In today’s world of larger than life blockbusters, we’ve all come to expect the use of CGI in order to depict worlds and creatures that don’t actually exist. None of us have actually ever seen an alien ship attack New York, but due to CGI, we believe it when it happens every single time. Neil Marshall, […]
She has a fine statement on their fundamental dishonesty. Now, he and his followers are acting as if me publicly calling him a “garbage human” is the equivalent to what he has done to me. In truth, he and his followers cannot begin to imagine what it is to have to constantly beg for and…
There were so many actors of color in the 2016 horror film The Watcher that I felt compelled to investigate it halfway through to see if its creative or production teams were black (answer: nope and definitely not). Despite being a horror movie junkie, The Watcher is not my normal smack. This is the kind of film I would have kept shuffling down my to-do list until I hit a 3 AM fiend wall on Netflix. So imagine my surprise to discover it starred a black X-Man, my dude Hank from Sirens, the always-looking-at-me Tracie Thoms, and a Miss Evers’ boy.
More surprising to me as the movie droned on was that the story didn’t reference the ethnicity of the black characters once that I can recall, which is saying a lot when 70% of your cast are people of color. Despite the first five minutes of the film…
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I really don’t see myself calling police, ever in my life. If police can murder a person who calls the police, and still evade justice themselves, then one must conclude that police are far more than merely unreliable. Police function with a grotesque lack of accountability.
I don’t normally post this type of thing, but I’m definitely reaching this stage of being fed up with the police.
A couple of years ago, I penned an article entitled IT’S STILL DARK AT TWILIGHT: Scrubbing off the Whitewash of Urban Fantasy. In it, I explored the common practice of whitewashing – taking a character who is originally of color in literature and film and replacing them with a white character, actor, or model, or a person who looks “more white”, in order to appeal to the white masses – across genres and, especially, in the popular genre of Urban Fantasy.
This practice continues today. However, more Black authors are producing great works of Urban Fantasy with Black main characters and are gaining recognition and earning Black readership.
Yesterday, however, a sister lamented on Goodreads that the only Urban Fantasy with a Black hero that she knew of was the Vampire Huntress series by the late, great L.A. Banks. That tells me I – and other Black authors of
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This is a pretty good description of how my emotions work. I also need to add, that being slightly removed from our emotions, also helps in immediate crisis situations, where everyone else is panicking. During such moments, we actually are quite calm. It’s only afterward that we give in to the emotion of whatever just occurred.
Actually, no. You really don’t. But, I thought I’d use back-in-the-day Mariah Carey as a cheesy and snarky segue into explaining INTJ emotions – or our seemingly lack thereof of them.
INTJs are often depicted as cold and unfeeling because of how we view, speak, and react to people’s emotions. We’re not devoid of them though. Feelings, particularly expressing them, are very tricky for us. Let me illustrate it this way, and pardon my nerd moment.
Think of every fight between Captain Kirk and Dr. Spock on Star Trek. Kirk is annoyingly emotional (well, maybe that’s William Shatner’s overacting, but it’s irritating nonetheless), while Spock thinks (emphasis on thinks) things should be viewed and handled analytically and dispassionately. It’s not that Spock doesn’t understand or recognize that emotions exist. He views them as a nuisance, and possibly causing more problems.
Because we’re wired to see matters – even…
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Philando Castile, then yet another police shooting of a pregnant mother, and then this.
It’s only Tuesday!
So after stirring up more than enough trouble with my “50 New Pulp Books To Get You Started” why then would I go ahead and go ahead and dive into making up a list of New Pulp movies. And how can there be New Pulp movies in the first place when New Pulp has been barely recognized as a genre in the first place?
Simple: I think there should be a way for people unfamiliar with what I and a whole bunch of other writers/editors/similarly minded creative folk term “The New Pulp Movement” to get into it and movies are a terrific way of doing that. First of all, what is New Pulp? Broken down to the simplest of elements it is fiction written in the mold and sensibilities of the style of Classic Pulp of the 1930s and 40s. Linear storytelling, creative use of words and phrasing, larger than…
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Sometimes it’s a bad idea to think too hard about the things you love. Last week, while we were looking for something to watch between the Tonys red carpet and the actual Tonys, my friend and I settled on a channel showing Toy Story. Now don’t get me wrong, I adore the Toy Story franchise. […]
If we adopted Scientologist terms in fandom I’d probably be deemed as a negative influence or suppressive person because of the way I talk about the things I’ve seen and experienced in fandom spaces. I’ve had my opinions invalidated, my analysis responded to with condescension, and my inbox invaded by assholes. I even wound up […]
Read about it at Indiewire.com. Among them: Chinese Malaysian and Vietnamese-American director Jennifer Phang (Advantageous) and Persian director Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, The Bad Batch).
So I’ve been ranting a bit about diversity in Wonder Woman (okay a lot) & I could pretend that this was the only time. But I did the same with Agent Carter. Because canon in comics is actually more diverse than what makes it to the screen. And when it comes to comics (or any other media) with a historic setting (think Regency, Victorian, either World War or of antiquity) there is an unfortunate tendency to ignore the reality of those times. People will believe in Wonder Woman’s magic lasso or the Red Skull, but balk at major characters being darker than a paper bag. And then they will insist it isn’t racism it is about historical accuracy.
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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 […]
I liked to complain about how ridiculous Adam West was, and how silly the Batman show was, but I grew up with him. I watched Batman in reruns as a kid. That show was often a lot of kids introduction to Batman anyway. At least for people my age. So I’m always gonna have a soft spot for Adam, and I’m gonna miss him.