Anika Noni Rose announced as a Special Guest at Virtuous Con

February 17, 2021

Press Release

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – FEBRUARY 21, 2021 Virtuous Con announced today that Tony award-winning actress and Disney Legend, Anika Noni Rose, will be recording a special children’s book reading for a Children’s Hour at the virtual festival next week. Best known for her beloved role as Princess Tiana in The Princess and The Frog and most recently, the highly acclaimed Christmas musical Jingle Jangle, Ms. Rose is also a voracious reader and a serious nerd! We’re honored that she has taken time out of her busy filming schedule to share her love of storytelling with a special selection for Black History Month! 

Sponsored by both DC and indie Black media company Subsume.Virtuous Con: Black History Month launches live worldwide on February 20 and 21 and will feature panels on comic books, scriptwriting, health, cosplay and more! Other special guests include YA author Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper Cypher, Star Wars: The High Republic), artist, editor and founder of Megascope imprint John Jennings (Black Comix Returns, Kindred: A Graphic Novel), Eisner Award-winning artist Alitha Martinez (World of Wakanda, Immortal Wonder Woman) award-winning writer L. L. McKinney (A Blade So Black, Immortal Wonder Woman NUBIA: Real One) on the panel Nubia is Back! The DC Storytellers who reintroduced Wonder Woman’s Sister. Founder of YouNeek Studios Roye Okupe (E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams, Malika) and award winning science fiction author and producer Tananarive Due (My Soul to Keep, The Twilight Zone, Horror Noire) 

Founded by award-winning science fiction writer Cerece Rennie Murphy (The Order of the Seers, The Wolf Queen), Virtuous Con: Black History Month will feature indie artists and exhibitors in a live interactive virtual space dedicated to science fiction, fantasy, comic books, anime and more. “It feels really gratifying to have such an established institution in fandom coming to Virtuous Con and celebrating the excellence of Black and Brown creators with us!” Murphy says. 

February will not be Virtuous Con’s premiere convention. Murphy successfully beta-tested the event in October 2020 with a small group of attendees and vendors on the Remo platform, customized to support the convention. Virtuous Con still has a few tables left for vendors, but programming space is limited. For details about vending, panels and sponsorship opportunities, please visit 

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Virtuous Con is a company created by Cerece Rennie Murphy that produces and hosts virtual venues, as a vehicle for independent science fiction, fantasy, and comics creators to grow an audience for their work. Each venue creates an authentic experience for attendees including virtual “booths” for vendors to interact live with attendees about their products and live panel rooms to interact in real-time discussions. Murphy created Virtuous Con out of a need to help many of her creative colleagues and friends whose businesses were adversely affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns. Especially BIPOC creatives. 


Cerece Rennie Murphy is a Washington D.C. native and award-winning science fiction author. Known for creating The Order of the Seers and The Wolf Queen series, she is also the founder of the Narazu website and newsletter, as well as Virtuous Con. 

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