Creator Spotlight: Jarvis Sheffield of Black Science Fiction Society

Peace and thank you for taking time to drop by! This next Creator Spotlight is of Jarvis Sheffield, Creator of Black Science Fiction Society.

Black Science Fiction Society LogoWho are you?  I am a husband and father from Chattanooga, Tennessee. I have worked within higher education for over 12 years now. I am a social media marketer, site administrator and publisher. I have been involved in various forms of multimedia for over 20 years. I am a multimedia manager having done graphic design, web design, video and animation multimedia. In addition, I teach seminars, workshops, and classes on technology and education. I am a 20 plus year member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary studies from Tennessee State University where I formed a foundation of determination by living the school’s motto- Think, Work, and Serve. I have further refined my skills with hard work and integrity by earning a Master’s Degree in Education from Trevecca Nazarene University. I am currently developing education video games and completing my Doctorate in Education.

I believe we should all take personal responsibility to be positive change agents in each other’s lives. I have dedicated my life to developing myself, others and our communities.

Favorite Music and / or Music Artist!  At present, my favorite music would be Neosoul. Neosoul is sort of a throwback to music I grew up with that was categorized by live instruments and raw unmodulated vocals from the artists that had real talent. My top artist in the Neo soul genre is none other than Jill Scott.

What are some books or literature that are on your personal shelf or that you are currently reading?  My bookshelf is immense. I have more books than I have space for on my books shelves. A few are; Genesis Anthology of Science Fiction 1 & 2, Discovery, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Warriors of 4 Worlds, COG, Immortal, Shadow Walker Chronicles, Renpet, Braking The Curse of Willie Lynch, Black Men: Obsolete Single, Dangerous, Asleep, Awake, Skinless and several Piers Anthony and Octavia Butler titles.

Favorite Visual Artist (besides yourself 🙂  LOL, I am far from an artist. Creating things has always been something I enjoy doing however. It is a good way to express yourself. Some things you just do for yourself for your own edification like singing in the shower. LOL, I would have to say that my favorite visual artist is Maurits Cornelis Escher or better know as MC Escher. Escher he was a Dutch graphic artist known for his mathematically inspired artistry. His work often featured impossible constructions, explorations of infinity, architecture, and tessellations. His artwork is visually stunning, intriguing and timeless.

Did Art choose you or did you choose Art?   I think art chose me to be honest. I never set out to create. Certain ideas and concepts kind of wanted out of my head. It was sort of like being compelled to do it. For me it happens in spurts. I wrote and entire book of poetry back in the 1990s that way. Then maybe 10 years later I penned a few Sci-Fi stories.

Who or What were your earliest inspirations and present influences that inspire your art?  I think my earliest influences were Star Wars, Star Trek and Twilight Zone. I used to watch the reruns of Star Trek and Twilight Zone with my older brothers. Star trek had Lieutenant Uhura and a few other Black men sprinkled in. Twilight Zone had interesting storylines. When star wars came out that sealed the deal. It was action packed, flashy and had Billy D. Williams running Cloud City.

How important is it to study your art and how do you approach keeping your skills sharp?  I think if you intend to make a living off your art or want to be professional, you should devote time and effort into it to make it the best it can be. However, that is not the focus for all artists or creators. Some people like myself like to create for the sake of creation. It’s therapeutic. I know this goes against the grain of some competitive people but some things should be done for the pure enjoyment of it. Not everything in life should have a price tag attached to it. Certain things should exist strictly for their intrinsic value.

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Describe the inspiration and process you that led to the creation of the BSFS.  I had the concept back in 2004 but didn’t move on it until 2008. I was tired of waiting on others to move us to the next level with sci-fi. My son was the reason I actually made the move to start BSFS. When we were watching a movie, he asked me, “Why are all the black people bad guys?” I explained to the best of my ability but got a bit angry that a child would notice that at such an early age. Also, then Senator Barack Obama was making his making his mark on national politics by accenting to the highest office in the country. So, I was motivated to push myself to be the change I wanted to see. I set out to make science fiction show positive images of Black people. That is how Black Science Fiction Society was born.

I have had the great opportunity to form www.BlackScienceFictionSociety.com; Black Science Fiction Society is a non-profit organization and social network that encourages racial and ethnic diversity through various forms of media. We highlight, celebrate and develop science fiction, speculative fiction, sword and soul, fantasy, horror, movies, games and other forms of media. Also, Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction is an anthology series that features Black themed worlds of science fiction, speculative fiction, horror and fantasy. Writers that are both seasoned contributed 25 pieces of the most entertaining, eclectic and enthralling stories that will capture your imaginations from around the globe. Genesis Science Fiction Magazine is The Only Print & E-Magazine in the World Dedicated Exclusively to the Black Science Fiction Genre. Lasty, Genesis Science Fiction Radio. The Genesis Science Fiction Radio features conversations with creators and consumers about relevant topics in science fiction from a black perspective. 

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Current Project(s)!  Currently, I am actively involved in maintaining the projects already created such as the social network, book series, magazine and radio show with the teams running them. I am currently doing voice acting with Brandon Wright on his Deadstar Animated film series as one of the characters. Also, in that same vein of animation another major project in the works is our first feature film Earth Squadron. It tells the story of what happens when Earth is invaded by aliens, only to find that the only people capable of saving Earth are the planet’s social rejects.

A couple of other side projects involve game design and toy creation. There are things I have been studying for the last few years while doing coursework toward my Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology and my Doctoral degree In Education. I want to always be thorough with the things I am involved in and have the credentials to back it up.

Dream Project!My dream project would be everything we are doing now but with a big budget. Afro-futuristic Black Sci-Fi web, video, books, magazines, games, toys, the works!

The dream of blacks making science fiction as a concept has been in the minds of many of us since we were all children watching science fiction movies and television shows such as Buck Rogers, Star Wars, Battle Star Galactica and Star Trek. Most of us have however, found that the characters that are ethnic, as a general rule most often have been relegated to secondary roles, sidekicks, stereotypes, sex objects, dope heads, not in the show at all or my favorite – the first to die in the show.

We, however, feel it is only right to present science fiction with a different face, one that is not filled with the normal negative representation of ethnic characters. We think that it is essential for characters of all colors and creeds to be represented positively and fairly. Given that, this movement is not exclusive to Black People. It is for all people but with a Black focus. We welcome all races and ethnicities to partake of our wondrous gift Black Science Fiction. I look at it as a privilege to be able to do what I do.

For more info:

Business Contact: Jarvis Sheffield, M.Ed.

Email: info@BlackScienceFictionSociety.com

Site: www.BlackScienceFictionSociety.com

 

Thank you for your time! I appreciate it! Stay focused and continued success!

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Creator Spotlight: Yorli Huff-SuperHero Huff & Publisher

Peace and thank you for being patient! Here is another great Creator Spotlight! This feature is Yorli Huff | Superhero Huff! Take a read and learn what makes her SUPER!
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Who are you? I am a real life superhero! Despite a difficult childhood, I was an excellent student and that dedication helped land me land a position in 1992 with the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department as a Special Drug Agent at the tender age of twenty-four. One of the few African-American undercover agents in the task force, I excelled at my work, but my rise to the top brought with it racism and discrimination. In 1997, after trying unsuccessfully to deal with that discrimination on my own, I made history by filing a lawsuit against the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, a battle which took eleven years to win.

I am a beast who is determined to empower through various art forms. I am a powerful, international empowerment specialist and motivational speaker. I creatively use concepts and images; to open the door to set your thoughts free. I promote out of the box thinking that leads to success. I strive to provide impactful material that will implode and invade to create atmospherical change. An entrepreneur at heart, Huff is the Founder, President, and CEO of Engendering Strength, Inc., a company devoted to inspiring and empowering people.

Tell us about your projects. My first book, The Veil of Victory, is an account of my life from childhood to my victory over the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, was published in October 2010. I am currently at work on my third book, The Making of a Prince; Superhero Huff comic book volume 4; a feature film based on The Veil of Victory, a Superhero Huff active wear line, an Agent Huff toy and t-shirt lines. They are all based on my true life story. Everything is challenging and rewarding but its all in the entrepreneurial sprit.

374774_340639872615003_863245964_nDescribe the inspiration and process you that led to the creation of the Superhero Huff. It was created by divine intervention. A gentleman that I used to ride the train with, who purchased my autobiography, “The Veil of Victory” suggested to me one morning at 5am, “They have comics”. I was thinking in my mind what the hell is he talking about? He showed me the local paper that was advertising the comic book convention while saying you should take your book down there and let them make a comic and cartoon of your character. I looked up at him and asked, “Do you know what divine intervention you just spoke?” He just looked at me and smiled then walked away.

Besides your publishing success, what are some other career highlights? I have been featured on Allison Payne’s People to People segment, Monique Caradine Show, Perspectives, The Cliff Kelly Talk Radio Show on WVON, Lamont Brown Speaks and South Africa’s SABC radio. I was in South Africa in 2011 on a powerful speaking tour to empower, encourage and enlighten the people on matters of discrimination and abuse. I am also the recipient of the “2014 Black Excellence Award” in literature for The Veil of Victory, “Remarkable Women” award from America’s Time Out for Youth, Inc. I was honored as a “2011 Women on Top of Her Game” by American’s Time Out for Youth, Inc., and I’m on the scholarship committee for the Rhea of Hope Foundation.

What impact would you like your art to make on the world?Superhero Huff will empower, enlighten and encourage people globally to know that they don’t have to settle for anything no matter what adversity they face.

What are your favorite quotes or philosophies of life that help you improve as a person or artist? “Nothing ever really is what you think it is but you don’t know that until you get into it” – Yorli Huff543335_514912468521075_792729678_n

Give 4 words that describe you! EMPOWERING, ENLIGHTING, ENCOURAGING, DETERMINED

Favorite Music and / or Music Artist! Mali Music, India Ire, Chante Moore, Jill Scott

What do you enjoy watching? I enjoy seeing black people on the screen performing drama, plays and comedy.

Favorite Artist (besides yourself 🙂  Mshindo

Is there anything else that you want the readers to know? I want the world to know that the impossible is possible. There is room for everyone’s success all we all have to is look up. We have all been blessed with unique talent, gifts and potential that is specific to the individual no one has it. All we have to do is tap into it and develop it, its like having your own personal guaranteed lottery ticket.                                           Come on cash it in I DARE YA!!!

For more information on SuperHero Huff: 

Business Contact:

Email – yorlip@hotmail.com

Site –www.superherohuff.com

Number 630-476-9191

 

Thank you for your time! I appreciate it! Stay focused and continued success!

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Creator Spotlight – Willis Price/Glyph Sputnik, Illustrator

Peace, here is another Creator Spotlight! This time its Willis Price! Take a read and look at his art!

Tell us about yourself. My name is Willis Price Aka Glyph sputnik. I was born and raised in Chicago. I started drawing at an early age. When various adults and teachers noticed that I had a knack for drawing, they encouraged me to pursue art.

What was your earliest inspiration? I remember my inspiration clearly, my father Would doddle from time to time. Once I’d discovered that he could draw, I was all over him; asking him to draw this, or that. I’d even bug my dear Mom to draw from time to time. My fondest memory of my Dad’s drawing per my request. It was the first time he drew a picture of The Incredible Hulk for me. My Father was a pretty good artist, as far as I knew.

Favorite Music and / or Music Artist! I like 90s hip hop culture. It definitely gave me a source of inspiration. I also make music. I have a passion for music, as well as visual art. I feel that music and art are yin and yang; they must remain in balance grass hopper..lol.

My favorite artist changes from time to time, but I do love 90’s and 80’s anime styles; ninja scroll Akira ,and ghost in the shell to name a few of my faves. As far as comics, back in the day I was an Image /Marvel fan. Also, the graffiti styles and artistic expressions of other talented Brothers and Sisters inspired me to draw well. Brotherman was my joint as a kid. I remember going to the Black Expo with my Mom as a kid and seeing/talking to other artists. Seeing them sale and display their work was great for developing my entrepreneurial spirit. My childhood friend and artistic mentor, Antoine Adams, inspired me a lot also put me on to anime.

Project(s) you’ve worked on? I’ve done a lot freelance work over the years. My first big client was Lupe Fiasco back in like ’06 or ’07. He had a crew he called Righteous Kung Fu. I stay busy with doing art for various people, including Joe Currie’s of Strictly Underground Comix. I drew four issues Punx Of Rage. I’ve worked with Mathematics of Wu Tang Clan. I’m currently working on a comic book project for him and I’m doing character design for an indie game coming out soon. Also, a few other comic book projects are in the pipeline with La Morris Richmond of B.l.a.m. Comics. I’m also working on a few big projects with my sister Nikeya at House of Glyph. I stay pretty busy with freelance work. I’m grateful to god for blessing me with each opportunity.

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Dream or Future Projects? I’d love to work with any and every one who is positive and who are willing to support my art. Of course, I’d love to work with the Pixars and the Marvels etc. and one day grow my own company to the level of Warner bros, Disney, or Spacely Sprockets, or Coswell Cogs, etc. Mainly, I’d love to put my own visions out there, into the main stream and receive a larger scale of recognition, appreciation of my work and higher compensation for said work.

Feel free to contact me for commissions 🙂

My email is address is glyphsputnik@gmail.com

My official web site is under construction .but for now you can check me out at glyphsputnik.deviantart.com

Thank you for your time and questions, Glyph! I appreciate it! Stay focused and continued success!

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