On December 18, 2016, I posted this in the State of Black Science Fiction group on Facebook:

“In 2016, I am going to launch a podcast show in which authors of Black Speculative Fiction will have their stories read by voice actors and then the author will answer questions from listeners about their work(s).

Stay tuned for details.”

Short; simple.

But it wasn’t so simple. Within fifteen minutes, over a hundred people had liked the post. Now the post has over 400 likes and is steadily climbing.

After taking a serious look at what it takes to produce and present the podcast to the world, I decided to crowdfund the project; to truly make this a project by and about Black people – authors and fans. Others are more than welcome to donate, too. 🙂

The Kickstarter is up and ready for you. So, give YOURSELF a gift this holiday season!
Let’s make Blacktastic: The Black Science Fiction and Fantasy Podcast a reality!

 

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.

6 responses »

  1. Fujimoto says:

    I’ll definitely be donating. This is something that needs to happen.

  2. gibsonauthor says:

    Reblogged this on s a gibson and commented:
    The Kickstarter for the Blacktastic podcast:

  3. I like this idea and I am all for it. We have spoken in the past about this. I am curious what is the compensation for your writers and voice actors. I am curious as I have some of both that would be interested in being part of your on going efforts

    • Balogun says:

      Writers will have their existing stories read professionally. We aren’t compensating them for that.

      I am working with a team of voice actors in Atlanta. Most are working for exposure. A few will be paid.

      Most of the budget is going into production (studio time, sound effects, etc.).

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