Recent TEDxAtlanta event

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It was a good day. 

Sold out TEDxAtlanta event. Over 80O people in attendance. 

I can finally announce that I spoke about speculative fiction, in particular science fiction and fantasy, and how as imaginative as this art form is, that our imaginations are limited.  

While we can imagine a woman who is the mother of dragons and we can  imagine children attending schools where they learn to cast magical spells, it is rare that we can imagine people of color as heroes in these kinds of stories or as characters who have agency. Rarely can we imagine women of color as heroes in these stories. 

Ultimately, it’s a talk about the Other and the Different in all of its forms, as well as not seeing this in speculative fiction which is our most imaginative art form. And, as a result we are not only censoring our imaginations but losing out on understanding at a deeper level of what it means to be human. 

Off to bed. Between prepping for this talk and Greenleaf, I am spent but grateful.

Nominated for an NAACP Image Award

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Surprised!  Honored!  Speechless!

I hadn’t heard about the nomination until I received a congratulatory text from Ava DuVernay, the creator of Queen Sugar.

What an unexpected honor!

Kudos to the others in the Queen Sugar Family who were also nominated.

Outstanding Drama Series (Queen Sugar)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (Kofi Siriboe) 

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (Rutina Wesley)

For a list of all nominees see: https://naacpimageawards.net/nominees/

The awards event take place March 30th in LA.