It’s The Most Tiring Time of the Year

Well, its that time of year, when my activities and the weather, get the better of me, my fatigue sets in, and instead of writing new posts, I fall asleep at 10PM. (Well at least the insomnia is gone!)

I’m just basically giving everybody a heads up that posting miiight be a little bit sparse around her until January, which is convenient because that’s when all the new mid-season shows start, and I am excited about a few of them.

So yeah, I’m still here. I’m still watching some favorite shows and discovering new ones, but during this Christmas period, since I have less time to discuss individual shows, I’m going  to focus on getting some of these long form posts out of my queue, that I’ve simply not finished. I know you guys are pretty busy too, during this holiday season, so I don’t want to tax you with too many posts. (Y’all got stuff to do.)

I did get a chance to watch Titans, (which I am kinda enjoying), Nightflyers, (I fell asleep on this), and something from Youtube, (which looks suspiciously like Nightflyers), called Origins (which has an Asian lead character, so was mildly intriguing).

Upcoming posts include an essay on movie landscapes, taking my nephew to see the new Spiderman movie, and my favorite smart movies. Come January, it’s time to start talking about the 2019 Summer movie season, and the mid-season TV shows. I will still reblog stuff, and post links to things, but original content is going to be at a minimum for a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, this is whats going on on Tumblr, which is in somewhat of a panic. I’m not especially worried about it personally, because I did back up most of my posts to this site, some time ago, and Tumblr simply isn’t my primary site, but a lot of people are going to be hit hard, even if they don’t post NSFW stuff there, because hte algorithim being used is shoddy, and can’t tell the difference between NSFW posts, and just regular stuff. For example, I follow a number of horror blogs, which feature art that can be disturbing, and occasionally features some nudity. Some of these sites have already been flagged. Historical articles that feature women in bikinis have been flagged, and there are feminist sites that regularly discuss female sexuality that have been flagged. None of these sites have anything to do with pedophilia or pornography.

https://www.businessinsider.com/tumblr-bans-nfsw-content-and-users-say-the-platform-will-suffer-2018-12

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/tumblrs-decision-to-ban-all-adult-content-has-left-nsfw-lovers-fuming-1960051.html

In response to the NSFW ban being enacted by Tumblr Staff, on December 17th 2018 I propose that we all log off of our Tumblr accounts for 24 hours.


The lack of respect and communication between staff and users is stark. Users have been begging staff to delete the porn bot outbreak, which has plagued the website for well over a year. The porn bots oftentimes send people asks and messages, trying to get them to go to a website full of viruses. They also spam advertisements on others posts.

Users have also begged that Tumblr ban neo-nazis, child porn, and pedophiles, all which run rampant on the site. The site/app got so bad that it was taken off the app store.

However, instead of answering the users, Tumblr has instead taken the liberty to ban all NSFW content, regardless of age. But users have already run into issues of their SFW content being marked as sensitive and being flagged as NSFW, not allowing them to share their work.

Not only does this discriminate again content creators, but it also discriminates against sex workers. Disgustingly, the ban will be enacted on December 17 which is also International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

This ban is disgusting, and while I (and plenty of others) welcome porn bots and child porn being banned, the Tumblr filtration system is broken. It tags artistic work’s nipples as NSFW (when it is art), it tags SFW art as NSFW (when it is not), and does not stop the porn bots, neo-nazis and dozens of other issues.


This ban is discriminatory. This ban is ineffective. This ban is unacceptable. 


To protest, log off of your Tumblr account for the entirety of December 17th. Log off at 12 am EST or 9PM PST and stay off for 24 hours. Don’t post. Don’t log on. Don’t even visit the website. Don’t give them that sweet ad revenue.

Tumblr’s stock has already taken a hard hit. Let’s make it tankMaybe then they will listen to the users.


Reblog to signal boost! We must force change.

 

And:

https://piunikaweb.com/2018/12/04/tumblr-alternatives-replacements-newgrounds-pillowfort-and-more/

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Black Lightning: A Review — The Blerdy Report

Black Lighting Review Whatsup Blerdy Report family I am here with a review for Black Lighting (I am attempting to keep it spoiler light while still marveling at the show so bear with me people.) Season: 1 Episodes: 13 Runtime Per Episode: 42 minutes For a long time I’ve been waiting and wanting an […]

via Black Lightning: A Review — The Blerdy Report

The Cry of Hip-Hop: A Meditation on Childish Gambino and the Peril of American Exceptionalism

“The Cry of Hip Hop: A Meditation on Childish Gambino and the Peril of American Exceptionalism” By george white, jr. A kernel of recognition exploded in my ear at about the 3:30 mark of the official music video for the Childish Gambino song “This is America.” Difficult to trace, I watched the video a […]

via The Cry of Hip-Hop: A Meditation on Childish Gambino and the Peril of American Exceptionalism — The Blerdy Report

@GQMagazine profiled @nkjemisin! —

The most critically acclaimed author in contemporary science fiction

via @GQMagazine profiled @nkjemisin! — Dark Matters

This is an incredible interview with the reigning fantasist in literature right now.

“[Fantasy has] always had an underlying rhetoric of white supremacy, inherent conservatism,” Jemisin says. “There’s still a lot of crap out there, but I’m starting to see more and more fantasies that are getting back to the old days, before the Tolkien clones and endless guys in a hood. We’re starting to see big themes and stories of transformation. I’m looking forward to that. I actually really want to start reading fantasy again because I’m starting to see this.”

Artemis Fowl Teaser Trailer

I’m so excited! The science fiction/fantasy Artemis Fowl series is comprised of eight books which were written by Irish author Eoin Colfer between 2001-2012. There are also graphic novel adaptations. Artemis is a brilliant teenage criminal mastermind who reluctantly becomes a hero over the course of the series. I’ve been hoping that this would be developed […]

via Artemis Fowl Teaser Trailer — By Hook Or By Book

The Blinding Whiteness of the Coen Brothers’ Wild West

This weekend, I fired up The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the new Western from the Coen Brothers. While a great film, it was an exhausting affair.
— Read on splinternews.com/the-blinding-whiteness-of-the-coen-brothers-wild-west-1830565330

I’m a fan of the Coen Bros, and also a fan of Westerns, but I was reluctant to watch The Ballad of Buster Scruggs for this very reason, I didn’t see any Native or Black people in the trailer. (I also wasn’t sure if it was a drama or a comedy. Knowing the Coens it’s probably uncomfortably both.)

Happy International Men’s Day! — Pharyngula”

If you’re one of those people who whines at women’s events, when is men’s day?, you’re in luck. Today’s the day! Just remember that the meaning of the day is “focusing on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting male role models.” Those are all good and valuable goals. So…

via Happy International Men’s Day! — Pharyngula

Slow Week

Just a heads up that this is going to be a slow week. I have family events this week, and it’s Thanksgiving, something my family celebrates by getting together to laugh, and eat lots of comfort foods!

For those estranged from  their families, so don’t celebrate,  I wish you a better day. A good day! A happy day!

For those hanging out with their families Happy Thanksgiving!

[Image Post] Finn Needs A New, Less Racist Fandom

Source: Where Are Y’all Getting Your Characterization From? Finn Isn’t A Coward, Or Selfish, And He Doesn’t Need A Damn Redemption Arc. I love Finn from Star Wars. It’s not just because I not-so-secretly want John Boyega to fall wildly in love with me and marry me (but like…), but I think Finn is one of […]

via [Image Post] Finn Needs A New, Less Racist Fandom — Stitch’s Media Mix

I left a response to this post, which was:

I’ve observed that White female fandom is absolutely obsessed with shipping white men together, often entirely forsaking poc characters, and even White women, while claiming that they love such and such characters.

I try to avoid fandom whenever possible, and avoid meta and critiques by White critics, just as a general rule, and only enter those spaces, or follow those individuals, that I know will stan for characters of color. I do this just to keep my fcking blood pressure to a minimum, not because I don’t have arguments (and also because I try not to argue too much with young people who are being horribly wrong on the internet.)

I know they’re gonna get things wrong, because people who already don’t believe they are racist, never examine any of their beliefs to check and see if they are, and White fandom is also obsessed with the appearance of not being racist. They don’t seem to actually practice anti-racism. They merely want to be seen as non-racist, while never putting in any of the work it takes to actually be non-racist, like researching racist stereotypes against characters of color, at a minimum.

Incidentally, I’m glad you’re talking about the issue of racism intersecting with fandom because almost no one else is discussing how real world racism is playing itself out in fandom. Its been difficult to find anyone writing posts or articles like this in the mainstream, (and when they do its only in relationship to what’s happening in Star Wars). The mainstream media is only now getting wind of the fact that fandom has a deep problem with racism, and that, only because White male fans are being so obvious about it.

Mainstream media isn’t even aware of the racism engaged in by White female fans, which is something that’s a lot more subtle, like drawing dark skinned characters of color lighter skinned than they are in the source material, or framing black wlm as Black brutes, who are taller, more muscular, and more violent, than their white counterparts.

I also think its being ignored because of another intersection: Misogyny and the devaluation of women’s hobbies. Since most mainstream writers of geekdom are white and male themselves, they tend to devalue and ignore fanfiction, and other types of fanworks, done by women. So a lot of women fan’s racism flies under the radar. (Of course there are female fans out there harassing Black actors too, but when it involves shipping, like with Iris West and Caitlin Snow, it s often ignore

Stan Lee, Comic Book Creator and Former Marvel President, Has Died — BROTHA WOLF

From NPR: American comic book writer, editor, publisher and former President of Marvel Comics Stan Lee died Monday at the age of 95. Lee gave us over six decades of work like The Incredible Hulk and The Amazing Spider-Man — superheroes we could identify with, characters that allowed us to suspend our disbelief because they […]

via Stan Lee, Comic Book Creator and Former Marvel President, Has Died — BROTHA WOLF

RomCon: Our Failure to See Black Romantic Comedies — Longreads

Despite the growing popularity of black romcoms, they remain segregated in public perception due to cultural white-washing.

via RomCon: Our Failure to See Black Romantic Comedies — Longreads

 

This is especially relevant  considering Rebel Wilson’s recent comment that she was the first plus size woman to star in a romantic comedy.

She’s wrong.

There have been Black women of all sizes  in romantic comedies for decades. Queen Laitfah, and Monique, are just two who  immediately spring to mind. Now, I’m not a fan of romantic comedies, in the sense that I don’t actively seek them out, but I am a Black woman who is friends with other Black women who love them, so I’ve definitely watched them, which is how I was able to come up with two names of plus size Black women right away. To be absolutely fair though, a lot of them were never advertised as romantic comedies. Hollywood only  advertised them as comedies, and Black comedies specifically, which once again,  speaks to the erasure of Black women from discussions of romance.

One also needs to take into account, as the above article states,  that movies aimed specifically at women have often been denigrated by audiences of every color. Hell, even I did it, when I was younger, and didn’t realize that I was participating in a culture that denigrates and demonizes women’s interests and hobbies, the way most things that women do are devalued because of…you guessed it…misogyny.

So, movies aimed at Black women are either going to get short shrift, or just be completely ignored. How ignored are we? It took the success of  Crazy Rich Asians for Hollywood to get the idea that romantic comedies aimed at PoC would do well at the box office, as if Hollywood had completely forgotten about Coming To America, starring Eddie Murphy, which is one of the highest grossing Black comedies ever. But note, Coming to America , even though it’s about an African prince looking for love in America, it wasn’t advertised as a romance. It was advertised as just a comedy.

The very first Black romantic comedy I remember watching was the Spike Lee Joint She’s Gotta Have it, which I watched at a slumber party at my best friend’s house with a group of teenage girls. Over the years, I even managed to collect some favorites like : Deliver Us From Eva, Hitch, Something New, Coming to America,  Boomerang, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and anything with Queen Latifah in it, but most especially Bringing Down the House, which I’ve watched multiple times.

So yeah, there have been  dozens of Black romantic comedies but most people just don’t see them or think of them when those words are said.

 

 

 

 

What’s On My Playlist

Here’s some stuff that’s currently on my Amazon Playlist. My playlist changes every couple of months or so, as I add new songs, or discover old ones that I really liked, and haven’t heard in a while.

I get a lot of my new music from TV ads and movie trailers. I rarely listen to radio because it’s so frustrating.  They rarely announce the song you just heard, so they radio is kind of useless for finding new music. My general approach, if I’m seriously looking for something new,   is just to go to Youtube or Amazon, dive right in, and see what I come up with.

 

Electric Man by Rival Sons

I heard this song in a TV ad. I think it might have been for Mountain Dew. I hate Mountain Dew and I actually  don’t drink any soda at all, so the ad was useless for getting me to buy that, and this song was free on Youtube, which leads me to think that ad companies don’t understand exactly how some of their ads are being used by people. Free entertainment.

 

 

This Land is Your Land by Chicano Batman

This is another song I heard in another ad. I think it might have been for beer. I also do not drink alcohol , so all this ad did was introduce me to Chicano Batman. I like that part of this song is sung in Spanish. That’s sorta  like a middle finger to the writers of the song.

 

 

Don’t Lie to Me by Barbra Streisand

Barbra is still kicking around. She’s like butter! She just came out with a new album, too. Seriously though, I must be a gay man in a Black woman’s body because I’ve been a Barbra stan since I was a little bitty girl, when I saw her in Funny Lady. I think I’ve watched all her movies, and bought quite a number of her albums.

 

 

Who Can It Be Now by Men At Work

I was having a moment of nostalgia, and started listening to a bunch of  80s music on Amazon, like The Police and Adam and the Ants, and then came across this gem, which I’d forgotten all about. It’s a ridiculous video, but I think it’s definitely The Introvert’s Anthem. I actually have this album somewhere in my house.

 

La Belle Dame Sans Regrets by Sting

I’ve been a Sting fan since I discovered The Police in the mid-80s. He knows how to rock out with the best of them, but I prefer some of his softer works like It’s Probably Me, Fields of Gold, and this little gem, sung entirely in French.

Yes, I memorized this song.

 

 

Mercy by  Jacob Banks

This is one of those instances where I dived into a collection of videos on Youtube called Colors, and discovered this guy. Why he’s not more well known I  just don’t know, but there are too many great artists  going  undiscovered out there, while we play up  mediocre talents like Adele .

 

On the up by Tiffany Gouche

I discovered Tiffany through the Colors collection of Youtube. Check it out. She’s one of the new, gay, up and comers. She has a nice jazzy style, I find very relaxing. If you’re looking for new gay and lesbian talent Colors has quite a few.

 

Friction by Imagine Dragons

Here’s another song from a movie trailer. I’ve found that I like Imagine Dragons music quite a lot. Sometimes, I’m only expecting to like one particular song, but the Dragons keep hitting it out of the park in these movie trailers, so I’m paying attention to them now.

 

Little Wonder Jr. Vasquez Remix by David Bowie

I’ve been a Bowie fan since the 80s, so I always try to grab up any club mixes of his songs from the 80s and 90s. This song Little Wonder is from his 1997 Album titled Earthling. The lyrics in this song make absolutely no sense, so don’t even try. The original song is a little more hard rock than this. Bowie rarely made an album that wasn’t worth the listen.

 

TTFN! I’ll have some interesting posts up next week.

MIDTERMS 2018: Many Historic Wins to Celebrate Across U.S.

MIDTERMS 2018: Many Historic Wins to Celebrate Across U.S.

https://goodblacknews.org/2018/11/07/midterms-2018-many-historic-wins-to-celebrate-across-u-s/
— Read on goodblacknews.org/2018/11/07/midterms-2018-many-historic-wins-to-celebrate-across-u-s/

We may not have gotten all we wanted from the election, but we did make some significant gains and firsts! And we should be proud of that, too!