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Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth: Amanda Johnston

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Women Writers in Bloom is a literary salon I started attending a couple of months ago and this month’s featured Texan poet Amanda Johnston. Today I feature her here with some of her poetry influenced by science fiction/fantasy films, like Blade and The Matrix.

Below are two poems, “Mixed Blood” and “Blade Speaks at Career Day,” published in Kinfolks Journal based on the Blade movies:

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Modern Griots Reviews: Birth of a Dark Nation

Imagine seeing the journey of the Black Atlantic through the memories of a centuries-old vampiric human. A DC IT specialist working at an HIV organization Justin Kena is privileged with this information when he falls for one named Dante. As he falls in love, he learns of the ancient indigenous Yoruba group, the Razadi, who are vampiric and witnesses to pre-, during, and post-slavery times in Rashid Darden‘s Birth of a Dark Nation.

Birth of a Dark Nation flips the script on traditional vampire tales from its shifting narration to its inclusion of slave narration and cultural rituals to non-Western views of the vampire to it as a same-gender loving story that confronts those who say it is a recent Western phenomenon. Darden’s previous work, Lazarus, Covenant, and Epiphany has centered on black LGBT experiences, and now he has taken that and extended it to black speculative fiction.

The story begins with a Razadi receiving orders from an elder to watch over Justin because he is considered the “key,” similar to Neo in the Matrix or any messiah-like character. Later, we are introduced to Dante, a street hustler, who Justin randomly notices and to whom he has an instant attraction. When Dante finally reveals who he is to Justin, Justin begins his transformation from the computer guy at a dead-end job to part of the Razadi family and leader in his community.

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Moving on the Wires: Taking a Break + Donations + Vampires + Studio Museum + The Beautyful Ones Exhibit

* Hey everyone! I decided that since my birthday is in a couple of weeks (August 7), and since I have been slowing down on the blog due to both things that I am personally doing that is taking up my time and the events of the world tiring me, I will take a few weeks off. Enjoy reading or rereading my previous posts, and consider donating to my blog at the side (it would be a nice present, especially with my laptop getting old! haha).

*With vampires having a renaissance and with several cult film classics including black vampires or vampire-hunters, like Blacula, Vampire in Brooklyn, and Blade, books like Octavia Butler’s Fledgling and TV shows like True Blood featuring the character Tara, here are some projects to take a look at:

1) Rashid Darden’s upcoming novel Birth of a Dark Nation about black vampires who come to America during the transatlantic slave trade. Here is the Indiegogo page.

2) Nikyatu Jusu’s upcoming Suicide by Sunlight web series. She describes the series: “Daywalking Black Vampyres protected by added melanin roam modern day NYC. RAYN, a half vamp+half human hybrid rejects her vampyre lineage while hunting for the right human sperm donor.” For more on the series, here is the facebook page.

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