Contemplating Monica Dawson

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Today I’m going to descend further into my heroine addiction and discuss the awesome that is Monica Dawson from the TV series Heroes and how her story resonates with my personal journey.

When it comes to Heroes, *sighs*…… I actually watched the series until the end of season 3 and then I had to move on. Between eliminating excellent characters, shoddy writing (or lack of writing for that matter), and plotholes you could steer planets through (as a buddy so accurately stated) I could only be patient and loyal for so long until I could takes no more.

One of the few gems of the series came in the form of a new character introduced in season 2: Monica Dawson aka “St. Joan.” The cousin of Micah, this New Orleans native’s storyline touched me on a deeper level than I surmise the writers ever intended.

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The Panther Is Here

February is a special month for me. In addition to it being the month of my birthday, it is also the month we celebrate Black History and in turn a very special part of American History.

To celebrate both Black History and my birthday, this year I wanted to do something a little different and fun. For this month (and possibly beyond), I’m going to making posts related to being a black geek. I’ll post (and repost) some of my favorite books, movies, comics, etc. that feature black protagonists and discuss the challenges of being a person of color in fandom and in the speculative fiction industry.

So today I will be discussing one of my all time favorite DVDs, The Black Panther.

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(Open Thread) The Whitewashing of Sailor Moon (And Other Anime)


Chaka Cumberbatch’s article about white fandom’s bullshit towards her Sailor Venus cosplay (Which by the way is the best Sailor Venus cosplay. EVER.) set off a train of thoughts which got me thinking about how the US dubbing of anime.

Because I’m always so out of touch with the current, I don’t know if this is still the case but I do know that in the previous decade, anime dubbed in the US which are targeted at children (though some of them are targeted at teenagers back in Japan) have a strong tendency to give the English names to the Japanese characters.

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I’m a Black Female Cosplayer And Some People Hate It



‎”Here’s the second deal: I’m also black. Which is fine by most everyone, until I have the audacity to cosplay a character who isn’t.

After my pictures started making the rounds on deviantArt, tumblr and 4chan, it became pretty clear that my cosplay brings all the racists to the yard, and they’re like…white cosplay is better than yours.”


Read this article NOW!!!!


File this under why White Fandom needs to die and rot in hell. This is a taste of the hatred, denigration, and pure unadulterated hell  that fans of color have to endure every day.

Also, mad love and respect to the beautiful, talented, and immensely awesome Chaka Cumberbatch for standing tall and being every bit of the super heroine that she cosplays.

You can follow her and show her some love here:


Brain Food – Episode 27!

Wow, it’s been a good while, hasn’t it? But here it finally is, episode 28 of Brain Food, wherein I review Daniel H Wilson’s book, Robopocolypse!

A special thank you goes out to Sparkindarkness for his contribution to this video, and I highly encourage you all to go and read his reviews over at Fangs For The Fantasy.

And especially check out his article on What Will You Do In A Dystopian?

[On a side note, please ignore the number at the start… this is episode 27, not 28… I just got a touch mixed up there. >_>]

(Open discussion) What does it mean when fandoms routinely isolate systemic and institutional oppression from its analysis of a character or story?

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of seeing any kind of analysis or critique of marginalized characters (particularly women of color) focus on why someone likes them or hates them, or why they’re good or bad.

Honestly, it’s so bland, and having had my community organizing goggles readjusted, I realize that it’s not nearly as important as how systemic and institutional oppression are reflected, reinforced, and/or subverted in the story.

I know that not everybody does that. Hell, even people I find to be usually on point seem to deflect or ignore this shit, especially when it comes to characters are sit on the intersections of marginalization (race and gender, disability and sexuality, etc.).

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