Latonya Pennington

Top Ten Reasons to Check Out Cowboy Bebop

Netflix recently announced that its live-action adaptation of the classic anime series Cowboy Bebop will premiere on November 19th. They also revealed the first images of the show's main protagonists: Spike Spiegel (played by John Cho), Faye Valentine (played by Danielle Pineda), and Jet Black (portrayed by Mustafar Shakir). For the uninitiated or curious, here are ten reasons to get into the...

Latonya Pennington

Latonya Pennington

Latonya Pennington is a freelance writer from the southern United States specializing in entertainment and pop culture. In addition to BlackSci-Fi.com, her pop culture work can be found on The Mary Sue, Black Girl Nerds, and Buzzfeed. When she isn’t freelancing, she can be found tweeting, reading, doing creative writing, or streaming music, shows and anime online.
Review: Volcano Woman Book 1

Review: Volcano Woman Book 1

Writer/ Creator: Miss Kola Boof Lead Illustrator: Crystal Crossley Book Design: Jason Moser Publisher: Russell Wilson Rating: PG-13 In the past few years, black women have made progress in mainstream comics and in independent comics. While it took until 2016 for...

Review- Spirit Wars #1

Review- Spirit Wars #1

Writer: Mamode Ogbewele Pencils: Somto Akah Colors: Jimmy King Letters: Toyin Ajetunmobi Cover: Simon Pape Variant Cover: Sia Paknazar, Ameur Makhloufi Story: Somto Ajuluchukwu Editor: Bamidele Sogbesan Publisher: Vortex Com ics Rating: PG-13 You may have read...

Review: Gamma

Review: Gamma

In Afrofuturism, the android often symbolizes the struggles of the black working class and how their intelligence, talent, and labor is used to benefit those with more privilege than them. Sheldon J. Pacotti’s book Gamma takes a similar approach by using beings known...

Review: Don’t Play With The Aliens Book I

Review: Don’t Play With The Aliens Book I

When you were a child, chances are your parents told you, "Don't play with those kids." While said with good intentions to protect, this can also be the result of an underlying sense of fear and discrimination. In Part I of Oz Carter's ebook serial, Don't Play With...

Review: The Blazing Star

Review: The Blazing Star

Note: The writer received an ARC copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. When one imagines ancient Egypt, black people rarely come to mind. Despite historical evidence that ancient Egyptians were black, some people still picture lily white faces as...

Review: Gwan Anthology

Review: Gwan Anthology

Various contributors Publisher: Forward Comix Rating: PG-13 Gwan is Jamaician patois that means to "go on or get out". In  Gwan Anthology, editor Jerome Walford has assembled a collection of comics and artwork that focus on foreign lands, cultural fusion, and the...

Review-Life On Mars

Review-Life On Mars

Unless you are a fan of both speculative fiction and poetry, speculative poetry may be unfamiliar territory. To write fantasy and sci-fi stories is one thing, but writing fantasy and sci-fi poems is a whole other challenge. Yet, there are some that rise to it well and...

Why The Ultimates Are A Superhero Team We Need

Why The Ultimates Are A Superhero Team We Need

Minor Spoilers After seeing Marvel Comic films where superheroes either beat up the villains or each other, I wasn't interested in reading any superhero team comics. Then, I started hearing about the newest version of The Ultimates. Since Marvel had made the first...

Review: Malice In Ovenland Vol 1

Review: Malice In Ovenland Vol 1

Writer/ Illustrator: Micheline Hess Illustrator: Micheline Hess Publisher: Rosarium Publishing Rating: All Ages Lilly Brown is a young girl who just wanted to spend summer vacation away from home. Instead, she's stuck at home doing chores and caring for her mother's...

Why Discrimination Can’t Stop The Black Imagination

Why Discrimination Can’t Stop The Black Imagination

If you are involved in black speculative fiction as a reader or writer, then you've most likely read Fireside Fiction's report, which states that only thirty nine short stories written by black authors were published in 2015. I've only been reading black speculative...

Review- Empyrean: Return of The Fire Faery

Review- Empyrean: Return of The Fire Faery

Minor Spoilers: Growing up, I didn't see any fairies of color with curly hair. I got used to associating fairies with the blonde-haired blue-eyed Tinker Bell because she eventually had her own storyline and major role. Meanwhile, any fairies of color I saw felt more...

Review: Aurion: Legacy of The Kori-Odan

Review: Aurion: Legacy of The Kori-Odan

It's no secret that there isn't the best representation of black people in video games. If they aren't stereotypes, then they are a part of a handful of playable characters. Thankfully, Cameroonian game developer Kiro'o Games has started to fill this void with their...

Music Duo OSHUN Channels The Orisha To Inspire Change

Music Duo OSHUN Channels The Orisha To Inspire Change

Afrofuturism uses aspects of African and African American culture, science fiction, and fantasy to critique and reimagine the past, present, and the future. Two upcoming musicians that have Afrofuturistic elements in their work are Thandiwe and Niambi Sala, known...

Review: From Here To Timbuktu

Review: From Here To Timbuktu

When you take alternate history, steampunk, and put it together with the historical perspective of Africans and African Americans, you have the genre known as steamfunk. From Here To Timbuktu by Milton J. Davis is one of a handful of books that embody this genre. Its...

Review: Niko (The Outsider Chronicles Book 1)

Review: Niko (The Outsider Chronicles Book 1)

In the wake of YA dystopian films that show white female leads like Katniss Everdeen and various copycats, a woman of color has to wonder if there will ever be someone like her onscreen or on the page. Kayti Nika Raet's first book in The Outsider Chronicles is one...

Why We Must Support Black Women In Indie Horror

Why We Must Support Black Women In Indie Horror

Recently, many viewers of the television show Sleepy Hollow were shocked and angered to see Abbie Mills, one of the show’s lead protagonists, killed off in the season finale. The role of Abbie Mills had been played by actress Nichole Beharie while Tom Mison played the...

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