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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.
Making my return to Yopp Voice, today I discuss six iconic characters whose white privilege gives them a pass for their most reprehensible and downright villainous behavior.
I also explain how these narratives have real life repercussions.
Special thanks to the lovely and always awesome Kella Hanna-Wayne for helping me make this piece a reality.
It’s the holiday season and yours truly is showing the Scrooge gents (Ebenezer and Mr. McDuck) how to put in that work.
Making my debut over on Yopp, I discuss the white privilege of social activism. I also point out the glaring double standards that Blacks and other PoCs endure when we speak out against injustice or oppression.
A very special thanks to the very wonderful and lovely creator of Yopp, Kella Hanna-Wayne. She is an absolute delight to collaborate with. I’m immensely humbled and honored for the opportunity to share a piece on her platform.
And now for our feature presentation.
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.
Color Commentary is back and for this special edition, we’re taking aim at Nashville Pride.
I suppose a little backstory is in order.
Even though I’m an unapologetic MSM of color who lists Midnighter, Brian Kinney and Alan Turing as his Patronuses, as a general rule I usually shun Pride and most Gay Inc (read: cis white privileged) functions. They tend to be bigoted toxic cesspools of antiblackness.
Varying mileage and all of that.
The horror stories I’ve heard about Nashville Pride specifically had been more than enough to keep me away. Which is why my response when folks ask me if I plan on attending local Pride events is:
And when they insist I should attend and connect with the local “community” for my benefit:
So of course last year The #NoH8 Campaign was going to be present and thus force me to attend.
Getting a #NoH8 Campaign pic had been on my bucket list for a number of years. I like the campaign, what it’s come to represent, and I wanted to participate. Even if it meant venturing into basic bitch hell to do so.
This one was going to be one for the ages. After all, nothing says Adventure Time like going through Tartarus to achieve an objective.
And so #OperationOrpheus was born.
The following social media updates chronicle my musings and what transpired.
Fair warning, the shade is real.
No really. …….
Don’t say you weren’t warned.
Yesterday a very good friend of mine shared a horrific incident she had with an abusive and sociopathic Lyft driver on social media. Although she kicked his ass and handled her business like the boss she is, she admitted she was hesitant to come forward and share her story. Understandable given how traumatic and scary the ordeal was.
To show my solidarity and support, I’m coming forward and sharing an incident that occurred with a bigoted Uber driver about two years back.
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.
One reason you will never hear me complain about the Beyhive stanning for Beyonce. Aside from the fact that she’s awesome, it’s that even in the 21st century, celebrating phenomenal black women is still a revolutionary act.
Setting: A dream (?) from a few years back where I wake up and find myself strapped to a lab table. Everything is dark and blurry but I hear voices overhead.
Female Voice: Ladies, gentlemen, non gender binary individuals present. We can rebuild him. We have the technology and the magic. We have the capability to transform this candidate into a sleeper agent for the Beyhive. Dennis R. Upkins will be that agent. Ready to act on behalf of King Bey at a moment’s notice. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster, wiser.
Male Voice: Are you sure he’s the right candidate?
Female Voice: This comes from High Command. Apparently he’s been on the radar of the Illuminati for quite some time.
Male Voice: I think he’s waking up.
Female Voice: Oh crap.
Denny: [Groggy] Where am I???? What’s going on????
Male Voice: Back to sleep you. [Places anesthetic mask back on my face. Everything fades to black……..]
Like countless others, you could count me as a fan of one Beyonce Knowles-Carter. Between her music, films, artistry, philanthropy, and activism, she is not only a role model and an inspiration but the personification of #BlackExcellence.
While I’ve been a fan of Bey’s, I never considered myself a member of the Beyhive. But you wouldn’t know it given how vocal I’ve been over the years am in defending Beyonce against attacks of white supremacy. But not all agents of white supremacy are of the caucasian persuasion. Many are other blacks all too eager to the devil’s bidding.
Which brings us to one Nnedi Okorafor.
As speculative fiction authors, she and I run in many of the same circles. And many white spec fic fans and authors kept recommending her to me. Always happy to support a sister (or so I thought), I read some of her stuff which was pretty solid and followed her on social media. However it wasn’t long before I realized why she was such a darling for white audiences. Okorafor began showing who she truly is. From petulant temper tantrums to unprovoked attacks, she would regularly abuse everyone from fans to other authors on social media and would then cowardly delete her comments to cover up her toxic behavior, usually aimed at other Blacks.