State Of: The PoC in SF & F Carnival; 2009, what happened & what I want for the future. Aka: The Conversation I Want To Have.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Brianna Lacey is missing.
She's 15 years old.
She went missing in Chicago.
Please do NOT let her become another Romona Moore.
If you're in Chicago, help look and better yet, help put some pressure for the police to put out an actual Amber Alert.
ETA: Brianna has been FOUND.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
It's not enough that authors have been insulting all through 2009. Publisher's Weekly first dismissed women from their picks for 'Books Of The Year'and then got in on Racefail 09 with an image on the COVER of a black woman, her hair COVERED IN COMBS, COMBS WITH HANDLES SHAPED INTO THE BLACK POWER SYMBOL.
Yes, Publisher's Weekly put out an image of a black woman, looking down, as her head is nothing but afropicks.
And then Publisher's Weekly made another article over the fact people were wondering WTH WAS WRONG WITH THEM! It's a non-apology pointing out that scholarly and truly artistic people 'got' the image, with not even a FART of realization of how the image combined with headline played to all previous images of black women and people within THE DAMN SMALL POOL IN CULTURAL MEDIA.
In other words, in response to complaints, Publisher's Weekly served a platter of whiteness with a side order of maleness and tall drink of faux cluelessness.
2009 - Making me realize if it isn't Verb Noire or Tu Publishing, near anything related to traditional publishing disgusts me. The only reason it's not EVERYTHING is because I know two authors who have books coming out in 2010 and traditional publishing, so far, hasn't stabbed them in the back.
I have to wonder, though, how many black writers moved on to something else; how many new writers will, because the thought of having to deal with all the entrenched white male, pov in getting something published is as appealing as a fork twice in the eye.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Person 1: I came here intending to be the authority! I studied this at school/ spent 3 years in this country / broke my leg once/ married a person of this persuasion. And here you come, speaking your truths in your own voice. Stop it.
You're interrogating the text from the wrong perspective. You're not properly neutral and unemotional. You're over reacting. You're too sensitive.
Person 2: This is my story, these are the stories of my ancestors; of those who came before. These are the words of my people.
Person 1: Stop. Shut up! Shut up the anger! How dare you speak! (Like that). How are people to listen?! You wound me! I am bleeding!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
N.K Jemisin has the first chapter of her novel series debut up.
I found the chapter lovely, with a good storytelling voice. It leads me to believe I will see a new perspective in the plot trope of; long lost heir returns & must find their way.
The Hundred Thousand Kindoms, will be out in Feb 2010.