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As an author, journalist and an activist, anytime I write something, be it a social media update or my next novel, I write with the intent to empower, enlighten and entertain. If I can do all three simultaneously, golden!
I call it the E-Cubed Directive. These challenging times are a reminder why I do the work I do in the manner I do.
For those of you needing resources to entertain, empower or enlighten yourself and/or others the following are a few posts that may serve as a resource and feel free to share with others.
Stay strong and keep flying.
Today on Black Girl Nerds I provide a character study on one Jessica Pearson of USA’s legal drama Suits and spinoff Pearson.
I also take the opportunity to give praise, honor, and glory to Perfection Herself, Gina Torres.
Say what you will about the 2000 teen comedy film, Bring It On, its commentary on cultural appropriation, racism, privilege, white supremacy, and the exploitation of Black culture seems to be more relevant now than when the film was released nearly two decades ago.
Over on Black Girl Nerds, I give five more examples of Black Excellence Erasure.
Awhile back I was watching Hollywood Unlocked and Michael Jai White was the guest. I’ve been a fan of White and his body…….of work for most of my life ;-). However this was one of the first times I got the opportunity to hear him discuss a number of topics at length. To say I was floored by the genius and the wisdom this brother was dropping would be a massive understatement. In the course of an hour and a half, he broke it all the way down about the history, challenges and solutions concerning Blacks in Hollywood and the media in general.
A chap by the name of George Orwell said it best. “In a time of universal deceit — telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
Midnighter Mode in 3…..2…..1…….
The fight for equal rights continues to hit a fever pitch. Trans people are fighting for basic human decency, my Asian siblings continue to be #WhiteWashedOUT of their own culture. My fellow Wakandans are fighting for their lives and reminding the planet that #BlackLivesMatter.
One of the key battlegrounds has been on social media. PoCs are getting in formation and speaking their truth and embracing their power.
However, they may find themselves on hostile ground when it comes to social media, specifically The Book of Face.
One cannot truly celebrate #BlackExcellence and look to the future without taking a moment to honor those who paved a way for us to journey forward.
Case in point, author, philosopher, life coach and fellow Wakandan, Steven Barnes, who is celebrating a birthday today.
Continuing the celebration of #BlackExcellence in February, I’m proud to announce that yours truly has been putting in that work and my latest short story, Where Monsters Roam, is featured in the new BLACK POWER: THE SUPERHERO ANTHOLOGY which is available now.