Top Albums of 2016

So it’s been a minute since I’ve done an update. That’s because I’ve been busy writing and getting some affairs in order which has consumed the last few months.

So recently, the MTV Video Music Awards were presented. I was totally going to watch but then I remembered that I had better things to do with my time and I love myself as a person.

However it did remind me that I have not posted my top albums of 2016. So why am I posting it now. Because my OCD will not allow me to do otherwise. Besides there’s a lot of excellent music out there that you may not know about.

What’s also cool is this is the first time siblings have had featured albums in the same year. Also, some of you may be looking for new music to check out.

So here we go.

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Six Thoughts On The 13th Doctor Who

So this weekend Doctor Who regenerated for the 13th time and is now a woman. Jodie Whittaker is replacing Peter Capaldi as the iconic Timelord.

As with all things speculative fiction and social justice, social media has been lit, to put it mildly with everyone expressing opinions for and against the new Doktah.

I have a thoughts on the new casting as well. Hence me writing this piece and you reading.

Allons y!!!!!!!!

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Queer Tropes Redux

As many of you know, June is the month of LGBTQ Pride and I couldn’t think of a better time to call out a few tropes that inundate comics and media when it comes LGBTQ characters/themes.

Tropes that if I never see again for the rest of my existence, I’d be eternally grateful. While this by no means covers every trope/issue/fail, it definitely hits the major ones.

Take thorough notes, I’m gonna move fast, and this will not be pretty. Class in session and you’re about to get schooled by Prof. Upkins himself!!!

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Q Is For Queer Speculative Fiction

Originally published on The Future Fire

As a writer, storyteller, and a queer person of color, it goes without saying that diversity and inclusion is very important to me.

Anyone who’s known me for five seconds is aware of the fact that I’m a rabid comic book fan. It’s modern day mythology and as a writer and an artist, this medium especially appeals to me for obvious reasons. Watching beautiful muscular men is a pastime that I can live with.

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