Part of the World I Know

Unless you’ve been under the sea or at sea, you’ve no doubt heard about bigots being outraged that a Black actress was cast in the title role for the upcoming live action The Little Mermaid film.

So why the outrage, you ask? It’s just a movie, you say.

The truth is, it was never about The Little Mermaid.

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Cue The Pulse To Begin: How QAF Possibly Saved My Life

June may be coming to a close but the celebration of all things #LGBTQExcellence continues 24/7, 365.

Today on Black Girl Nerds I discuss why the media is often the only lifeline for many LGBTQs; how stories can impact lives; and how an unlikely television series known as Queer As Folk transformed mine.

Cue The Pulse To Begin…..

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The Nerds Of Color: Political Engagement In And Through A Racialized Fandom Space

My time as a contributor to the Nerds of Color was definitely a blessed one. The story of how I was recruited is a story in itself. From a professional standpoint, being a contributor led to some excellent opportunities. Everything from networking, to receiving gigs, projects and other opportunities. More than that I gained some amazing friends. For all of that I am truly appreciative.

One specific highlight was when myself, N.O.C. Founder and Publisher Keith Chow, several other N.O.C. colleagues as well as Black Girl Nerds Founder and Publisher Jamie Broadnax were interviewed by Ama Uytingco for a research paper she penned for a class at New York University.

To say I was honored and humbled to be interviewed would be a major understatement. But more than that, this paper reminded me that speaking truth to power can have a  ripple effect in unimaginable ways as well as make an impact.

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The Revolution and Evolution of Women’s Wrestling Is Just Getting Started

March may be over but Women’s HERstory continues to be written.

Over on Black Girl Nerds I discuss the latest renaissance in Women’s Wrestling and share how Hall of Famer Gail Kim and the other Knockouts of Impact Wrestling threw down the gauntlet in raising the standard of excellence which in turn has resulted in the WWE, NWA, and AEW and the rest of the industry responding in kind.

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Let’s get into it.

Its Own Reward

To whom much is given, much is required.

And even if that isn’t the case, the responsibility exists all the same.

I don’t have much (I am a professional author after all), but whenever there’s an opportunity to pay it forward, I try my best to do so. This is especially true when there’s an opportunity to give back to young people.

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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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Why White Saviors Like Jim C Hines Are Anything But

A gent by the name of Josh Inman said it best, “Everybody wants diversity…….until it happens.”

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So recently on social media this stick figure drawing came across my timeline on social media. When I saw it was from Jim C. Hines, I laughed and laughed and laughed.

The mere fact that this fraudulent bigot was lecturing other whites about victim-blaming and gaslighting made me laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh.

It also made me realize that is what the kids refer to as irony. And also, you know hypocrisy.

Midnighter Mode in 3…………2………..1…………

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The Cause of the Crew’s Cancellation

This weekend news broke that after two issues, Marvel’s Black Panther & the Crew has been canceled.

The series revolved around Black Panther, Storm, Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Manifold who band together to take on a dangerous wave of street-level threats in this new ongoing series by co-writers Ta-Nehisi Coates (New York Times best-selling author of Between the World and Me and Marvel’s Black Panther) and Yona Harvey (Black Panther: World of Wakanda) and legendary artist Butch Guice!

The death of a Harlem activist kicks off a mystery that will reveal surprising new secrets about the Marvel Universe’s past and set the stage for a big story in the Marvel Universe’s near future. Fear, hate and violence loom, but don’t worry, The Crew’s got this: “We are the streets.”

Anyone who thinks the cancellation has to do with “poor sales” and not the comics’ themes of racial justice and unapologetic blackness can line up and purchase some beachfront property I own in Wyoming.

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Navigating Through Race- The Plight of Storytellers of Color

Originally published at Fangs for the Fantasy

A gent by the name of Malcolm X once said, “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”

Many people often wonder how I’m able to reconcile being a spec fic author with being a social justice activist. Malcolm X’s quote is that very reason.
Because while the media has the power to control the minds of the masses, it’s also a platform to hold a mirror and expose inconvenient truths such as bigotry to a society who is still plugged into the proverbial Matrix of privilege and institutional oppression.
But in order share the truth, marginalized artists have to make many decisions that can play an impact on our careers, our art and its potential impact on society.

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