The Goddess That Is: A Character Study on Jessica Pearson

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. 

Rock on Goddess!!!!

 

More Moments In Whitewashed History

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.

Let’s get into it.

The Sinister White Lie About Black Films

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.

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Redux: Anti-Blackness Thy Name Is Facebook

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…….

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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.

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However, they may find themselves on hostile ground when it comes to social media, specifically The Book of Face.

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Why Black Speculative Fiction Month Matters

October is Black Speculative Fiction Month and like legions of others, I am celebrating it something fierce.

Why does Black Speculative Fiction Month matter?

Black Speculative Fiction Month matters because now more than ever our stories must be told and our voices must be heard. Black Speculative Fiction Month matters because too often at cons and writing events, I’m the only nonwhite guest in attendance.

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Don’t Buy Black Panther Graphic Novels During Black History Month

“I’m always fascinated when white geeks go on and on about how accepting and wonderful geek culture is. I don’t question their experience, I just can’t personally relate. For me, I have to be cautious of what venues of fandom I venture in, because it’s not unlike walking through gen pop, where you constantly have to look over your shoulder to make sure an inmate or warden doesn’t attempt to shank you. Or a better analogy would be making sure that while you’re always outnumbered, that you’re never outgunned like my patronus Midnighter.”

-Dennis R. Upkins

The following happened a few years ago but this tale definitely warrants a post just the same.

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