OCTAVIA CITY returns April 2017 by Len Webb

For Immediate Release
Contact: Corin Wilson
URL: www.blacktribbles.com
Email: contact@blacktribbles.com
March 6, 2017

THE BLACK TRIBBLES are now accepting original Afrofuturism submissions for radio live performances!

Philadelphia, PA; Press Release – The Black Tribbles, Philadelphia’s foremost pop culture radio personalities, are accepting submissions for Octavia City, their annual celebration of Afrofuturism.

Every Thursday in April the Black Tribbles Prime radio show will be taken over by Octavia City to feature original works from the Afrofuturism genre. Named in honor of literary giant and Queen of Afrofuturism, Octavia E. Butler, Octavia City, is an opportunity to highlight the newest writers and artists coming out of the genre today.

In the past, selected works were simply read aloud on-air, but now Octavia City goes even bigger with live actor-performed readings! Selected artistic works will be featured online and shared by the Black Tribbles social media accounts. The Black Tribbles look forward to reconnecting with some of their favorite writers and introducing a new crop of talent to the Tribble Nation.

Submissions are now open!
Deadline for submissions: Friday, March 24th, 2017

Submissions should be accompanied by the Octavia City Submission Form

Writers: Submissions may be complete works or excerpts from short stories, original novels, plays, and/or screenplays. Each submitted work may not exceed 30 pages.  Up to three (3) works per creator may be submitted for consideration. Selected works will have the opportunity to be either read though or performed on-air during the Black Tribbles Prime radio show.

Visual Artists: Submissions must be original work and must be in JPEG format. Up to three (3) works per creator may be submitted for consideration. Selected artistic works will be featured on the Black Tribbles Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram accounts. One selection will be chosen to represent OCTAVIA-CITY 2017 at the studio of WPPM-LP 106.5FM, the home of the Black Tribbles!

Musicians: Submissions must be original work and must be in either mp3 or .WAV format. Up to three (3) works per creator may be submitted for consideration. Selected works will be played during the Black Tribbles Prime radio show.

All submissions should be sent to contact@blacktribbles.com including a cover page with full name, phone number, email, and any relevant social media handles for attribution, as well as the required submission release form which can be found at www.blacktribbles.com. You must be 18 years or older to participate.

For complete submission details see the Black Tribbles website: www.blacktribbles.com.

For more information and any inquiries, please contact Corin Wilson at contact@blacktribbles.com.


OCTAVIA CITY 2016 - Andre Carrington & Moments with Octavia by Len Webb

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.

Inside OCTAVIAs BROOD w Adrienne Maree Brown by Len Webb

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.

TRIBBLE NATION April 2015 - Octavia Butler by Len Webb

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

OCTAVIA CITY 2015 week 2 by Len Webb

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.