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We Can Finally Reveal the Octavia’s Brood Cover

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Originally posted on thenerdsofcolor:

The final cover for Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements has been sent to the AK Press production designer. The book is available for pre-order here. See the full hi-res cover after break.

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22 January, 2015 at 9:07 am

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JP Chan is Picturing You… Or Somebody…

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I want to see this film.

I probably will eventually find it on Netflix or have to request it as an Interlibrary Loan book before it makes its way to me.  But I am going to see it.

Just for the fact alone that is has a gorgeous AMBF couple in it, which the beautiful Teyonah Parris is a part of.


The movie was written and directed by J.P. Chan.  You may remember some of his earlier work, like Digital Antiquities, which I have briefly written about in an earlier blog.

If you are interested in seeing it just from the trailer then go to their website or like their Facebook page to find out when it makes its way to your city.

And if you go see it and you liked it, leave me a comment in the box.

I really do read them.


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12 June, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Library Science Days

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I totally agree.

Originally posted on YO! Science is AWESOME!:

This year, The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has no formal theme for the yearly Summer Reading program. Last year, the theme had to do with Superheroes and the year before that, everyone was a Reading Rock Star.

The informal theme for this year is more about reading and learning at the library with a focus on S.T.E.A.M programs,i.e., Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics programs.  These programs are ways to help kids not forget everything they learned during the school year while having fun over the summer.

Taken from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Taken from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

When I was younger, I can remember the multiple camps and day workshops my mother had me in during the summer. My mumbled complaints would be silenced with a statement that  I would thank her when I got older. She wanted to make sure that I wouldn’t forget how to write a paper or figure…

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31 May, 2014 at 1:47 pm

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[news] Superstar K’s Euna Kim releases project album produced by MFBTY

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Originally posted on DT MFBTY INTERNATIONAL:


On May 23rd, former Superstar K contestant, Euna Kim, will release her first album, which was produced by MFBTY.

On May 19th, Kim’s label, Music K Entertainment, announced that the project album “Love Me Love,” will be released on the May 23rd. Tiger JK stated that upon hearing Euna Kim rap, he requested to be her mentor and came up with the project album idea. MFBTY gave Kim an abundance of support and featured on her title track “이젠 너 없어도 (Without You Now).”

The Music Video is said to be of a dramatic, movie like concept where a timid & shy girl performs in front of a large crowd, showing her hidden talent and dancing with her wings. Tiger JK, Yoon MiRae and Bizzy feature as cameos in the music video clip, which was produced by producer Lumpens, who has also worked with Lee Hyo Ri and the legendary…

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19 May, 2014 at 9:14 am

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RIP Brother Fred

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h/t to Maria and The New York Times

Fred HoIt is with a heavy heart that I write that musician/activist/matrilinealist Fred Ho has passed away from cancer Saturday 12 April at 7:30 am

Mr. Ho, who was of Chinese descent, called himself a “popular avant-gardist.” He was inspired by the Black Arts movement of the 1960s and by the ambitious, powerful music of African-American bandleaders, including Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Sun Ra and especially Charles Mingus. But he rejected the word jazz, which he considered a pejorative term imposed by Europeans.

Fred Ho, Saxophonist, Composer and Radical Activist Dies at 56, April 13 2014

I have written a couple of times here about Fred Ho, even made him my freedom hero, because I look up to him.  I was happy when I discovered his music years ago and reached out to him, back when you could do such things via the internet.  He responded back and was as kind, humble, and erudite as he came across through his music and essays.

If you want to learn more about him you can listen to this NPR interview and then pick up his books or listen to his music.  For a newbie I would suggest his book Legacy to Liberation.   For music it’s hard for me to choose, but my favorite is still “Yes Means Yes, No Means No, Whatever She Wears, Wherever She Goes“.

His passing is a great loss to the arts/Blasian/socio-theoretical community.  He will be missed.

In preparation of his transition from leaving his corporeal form to become warrior light, Fred worked with a film crew to make a documentary of his last year of light.  Check for it when it comes to your city.

You can also learn more about Fred at the website Discover Fred Ho

Peaceful journey brother Fred.




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13 April, 2014 at 7:52 pm

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Just Watch It for This Couple

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So Shadow and Act turned me on to this movie showing on Netflix called 30 Beats. I watched it. During the day. Sans husband.

For a sex romp it was light on sex although there was lot of it. For an “Art House” movie I felt it lacked gravity. So I guess DH wasn’t going to reap the benefits of this movie after all.

I loved the beginning, which starts with “The Virgin” played by Condola Rashad having a tryst with an older “Archaeologist” played by Justin Kirk. Their quick coupling sets off string of hit it/quit it actions on during a New York summer heat wave.

I feel like the film was 25 minutes too long, although the Molly Ringwald look-alike was also a highlight for me. By the time we got to the French woman I was getting bored but decided to see where the story lead. The best part of the movie was Ben Levin and Condola Rashad, although they left the screen too quickly for me.


They were incredibly cute together and the attraction jumped off the screen.

Overall a grade of a C.   Not a waste of time and if you don’t care for messages with your sex you won’t be disappointed.

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9 June, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Battle of the Year Coming in September

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It’s not my intention to have a post with Chris Brown so soon after the last one.

But, I had to put this video up. And all those not on Team Breezy are happy to see him take a punch to the jaw, even if it’s fictional.

In the brief trailer it seems that dance instructors Derek (Josh Holloway) and Dante (Laz Alonzo) aren’t happy that Korea is whooping us in dancing.

Before anyone starts to get excited it’s not North Korea. I doubt they have enough energy to get a good two-step going. It’s South Korea, who have swept the floor with us lately in international Hip Hop dancing competitions. Reason why: those crews can move.

Don’t worry; I don’t expect this movie to take any swipes at South Korea since the director is Korean American Benson Lee. Lee’s previous film includes Planet B-boy which is a documentary about the international Hip Hop dance competition. If you are a fan of the dance style and haven’t seen it you should go get this movie. Actually, if you aren’t a fan of the Hip Hop dance you should watch this movie, you will change your mind after viewing the athleticism and creativity of the dancers.

So are you excited about the movie? What do you think?

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10 May, 2013 at 11:47 am


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