As many of you may know, in addition to being a published author, an equal rights activist, and a nerd seraph, I’m also a pop culture analyst.
A regular fixture on the Nerds of Color, my work has also been featured on Salon, MTV.com, Mental Health Matters, Geeks OUT, Black Girl Magic Lit Mag and a host of other places.
Whether it’s comic books, video games, blockbuster films, or music albums, it is absolutely paramount that we critique our media if for no other reason than to analyze its influence in molding minds and shaping society.
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.
Just when Marvel thought it was safe.
Color Commentary is back and this time we’re breaking out the Snark Fu once more on arguably the biggest disaster of 2017: Netflix’s Iron Fist.
That’s right. Myself and Madame Gao will once again be providing the tea, the shade, and the truth on all things Discount Arrow.
But wait. There’s more. For this Ben-Hurring sequel. I’m not alone. That’s right, I’m bringing backup.
Normally I’d be providing a disclaimer at this point and juncture but if you’re stanning and caping for this tripe, then you deserve to have your fee fees hurt.
In the age of #BlackLivesMatter and the Trump administration, bigotry and institutional oppression have been front burner topics more than ever before on social media and in 3D-space.
Needless to say freedom fighters such as myself are speaking our truths and shining light on the darkness that is racism and other forms of bigotry.
Unfortunately when you tell the truth and shame the devil, the devil will move heaven and hell to try to silence you.
It’s no secret that racism is rampant in many cosplay circles. To even bring up the discussion brings out the worst in many. Such was the case with cosplay photographer and certifiable douchebag Jonathan Mashburn.
A great bard by the name of Toni Morrison said it best, “I’m always annoyed about why black people have to bear the brunt of everybody else’s contempt. If we are not totally understanding and smiling, suddenly we’re demons.”
A few years back I had a major Come To Jesus moment while promoting my debut novel, Hollowstone.
My editor dropped some truth which rocked me to my core. When you make an artistry, a national pastime, an Olympic event, out of delivering epic takedowns to evil racist white folks both online and in person, your reputation tends to proceed you.
For the life of her, my editor couldn’t understand how I managed to have garnered so many enemies. After all, according to her, I’ve always been very regal, intelligent and amicable. Then she saw some of the exchanges and this was her expression.
“Oh I see why they hate you,” she said after a reading a few exchanges. “You talk to them as equals. More than that, you talk down to them. The same way white people usually talk down to minorities. A black person is never supposed to talk down to white people. That goes against everything we’re taught.”
Which is why more than a few have gotten a few irate at my tone this past week on Gail Simone’s social media page. Which is also why I was left with little option than to hold aloft my sword and transform into Midnighter.
YWhen it comes to the Doctor Strange film, it continues to be the Greek-bearing gift of racism that keeps on giving.
I had no doubts that the white supremacy would ensue the moment it was announced that the Grand Wizard would portray the eponymous Sorcerer Supreme.
The film didn’t disappoint in this regard. After all like attracts like.
I’ll say this much for the new Ghostbusters film, it’s staying true to the spirit of the franchise. Apparently.
Just as Ernie Hudson got thrown under the bus and treated like garbage during the release of the original Ghostbusters film, Leslie Jones is enduring the same crap in wake of the reboot.
While the other actresses in Ghostbusters are celebrating the release of their film, Leslie Jones endures being snubbed by racist designers and being harassed nonstop on social media.
Funny how that sisterhood and solidarity is now nowhere to be found.
And that is white feminism in a nutshell.
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
And that’s also why I’ll be skipping the new Ghostbusters.
Ms. Jones deserves better. So does Mr. Hudson. And so do nerds of color.
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 Facebook.
In which this yours truly explains why he’s not here for M/M romance, kiddie porn or its bigoted white authors.
[Midnighter Mode in 3……2…….1………]
“See, I’ve had a lot of people talking at me in the last few days. Everyone just lining up to tell me how unimportant I am. And I’ve finally figured out why. Power. I have it. They don’t. This bothers them.”
Being a gay author of color in the speculative fiction is never easy.
As previously stated, for me, I have to be cautious of what venues 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 here.