Here it is folks!

The Big, Bodacious, Blacknificent,  Blacktastic, fun-filled two day State of Black Science Fiction Convention schedule with the list of panelists, presenters and moderators!

Jam-packed with all the Steamfunk, Sword and Soul, Afrofuturism, Afroretroism, Rococoa, Horror, Cyberfunk, Cosplay and Black Speculative Fiction you can stand, the SOBSF Con schedule is EPIC!

SO epic, in fact, we’re not calling it a schedule, we call it an  EXPERIENCE!

Check it out:


Saturday, June 11, 2016


The Afrikan Marketplace Opens!

Vending of Merchandise and Food



Theater: Hip-Hop / Afrofuturistic Puppet Show

Creator/Director: Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins



Theater: Invisible Universe: A History of Blackness in Speculative Fiction

Director: M. Asli Dukan


2:00 pm

Theater/Screening Room: We Want the Funk: Afrofuturism in Music

Moderator: Kalonji Jama Changa

Panelists: Speech Thomas, Fluxwondabat, YZ, Stacy Epps

Panel Room 1: Children – Tiny Yogis Yoga

Instructor: Tajuana F. Jones

Panel Room 2: Teens – Video Games We Love

Moderator: Dan Flores

Panelists: Brandon Davis, James Mason, Radi Lewis (via Skype)

Panel Room 3: Black Women In Speculative Fiction

Moderator: Nicole Kurtz

Panelists: Alicia McCalla, Valjeanne Jeffers, Penelope Flynn, Leticia Carelock, Cerece Renee-Murphy, Sheree Renee Thomas

Panel Room 4: Reading Octavia

Ed Hall, Sheree Renee Thomas


4:00 pm

Theater/Screening Room: Special Screening of “Returned”

Director: Lamont Gant

Panel Room 1: Children – Create Your Own Comic Book

Panelists: James  Mason, Sarah Macklin, Keef Cross, Tony Cade.

Panel Room 2: Teens Talk to Authors

Alicia McCalla, Alan Jones, Jeff Carroll

Panel Room 3: Black Southern Folklore in Horror Literature

Moderator: Balogun Ojetade

Panelists: Keef Cross, Brandon Massey, Valjeanne Jeffers, Sheree Renee Thomas

Panel Room 4: The Pinnacles and Pitfalls of Self/Small publishing

Moderator: Milton Davis

Panelists: Bill Campbell, Nicole Kurtz, Leticia Carelock, Gerald Coleman, Adrian “Asia” Petty.


 6:00 pm

Theater/Screening Room: Black Craft and Consciousness in Comic Books

Moderator: Robert Jeffery

Panelists: Dawud Anyabwile, Sarah Macklin, James Mason, Chris Miller, Radi Lewis (Skype), Hannibal Tabu (Skype)

Panel Room 1: Steamfunk Style

Moderator: Balogun Ojetade

Panelists: Mark Curtis, Ofeibea Loveless, Marcellus Jackson

Panel Room 2:  African-Centered World Building

Panelists: Milton Davis, James Eugene

Panel Room 3: Afrofuturism Art and Literature

Moderator: Ed Hall

Panelists: Bill Campbell, Clint Fluker, Lisa Yaszek, Sheree Renee Thomas

Panel Room 4: Writing for the YA Market

Panelist: Alicia McCalla, Valjeanne Jeffers, Christine Taylor-Butler,  Letitia Carelock.


8:00 pm

Panel Room 1: Women in Horror

Panelists: Valjeanne Jeffers, Penelope Flynn, Nicole Kurtz, Sheree Renee Thomas, Tananarive Due (Skype)


Sunday, June 12, 2016

10:00 am

The Afrikan Marketplace Continues!

Vending of Merchandise and Food


Theater/Screening Room: Horror on the Black Hand Side

Panelists: Brandon Massey, Steven Van Patton, Valjeanne Jeffers, Jeff Carroll

Panel Room 1: Traditional Arms, Armor and Martial Arts of Afrika

Moderator: Kalonji Jama Changa

Panelists: Balogun Ojetade, Da’mon Stith, Akinbobola Donaldson

Panel Room 2: Children and Teens: Afrikan Martial Arts

Conducted by Afrikan Martial Arts Institute

Panel Room 3: Creator Interviews and Readings (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)


Panel Room 4: Marketing Black Speculative Media to the Masses

Moderator: Milton Davis

Panelists: Adrian “Asia” Petty, Bill Campbell, Tony Cade


12:00 pm

Theater/Screening Room: Screening of Short and Feature Films

Various Creators (From 12pm-4:00pm)

Panel Room 1: Stunts and Fighting for Film, Stage and Television

Instructors: Jazzy Ellis, Balogun Ojetade, Da’mon Stith, Akinbobola Donaldson

Panel Room 2: We love Anime!

Panelists:  Alana Davis, Sarah Macklin, Renee Cooper


2:00 pm

Panel Room 1: RPGs and Racism

Moderator: Balogun Ojetade

Panelists: Tanya Woods, Ed Hall, Tony Cade

Panel Room 2: Children and Teens Talk to Authors

Panelists: Christine Taylor-Butler, Cerece Renee Murphy, Jeff Carroll, Alicial McCalla

Panel Room 3: Steamfunk, Dieselfunk and Rococoa

Moderator: Milton Davis

Panelists: Penelope Flynn, Mark Curtis, Vernard Martin


4:00 pm

The Big Beautiful Black Roundtable

Moderators: Milton Davis; Balogun Ojetade

Join authors, filmmakers, actors, cosplayers, fashion designers, fabricators, comic book creators, publishers, readers and fans at this “Town Meeting” as we present, discuss, listen to and put into effect strategies and collaborations to take Black Speculative Fiction/Film/Fashion/Fabrication to the next level!

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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 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; on Twitter @Baba_Balogun and on Tumblr at

4 responses »

  1. Fujimoto says:

    This sounds so amazing. I would love to attend this. The ones that I could really use are Traditional Arms, Armor and Martial Arts of Afrika and African-Centered World Building, but I would be able to spend both days over there checking out all the panels. You’ve really got something special here. Think any videos of the lectures can be uploaded for those who can’t attend?

    I’m getting close to submitting my Black Power story soon too. You can expect my offering in the near future, and I look forward to seeing what else is submitted.

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