#Blackgirlsarefromthefuture Podcast, Book Club and New Product Shops

BGFTF Book Club

I am very happy to announce the brand spanking new #Blackgirlsarefromthefuture podcast, book club and shop. I  have been busy!


For this podcast we discuss Their Eyes Were Watching God by Ms. Zora Neal Hurston. I also talk about Dear White People the politics of the digital and mainstream distribution of Black films.

Podcast Segments:

  • Book Club: 2:50-13:00

  • Level Up of the Week: Justin director of Director of Dear Black People: 13:00 -17:54

  • Shout Outs: 17:55- 27:00

  • #AskAllCity: 27:00- 29:00

Mentioned in the podcast:

Here are my shops!

Shop: @TeeSpring – Until May 27th

Shop: Tote bags, pillows iphone cases, pencil pouches

Shop: Notebooks, coffee mugs, the Book

Facebook: Facebook.com/Blackgirlsarefromthefuture

Instagram: @Reninawrites

Twitter: @Reninawrites


Thank you for listening and sharing. I hope you enjoy it. ~R

Let me know. Did you enjoy it? Do you LOVE Their Eyes as much as I do? What else are you  reading?


Want “Black Girls Are From the Future: Essays on Race, Digital Creativity and Pop Culture” at your local library? You can request it.

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You can request my book “Black Girls Are From the Future: Essays on Race, Digital Creativity and Pop Culture” at your local library.

If you want the book in your library that you have to do is go to the website for your local library and request the book.  I have included links to ten cities where folks have supported the book. If I do not list your library link below, every website as a link where you can request a book.

If you have been on this ride with me, thank you for all of your support over the years. You all are the reason why I do what I do. If you are a new reader, thank you for joining the community. I treasure this space, because it has allowed me a space to develop my writing voice and create an international community.

Again. I appreciate you thank you for riding with me. You will need the ISBN number to order the book. The ISBN for the book is: 9780615835129.







Atlanta – via Collection.Development@fultoncountyga.gov



Los Angeles

Prince George’s County, Maryland – **Note. They don’t have a digital link, only a phone number, but I wanted to include it just the same.


#BlackGirlsArefromtheFuture Merchandise is for Sale.




You asked for it, and now it is here. I have #blackgirlsarefromthefuture merchandise available at www.blackgirlsarefromthefuture.bigcartel.com #IshiponWednesdays. #wingsup.

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What other merchandise should I make next? You can buy the above merch here.

I’ve been told a water bottle, an Iphone 6 case…and I really want to do stationary. I’ve always wanted  little note books, soaps and greeting cards, it has honestly been my dream for years…even before #BGFTF was a thing.

Leave me a note and let me know. The t-shirts and new tote bags are in the pipeline. #Boom.

Girls of Color on Tumblr: AMA (Ask me anything: Reddit Style)

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TW: suicide

In mid April of this year we lost kick ass Black Girl blogger Karyn Washington,  the wonderful Black feminist historian Stephanie Camp, and DC was still looking for Relisha Rudd.

To say that I was overwhelmed was an understatement.

In order to cope with this, I decided to make myself available to girls of color on tumblr who are creating new media (blog posts, podcasts, digital poetry books, indie fiction) etc.

It was a way for me to honor the legacies of Karyn Washington and Stephanie Camp, and not be overwhelmed by the fact that we were looking for Relisha Rudd.

I promised myself that I would do the exercise again. So here it is.

When I did this exercise the first time people asked me questions about:

  • Using blogging to get into journalism (depends, you can go the school route, but you need to have a social media presence and online archive that legacy media folks can recognize, you can go indie as well)
  • How to make a blog that makes money? (get a squad, feed the meter, have and en game; a blog is social capital)
  • What was hard about writing the book? (finishing it was hard, marketing is far more difficult)
  • How can I monitize my Black girl fashion blog? ( you need to sell something your community is willing to pay for (make up boxes, t-shirts, coffee mugs…etc), or feed the machine in order to earn enough traffic to attract advertisers…this was easier to do pre-2010.
  • One person wanted to learn more about how to apply to grad school and I just had her call me because, that was too long of an e-mail to type out. We still remain in contact:)

So leave your question below or e-mail me @ first name.last @ gmail and I’ll respond. The deadline to reach out is 11:59 pm Thursday night and  I will respond to everyone by the weekend.

Thank you for your patience. I’ve wanted to do this all summer, and I just now have the time.

I look forward to hearing from you all.

~<3 Allcity.

  1. What do you want to learn more about?
  2. How are you trying to grow your current blog/podcast/vlog?
  3. Is there anything you’d like to know about book writing, marketing?
  4. How do I avoid burnout?
  5. #BringBackRelishaRudd

Saturday March 22nd-Black Girls Are From the Future x Oakland: 6pm- 9pm @BettiOno Gallery: $10

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Saturday March 22nd, at Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland California, I will be doing an Oakland book launch. Tix are $10 on Eventbrite and you can get them @ the door as well.

As you know I have been writing about Oakland, for a VERY, VERY, VERY long time, so it is really surreal to go home to the place that made me and say “Look ma we did it,” literally and figuratively.

Honestly I am happy to go home too to pay homage to the Oakland Public Library, specifically the ones in West Oakland and Martin Luther King on East 14th (yeah, I know it’s International Blvd now, but when I was a kid it was E14th, so there) and see about getting the book into their library system. The West Oakland Library was so extensive in terms of their fiction and nonfiction by, for and  about Black Women and Women of Color.

Peep game. In the 90’s the dope game was eating Oakland from the inside out, so there are two places that I didn’t have to plead with my mother to let me go to; the grocery store and the library. Hence my Love affair with the MLK library on 66th Ave.

I feel safe in libraries.

For me it is really important for little bears to have access to books the way I did. AND BGFTF is now on the Kindle, so folks can download them and get it cracking, “We Are Living in Your Internet” ~Ms. Erykah Badu. By May of this year, I’ll have broader distribution so that I can get in libraries. (Let’s not even GET into the indie publishing politics around getting into the Library of Congress, book stores, and libraries. I will save that for another day.)

I can’t help but thinking all the times I was a little bear walking up and down telegraph avenue, buying cd’s and tapes at Rasputins, now I am selling books on the internet. What!?!?!?

Oakland Haunts Me.

Oakland Made me.

Here are 5 Things You Can Do Before the Event

5 Things you can do before


1. Video

2. Newsletter

3. Audio Book Chapter “Oakland Haunts Me, Why I Will Not Be Going to See Fruitvale Station”

4. Facebook

5. Digital Story

Here are some of the topics we will discuss.

MEME_Questions Discussed

Please leave a comment below, ESPECIALLY if you were one of the people who encouraged me back in the day. I have something I’d like to send you.

Reading anything good lately?

What do you see on the horizon for Black women’s stories in 2014?

Oh and if you bought a book and have something nice to say, please leave couple of sentences on AMAZON. Ya’ll have my page looking thirsty, and I KNOW I’ve sold some books in from August to September. I know you are busy, so a few sentences are fine. Do it on the bus/train on the way home. I’ll hug you for it.

Is 2014, #BlackgirlTime, as I say?

What do you do to relax before a big day, I am kinda pressed, and all I want are tacos, #snowedin. #notacoyet.