael B Jordan’s character was by product of infidelity.  Apollo Creed was the man and they spit on his legacy.  Still I like MBJ so here it is.
  3.          Jurassic Park.  This was an excitingly amazing film.  I have it on DVD and have watched a few times already.  Same story as the first but with all the fun upgrades.  New Dinos and bigger park.
  4.          Straight outta Compton.  Oh yeah its on.  While I didn’t like the group Ice Cude became one of my favorite rap artists.  I looked at this movie as Ice Cube’s origin story.  It was fun and a well written story.  Much better than Notorious.  Better than Krush Groove and Wild Style and I have no problem with that.  Hip Hop is more respected now so the stories about it should be better.
  5.          AntMan.  This movie followed in the path of 2014’s Guardian’s of the Galaxy including comedy in a simple sci-fi story.  I look forward to seeing more of Antman.
  6.           Star Wars The Force Awakens. While this was a highly scrutinized movie I enjoyed it.  I’m also a Star Wars fan.  So despite it being billed as a continuation and really being more of a remake of Star Wars it was a fun ride.  Plagiarism accusations aside I was just happy to see another story in the space universe I love so much.   Oh and Finn was a punk.
  7.     .     Avengers: Age of Ultron.  This could have been my number one movie.  I watched this story in every medium, comic book and cartoon.  What I liked about this was Ultron.  He was so cocky I enjoyed watch him get beat.
  8.           Chappie.  This may not make other people’s list but I liked Chappie because I liked Chappie.  Different from other forms of AI ExMachina and Ultron Chappie was a friend and a hero.
  9.     .     The Kingsmen. The Kingsmen had a comedic appeal.  I loved the plot. It was very much like a story I had finished writing the year before.  Thank God.  Anyway, The Kingsmen was more fun than The Wanted or other secret agent training academy stories.  I also loved the English setting.
  10. .  .     Focus.  Will Smith is my sci-fi movie savior and this movie is no sci-fi story however Will is a good actor and charismatic guy.  Focus allows him to showcase that skill.  Unfortunately like Lebron James and basketball Will Smith can only do but so much.  He needs a good sci-fi story with special effects and other things to make my number one movie.

My wife’s top ten.

1.       Mad Max Fury Road.
2.       The Kingsmen.
3.       Avengers: Age of Ultron
4.       Creed.
5.       Mission Impossible Rogue Nation
6.       Maze Runner, Scorched Trials
7.       Krumpus.
8.       Straight Outta Compton.
9.       Dope.
10.   The Hateful 8.

My son’s top ten.

1.       Maze Runner, Scorched Trails.
2.       Krumpus.
3.       Kingsmen.
4.       Antman.
5.       Mad Max Fury Road.
6.       Star Wars The Force Awakens.
7.       Avengers: Age of Ultron.
8.       Creed.
9.       Hitman 47.
10.   Mission Impossible Rogue Nation.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Gold Digger Killer the book that will change how you date forever.

Globally January 2016 Black Beauty Presents announces the release of Gold Digger Killer by Jeff Carroll.  Gold Digger Killer tells the story of Imani Flowers who is a sophisticated independent woman who takes pleasure in dating men that are able to financially meet her needs. Things were starting to look great for Imani until tragedy strikes and give her a new perspective on life and the results of this could be deadly.

Jeff Carroll is a writer, a filmmaker and Hip Hop’s first Dating Coach. As a Dating coach he goes by the name of Yo Jeff.  From his writings to his film work, his books, Jeff Carroll addresses the health issues confronting single people.   He tours colleges where his presentation addresses healthy dating, Sexual Assault, and Safe Sex.  He lives with his wife and son in South Florida.  Jeff is a leading voice of Hip Hop reform and dating as a precursor to marriage.  Yo Jeff is a blogger for Real Health magazine

Jeff Carroll is also pioneering what he calls Hip Hop horror, Sci/fi and fantasy. His stories always have lots of action and a social edge.  He has written and produced 2 films and has published 3 books, Thug angel Rebirth of a Gargoyle, It Happened on Negro Mountain and a collection of his shorts stories Sci-fi Streetz.  His short stories have appeared in both, The Black Science Fiction Society’s anthology and their magazine as well as The City as collaborative anthology by the State of Black Science Fiction. Jeff also produces The Monster Panel a traveling sci-fi panel which features writers of color in a lively discussion of comic books, movies and Black people. He writes out of South Florida where he lives with his wife and youngest son.  Connect with him at his blog and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Gold Digger Killer  (Black Beauty Presents Paperback, February 1, 2016, ISBN-13:978-1523700899 $15.00 and $1.99 ebook) set to change the face of Hip Hop Male and Female relations forever with author Jeff Carroll.

 Black Beauty is a new publishing company that was opened 2-1-2015. Their goal is to give aspiring authors a chance to get their work published.  For more information find them on Facebook.

Or 954-815-4457
Black Beauty Presents 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Black Sci-fi’s Hottest writers unite to create The CITY!

Atlanta September 25, 2015 MV Media is proud to announce the release of The City the first Cyberfunk anthology edited by Milton Davis. The City anthology is a unique creation. It’s a concept anthology, a collection of stories where eighteen different authors share their vision of a single idea. It’s Cyberfunk, stories that play with future concepts from an Afrocentric perspective. Most of all it’s engaging, exciting, thought provoking and fun.

“Began, as a random idea in the middle of the day. I’m sure there are underlying concepts that sparked these words, and a closer examination of those concepts would bring forth a deeper discussion but at the time it was just a statement. Soon afterwards I posted these words on the State of Black Science Fiction, a group dedicated to the creation, support and distribution of science fiction and fantasy by and about people of African descent. The response was immediate and amazing. Other writers added their own ideas and linked them with images that helped convey their thoughts. Soon we had a continuous thread of ideas and concepts orbiting the central theme. Balogun Ojetade combined these ideas then created a City Manifesto, a guideline for stories based on this new creation. The next step was inevitable; the creation of an anthology,” Milton Davis.

The authors who are the Cityzens of the City are as follows.
The Cityzens
(in alphabetical order)
Jeff Carroll is a writer and a filmmaker. He is pioneering what he calls Hip Hop horror, Sci/fi and fantasy. His stories always have lots of action and a social edge. He has written and produced 2 films, Holla If I Kill You and Gold Digger Killer which won BEST Picture at the International Hip Hop film festival. He has published 3 books the novelization to Gold Digger Killer, Thug angel Rebirth of a Gargoyle and It Happened on Negro Mountain. His short stories have appeared in both The Black Science Fiction Society’s anthology and their magazine. He writes out of South Florida where he lives with his wife and youngest son. Jeff Carroll is also the author of the non-fiction book The Hip Hop Dating Guide. When he is not writing Sci-fi stories he enjoys speaking on Healthy Dating to college and high school students everywhere and goes by Yo Jeff. Please connect with him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and his blog

Gerald L. Coleman is a Philosopher, Theologian, Poet, and Author residing in Atlanta. Born in Lexington, he did his undergraduate work in Philosophy and English at the University of Kentucky before completing a Master's degree in Theology at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. His most recent work appears in, Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture Issue 9, Drawn To Marvel: Poems From The Comic Books, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel Vol. 18 and he is the author of the scifi/fantasy novel When Night Falls: Book One of The Three Gifts. He is a co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets. You can find him at or follow him on Twitter @Iconiclast.

Milton Davis is a research and development chemist, speculative fiction writer and owner of MVmedia, LLC, a micro publishing company specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Sword and Soul. MVmedia’s mission is to provide speculative fiction books that represent people of color in a positive manner. Milton is the author of Changa’s Safari Volumes One, Two and Three. His most recent releases are Woman of the Woods and Amber and the Hidden City. He is co-editor of four anthologies; Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology and Griot: Sisters of the Spear, with Charles R. Saunders; The Ki Khanga Anthology with Balogun Ojetade and the Steamfunk! Anthology, also with Balogun Ojetade. Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade recently received the Best Screenplay Award for 2014 from the Urban Action Showcase for their African martial arts script, Ngolo. His current projects include The City, a cyberfunk anthology, Dark Universe, a space opera anthology based on a galactic empire ruled by people of African American descent, and From Here to Timbuktu, a steamfunk novel.

Ray Dean was born and raised in Hawaii where she spent many a quiet hour reading and writing stories. Performing in theater and working backstage lead her into the delights of Living History, creating her own worlds through writing seemed the next logical step. Historical settings are her first love, but there is something heady about twisting the threads of time into little knots and creating new timelines to explore. There are endless possibilities that she is just beginning to discover.

Malon Edwards was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, but now lives in the Greater Toronto Area, where he was lured by his beautiful Canadian wife. Many of his short stories are set in an alternate Chicago and feature people of color.

Ashtyn Foster has had a deep love of literature since she was two and has been writing since she was six years old. She loves telling stories, whether they be her own through words or others via the stage. SF was engrained in her at an early age while watching the Star Trek tv shows and Batman movies with her parents. She thanks them for their gift of aliens, space/time travel and superheros and to her best friend for teaching her the true meaning of deadlines, as well their love and support.

Otis Galloway has an insatiable wanderlust. He started out in Bermuda, then subsequently left there for Worcester, Massachusetts. After that, a move to Boston, then after collecting ex-wife#1, a move to the West Coast, with stints throughout California, in San Francisco, Albany, Berkeley, Palm Springs, Los Angeles and San Diego. After collecting ex-wife #2, he decided to stop collecting ex-wives (because they’re expensive) and instead returned to his first love, collecting music.
Otis currently lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. He is working on his first book, which is nonfiction and very sweary. Occasionally he is known to put together quite a decent DJ set.

Keith Gaston was born in Detroit, Michigan. After earning a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and two Masters degrees, he decided to pursue his passion of writing. D K Gaston is known for writing books in different genres that are filled with action and adventure. He writes mysteries, crime, thrillers, and speculative fiction. He has written over a dozen novels since 2007 and shows no signs of slowing down. D K Gaston is a devoted husband and father residing in Michigan. He is currently working on his next novel.

Chanel Harry is an up and coming science fiction, fantasy and horror writer that hails from The Bronx New York. “The Score” is her first work that will be published in the anthology. However, she is in the process of working on her debut novel “Fire Lady: Tales of the Soucouyants.

Natiq Jalil is a self-taught, emerging visual artist who specializes in watercolor, acrylics, oils, and digital media. He focuses his work on human form and emotion, and often includes organic shapes and written words in pieces. Though originally from Montgomery, AL, he has lived all over the US, including Denver, Pittsburgh, and most recently New York City. He has sold work to many businesses and private collectors throughout the world, including Italy, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Japan, UK, and various states in the US. There is also a documentary in production centering around the paintings he completes on the subway trains of New York City.  Though he is finding success in visual arts, Natiq also considers himself a storyteller. Much of his success in visual arts is due to the fact that he easily recants the individual stories of each of his visual works. He is a lifelong fan of sci-fi, fantasy, manga, and anime, not to mention an avid reader. He writes short stories of urban speculative fiction in his spare time, and hopes to pursue his writing in addition to fine art as a career. His short story in The City is his first published written work.

Valjeanne Jeffers is a graduate of Spelman College, and a member of the Carolina African American Writer’s Collective. She is the author of Voyage of Dreams; Immortal; Immortal II: The Time of Legend; Immortal III: Stealer of Souls; The Switch II: Clockwork; Immortal IV: Collision of Worlds; Mona Livelong: Paranormal Detective; and Colony: Ascension.  Her fiction has been published in Pembroke Magazine; Steamfunk!; Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology; Genesis Science Fiction Magazine; PurpleMag; LuneWing; Griots II: Sisters of the Spear; Possibilities, and The City (in press). Book I of The Switch II: Clockwork was also nominated for the best ebook novella of 2013 by the eFestival of Words; and her short story Awakening (from Griots I) was published as a podcast by Far Fetched Fables. Valjeanne is co-owner of Q&V Affordable Editing. Preview or publish her novels at:

Alan Jones Born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Alan attended Georgia Tech and Ga. State, obtaining his MBA from the latter. In addition to writing on the student newspapers at these institutions, Alan worked as a columnist for The Atlanta Tribune. Alan continues to write and his latest work, Sacrifices, is available on Amazon.  When not writing, Alan, a former Wall Street Consultant, currently works as an Oracle Business Software Consultant.

Brandee Laird is a warrior-poet from Seattle, WA, USA. She is a dedicated parkour athlete, one of the founders of the 501(c)3 non-profit organization Parkour Visions, and acts as the Coaching and Curriculum Director of their Seattle facility. She lives her life exuberantly and with the intent to write it down, constantly collecting experiences and ideas from the world around her. In the daytime you can generally find her in the parkour gym or in the trees, or frequenting the urban shadows at night.

Kai Leakes Born in Iowa, but later relocating and raised in Alton, IL and St. Louis, MO, Kai Leakes was a multifaceted Midwestern child, who gained an addiction to books at an early age. The art of imagination was the very start of Kai’s path of writing which lead her to creating the Sin Eaters: Devotion Books Series. Since a young child, her love for creating, vibrant romance and fantasy driven mystical tales, continues to be a major part of her very DNA. With the goal of sharing tales that entertain and add color to a gray literary world, Kai Leakes hopes to continue to reach out to those who love the same fantasy, paranormal, romantic, sci/fi, and soon, steampunk driven worlds that shaped her unique vision.
You can find Kai Leakes at her website:

Edison Moody AKA B. Sharise Moore
Published author, poet, certified educator, and budding screenwriter B. Sharise Moore is a New Jersey native and graduate of Rutgers University. At present, B. Sharise is working on the completion of a short film based on her collection of short stories, Djinn and Tonics, to be published later this year.
Howard Night
Author of "The Serpent Cult" and Head Writer of Dark Universe: Interregnum Speculative Fiction Books, Howard Night loves setting his characters in warped versions of his hometown of Philadelphia and neighborhood; Mt. Airy. His next novel, King's Bounty, set in the DARK UNIVERSE will be available summer 2015.

Balogun Ojetade is an author, master-level martial artist in indigenous, Afrikan combative arts and sciences, a survival and preparedness consultant, a former Communications and Asst. Operations Sergeant in the U.S. 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and a priest in several Afrikan spiritual traditions.  Balogun is Master Instructor and Technical Director of the Afrikan Martial Arts Institute, which has branches in the Unites States, England and Ghana, West Afrika and Co-Chair of the Urban Survival Preparedness Institute.  He is the author of the bestselling non-fiction books Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within and The Afrikan Warriors’ Bible and eight novels, including the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the Urban Science Fiction saga, Redeemer; the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika; a Fight Fiction, New Pulp novella, Fist of Afrika; the gritty, Urban Superhero series, A Single Link and Wrath of the Siafu; the two-fisted Dieselfunk tale, The Scythe and the “Choose-Your-Own-Destiny”-style Young Adult novel, The Keys. Balogun is also contributing co-editor of two anthologies: Ki: Khanga: The Anthology and Steamfunk.  Finally, Balogun is the Director and Fight Choreographer of the Steamfunk feature film, Rite of Passage and co-author of the award winning screenplay, Ngolo.

Ced Pharaoh was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. A lifelong bookworm; his earliest favorites were comic books/graphic novels, mysteries (Encyclopedia Brown, Sherlock Holmes etc), thrillers, poetry, non-fiction biographies and sci-fi/fantasy! Ced has a blog, 360BEYOND where he highlights indie artists and other creative ideas. Also, he has written several comic book scripts for indie publishing companies that are slated for release.  Ced is working on his series, The Legacy Chronicles and in 2012, he published the collection of dark fantasy poetry, Watch The Shadows: The Legacy Chronicles Book 1. He is busy working on the novel, Urban Mage | The Legacy Chronicles Book 2 slated for 2015.

K. Ceres Wright is the author of the cyberpunk book, Cog. Her short stories, articles, and poetry have appeared in Hazard Yet Forward; Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction; Many Genres, One Craft; 2008 Rhysling Anthology; Diner Stories: Off the Menu; and Far Worlds. Contact her on Twitter: @KCeresWright

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