Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Florida LitCon: Where top authors meet, top filmmakers and their fans.

February 2019 Jeff Carroll is proud to announce the first annual Florida LitCon on June 15, 2019, at the Royal Palm Hotel and Resort. This event will bring together filmmakers and authors as well as a variety of other creators. Florida LitCon is a one-day event that secured top guest in each area.
Florida LitCon is designed in a way to where top authors can share their books with filmmakers and illustrators with fans and lovers of sci-fi and urban fiction can purchase these. Florida LitCon is part networking event and consumer convention.  Modeled after The Slamdance film festival Florida LitCon will be taking place at the same time as the American Black Film Festival. There will be an exhibit room with creators from around the country and panels discussing the last news and issues in the industry.

“I have been traveling to a lot of comic book conventions, film festival, and book fairs over the years and I never see good cross-medium representation,” says Jeff Carroll. “When I go to a book fair I only see books. And the same thing when I go to film festivals.  However, I meet writers who would like to get their books made into movies and I watch movies who could benefit from a book's following. I decided to create an event which would allow all of these mediums in the entertainment industry to come together and meet each other.  This year most of the people who are attending are my friends but I know some top people.”

Florida LitCon is like a media Tie-in summit. A Tie-in is a term that refers to a book that is a work of fiction or other product based on a media property such as a film, video game, television series, board game, web site, role-playing game.

Jeff Carroll is a pioneer in Sci-fi who made a name for himself in film with B movies like Holla If I Kill You and the award-winning Gold Digger Killer. Jeff continued bringing his stories to books with It Happened of Negro Mountain, RaSheeda the zombie killer and he is currently writing a post-apocalyptic series called The Harlem Shake.   He has written in novel, film and comic book. 

Hip Hop Comix N Flix is a publishing and film Production Company that was opened in 2006. The goal is to produce works of literature and film which inspire and provoke progressive thought while maximizing entertainment and enjoyment.  For more information find them on Facebook.

Guests for the 2019 Florida LitCon include

Steven Smalls uses the pen name Treasure E. Blue. This prolific author, without doubt, is one of the most shocking and controversial writers that we have seen in decades. Blue's background is as almost as compelling as his mouth-dropping debut novel entitled "Harlem Girl Lost". Using the streets as a means of survival, he soon found himself involved with some of Harlem's most notorious elements.

Omar Tyree is a New York Times bestselling author is the winner of the 2001 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work—Fiction, and the 2006 Phillis Wheatley Literary Award for Body of Work in Urban Fiction. He has published more than twenty books on African-American people and culture, including five New York Times bestselling novels. He is a popular national speaker and a strong advocate of urban literacy. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Black People Survive the post apocalypse in Jeff Carroll's new book. Harlem Shake: Survivor’s Peak

Florida, December 2018 Hip Hop Comix N Flix Presents announces the release of Harlem Shake Survivor’s Peak by Jeff Carroll.  In this,
his tenth book Jeff Carroll takes a group of Black and Latino people to the post-apocalypse.  Having attended Gun Shows, read countless Survivor magazines and even talked to a survivalist researching this book to make it authentic Jeff has practically become a prepper himself.
The Harlem Shake: Survivor’s Peak
In Harlem Shake Survivors Peak we find Kenny and his partners a year into their living in the post-world of the earthquake that took out Harlem and the world. Now they are survivors and the new world isn't finished with them. Having spent the year being trained by a group called The Harlem Survivors they feel ready for anything. When on exploration outside of their compound takes an unexpected turn they encounter everything else that has survived. Turns out the city of Philadelphia is everything but the city of brotherly love.  With the brutal rulers of this new Philly on the scene, all of the surviving world is threatened by their violence. 

*Survivor’s Peak refers to the point at which a survivor’s preparation supplies run out.
Jeff Carroll is pioneering what he calls Hip Hop Sci-fi. This is the second book in his multicultural post-apocalyptic series. The first book The Harlem Shake was released in 2016 and has a 100% rating on Amazon.  Jeff said he wrote Harlem Shake: Survivor’s Peak to raise the conversation of disaster prep in the Black and multicultural community.  In this story, Jeff introduces his unique speculation to create new vehicles, weapons and other technology to give readers a genuine post-apocalyptic science fiction experience.

Harlem Shake: Survivor’s Peak (Hip Hop Comix N Flix Presents Paperback, December 18, 2018, $10.00 and Kindle ebook $2.99 ) will scare the world of Hip Hop one hip-hopper at a time with author Jeff Carroll. 

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.