On the expectation of free labor to diversify your spaces

[Copy/Pasted from an early AM twitter vent this morning 12/21/16] I'm in a mood, and I'm irritated. I want to talk about value of work, specifically diversity work & people's expectation of free labor. So I'm lucky, and in a good position where sometimes people come out the gate with what are your rates & fees? This … Continue reading On the expectation of free labor to diversify your spaces

On the value of black women’s work

So yesterday I couldn't sleep and twitterpated all over about the Safetypin box and the reactions to it. Notably that some dude bro who didn't know anything about the creators (Leslie Mac and Marissa Johnson) I collated those over on Medium for anyone who wants to peep  that first. On paying black women for the work … Continue reading On the value of black women’s work

I’m fed up

I thought about writing out my thoughts on all the killings and shootings of our people instead of a long thread of tweets. However, I’m not doing that for two reasons. One) it’s like the second I talk about one person’s murder by cops, another occurs in hours if not days and it’s exhausting emotionally, … Continue reading I’m fed up

So you want to describe a POC character…

Ok, so I get asked for advice and my thoughts on a lot of things relating to diversity and representation. Lately I've been getting asked about the proper/authentic/least offensive way to describe or write POC characters. There's been a tumblr post going around about not using food as descriptors for non-white characters. Some people don't … Continue reading So you want to describe a POC character…

About “Save the Pearls”

So… I’ve had some time to ruminate on this ‘book‘… “Save the Pearls”. I put book in air quotes because this doesn’t deserve to be called a book. It’s a self serving, poor me, white people are OMG oppressed in this far flung, post apocalyptic, fictitious world so this is totally ok, AMIRITE?! oppression fantasy … Continue reading About “Save the Pearls”

Dear Dan Savage, just stop talking about Bisexuals, it’s clear you know NOTHING about us.

I already didn't like Dan Savage... but goddamn now I'm just bursting with anger. How the fuck, just how the everliving fuck does he even fix his mouth to spout the shit about bisexuals that he continues to let out into the ether? Via AngryBlackTumblr: Bisexuals You Need to Come Out to Your Friends and … Continue reading Dear Dan Savage, just stop talking about Bisexuals, it’s clear you know NOTHING about us.

Queer Women of Color Still Face Racism During Pride, Among Other Things (Repost from Spectra Speaks)

In response to mainstream prides everywhere, including both the racism and sexism that pervades the larger gay community, Queer Women of Color and Friends (QWOC+ Boston) hosts OPTIONZ — in its fifth year — tonight, a highly anticipated annual pride party specifically created to provide a space for lesbian, gay,bisexual, transgender and queer women of … Continue reading Queer Women of Color Still Face Racism During Pride, Among Other Things (Repost from Spectra Speaks)

WGYB Project is still alive, and we’re still taking your stories

We Got Your Back Project is still alive and still seeking submissions! I had a chance to talk the project up at Gay Is the New Black? Event hosted by JF tonight. Hopefully this will generate some interest and new submissions. Can I ask a favor? Can anyone who comes across this post please signal … Continue reading WGYB Project is still alive, and we’re still taking your stories

Black is… black ain’t…

Black is beautiful, just so we are motherfucking CLEAR. Black ain't "less desirable than other races", "inherently less attractive than other races" So... we are in the throes of yet ANOTHER online storm about black folks. Black women's looks, black women's bodies, black fathers and the old ass trope of omfg black folks are on … Continue reading Black is… black ain’t…

ThinkGalacticon 3 Needs you, yes you!

*waves from the ThinkGalacticon 3 ConCom* Hi all, here is my hey, you should come to the nifty local con post, better yet, you should be on panels and volunteer post! So ThinkGalacticon 3 is happening July 8-10 at Roosevelt University. We have the fabulous Hugo and Nebula nominated Nora K. Jemisin as our SFF … Continue reading ThinkGalacticon 3 Needs you, yes you!

In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day… “What Would Martin Do?”

In honor of today's Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, I'm sharing the winning essay in the American's for Democratic Action's contest: What Would Luther Do? I'm pleased that the winning essay is by my good friend Joy E. Remember, that even though Dr. King is immortalized for his "I Have a Dream" speech, Dr. King's … Continue reading In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day… “What Would Martin Do?”

More on Moonfail… and how Wiscon has disappointed me

So there's plenty more going around the web on the lack of response from Wiscon's concom, especially after the governing body SF3 has suggested that E Moon's (link goes to the post that kicked this off) GOH invitation be rescinded. There are others who have spoken far more eloquently than I ever could, those that … Continue reading More on Moonfail… and how Wiscon has disappointed me

Wiscon 2011 and how the emoon situation is making me rethink attending

So, it's not news about the whole emoon Islamaphobia post that is now shut down by the author. It isn't news that many fantastic people have written their piece about her idiocy Link Roundup @ karnythia's LJ and some great posts on this by Asim are here, here, here and response to the Wiscon concom … Continue reading Wiscon 2011 and how the emoon situation is making me rethink attending

Repost of: Navigating Through this Post Racial Society; via Neo_Prodigy on LJ

Reposting from Neo_Prodigy on LJ. Navigating Through This Post-Racial Society Neo_Prodigy once again nails something on the head so hard it howled for mercy that has been milling around in my head regarding the reaction to Lebron's leaving Cleveland and how Lebron's non-decision overshadowed the news of the cop that was convicted of the lowest … Continue reading Repost of: Navigating Through this Post Racial Society; via Neo_Prodigy on LJ

My two cents on the utter idiocy being displayed around health care reform

I've been watching the utter lunacy unfold around the health care reform bill, debates in DC and both those who support and oppose the changes. I've seen the teabaggers accost a man with Parkinson's disease, conservative nutjobs say that Obama is using an 11 year old boys tragedy for sympathy and as a ploy? We've … Continue reading My two cents on the utter idiocy being displayed around health care reform

My $2.00 worth on White Privilege

After discussions, upon discussions where sometimes I feel like the person I'm talking with genuinely "gets it" and many other times where people just can't/won't/refuse to understand their privilege, I've decided to spell it out for people and hope they actually read, comprehend and think about what's coming in this post. What's about to be … Continue reading My $2.00 worth on White Privilege

For all the people who think POC Fans of Sci Fi didn’t exist until the internet? GTFO of my sci fi you dumbasses

Stolen off LJ from kittie_kattie I have a new level of non existance: Apparantly PoC didn't start getting into sci-fi/fantasy until the interent showed us the way. Seriously? What the fuck is that shit? *~*~* wild unicorn herd check in: "If you identify as a POC/nonwhite person and you read or watch scifi or fantasy, … Continue reading For all the people who think POC Fans of Sci Fi didn’t exist until the internet? GTFO of my sci fi you dumbasses

Karnythia speaks up about the Great SF Race Fail of 09′

So folks have had enough of the SF communities epic fail at depicting CoC (characters of color). There has been massive wank, fail and omgwtf is wrong with you fuckers all over the internets. Well LJ'er Karnythia has spoken up about Race Fail 09'. She has encouraged folks to link away so I'm doing that. … Continue reading Karnythia speaks up about the Great SF Race Fail of 09′

Pfleger spoke the truth, and now folks are pissed off

While I don't agree with the method of delivery by Reverend Pfleger, I do agree with the message. Why is no one talking about McCain's hateful minister? Hmmm? Rev. Pfleger: 'They want to kill me...it's been ugly' June 1, 2008 Recommend (37) BY DAVE NEWBART Staff Reporter The Rev. Michael Pfleger, who helped reignite Barack … Continue reading Pfleger spoke the truth, and now folks are pissed off