Thursday, January 24, 2013

[Call for Submissions] Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond

That's right, yall. I've got a new project coming, and we're looking for submissions!

Here are some of the details:

"Co-editors Bill Campbell and Edward Austin Hall seek donated submissions for the first in a series of anthologies comprising original and reprinted genre material for, by, and/or about persons of color.

"The genres in question include (but are not limited to) science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, weird fiction, and speculative fiction."

For full details, please visit the site and don't forget to sign our mailing list.

Peace, Love & Sooooooooulllllll
Party People

See ya on the Mothership

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Koontown Kristmas Special

Happy Hollydaze, Yall!!!

In the fine tradition of Black Peter, we here in Koontown are here to help Santa make your holiday all the more special!!!

From now until December 15, you can get your very own signed copy of Koontown Killing Kaper shipped to your door for Christmas. It's $23 through PayPal ($20 for the book and $3 for shipping and handling). Just give us your mailing address and who you want the book signed for, and we will ship it the very next day. (After December 15, of course, we have no clue if it will get there by Christmas.)

Also, don't forget the other fine Koontown products (T-shirts, thongs, and golf umbrellas) available on the site.

 And what are the holidays without the Koontown original soundtrack by Triple Threat?

 Pretty damned sad, I say. Pretty damned sad.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Koontown in August: Run! Brutha! Run!!!

Well, things in Koontown just get busier and busier. And August will be the busiest month, yet.

If you happen to be around for any of these, please feel free to drop by and say, "Hi." Tell your friends. Whatever it takes. I'm exhausted just typing these different events out. Just imagine what I'm going to be feeling like by September--when, of course, it all starts over again.

For more information, please check out the website.

Saturday, August 4
Fenton Street Market
Silver Spring, MD

Sunday, August 5
First Sunday
Whitmore Park
Annapolis, MD

Friday, August 10
New Embassy Theater
Cumberland, MD
(Book Reading & Concert)

Saturday, August 11
Reston Market at Lake Anne Plaza
Reston, VA

Sunday, August 12
The Flea Market @ Eastern Market
Washington, DC

Saturday, August 18
Onyxcon 4
Atlanta, GA

Sunday, August 19
Criminal Records
Atlanta, GA

Monday, August 20
Shepherd Park Library
Washington, DC

Wednesday, August 22
Red Emma's
Baltimore, MD

Friday, August 24
Moonstone Arts Center
Hosted by the Philly Fantastics
Philadelphia, PA

Saturday & Sunday, August 25 & 26
AfroPunk Fest
Brooklyn, NY

And, of course, if you want to make my job easier, you can always buy your own copy of Koontown from Amazon at any given time. Believe me, I am already highly grateful.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Picture of the Day

Look at this proud brother rocking his Koontown gear. It's like the Black Power Afro pick and dashiki of the 2Gs. Get yours today!!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Koontown Killing Kaper Official Book Trailer

I can't believe I haven't posted this here, yet. God, I'm slipping. Anyway, here. Have a laugh.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Why I Wrote Koontown

Black people are inherently inferior. This is not something you would often hear anybody say outright—if at all. That would be racist, and we live in a time when even devout racists get offended if you actually call them “racist.” The closest we tend to get to such utterances is the coded intimations of the Newt Gingriches and Rick Santorums of the world talking about how blacks prefer welfare to actual work. (If that were so, Uncle Sam owes me over 25 years of backpay.)

Yet, the message of black inferiority is still something being transmitted today. Like air, water, and high-fructose corn syrup, it simply permeates the culture. We take no more notice of it than we do inhaling the carbon-monoxide air of our car-driven country.

Television news constantly feeds us reports of black criminality, black underachievement, black addiction. Our entertainment industry gives us a steady diet of black depravity, shoveling pimps and hustlers and playas and thugs down our throats. We can watch them on our televisions, in our movies; listen to them on our radios, iPods, and smart phones; we can read about them on our Kindles and Nooks and even—heaven forbid—actual books and thrill to their tales of violence, greed, and penicillin-resistant promiscuity.

Even science gets into the act. Phrenology may be dead, but so-called studies and statistics thrive. They tell us black kids can’t keep up academically. Drugs consume the ghetto. Jails are overflowing with black misery. Over 60 percent of black men without a high school diploma will wind up in prison. Some even say there are more black men in prison today than were enslaved in 1850. On top of all that, black men are even the least hirable demographic in these here post-racial United States.

Hell, with all these problems, no wonder we are constantly assaulted by those images I mentioned earlier. That we are just as likely to see black thuggery on our TV screens as we were the token black friend in a ‘90s sitcom (whatever happened to those?). That hip-pop (what I like to call ironically “commercial” rap) still pounds us with talk of pimping, hustling, dealing, murdering, and misogynating. That 80 percent of the books published for, by, and/or about blacks is urban or “ghetto” literature. After all, all these portrayals reflect the culture, mirror the reality of life in African-America.

Except, of course, they don’t.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Koontown Killing Kaper on Kindle!!!

That's right. My new novel, Koontown Killing Kaper, is available at the Kindle Store!

To celebrate, I wanted to share with you the second release from the Koontown Killing Kaper Original Soundtrack, Choppy Chop-E Sound's "Tomorrow/Yesterday."

Enjoy! Buy the book! Listen for the Soundtrack!

Koontown at Kindle:

Oh yeah. Don't forget to buy a Koontown Killing Kaper T-shirt!!!

About Koontown Killing Kaper:

All the rappers in Koontown are being killed, and rumor has it that it's vampire crack babies doing the killing. Desperate, the police reach out to Genevieve "Jon Vee" Noire, ex-super model/ex-homicide detective/private detective. Together with her former partner, Genevieve must navigate the dangerous world of gangsta rappers, shady record executives, corrupt cops and politicians, '80s pimps, welfare queens, secret sistah societies, Ubernoggin, and the National guard. Can the ex-super model survive the chaos and insanity to save her beloved Koontown while it explodes all around her?