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5 Black Sci-Fi Writers with Stellar Books

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When you think of science fiction writers, your mind probably goes to people like Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke. However, science fiction is no longer an exclusively white genre. We have writers of color who are pushing the boundaries of the genre as well as anyone else. The only difference is that they are enabling black readers to imagine themselves as heroes rather than side characters.

These are the writers we are talking about today. They are people of color, and they have written at least one stellar book.

Octavia Butler – Xenogenesis Trilogy

Octavia Butler is arguably the most celebrated black science fiction author. She writes about frightening futures, where nuclear war has wiped out most of humanity, alien viruses have mutated people into monsters, and right-wing theocracies govern dystopian societies. One of the common elements in her stories is that black women are not victims; if anything, they are the ones who offer a ray of hope.

Butler’s Xenogenesis Trilogy is one of her best works. It is based on humans who are saved by aliens after a nuclear war wipes out most of their race. The aliens, called the Oankali, have three genders—female, male and ooloi—and they have ulterior motives for saving humankind.

NK Jemisin – Broken Earth Trilogy

NK Jemisin is one of the most celebrated authors of the 21st century. Her works have broken records set decades before; like winning the Hugo Award for Best Novel three years in a row. Most of her stories get nominated—or win—the major sci-fi and fantasy honors.

Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy is one of the most critically acclaimed trilogies of all time. The first book in the series, The Fifth Season, takes place in a supercontinent where every few centuries, catastrophic climate change occurs. In a single day, main character Essun discovers that her husband has killed their son and kidnapped their daughter, the empire collapses after most of its citizens are murdered, and a great red rift spews ash into the sky that will last years. Jemisin spins a good yarn, and it’s no wonder her stories are as acclaimed as they are.

Nnedi Okorafor – The Shadow Speaker

Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American author known for her Afrofuturistic worlds. She has won the biggest awards in science fiction, from the Hugo to the Nebula, Locus, World Fantasy and more. Other than novels and novellas, she has also written comics like Wakanda Forever and Black Panther: Long Live The King.

The Shadow Speaker is a book that takes place in 2070, after the Earth experiences a nuclear fallout. The fallout has caused some humans to develop both magical and mystical abilities. The story focuses on Eeji, a shadow speaker; someone that shadows can talk to. After an earthquake breaks down the boundaries between Earth and other worlds, Eeji is forced to look for a way to broker peace between the different worlds.

Karen Lord – The Best of all Possible Worlds

Born in 1968, Karen Lord is a writer known for her works in speculative fiction. Even though her works were published from 2010, she’s already gained attention for the unique way she tells her stories.

Her novel, The Best of all Possible Worlds, starts with the destruction of a planet, which makes its race—the Sadiri—endangered. The surviving Sadiri reach a multiracial world, and they start looking for other Sadiri who had emigrated to the planet years before. The book shows us that even in a future with significant telepathic and technological advances, injustices like slavery and discrimination still remain.

Nalo Hopkinson – Midnight Robber

Jamaican-born Nalo Hopkinson has written a range of speculative novels and short stories. She has also edited two anthologies, Mojo: Cure Stories and Whispers From the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction. Her stories take place in various settings, from worlds similar to our own to ones that far into the future.

Midnight Robber, for instance, takes place in the distant future, where traveling between dimensions is possible. In the Caribbean-colonized planet called Toussaint, young Tan-Tan’s father commits an unforgivable crime, which forces them to escape to another world. But this new world is full of monstrous creatures and humans who are just as bad.

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Bill Cosby Hopes Appearing In Rap Video With Mephis Jelks Will Help Restore His Reputation

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Bill Cosby Appearing In Rap Video, Comedian Will Star In Memphis Jelks' 'The Cosby Dance'

Bill Cosby is hoping to get back in the good graces of pop culture, and his first job out of prison is a cameo in a rap video.

According to Radar Online, the 84-year-old comedian is making a cameo in rapper Memphis Jelks’ music video, dedicated to the man once dubbed “America’s Dad.”

The song is called The Cosby Dance, and the two will begin shooting in the next few months as long as Covid cooperates.

“They plan on starting production in (3) months but they’re trying to watch this resurgence of Covid and be responsible,” Radar is told.

“The greatest legacy one can pass down to their children and grandchildren is not money nor material goods, but a legacy of truth and facts.

They [media] removed The Cosby Show, A Different World, and many of my Honorary Degrees,” Cosby said in a statement to Radar.

When Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned Cosby’s sexual assault charges in June, they “restored those feelings and memories, when they vacated my conviction, due to the egregious violation of my constitutional rights.”

Cosby feels honored a rapper like Memphis Jelks would create a song solely based on him.

“Now, comes a prolific rapper, Memphis Jelks, who adds to the restoration of my legacy with a powerful new song called, ‘The Cosby Dance’ Hey, Hey, Hey — Far From Finished,” Cosby’s statement continued.

Memphis Jelks is all about Cosby, telling Radar, “I believe the upcoming generation can learn a lot about overcoming adversities by studying and applying the principles of Dr. Cosby’s educational and career choices that have helped lead to his enormous success.”

“What better way than a viral song and dance in which the lyrics celebrate some of the great attributes of one of the greatest American comedians of all time, who happens to be Black,” he added.

After Cosby’s release from prison, his rep Andrew Wyatt told Radar, Cosby is gearing up for a big television and stand-up comedy comeback.

But this though!

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Comedian Tony Baker’s Son Passed Away In A Car Accident

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Tony Baker's Son died in car accident

Sadly 3 young adults involved in a car accident have lost their lives. Cerain Baker, 21, and son of Tony Baker, Jaiden Johnson, 20, Natalee Moghaddam, 19, and another unnamed occupant were “ejected” from their silver Volkswagen Tuesday night.

Their vehicle was struck by two other vehicles that appeared to have been street racing.

According to NBC LA The crash that apparently involved street racing occurred at about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday on North Glenoaks Boulevard at Andover Drive.

The family of one of the victims, Cerain Baker is struggling with the loss of their “bright light.” He was a 21-year-old musician and former Burbank football player.

“It feels like it’s not real,” Tony Baker, his father, says. “We get waves of grief. We sob uncontrollably. Then it’s back to regular conversation.”

Police say street racers in a Kia and a Mercedes struck the Volkswagen in which Baker was riding with friends.

Also killed was Baker’s best friend, 20-year-old music producer Jaiden Johnson of Burbank and their friend, 19-year-old Natalee Moghaddam of Calabasas.

For Cerain Baker’s loved ones life won’t be the same.

“Just a guy that everybody loved, so likable!” said Cencere Baker, his brother. “I went to school with him, I’m just a year younger. You could tell how everyone liked him.”

His mother, Cherie Whitehead, said he was a beautiful soul.

“Anyone who met him could tell you, we called him the Mayor of Burbank growing up,” she said. “He could hold a conversation with you.”

Prayers up for the family

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Fat Joe’s Narration Of The Lox and Dipset Verzuz Is Next Level Hilarious

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Fat Joe's Narration Of The Lox and Dipset Verzuz Is Next Level Hilarious

It’s been almost a week and we are still talking about the Verzuz battle between The Lox and Dipset. One guy, in particular, is trending hard for his recap of the battle.

Fat Joe is trending on Twitter because he gave and continues to give a very detailed play-by-play description of the entire Verzuz battle.

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On Instagram, Fatjoe wrote “that the night was truly Hip Hop History it’s the stuff they talk about when we were too young to go. Busy bee/Kool Moe Dee Legendary shit I’m sooooo proud of my city and my brothers in art @thelox @officialdipset love y’all it was amazing 🙏🏽❤️”

This was his post:

If you want to see his entire recap, check it out here:

He crazy!

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