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Author: Tim White

NPCC at BlerDCon!!


BlerDCon is coming soon to Arlington, Virginia and NPCC will be there to perform!
Wait… what is BlerDCon?
I asked Blerdcon staff member  and anime / cosplay enthusiast, Tiffron Canzius, to give us an explanation.

“In short, Blerdcon is a general fandom convention with a focus on diversity and inclusion of under represented groups in media. To fully explain why a Blerd (Black Nerd) convention would focus on diversity and inclusion, we’d have to touch on what exactly Blerds are. Blerds come from a position of belonging to two different cultures. Unfortunately those two cultures didn’t always mesh well, so Blerds often found themselves in a position of being “too White to be Black” or “too Black to be White” or especially too nerdy to fit in with either. This left us as misfits or outcasts, and that usually meant you ended up sitting with/hanging around the other misfits and outcasts. This includes other groups such as nerds of other races, the LGBT, the disabled, and sometimes even the kids from other countries/cultures that didn’t have a place to fit into. So we learned the power of diversity and acceptance as they learned to appreciate who we are, and as we learned to appreciate them for their differences.”


“And when it comes to fandom, just like Blerds, the common thread other groups typically share was being underrepresented in the media that we consume. Just like Blerds don’t see enough black characters, other marginalized groups didn’t see themselves represented in media enough either. So Blerdcon is about celebrating that Black nerd experience, in all aspects. Celebrating ourselves. Our uniqueness. Our love. And at the same time celebrating our friends that come from similar positions and share similar ideals. With celebration that is Blerdcon, we hope to help foster an environment that promotes a mutual understanding, knowledge, and most importantly respect for ourselves and each other.

Blerdcon features several events across the weekend, including concerts, parties, and a cosplay contest and even a comedy show. It will also feature over 100 panels ranging from discussions of general fandom to educational presentations on social issues. Needless to say we want Blerdcon attendees to have fun and enjoy themselves, but we also hope to take something positive away from this weekend. We hope the kid that struggles with issues of self-hate can be a step closer to loving themselves. We hope that people learn what misogynoir means and how to combat it. We hope that someone previously ignorant to the struggles of the LGBT+ community leave with an better understanding. We hope that together, we can be a source of positive change.”

BlerDCon aims to be a truly universal convention experience. Come see D&D Sluggers, K-Murdock, EYE-Q, and special guest Maverick Da Roninn perform and look for us around the con, at our table, and at panels. We’re looking forward to a great weekend. Head over to Blerdcon and get your tickets.
BlerDCon
Arlington, VA
FRIDAY, JUNE 30 TO JULY 2 2017
instagram @Blerdcon 
Twitter @blerdconDC

Tim White
D&D Sluggers

NPCC at MAGFEST

Short for “Music And Gaming Festival,” MAGFest is a four day-long event dedicated to the appreciation of video game music, gaming and culture. In short: it’s lit.

Catch members of the NPCC all over the fest!
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On Thursday, 1-Up runs a panel on the “Fine Line In Music” while NPC’s Richie Branson and D&D Sluggers play main stage that evening!

Friday, Mega Ran joins our affiliates FanBros for a panel on geekdom in diverse spaces. From 5 to 10p, the whole Collective will be rocking live sets at the Megaman-a-thon, which will stream live at twitch.tv/halfemptyenergytank. Richie will hold a panel on Going Viral at 9PM.

Saturday, Sammus holds a panel called “Leveling Up: Monetizing Your Music” with special guests at 12:30, 1-Up Creative Mind Frame hits the MAG Main Stage at 3, followed by KadeshFlow at 6pm, and the entire crew will be rocking at the “Nerdcore Showcase” from 6:30 to 10pm.

Hashtag us at #NPCCMAG to find out where we are! it’s a party.

Wilmington on Fire – Q&A with Director Christopher Everett

Tucked away in the southeast corner of North Carolina is Wilmington, also known as the Port City. Scenic beaches, wonderful cuisine, and historic monuments bring thousands of visitors every year. Many tourists and residents alike are unaware that these very monuments pay tribute to traitorous men and a violent history.

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“Wilmington on Fire” documents the events of the 1898 massacre of the Wilmington City government. The takeover by white supremacists of a prosperous city filled with educated black entrepreneurs and government officials is the only successful coup d’état in American history. A militia of three hundred white men killed unknown numbers of black citizens and exiled the others, promising death to those who dared to return.  

I talked with Director Christopher Everett about the film.

He first heard of the event while living in Atlanta when the state of North Carolina released their “1898 Wilmington Race Riot Report” in 2006.

 

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Everett: There was a lot of talk throughout certain areas of North Carolina about the 1898 massacre. Once I started seeing that online, I thought, this reminds me of Jon Singleton’s Rosewood. Why is this the first time people are really hearing about this? I started researching to see if anyone had made a movie or documentary because I wanted to buy one. When I saw that no one actually did an in depth full documentary on the project, it made me want to do it. I thought the story was important, and it needed to be told, but I didn’t think it’d get the success it has gotten so far. I just wanted to make a good film and get the story out there.

 

White: In the film Kent Chatfield mentioned seeing weapons from the attack as a child. Does it surprise you that they’d still exist?  


Everett: Not at all, because you go to any museum and they’ll have these things around. I noticed this just researching and doing this film. In the White community, they preserve a lot of this stuff, whether it’s good or bad history. They preserve weaponry, they preserve clothing, like the Klan hoods and all that. The documents and everything.

I notice in our community, we don’t persevere anything. That’s why it’s been hard to find a lot of stuff from the African American community in Wilmington. A lot of times with us, our great grandmother or grandfather might have some old photos, but we don’t know the value of these old letters or photos and we could be cleaning out their house after they die and just throw it out with the trash.

 

White: That’s not something our people are very good at.  

 

Everett: That’s a dream of mine, to build a black archive museum when people across North Carolina can bring their stuff and we’d preserve it, digitize it. That’s a dream of mine, one of these days.

 

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White: Your film shed light on atrocities from over one hundred years ago, but as I hear it, there’s more footage. Is there more to tell about these events?

 

Everett: There’s a lot more to the story.

“Wilmington on Fire 2” is going to go more in depth with what happened to the African American community in Wilmington and NC after the massacre. Once the 1900 election and the Jim Crow movement, where did they go? What it was like for the people that stayed here as well. A lot of people don’t know that there was a town created in NJ called Whitesboro as a safe haven for not only people from Wilmington but throughout NC. I actually filmed there for the first movie, but I could only fit in about 5 minutes of it, so I decided I wanted to make that story for the second one. A lot of the people up there know that connection with Wilmington and NC. They know why their ancestors had to move up there around 1905-1910. A lot of them know the story and their history. It’s going to branch out of NC a little bit to focus on the Jim Crow laws that were created and the effects on the African American community.

 

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“Wilmington on Fire” is a powerful film and it boasts an equally great soundtrack with styles from Jazz to Hip Hop and poetry. The film has won several awards: best local film at the Wilmington Best of 2016 Encore Awards, Best Documentary at the North Carolina Black Film Festival and tied for Best Documentary at Raleigh’s filmSPARK festival.

 

The DVD will be released on November 10, 2016 on the anniversary of the massacre.
For more info about the film, reserving your copy, or screenings in your area, follow the links below.

 

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Trailer 

Official 2006 NC report 

Soundtrack