Closer Look: The State of Black Science Fiction; Georgia Prepares for Hurricane Dorian; Indie Music Artist Emrah Kotan

L. M. Davis, Alan Jones, Violette Meier, Gerald L. Coleman and Marcus Haynes join “Closer Look” for a conversation about the state of black science fiction.
L. M. Davis, Alan Jones, Violette Meier, Gerald L. Coleman and Marcus Haynes join “Closer Look” for a conversation about the state of black science fiction.
Credit Grace Walker / WABE

Friday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief with an update on Hurricane Dorian’s pathway.
  • 2:33: Day one of Dragon Con began yesterday. The film, fantasy and science fiction convention expects around 85,000 attendees from around the world. As the event kicks off, collective of authors including, L. M. Davis, Alan Jones, Violette Meier, Gerald L. Coleman and Marcus Haynes join “Closer Look” for a conversation about the state of black science fiction.
  • 21:30: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has declared a state of emergency in 12 southern Georgia counties in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is expecting the hurricane to move inland — potentially bringing strong winds and storms to South Georgia. As state agencies prepare for the storm, others are planning for an potential evacuees from Florida. We get an update on preparations underway in Florida from Terence Shepherd, news director for WLRN News in Miami, Florida, which covers the four southeastern counties in the state.
  • 27:33: This year’s Dragon Con event is expected to bring more than 80,000 attendees to Atlanta. We hear what’s on the agenda at this year’s convention from Dan Caroll, Director of Media Engagement for the convention.
Emrah Kotan is a classically-trained percussionist who also teaches and is the Director of the Jazz and World Percussion Ensembles at Agnes Scott College. Credit: Grace Walker
  • 34:40: Emrah Kotan is a classically-trained percussionist who also teaches and is the Director of the Jazz and World Percussion Ensembles at Agnes Scott College. He came to the United States from his native Turkey and received a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University. He joins “Closer Look” live, in-studio performance alongside, Gary Motley, on keys, Ramon Pooser, upright bass, Marla Feeney, violin and clarinet, and Ali Barr, on trumpet, as part of the program’s Summer Indie Music series.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Joy Barge is a contributing producer.