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  1. I read the books this series is based on on a while back. My son went back and re-read the books before watching the series. Martin did incorporate black characters into his book and that is reflected in the HBO series. He's known for taking sword and sorcery to a grittier, more 'realistic' level. Other authors like Joe Abercrombie have followed suit. He, too includes black characters. I have two observations on this: one, it's interesting that white authors choose to include people of color in this particular genre only when they decide to make it less heroic and positive and more 'realistic and ambiguous' Two, the black characters are still portrayed as secondary characters and in some cases, like Abercrombie, the black character has some negative connotation. In Abercrombie's book the lone black female character can safely handle a certain item because she is half 'demon.'
  2. Wow! My bad! Here's a link to all things Onyx Con: http://www.onyxcon.com/
  3. Thanks, bruh. Augusta isn't far. You should come to Onyx Con this year.
  4. Aug 15, 2011 - Fayetteville, GA, August 15, 2011: MVmedia, LLC proudly announces the release of Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology. Griots is the first anthology dedicated to sword and soul, an exciting genre that combines African traditions, history and culture with heroic fiction and sword and sorcery. Fourteen writers and fourteen artists were chosen to express their interpretation of this new genre, resulting in a book that is as exciting to view as it is to read. Griots is edited by Charles R. Saunders, author of Imaro and creator of Sword and Soul, and Milton Davis, owner of MVmedia, LLC and author of three sword and soul novels. Writers included in Griots are Minister Faust, Geoffrey Thorne, Carole McDonnell, Valjeanne Jeffers and Ronald T. Jones, among others. Artists include Natiq Jalil, Luke McDonnell, Winston Blakely, Stan Weaver, Jr., Wanye Parker and Paul Davey.
  5. I addition to books, a group of speculative fiction writers create a presentation entitled, 'The State of Black Science Fiction.' In this presentation we discuss the different speculative genres we each represent as well as what we think people of color bring to the genre. We did our first presentation at Georgian Tech this past February and recently did the presentation at the Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta last month. We are in the process of scheduling additional presentations in the Metro area and we hope that our fellow writers in other cities will use our program as a template for creating programs in their cities.
  6. This is part of the reason I'm here, but I'm not quite ready yet.
  7. Very broad statements, bruh. Black people are not a monolithic people. We are a diverse group with different ideas, beliefs and agendas. Our situation in America binds us together toward certain common goals, but it would be unrealistic to think that we will all seek the same path to the same goals. We have many issues we need to address and we are doing so in many ways. Concentrate on the positive, bruh. Do the things that you wish others would do. Be the example that you wish them to be.
  8. Thanks Troy! Here are a couple of Changa's Safari 2 reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Changas-Safari-Volume-Milton-Davis/product-reviews/0980084229/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending
  9. Changa's Safari reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Changas-Safari-Milton-Davis/product-reviews/0980084210/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending
  10. Thanks, Waterstar! The director of this movie is doing a movie based on Nnedi Okorafor's book "Who Fears Death."
  11. Yes, the Marching 100 is legendary, which is why this is so alarming. I have another friend whose brother attended and graduated from FAMU. He was in t the band the entire time he was there. He's a former band director and music teacher. I have yet to have a chance to speak to him about his experiences.
  12. I had a couple of friends in the band at Fort Valley State College back in the day, 1978 to be exact. They had band scholarships to FAMU but left because of the hazing.
  13. MVmedia releases Changa's Safari Volume 2, the second book of the four book Sword and Soul epic by author Milton J. Davis. Fayetteville, GA, February 8, 2012 - MVmedia, the Source for Sword and Soul, releases author Milton J. Davis fourth novel, Changa's Safari Volume 2, the second book of his exciting heroic adventure series. Changa's Safari Volume 2 continues the story of Changa's journey throughout the 15th century Spice Trade world. Volume 2 contains three engrossing adventures which bring Changa and his crew back from the Middle Kingdom to the mountains of Ethiopia. These adventures change Changa and his companions in profound ways, propelling Changa forward to his journey home and a final, life changing confrontation. To purchase Changa's Safari Volume Two, visit MVmedia's online store at www.mvmediaatl.com. Volume 2 can also be purchased at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other book outlets. Book stores can purchase Changa's Safari Volume 2 through Ingram Distribution. ISBN # 978-0-9800842- 2-1 http://www.amazon.com/Changas-Safari-Volume-Milton-Davis/dp/0980084229/ref=pd_sim_b_4
  14. Fayetteville, GA January 24, 2011 – MVmedia, an African American publishing company located in Metro Atlanta, releases author Milton Davis’s third novel, Changa’s Safari an African based fantasy, on February 1, 2011. Changa’s Safari represents a serious addition to the growing genre of Sword and Soul and establishes Milton Davis as one its major voices. Changa’s Safari is the first of four novels chronicling the adventures of Changa Diop, a 15th century Swahili merchant and adventurer. Driven from Kongo, his homeland, as a boy, Changa grows into an accomplished fighter and excellent merchant. His journeys take him to the Middle Kingdom of China, the Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar and back to Africa to fulfill a promise made long ago, the promise to free his people and claim his seat as ruler of Kongo. Changa’s Safari II is scheduled for release winter 2011. MVmedia was established in 2007 to provide fantasy and science fiction novels with black characters to the growing African American reading market. Changa’s Safari is the third result of this effort. Meji Book One and Meji Book Two, are now available. For more information on Changa’s Safari visit www.mvmediaatl.com. To order copies of Meji, contact Milton Davis at 770-851-1306 or mv_media@bellsouth.net Changa’s Safari can also be purchased from Ingram Distribution at 55% off list price. Books are returnable. Changa’s Safari: ISBN No. 978-0-9800842- 1-4 http://www.amazon.com/Changas-Safari-Milton-Davis/dp/0980084210/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337686175&sr=1-1
  15. Amari is working on a new book. I'm not sure of the release date. My current title is Changa's Safari Volume 2. It's the continuation of the adventures of Changa Diop, a 15th century Swahili merchant/adventurer. http://www.amazon.com/Changas-Safari-Volume-Milton-Davis/dp/0980084229/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337676388&sr=8-1
  16. Oh, I forgot to answer your question. My latest book is Changa's Safari Volume 2. It's the continuation of my Changa's Safari series, which is an action adventure about Changa Diop, a 15th century merchant from Mombasa. I also have Meji Book One and Book Two and Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology which I co-edited with Charles R. Saunders, one of the contributors to Dark Matter.
  17. I write what is called Sword and Soul, which is heroic fiction based on African history, mythology and culture. You can check me out here.http://www.mvmediaatl.com/. I've discovered that black people are more interested in science fiction and fantasy when they see themselves portrayed. I'm also very interested in science fiction as I am a scientist, a chemist to be exact. I like science fiction that show how the science affects peoples everyday life. And Cynique, I'm a friend of D. Amari Jackson. He encouraged me to come her
  18. I'm a writer of speculative fiction, which is an umbrella term used to describe science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and urban fantasy. Do you read speculative fiction? If so, why? If not, why not?
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