Emmy-Nominated Producer James Bland Shares The Blueprint For Building A Digital Giant

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“Nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards, Giants is an acclaimed scripted drama created by 32-year-old producer James Bland. Launched in 2017, the series chronicles the journey of three friends who share a firm commitment to living life on their own terms. But, when unable to escape conflicts of identity, sexuality and circumstance — each character reaches a sobering turning point that forces them to either give up or fight for their lives….”

 

READ ENTIRE STORY BELOW on MECCAcon International Film Festival alumni, James Bland, via FORBES! 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/julianmitchell/2018/05/11/emmy-nominated-producer-james-bland-shares-the-blueprint-for-building-a-digital-giant/#694f8a8420f0

Midwest BSFA Member Napoleon Maddox Runs Down His Top Afrofuturistic Tracks — Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance

After years of touring and discovering music from all parts of the world, Napoleon Maddox came home with a longing for cultivation and fearless celebration of what musicians here have to offer the world. “It’s important that the connection be understood, stated and restated. This music came from the beak of Paul Lawrence Dunbar and […]

CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY!  Midwest BSFA Member Napoleon Maddox Runs Down His Top Afrofuturistic Tracks — Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance

Seith Mann To Adapt ‘BLACK’ Comic In What Studio 8 Hopes To Be First In A Franchise — Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Marvel/Disney paved the way with Black Panther and Studio 8 is taking it further in a move created to inspire conversation and deconstruct the superhero genre. Seith Mann has been hired by Studio 8 to adapt the comic series BLACK which explores the idea if what only black people had superpowers? The company plans to franchise the IP and also develop the follow up comic BLACK [AF]: America’s Sweetheart which has a female lead. The series comes from…

via Seith Mann To Adapt ‘BLACK’ Comic In What Studio 8 Hopes To Be First In A Franchise — Deadline

These Celebrity-Sponsored Scholarships Will Help Ease The Financial Burden Of College

As many high school seniors prepare to make the transition to college, the typical financial burden of room, board and books could be alleviated — and in some cases, eliminated — because of scholarships. This is especially important this year because as the number of Black students enrolling in college has been on the rise, so…

via These Celebrity-Sponsored Scholarships Will Help Ease The Financial Burden Of College — News One

Black Entrepreneur Aims To Bridge The Digital Divide In DC — News One

A Black entrepreneur is striving to level the playing field for people of color to enter the realm of tech. Through a Washington, DC-based incubator, Aaron Saunders is providing tech education for underserved individuals in efforts to diversify the industry, WAMU reported. How can people of color in D.C. navigate a path through a tech…

via Black Entrepreneur Aims To Bridge The Digital Divide In DC — News One

Indie Creators & Leaders: Maia Crown Williams (MECCACon) Interview – FanBros.com

“In all industries there are pockets of hidden creators and leaders that help to shape the vision and future of the business. Some of those creators are quietly building monuments of brilliance. I spoke to one such creator, Maia Crown Williams of MECCACon…”

CLICK HERE FOR FULL INTERVIEW! : Indie Creators & Leaders: Maia Crown Williams (MECCACon) Interview – FanBros.com

#MECCAconSSU2018 Registration, Info

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*** MECCAcon Savannah 2018 #MECCAconSSU2018 ***
presented by
Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA

SATURDAY, November 3, 2018
Savannah State University
Savannah, GA

GEORGIA- Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA, aka MECCAcon, is a large comic book/literacy convention and international film festival held nationally and globally, and established in Detroit, MI. The primary reason M.E.C.C.A was established was to instill knowledge primarily in the younger art culture.


Along with the comic book convention, we also have a full international film festival, MECCAcon IFF registered under Ava DuVernay‘s company ARRAY, that runs all day along with the comic con. Since we introduced the film festival to MECCAcon in 2015, we have had award winning filmmaker Ka’ramuu Kush curate, as well as prominent indie filmmakers such as Jackie “J.J.” Stone, Evita Castine, dream hampton, Nosa Igbinedion, Omar DISTRKT Jones, Daye Flowers, Korstiaan Vandiver, Abdul Ndadi, Peter Tukei Muhumuza, Donnie Leapheart, Tony Patrick, Pete Chatmon, Yolonda Ross, Abdul Nnadi, Jay Sweet, Pete Tekei Muhumuza, Roye Okupe, Zwelesizwe Ntui, and many more.
https://meccacon.wordpress.com/indiefilmfest for film applications

Bring the ENTIRE family!
Celebrate the HERU in YOU!

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COMIC BOOKS
FINE ART
INDIE FILM FEST
ILLUSTRATION
AFROFUTURISM
SPECULATIVE FICTION
SCIENCE FICTION
GAMING
SCI-FI
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Comic Artist Alley/ vendors
MECCAcon International Film festival
#BACK2BLACK Creators panel
MEDIA OF THE FUTURE panel
BLACK PUBLISHERS panel
THE NERDS OF COLOR panel
SOUTHERN FRIED ASIAN live podcast
and MUCH more!!

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We are proud to announce that we are being sponsored by the Confucius Institute. The Confucius Institute at Savannah State University (CISSU) is committed to promoting intercultural understanding; knowledge of China and its cultural traditions and providing resources to facilitate the learning of Chinese language and culture. The mission of the Confucius Institute at Savannah State University To serve as a platform that promotes intercultural understanding in the U.S., as well as the study of Chinese language and culture (including art, music and literature), and to enhance educational exchange between the US and China.
 


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Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA, or “MECCAcon”, is a division of Amonyet Enterprises. The organization was founded October 2013, by founder and CEO, Maia “CROWN” Williams.

https://meccacon.wordpress.com/
Http://MECCAcon.tumblr.com/
Http://twitter.com/MECCAcon
Http://Facebook.com/midwestethnicconventionforcomicsandarts
http://facebook.com/meccaconinternationalfilmfestival


For vending, paneling/presenting, film submissions, volunteering, and info, please contact founder, Maia Crown Williams,
CEO, MECCAcon and MECCAcon International Film Festival, co-founder, Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM)​.

http://MECCAcon.wordpress.com/
313-451-0297, AmonyetEnterprises@gmail.com

 


Art from a page from the award winning comic book series, Ajala: A Series of Adventures, created by writer Robert Garrett and artist N Steven Harris. Harris is available for commission.

#WICOMICICON2018 !!

The Nerds of Color, Black Heroes Matter, New Release Wednesday, and theblerdgurl, in association with André Robinson of Carbon-Fibre Media and Elijah Kelley of the Be A Boss App, are pleased to announce the opening of WICOMICON 2018, a one-day pop-up convention featuring comics creators, cosplayers, artists, music, and more!

via Announcing the WICOMICON Pop-Up 2018 — The Nerds of Color!!

Click the link for more!

OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS

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5th annual #MECCAcon2018 / #MECCAconSSU2018

OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS ::

Want to hold an educational class workshop for college, high school, and/or middle school students?

Would you love to be a featured vendor at Detroit Public Library?? Savannah State University??

Wanna try your hand at holding a panel, workshop, seminar?

Would you like to do a QnA with your comics, afrofuturist, or speculative music video?

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Looking to have your film as an official selection for MECCAcon International Film Festival?

Are you an author who’d like to have a book signing at Vault of Midnight Detroit or Source Booksellers?

Interested in holding a cypher? Drum circle?

THE LIST GOES ON… we CONTINUE to cover it ALL at Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA!!
We believe that ART has MANY mediums, family!

REACH OUT TODAY!! We are celebrating FIVE YEARS!

For more info, please contact founder, Maia Crown Williams, at AmonyetEnterprises@gmail.com, 3134510297.

 

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Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA, aka MECCAcon, is a large comic book/literacy convention and international film festival held annually in Detroit, MI. The primary reason M.E.C.C.A was established was to instill knowledge primarily in the younger art culture.

Along with the comic book convention, we also have a full international film festival, MECCAcon International Film Festival, registered under Ava DuVernay’s company ARRAY, that runs all day along with the comic con. Since we introduced the film festival to MECCAcon in 2015, we have had award winning filmmaker Ka’ramuu Kush curate, as well as prominent indie filmmakers such as Jackie “J.J.” Stone, Evita Castine, dream hampton, Nosa Igbinedion, Omar DISTRKT Jones, Daye Flowers, Korstiaan Vandiver, Abdul Ndadi, Peter Tukei Muhumuza, Donnie Leapheart, Tony Patrick, Pete Chatmon, Yolonda Ross, Abdul Nnadi, Jay Sweet, Pete Tekei Muhumuza, Roye Okupe, Zwelesizwe Ntui, and many more.
https://meccacon.wordpress.com/indiefilmfest for applications/info

Bring the ENTIRE family!
Celebrate the HERU in YOU!

2018 Guests include:

Jason Reeves
N Steven Harris
Shawn Martinbrough
Shawna MIlls
Mad Twiinz Mike Davis
Chuck Collins
Jonathan Gayles
The Art Of Ed Watson
Greg Anderson Elysée
Kim Eggleston
Jen Slotterback
Karl Bollers
Kurt Bollers
Brian Johnson
SoveReign Comics LLC
Bill Campbell
Cherie Ann Turpin
Mike Davis
Jermaine Curtis Dickerson
Aiesha Little
Tony Patrick
Artist Jason Phillips
Deon Howard
Kofi Brown/ HOUSE OF KOFI
The Ghetto Nerd
Nick Allen
Miguel Blanco
B Van Randall
Matthew Mcr Ellison II
Eileen Kaur Alden
Giallo Gumbo
Kenya Moss-Dyme
Mya Lairis
Devon Camel
Gil Ashby
and MORE!

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COMIC BOOKS
FINE ART
INDIE FILM FEST
ILLUSTRATION
AFROFUTURISM
STEAMPUNK DEVELOPMENT CLASS,
GAMING
SCI-FI

 

Comic Artist Alley/ vendors
MECCAcon International Film festival
STEAMPUNKMECCAcon BLACK HOLLYWOOD panels (series)
MECCAcon BLACK ANIMATION panel (series)
MECCAcon BLACK SHORT FILM panel (series)
SCREENWRITING workshops
STORYBOARDING workshops
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT workshops
BLACK MEDIA OF THE FUTURE panels (series)
#BACK2BLACK COMIC CREATORS panel (series)
MECCAcon Signings at Vault of Midnight
MECCAcon Concert at Detroit Orchestra Hall
Live art workshop w/ Gil Ashby
and MUCH more!!

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MECCAcon BOOK/ART SIGNINGS at both Vault of Midnight Detroit and Source Booksellers take place each year, the days before! Check event page for all details to come!

CONVENTION, MECCACON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, 9/15/2018, 10a-5p, Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward, Detroit, MI

STROHAM HALL (3rd floor, vendors)
(A/L) arts/literature room
(OFA) Old fine arts room (iron gate)

(FA) FRIENDS AUDITORIUM (theatre) – Film Festival

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click here for photos from past MECCAcon/BSAM events!
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