I have to fan girl squee for a moment. ANGELA BASSETT IS GOING TO BE IN A COMIC BOOK MOVIE! YES! (She's playing Ramonda--ick, I hope they don't go with that back story. The above image is of Shuri, T'Challa's sister. And I love her already.) There's a lot to celebrate when it comes to Black Panther. Just in case you are one of the few people who didn't see the trailer, here you go.
"...and it's hard for a good man to be king." I love that. Wow. It gives me chills. I've seriously enjoyed watching the reactions from people of color. (see also) It makes me cry--particularly on the heels of Wonder Woman. Because I can relate. And I'm thrilled to death that another group not usually represented in comics gets to feel that same joy of being invited to the party. Joy shared is joy doubled, y'all. Even though after Iron Fist I kept running across people who say they're getting Super Hero Movie fatigue. I suspect the issue is more specific. (I know I've gotten white dude super hero fatigue.) Most genres seem to start out with the white dudes. And as that story-mine is tapped out, writers begin to explore outside that narrow mindset. A certain set of writers get more creative. Every time this happens there is a rebirth, and the genre is richer for it. People who don't stick around for the second act, disturb me--I'll be honest. They're only there for the standard stuff. They end up only supporting the white male stories. So, have fatigue if you wish, but you're going to miss out on the best the genre has to offer. And...well...I might give you some side-eye, depending upon your attitude.
And now for the rest of Feminist Monday. :)
Literature/Entertainment: Princess Buttercup Became the Warrior General Who Trained Wonder Woman, All Dreams Are Now Viable. Literary agent Dongwon Song writes How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Eat the Damn Eyeball. Q&A What it's like to be a real-life Amazon on the set of 'Wonder Woman'. Chuck Whendig weighs in: GREETINGS FROM THE EUNUCH MOON COLONY #457! Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall, Which Man Wrote the Worst Wonder Woman Review of All? Wonder Woman: Breaking the Bonds For Female Heroes. On Kathy Griffin, Performative Outrage, and the Relativity of Shame. And now in the not to distant future: Netflix Lands Misha Green Female Empowerment Action Spec ‘Mother’ In Heavy Bidding. What I Learned About My White Privilege From Watching ‘Get Out’.
General: What’s Killing America’s Black Infants? And another health-related link: African Americans are more likely than whites to develop Alzheimer’s. Why? And another: When Black women walk, things change. I may have posted this one before but it's worth doing again. Princeton researchers discover why AI become racist and sexist. The United Methodist Church has appointed a transgender deacon. Opinion: Video of woman's rant against Philly cop reveals shielding power of white privilege. What happened after I removed from my dating profiles any pictures that showed my disabilities. Black Men Loving Black Men Is A Revolutionary Act. States with more black people have less generous welfare benefits, study says, and YES, that is racist. Which brings us to: The Case for Reparations. You know what? We've been waiting for this shit to fade away, and it simply doesn't. Australia at least officially apologized, and yes, there's certainly much much more work to do. We should at least do the bare minimum and officially apologize too. Let's start there. Georgia Democrat aims to be nation’s first female African American governor. The Silencing of the Hillary Clinton Supporter. As Gloria Steinem Prepares to Accept Her CFDA Tribute, 17 Feminists Share What She Means to Them. Mental Health Resources for Teens. This Cycle of Police Targeting Black Folks Shows Exactly How Systemic Racism Works. What Happened When My Therapist Told Me I Wasn’t Bisexual. ‘We’re All Just Different!’ How White People Are Co-opting Intersectionality. Yeah. Don't do that.
Trigger Warning: Uber Weighs Leave of Absence for Chief Executive--due to mis-handling of assault cases involving employees. ‘Shut up, slave!’: A spilled Starbucks drink led to a racist tirade and sidewalk fight, police say. Note the young white man who is definitely not working class or rural poor. A tense Pennsylvania courtroom hears opening statements in Bill Cosby’s long-awaited trial.
 I'll be honest. That article made me feel pretty good about choosing to give Dylan and Dar screen time in Blackthorne. I know. I know. Selfish.
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