Balogun Ojetade – Black Speculative Fiction Month Spotlight

Per the Author: As a former combat veteran (MOS: 18F), Master and Technical Director of the Afrikan Martial Arts Institute and Co-Chair of the Urban Survival and Preparedness Institute, Balogun Ojetade is the author of the bestselling non-fiction books Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within, The Afrikan Warriors Bible, Surviving the Urban Apocalypse, The Urban Self Defense Manual, The Young Afrikan Warriors’ Guide to Defeating Bullies & Trolls, Never Unarmed: The Afrikan Warriors’ Guide to Improvised Weapons, Ofo Ase: 365 Daily Affirmations to Awaken the Afrikan Warrior Within, Ori: The Afrikan Warriors’ Mindset, Ogun Ye! Protecting the Afrikan Family and Community, Kori O: Protecting Afrikan Children from Violence & Sexual Abuse, and SKG: The Black Man & Woman’s Guide to Sticks, Knives and Guns.

He is one of the leading authorities on Afrofuturism and Afroretroism—film, fashion or fiction that combines African and/or African American culture with a blend of “retro” styles and futuristic technology, in order to explore the themes of tension between past and future and between the alienating and empowering effects of technology and on Creative Resistance. He writes about Afrofuturism/Afroretroism—Sword & Soul, Rococoa, Steamfunk and Dieselfunk at http://chroniclesofharriet.com/.

He is author of twenty-five novels and gamebooks – MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman: Freedonia; Redeemer; Once Upon A Time In Afrika; Fist of Africa; A Single Link; Wrath of the Siafu; The Scythe; The Keys; Redeemer: The Cross Chronicles; Beneath the Shining Jewel; Q-T-Pies: The Savannah Swan Files (Book 0) and A Haunting in the SWATS: The Savannah Swan Files (Book 1); Siafu Saves the World; Siafu vs. The Horde; Dembo’s Ditty; The Beatdown; Initiate 16; Gunsmoke Blues; Malik: Confessions of a Black Identity Extremist; Malik: Confessions of a Black Identity Extremist 2: Enemy of the State; Granma’s Hand; Kill City and Steamfunkateers: The Steamfunk Role Playing Game and the Steamfunkateers adventure, The Haunting of the House of Crum—contributing co-editor of three anthologies: Ki: Khanga: The Anthology, Steamfunk and Dieselfunk and contributing editor of the Rococoa anthology and Black Power: The Superhero Anthology.

He is also the creator and author of the Afrofuturistic manga series, Jagunjagun Lewa (Pretty Warrior) and author/co-creator of the Ice Cold Carter photo-graphic novel series. Balogun is co-author of the award winning screenplay, Ngolo and co-creator of Ki Khanga: The Sword and Soul Role-Playing Game, both with author Milton Davis.

The prolific author just completed Black and Blue, a 52 Blocks/African martial arts epic film.  He is presently writing a martial arts thriller  describe as Power meets the Five Deadly Venoms.

As well as, Kill City is about a woman who is a chef and martial arts expert who is drawn into a serial murder investigation as a consultant because the victims are all martial arts masters.

Finally, Balogun has completed Granma’s Hand is a Dieselfunk novel about a 14 year old hero fighting to save Black America from an occultist white supremacist group that has figured out how to re-institute slavery.

Balogun Ojetade can be reached on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Afrikan.Martial.Arts and on Instagram at @balogun_ojetade and @afrikanmartialarts. Find his books on Amazon. His blog is Chronicles Of Harriet | The Very BEST in Afrofuturism and Black Speculative Fiction!

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Kai Leakes – Black Speculative Fiction Month Spotlight.

Per Author’s website:

Author Kai Leakes was an imaginative child, who gained an addiction to books at an early age. Writing didn’t seem her path, but with the goal of sharing tales that entertain and add color to a gray literary world has become a part of her DNA. Having gained her MA and a Doctorate candidacy in Counseling, Kai Leakes currently resides in her hometown of St. Louis, MO.

As a creative, she likes to cook and dabble in Photoshop. Her love of romance, fantasy, and all things vampires has reinforced her world-building gifts and led her to craft her popular ‘Sin Eaters’ Devotion series & companion novella: ‘Rebel Guardians’, and co-authored, ‘A Christmas Kind of Love’, romance novella. Her recent work also includes the steamfunk horror adventure/novella: ‘Oni’s Tears.’

While being a hopeless romantic she is releasing the upcoming contemporary and passionate series, “Love, Trust & Pleasure: A Brothers of Kemet Series. Kai’s unique passion for romance with a touch of darkness has allowed her to be featured in the HWA award-nominated horror anthology ‘Sycorax’s Daughters’, and sci-fi anthology ‘The City’. So, with fantasy and romance always on her mind, watch out for the darkness and magic that always follows.

Go To www.kaileakes.com

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AHR VISIONS 2017 Press Release

Press Release

Subject: 2017 Title Releases and Schedule

New opportunities for fresh, original story-telling content to be contributed into the mythology and lore of the comic industry. That is a call that AHR Visions is very happy to be answering significantly in the coming months! Here is the list of just some of the upcoming releases (and re-launches) for the year! Thank you for taking the time and interest in supporting our ventures into adding towards the pop-culture landscape.

Coming from the AHRV Shared Universe Title line:

BLACK ROSE #1: Gangster, Crime-lord, Kingpin…Superhero? Introducing the flag-ship title of the AHRV Shared Universe; Balancing on the razor’s edge of hero and villain…dive into the world of the newest anti-hero to lead the fight for justice. That is, if he can keep from becoming what he hates most.

THE EIGHT #1: Super-powers, immortality, and a secret war between good and evil that has waged before known history. That is the tip of the ice-burg coming from the ultra-charged world of the premiere super-team battling for the fate of the global society. 

SKORN #1: The underworld of New Haven, CT has no idea what wrath means…until now. Hell’s fury is unleashed as AHRV’s central female hero brings her brand of justice against a new breed of villain. Don’t let the pretty face fool you.

From our Creator-owned Title line:

BLEED 2039 vol. 1: Creator Alan Edwards presents a blend of 1940’s noir and 21st century sci-fi is the backdrop of this gumshoe mystery taking place in the midst of a country-wide cigarette prohibition. Murder, intrigue and deceit saturate this black and white atmosphere…with a hint of flash.

AIYA #1: New perspectives on possible histories are explored in this sci-fi anthology series from AHRV Creative Director Alexander Cutri. Take a journey into the “What if?”

THE SIX SWORDS #1: Developed thru 6S, LLC, comes an action/adventure series in the vein of the spaghetti-western genre, with a sharp twist. There is a Kickstarter for The Six Swords #1. Go donate and share the campaign Click Here > The Six Swords Kickstarter!

Also introducing, the comic industry debut from celebrity-creator, actor Terry Crews. An original sci-fi/action 8-Issue mini-series from CREWS ARTS, in collaboration with AHRV:

NOTORIUM #1: The merger of art and violence comes to dramatic conceptualization in this sci-fi thriller that sparks the question, “When is the price for entertainment and fame too high?” Prepare to enter the world of “battle rap” in a manner never seen before.

And, later this year, AHRV Shared Universe grows with the release of Dynamic #1, Feral#1 and others down the line! We look forward to you enjoying what we have to present.

Keep your eyes watching out for us!

~ Abdul H. Rashid

Founder/CEO AHR Visions