On Saturday, October 21, 2023, Broward County Library’s African American Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) will host the fourth edition of its comic conference, AARLCC-CON. This year’s theme is “SHUJAA,” the Kiswahili word for “hero,” and the event will feature comics and authors of titles related to legends, heroes, gods, and mythology originating in African and African diasporic culture. The event will also feature discussions that highlight the history of African Mythology that directly influenced some of today’s famous superheroes such as Black Panther, Storm, and Brother Voodoo.
This year’s featured speakers are Manuel and Geiszel Godoy of Black Sands Comics. The couple founded Black Sands Entertainment in 2016, and their Black Sands series has become one of the best-selling Black-owned comic brands in the nation. The couple completed successfully on the show “Shark Tank” for further investment in their comic brand by business mogul Mark Cuban and comedian Kevin Hart. The event will also feature an array of local authors including Jeff Caroll and George Moss.
On Friday, October 20, 2023, AARLCC will host a special dance performance by Live In Color called “Funk and Fantasy.” With magnificent costumes, spectacular lights, and high-energy choreography by Zedric Bembry, Anthony Velazquez, Taurean DeVoe, and Alexandra Werble, the show offers a modern, urban interpretation of popular comic characters giving each a new groove. The show is directed and created by Zedric Bembry and Apon Nichols. Tickets are $20.00 per person.