What You Don’t Know, Believe the Ghetto Knows

I’m really a fan of Ibi Zoboi‘s work. I love her writing, the lens through which she tells stories. I appreciate the way Zoboi juxtaposes the magic inherent in the world with the reality of life as an immigrant, the child of immigrants, and how hard it is to live within that culture while wanting to, simultaneously,…

#RacialRPG

Earlier this year, John Scalzi wrote a blog post titled Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is, which served as an interesting take on explaning the realities of privilege to folks who don’t always seem to comprehend how that whole privilege thing goes down in everyday life. From the post: I’ve been thinking…

Comics Fail the Clark Test

Yesterday, I came across this article in Racialicious. TL;DR version: the author (Cheryl Lynn Eaton, from Digital Femme) talks about the reality of being an African American female comics reader. Eaton discussed having to choose between books that portrayed characters of color versus books that portray women when buying her monthly reads, due to the…

Reimagining Tolkien

I gotta tip my hat to my wife on this one. While we were indulging in a little morning tweeting, she stumbled upon this Salon article on her timeline. In it, Laura Miller discusses the burgeoning success of N. K. Jemisin and David Anthony Durham as POC fantasy authors, and their perspectives of that existence.