Fire and Flow at #ORDCamp 2017

One thing I was really looking forward to at my first #ORDCamp was learning to firespin, taught by Michi Trota!  She gave us basics and let those who felt comfortable doing so try it out. Photos by Anne Petersen, Under Creative Commons License (some rights reserved) pictured;me solo and me with Mikki Kendall.

Quick video taken on my phone by Caitlin Rosberg:

YouTube video of the C2E2 Panel – Through Brightest Days and Blackest Nights: A Black Nerd Girls Journey


Part 1


Part 2

Through Brightest Days and Blackest Nights: A Black Nerd Girls Journey panel at C2E2. Video courtesy of Michi Trota

Description: This is no longer Heinlein’s Nerdom. The white-skinned, flowing haired Damsel in Distress is more likely to be the dark-skinned, kinky haired Reluctant Hero. The chiseled, blue-eyed avatar is more likely to have brown eyes and rounded features. As the Geekverse grows, so do representations of black women within it. Unfortunately, black women still face many barriers towards being accepted as “real nerds.” Our discussion will focus on the past, present and future of the black nerd girl and her place in the ‘Verse.

Please join Tanya DePass (#INeedDiverseGames), Karlyn Meyer (CNSC, Board Member), Mikki Kendall (Salon, Guardian, Washington Post), Keidra Chaney (The Learned Fangirl) and Jennifer Cross as we ruminate on black women who have always nerded hard, nerded strong and nerded proud as anyone else.