Celebration of natural hair. Photos by Aurélie Flamand and Hairstyle by Sephora Joannes.
Peak Black womanhood. So epic. ❤
Another agent, when asked why less than 1% of her submissions were from people of color, captured what seems to be the publishing industry’s general attitude in just 10 words: “This seems like a question for an author to answer.” This is the language of privilege – the audacity of standing at the top of a mountain you made on the backs of others and then yelling at people for being at the bottom […]
The disproportionally white publishing industry matters because agents and editors stand between writers and readers. Anika Noni Rose put it perfectly in Vanity Fair this month: “There are so many writers of color out there, and often what they get when they bring their books to their editors, they say, ‘We don’t relate to the character.’ Well it’s not for you to relate to! And why can’t you expand yourself so you can relate to the humanity of a character as opposed to the color of what they are?”
So we are wary. The publishing industry looks a lot like one of these best-selling teenage dystopias: white and full of people destroying each other to survive.
Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.
Let em know dad.
I think the next time someone gets confused as to possibly why people were hoping Katniss would be portrayed as nonwhite, this quote above is why.
As you celebrate your birthday tomorrow, have a drink for me too yea? And while your at it, think about how you told me you couldn’t get back with me because if you did you knew you would cheat. What is it about me huh? I wasn’t skinny enough for you, ok. I didn’t have that hot factor? Ok you said that too. Is that why you turned to Brian and promised him monogamy? He was hot enough? That’s why u chose to be faithful to him and not me? Because u chose that just so u know. U chose that. So fuck u and ur bullshit lies and ur choice not to do right by me but to cheat instead. And I hope for all the hurt and pain you caused me, it all comes back to u like never before! So cheers to another year of u being a pathetic asshole!
You had a choice. You could have been back with me, been faithful to me, and ended the relationship in a kind and respectful manner. Is this wishful thinking? I think not. I think if you really loved me it could have happened. I deserved better then what happened to me. But you said it yourself. You couldn’t do it because you KNEW you would cheat again. But yet you jumped into another relationship with someone you were willing to be good too. That tells me you knew u had the choice and decided one person was worth the choice, for whatever reason, and I wasn’t. Well at the end of the day I hope your happy with your choice because I’m never looking back