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“Dawn”: Sci-Fi Series Developed by Victoria Mahoney, Ava DuVernay for Amazon

"Dawn": Ava DuVernay, Victoria Mahoney Developing Sci-Fi Series for Amazon

Victoria Mahoney and Ava DuVernay, two powerhouses in directing, are joining forces to develop Dawn, a science fiction television series for Amazon. Based on Octavia E. Butler's 1987 work of the same name, the novel follows an African-American woman working with aliens to resurrect the human race 250 years after a nuclear war. "Dawn" Origins […]

Dieselfunk Dispatch: BSAM's Reynaldo Anderson Talks the State of Afrofuturism

Greetings, Dieselfunkateers! The Dieselfunk Dispatch has a special guest today with Dr. Reynaldo Anderson. Anderson is a prominent scholar in Africana studies, social movements, and a creator of the Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM). On a massive scale, Anderson is a scholar is arguably the foremost scholar on the subject of Afrofuturism at this moment in history. […]


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Dieselfunk Dispatch: John Jennings Talks Box of Bones and Making Monstrosities

Greetings, Dieselfunkateers! John Jennings, artist of the graphic novelization of Octavia Butler's Kindred (done with writer Damian Duffy), took a moment to chat with the Dispatch about the upcoming Box of Bones and to share a bit of Butler news Box of Bones, co-created with Ayize Jama-Everett, is published by Rosarium Publishing. [caption id="attachment_888026" align="aligncenter" width="394"][...]

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Represent: The Rise Of Characters Of Color In Sci-Fi And Fantasy

Worthy really wants to see Octavia Butler's works made into a movie or show; unfortunately, the rights holder said no, unless Worthy can bring in Will Smith For her part, Womack wants more people to feel empowered to create Too many people stand on the sidelines, afraid it won't be good enough or won't be[...]

'Dawn': Ava DuVernay To Adapt Octavia E. Butler Sci-Fi Novel For TV

Looks like Dawn truly is breaking for the late Octavia E. Butler's classic 1987 science fiction novel, as news broke this week that writer/director Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th) has picked up the rights to the book for a television series adaptation. DuVernay will executive produce the series with Charles D. King's media company Macro (Fences); with […]