Nzondi spoke exclusively with Formidable Men Magazine about his latest release Lipstick Asylum, a possible bidding war with Hollywood production companies and his passion for writing horror.
Inspired by a character in his upcoming vampire novel, Blood-Teens, Nzondi collaborates with iconic hip-hop artist Fredro Starr from the legendary group Onyx and recorded an alternative rock song! The surprising collaboration also features Dave Moreno from the rock band Puddle of Mudd on drums. Available on all streaming platforms.
Louise Dente’s award-winning film, AJASS: Pioneers of the Black is Beautiful Movement is a documentary of historical cultural significance that shows how the founders of African Jazz Arts Society and Studios (AJASS) started out doing jazz concerts in the Bronx for the Black community to producing Black is Beautiful & Naturally shows that spearheaded a growing collective consciousness of Black pride and equality that single-handedly impacted American culture through media, music, fashion and politics more than any other entity in history.
Nzondi is interviewed in the film and speaks about his father, Chris Acemandese Hall. As a painter, illustrator, comic book artist, poet and songwriter, Hall spawned a few culturally significant pieces of works himself. He created Little Zeng, the Boy King, the first black superhero (1963), published three years before Marvel's Black Panther was created. Chris Hall worked for Terrytoons, inking Mighty Mouse and created the Huggy Bean Doll that became the first major-selling black doll with favorable features. Among his books and illustrations, Little Zeng’s ABCs, Melanin and Me, the Lost Books of the Bible and his work painting Hannibal, and other African Kings featured in the Anheuser-Busch Kings of Africa Series, Hall has a tremendous amount of collective work. He also wrote the lyrics to the classic jazz hits So What, sung by Eddie Jefferson, Bitches Brew and Chameleon.
Books & Buzz Magazine prints Nzondi's article about the dangers of misrepresenting characters with mental health disorders in horror literature.
Nzondi is Opal Magazine's Author of the Month for their September issue.
E.G.O. Magazine proclaims Nzondi a global sensation in their September 2022 issue!
Saturday, Oct 8
8:30-9 a.m. Registration for those not registered Friday, Hotel Leger, 8304 Main St.
9 a.m. Conference founder and emeritus, Antoinette May, welcomes everyone and introduces all the Gold Rush workshop leaders.
9:15 Conference emcee Kevin Arnold offers words of encouragement to get the weekend off to a great start. The World According to [You].
10:00-11:30 Workshops : Morning Session
11:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own; explore Mokelumne Hill
1:30-3 p.m. Workshops: Afternoon Session I
3:00 to 3:30 Break
3:30-5 p.m. Workshops Afternoon Session II
5-6 p.m. Network, book signing/sales, and no-host bar
6:30 p.m. Dinner.
8:00 p.m. Keynote Dinner Address: Nzondi (Ace Antonio Hall) Never Say Nevermore: How to Raise the Dead (This event open to the public)
9:00 p.m. Open Mic for all genres of writing. This is a casual, laid-back event with no critiquing, just fun. Each reader is limited to 500 words (about two double-spaced pages). Everyone is invited to share.
SPOOKY STORIES WITH FRIENDS!
Cal State LA Students are hosting an open Mic on Wednesday, October 19th at 5:00 p.m. in the courtyard.
Come on by and hear some creepy horror!