Celebrated author, filmmaker and Spelman College professor Tananarive Due has done it again with the Octavia E. Butler Celebration of Arts & Activism! And it's all going down today - on the campus of Spelman College. But if you can't make it, the 5:00 pm panel will be LIVE STREAMED via this link. The full schedule also includes a Black Science Fiction Short Film Showcase and Tales of the Conjure Woman, a reading with Tananarive and Nnedi Okorafor, and a social justice talk back with Adrienne Maree Brown.
The 5:00 p.m. panel includes award-winning authors Junot Díaz, Nnedi Okorafor, Dream Hampton, Adrienne Maree Brown, John Jennings and Bree Newsome. Several of these authors participated in a virtual speculative fiction writing workshop earlier. Here is a video of the workshop.
And on a personal note, I have had the pleasure of covering most of Tananarive's fantastic events in the two years she's been the William and Camille Cosby Endowed Professor in the Humanities at Spelman. I've also had numerous conversations with her about everything from parenting, politics and natural hair to her incredible creative output in various mediums and the development of my own process around storytelling.
I am beyond grateful for the time she spent with the Spelman community and with me. I will really miss her as she moves on to higher heights.
So, if you missed any of her events over the last two years, here are some recaps below, most of which I'm proud to say I had a hand in producing. I'll add a few more through the end of the year to this space. Keep following Tananarive everywhere - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Website - because she's gifted and giving - a powerful combination!
And I hope you're Enjoyceinglife because it's dazzling.