African American Multimedia Conference: Panels, Workshop, and Awards

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2pm – Welcome Speech by Nisi Shawl

“In order to rise from its own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn.” - Octavia Butler. Honored guest Nisi Shawl speaks to the theme, and how it relates to the Conference, established in 1996, dormant since 2009 now risen from the ashes into a greatly-changed world.

2:15 pm – Writing the Other: How to Create Diverse Characters and Worlds Sensitively (Moderator: Nisi Shawl, Panelists: Nikki-Michelle, Sumiko Saulson, Lind Addison, Kai Leakes, Crystal Connor)

Representation is fundamental to writing great fiction. Creating characters that reflect the diversity of the world we live in is important for all writers and creators of fictional narratives. But writers often find it difficult to represent people whose gender, sexual orientation, racial heritage, or other aspect of identity is very different from their own. This can lead to fear of getting it wrong–horribly, offensively wrong–and, in the face of that, some think its better not to try.

3:00 pm –So You Want To Be a Rapper or a Rock n Roll Star? (Moderator: Kevin E. Myrick. Panelists Rappin 4Tay, Simon Says, Scott Saulson).

Your friends tell you that you have mad skills. You’ve been recording your vocals on your iPhone or your Android and you’re ready to make your big debut – but wait a minute? How do you get started? Talk to professional studio engineer Kevin E. Myrick, platinum award winning musical artist Rappin 4Tay, record label owner Simon Says of Big Time Productions, and rock singer and bassist Scott Saulson of Stagefright about how to get into the music business.

3:45 pm – The Krishna Awards for Black Excellence in Multimedia (hosted by Sumiko Saulson and Amy Holloway) 

Meet the honorees and hear recipients of awards for Black Excellence in Film/Video, Music/Sound, Animation/Gaming, Podcasting and Web Steaming, Literary Arts and Visual Arts.

4:45pm – Closing Statements on the theme “A Phoenix Rising” by honored guest Kai Leakes

The author of Sin Eaters, who has stories in both Black Magic Women and Sycorax’s Daughter gives a closing speech about the rise of the African American community and African Diaspora in film, literary arts, and music.


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