Lately there is a narrative in America (white majority) that paints white people as being demonized and unfairly painting nonwhite people (primarily Black people) as victims. (Yes, I repeated people a lot. It's deliberate.) This is a false and dangerous narrative. Psst. Listen. Just because your favorite comic book character has been replaced with a … Continue reading Wordsmiths Believe in Words
Yes, yes, I know. You want to use the #All Lives Matters hashtag to reclaim its negative connotation. You want to set yourself a part from white supremacists, white nationalists, detractors to the cause, idiots, morons, and people that don't have anymore depth than the limited complexity beyond a bumper sticker. You want to show … Continue reading I Hear You. You want to use All Lives Matter . . . BUT . . .
The Japanese TV Drama, "The Many Faces of Ito" has it all and then some. I binge-watched it when it debuted on Netflix and may mostly re-watch it. Why? Unrequited love. Misunderstandings. Best Friends Forever Betrayal. Oh. My. Goodies! The series is mostly about Rio Yazaki, a jaded rom-com screenwriter who is struggling to make … Continue reading “The Many Faces of Ito” is . . . delightful.
In the past, I've attended a lot of conventions, but for whatever reason I didn't write much about them on my blog. Anyway, due to COVID-19's global impact, a lot of online conventions have been popping up around the world. Invited by A.M. Justice (thank you!) and launched by Virginia McClain (thank you!), I'm pleased … Continue reading Virtual Conventions 2020
Hello there. How are you? I'm great! Thank you so much for asking. 😉 For a growing blog like mine, I think it's an incredibly big and sweet deal when you see visitors from countries other than your own stopping by. 🙂 Heck, even an audience of one is better than one, yes? So, this … Continue reading Views from (Almost) All Around the World!
Octavia Butler has been called the Queen of Sci-Fi and with the worlds, themes, and characters she has created and written about, the title is well-deserved. She unfortunately died on February 24, 2006. Due to the white male dominated world of science-fiction I had recently learned of her existence a few years ago. A few … Continue reading Quotes to Write By – Day 24
Some time ago another blogger, the talented and charming, Jess of Daring to Jess invited me to write a post about cultural appropriation vs cultural appreciation. I was more than happy to do it. But, I wanted to get it right. I wanted to give this important and provocative subject justice. So, here we … Continue reading Cultural Appreciation, Please?
I just learned about this event today and wish I could have attended. The above quote by Walter Dean Myers, a children's book author and best known for young adult literature reveals a lot about the way I started to feel when I realized that a lot of the books I read didn't reflect me in … Continue reading Books Transmit Values
According to the documentary Dark Girls: The Story of Color, Gender, and Race (which everyone should watch no matter how much melanin their skin possesses) deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color – particularly dark skinned women, exist outside of and within the Black American culture. And based on my own experience growing up as … Continue reading You Might Be Sexist If . . .