TELL THE DAMN STORY (UNPLUGGED) #1: Trail To the Black Panther Movie

Tell the Damn Story logo w namesGreetings Faithful Ones,

Thanks for keeping an eye out and an ear up for my irregular blog postings.  Though I’m always going somewhere, or working on some project, I find it difficult to set aside a consistent time to write and post on my blogs.

I’ll keep working on it.

And in pursuit of that goal, my friend and writing buddy Christopher Ryan and I have come up with one observation that may help.  We often get together to plan and discuss things creative and otherwise and elements of these meetings become fuel for our stories, podcasts, and essays.  So why not just record and post a few of them fairly rough and without the production elements that take the time that we don’t always have.  “Yeah,” Chris muttered, “Why not?”

Thus we give you episode #1 of TTDS: Unplugged: Trail To the Black Panther Movie.  We could have called it, A Side Trail … But I think as you listen, you’ll see why we didn’t.


So here it is.  Enjoy.


All the best,
Alex & Chris

About SimmonsHereAndNow

Alex Simmons is an award-winning freelance writer, comic book creator, playwright, teaching artist, and educational consultant. He’s written for Disney Books, Penguin Press, Simon and Schuster, DC Comics, and Archie Comics. Simmons is the creator of the acclaimed adventure comic book series, Blackjack. As a teaching artist Simmons has created and taught creative arts workshops for students and educators in the US, Europe, West Indies, and Africa. Simmons has served on panels, and delivered lectures on children’s entertainment mediums, as well as empowering young people through the arts. Simmons founded the annual family event, Kids Comic Con, as well as three comic arts exhibits, which have traveled abroad. He is currently developing a comics and creative arts program for children all over the world. For over 30 years, Simmons has been a member of arts and education boards for the New York State Alliance for Arts Education, the Department for Cultural Affairs, and is on the State Department Speakers Program. As a teaching artist Simmons has been paid to have fun working with youth through the Apollo Theater In-School Arts Program, Henkel McCoy, Upward Bound, New York Council on the Arts, Children’s Art Carnival, Wings Academy, and NYU Creative Arts Team, to name a few. He has been a panelist at many literacy and arts events, and he has been a guest speaker at numerous colleges and educational institutions here and abroad.
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