We welcome podcaster GABE "Horror Tribble" CASTRO (The Ghouls Next Door) to help give life to new thrilling and hilarious tales by JEDAH MAYBERRY and TED LANGE IV before turning Octavia City over to the evocative charms of singer JACQUELINE CONSTANCE.
RICKY PAUL, the irrepressible man behind PhillyCAM's SYLVER ALERT, lends his vocal gymnastics to the Tribble's portrayal of author Wi-Moto Nyoka's LAST ONE STANDING and PACK RULES; then we get alliterative with Acquanetta Sproule's PORTOBELLICOSE.
Octavia City closes out with a dramatic reading from 'BINTI', an incredible novella by multiple award-winning scifi author Nnedi Okorafor, an original tale from Storm Tribble herself, BatTribble goes Strange and there are shout-outs aplenty before the plans for Octavia City 2018 are laid out!
Author RORIE STILL breaks out her musical executive producer cap to use her insane Afrofuturistic tale Flashbang and its demented 'protagonist' Teddy Ninja as inspiration for a first rate musical event featuring the amazing local talent of LITTLE TREE, KING ZIMM, DAVID LYVE, LEVY SUNG'RA, HEROES FOR HIRE, NO HEADLINER and ZEEK BURSE.
Tribble Nation is treated to a evocative original tale from THE REAL Da'SHEN titled "Meet The Enemy" as depicted by the rapturous tone of 'Lilith Tribble' CHARLY BROWNSKIN, a provocative read on famed X-Men Storm from WILLIAM JONES' The Ex-Con, Voodoo Priest, Goddess and the African King before the sultry ALEXA GOLD shuts it down singing to 'Selene, the Goddess from the Moon'.
The Tribbles annual trip to OCTAVIA CITY - a celebration of Afrofuturistic artistry - where they visit the ecelectic collective Metropolarity by way of NPR praise for Moor Mother and a dark hopeful tale on suicide by returning scribe RAS MASHRAMANI. And all the way from Ontario, Canada, CAILYN STEWART puts her SWJ shield down long enough to scare the bejeezus out of us with 'Deceived.'
Enjoy the Tribbles' recreation of a thoughtful interview of the late science fiction great that ran in In Motion Magazine, March 2004. We endeavor to bring Butler's words to life as she speaks of her muse, her characters, her outlook for life and black lives and much more.
Celebrating a legacy of the insatiable! PRINCE is remembered on the day we mourn his loss, reflect of his work, marvel at his gifts and laugh for the sake of shedding more tears.
The incredibly talented AFUA RICHARDSON regales us all with tales about Neal Adams, flutes with soul, eel in your diet and becoming THE renaissance woman of comics. Plus tracks from her WAKING ASTRONOMER project. Its all in here!
Drexel University professor, distinguished scholar and author ANDRE CARRINGTON details the origins and lessons of his new book Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction then filmmaker M. ASLI DUKAN and radio host / podcaster VINCENT WILLIAMS relive their first-hand encounters with the late queen of Afrofuturism, Octavia Butler.
The multi-award winning author TANANARIVE DUE (Ghost Summer, The Good House, The Living Blood) kicks off Octavia City 2016 in grand fashion with tales of Hollywood frustrations, the soul of writing, Octavia's laugh and much much more! Enjoy!
A fun night in OCTAVIA CITY as we enjoy a sultry allegory by Akiera Charles, a whimsical piece of flash fiction by Acquanetta Sproule, OEB-drenched melodies by London Bridgez as well as Rasheedah 'Andromeda Tribble' Phillips before airing a 'lost episode' of Sanford & 'Sun' by Dawolu Jabari Anderson by way of Octavia's Brood.
Philadelphia native GUY SIMS, one half of the creative duo behind the seminal 90s comic book series BROTHERMAN, recounts the origins of the strip, its 21st century resurrection and his Octavia Butler influence that led to his submission for Octavia City - THE ROTTENEST FRUIT.
The Black Tribbles 'reconnect' with Toronto (T-DOT!) resident scribe WHITNEY FRENCH for a taste of her intoxicating spirit, a recipe for Star-Trek-a-phobia and morsel of her spoken word opus 'O', rightfully inspired by Octavia Butler.
The speculative fiction compilation OCTAVIA'S BROOD has carried the Afrofuturist movement to new literary heights with its showcase of the social justice agenda inherent in many of its writing. Editor ADRIENNE MAREE BROWN divulges the backstory of its creation, the torch the book carries from its Octavia Butler inspiration and its searing piece on Star Wars Imperialism from Mumia Abu Jamal.
In celebration of the renowned science fiction author, the late Octavia Butler, the Tribbles join with Philly afrofuturistic music purveyor DJ Aura and Dr. Elisabeth Sumpter of MythMedia Studios for an exploration of the writer's life, works and words including WHO should and who should NOT star in a Lilith's Brood adaptation and WHEN did the noted time traveler really pass away?
Produced by Len Webb & Jeanette Woods for Black Tribbles and WHYY for NewsWorks.org | Theme music by R-SON The Voice of Reason and DJ Y-Not | Music provided by LMNOP of Good Behavior Music
Our month long celebration of Afrofuturism inspired by Octavia Butler continues with poetry and song by JOHN WESLEY MOON & RASHAD DOBBINS of Washington DC's The Cornel West Theory and an fanciful reading by long-time Trekker CRYSTAL SPARROW.
OCTAVIA CITY is presented by The Afrofuturist Affair, MythMedia Studios and the Black Tribbles. Soundscape provided by DJ Aura.
Our month long celebration of Afrofuturism inspired by Octavia Butler begins with readings by writers Rorie Still, author of FLASHBANG: Sci-Fi Stories To Blow Your Mind (flashbangsci-fi.com) and Ras Mashramani of Metropolarity (metropolarity.net) plus Rasheedah Phillips.