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Exclusive: David Ajala Beams Up To Virtuous Con This Weekend

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – FEBRUARY 17, 2021 Virtuous Con announced today that actor David Ajala will be appearing at Virtuous Con: Black History Month this weekend on Sunday February 21 at 12pm ET to discuss his acting career with host Kennedy Allen (Black Tribbles, Woman at Warp). The event is free to the public. 

David Ajala’s roles in sci-fi are inspiring the next generation of young Black creatives who can look at him and know that they belong at the center of fantastic stories. We’re excited to share his journey as an artist with our audience.

– Cerece Rennie- Murphy, Virtuous Con Founder
David Ajala - Star Trek Discovery
David Ajala as Book in Star Trek: Discovery. (Photo Cr: Lilja Jónsdóttir/CBS © 2019 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.)

David Ajala most recently played Cleveland “Book” Booker on Star Trek: Discovery. He has also recurred on the CW’s Supergirl as iconic DC character Manchester Black, and starred in Syfy’s TV adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s 1980 novella Nightflyers. Past film credits include The Fast & The Furious, Jupiter Ascending; past television credits include ABC’s Black Box opposite Kelly Reilly and USA’s Falling Water.

Sponsored by both DC and indie Black media company Subsume.Virtuous Con: Black History Month launches live worldwide on February 20 and 21 and will feature panels on comic books, scriptwriting, health, cosplay and more! 

Other special guests include previously announced Tony Award winning actress and Disney legend Anika Noni Rose (Jingle Jangle, The Princes and the Frog) YA author Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper Cypher, Star Wars: The High Republic), artist, editor and founder of Megascope imprint John Jennings (Black Comix Returns, Kindred: A Graphic Novel), Eisner Award-winning artist Alitha Martinez (World of Wakanda, Immortal Wonder Woman) award-winning writer L. L. McKinney (A Blade So Black, Immortal Wonder Woman, NUBIA: Real One) on the panel Nubia is Back! The DC Storytellers who reintroduced Wonder Woman’s Sister. Founder of YouNeek Studios Roye Okupe (E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams, Malika) and award winning science fiction author and producer Tananarive Due (My Soul to Keep, The Twilight Zone, Horror Noire) 

Founded by award-winning science fiction writer Cerece Rennie Murphy (The Order of the Seers, The Wolf Queen), Virtuous Con: Black History Month will feature indie artists and exhibitors in a live interactive virtual space dedicated to science fiction, fantasy, comic books, anime and more. “It feels really gratifying to have such an established institution in fandom coming to Virtuous Con and celebrating the excellence of Black and Brown creators with us!” Murphy says. 

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Virtuous Con is a company created by Cerece Rennie Murphy that produces and hosts virtual venues, as a vehicle for independent science fiction, fantasy, and comics creators to grow an audience for their work. Each venue creates an authentic experience for attendees including virtual “booths” for vendors to interact live with attendees about their products and live panel rooms to interact in real-time discussions. Murphy created Virtuous Con out of a need to help many of her creative colleagues and friends whose businesses were adversely affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns. Especially BIPOC creatives. 


Cerece Rennie Murphy is a Washington D.C. native and award-winning science fiction author. Known for creating The Order of the Seers and The Wolf Queen series, she is also the founder of the Narazu website and newsletter, as well as Virtuous Con. 

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