WE’RE HERE III: Black Science Fiction & Fantasy Websites and Social Media

 

In this third installment of the We’re Here Series, we examine the best websites for all your Black Science Fiction and Fantasy needs.

While there are others, these are the sites considered to be at the cutting edge of Black Speculative Fiction.

We’re here, y’all. In a BIG way.

Enjoy!

Chronicles of Harriet

Hell SlayerYou’re here, so this should be self-explanatory. However, for those who might be unaware of where they are right now – hey, it happens – here goes:

Here you will find discussions, photographs, fiction and articles on Steamfunk, Rococoa, great Black Authors, Black fandom, the craft of writing and Sword & Soul.

BlackSci-Fi

Black Sci-Fi.com is the premier site for the latest updates on Sci-Fi, Sci-Fact and Fantasy entertainment, news, people, places, and events and the measure of their impact on the African-American community.

We seek to inform and inspire the imagination of individuals who aspire to live beyond the boundaries of everyday life.

 

Afrofuturist Affair

The AfroFuturist Affair is a community formed to celebrate, strengthen, and promote Afrofuturistic and Black Scifi culture through creative events and creative writing.

The Tumblr page is a collection of the best writing, event announcements, art and videos in one place.

Aker: Futuristically Ancient

Steam Sistas 5This blog is a dialogue between the past, present and future, placed in an afrofuturist and afrosurrealist context. It explores African diasporic cultures that are often not given as much mainstream attention and re-examines popular cultures of the Black Diaspora through the afrofuturist and afrosurrealist perspectives.

Key purposes of the blog are Media Literacy; Art, Media and Cultural Criticism/Analysis; and promotion of Afrofuturism and Afrosurrealism.

World of Black Heroes

World of Black heroes is a website dedicated to following the portrayal of Black heroes.

This blog brings features Black characters in comic books, movies, books and on TV and the creators who bring them to us.

Black Superhero comic Reviews, Black Superhero News, Black Superhero Previews, and character Bios for mainstream and independent comics alike can be found here.

State of Black Science Fiction Facebook Group

The premier Facebook group where creators and fans of Black Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror meet.

Join the group and participate in their Black Science Fiction activities and discussions; their State of Black Sci Fi presentations and performances throughout the year; their contests and giveaways; and meet some Blacknificent people too.

This is the group that spearheaded the founding of Black Speculative Fiction Month, which is celebrated worldwide every October.

Alien Star Books

This website is dedicated to the promotion of Science Fiction and Fantasy books for Teens and Young Adults of Color.

There are many great books, graphic novels and comic books to choose from. To simplify your search, Ruth de Jauregui has sorted the main characters of each book into ethnic / racial categories – such as Black, Asian and Native American – and then by author within those categories.

Cosplaying While Black

Steam BrothasA Tumblr site dedicated to dispelling any belief that race matters when it comes to the hobby of cosplay by featuring hundreds of photos of Black cosplayers.

According to the sites founder, Chelsea Medua, “I follow many cosplayers on the Internet who I see at times get crude comments and remarks for just being black. [I wanted to] let other black cosplayers out there know that they shouldn’t feel insecure about cosplaying because of their skin.”

As we continue the We’re Here Series, which introduces people to creators and creations within Black Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror film, fiction, fashion, artwork and social media, your feedback is always welcome and encouraged.

About Balogun

Balogun is the author of the bestselling Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within and screenwriter / producer / director of the films, A Single Link, Rite of Passage: Initiation and Rite of Passage: The Dentist of Westminster. He is one of the leading authorities on Steamfunk – a philosophy or style of writing that combines the African and / or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy and / or steampunk fiction – and writes about it, the craft of writing, Sword & Soul and Steampunk in general, at https://chroniclesofharriet.com/. He is author of eight novels – 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, which he wrote based on the short story, Rite of Passage, by author Milton Davis and co-author of the award winning screenplay, Ngolo. You can reach him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Afrikan.Martial.Arts; on Twitter @Baba_Balogun and on Tumblr at www.tumblr.com/blog/blackspeculativefiction.

12 responses »

  1. AEHellar says:

    Reblogged this on Hellar Reviews and commented:
    Share, Learn, Enjoy.

  2. AEHellar says:

    Sweet. Thanks for the posts and doing the heavy lifting.

  3. Milton says:

    Thanks for the shout out!

    • Balogun says:

      Of course, Brother!
      I admire your brilliance and appreciate your friendship and guidance.
      At yesterday’s meeting, I felt such pride as i recognized the genius I am surrounded by in life and in the making of Rite of Passage.

  4. cozycommons says:

    Thanks for posting this. I’ve been looking for more websites that focus on Black Speculative Fiction.

  5. Jessica Burde says:

    Thanks for sharing. Always on the look out for good sci-fi, of any extraction.

  6. darkwriter67 says:

    Reblogged this on Illuminite Caliginosus.

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