- Where are the stories about vampires and werewolves vying for a dark-skinned Black woman’s love and affection?
- Where are the stories about faeries whisking dark-skinned Black women away to a magical place far, far away?
- Where are the stories about dark-skinned Black women being wooed by gods and demigods?
- Where are the stories about dark-skinned Black women being loved and desired after by aliens, angels and demons?
I mean, I know why there is such a paucity of these stories (it begins with “miso-” and ends in “-noir”), but I’m interested in delving the ways that it manifests in how we conceptualize and talk about this type of story, or at least examining these types of stories from a Black feminist or womanist lens. I tried broaching it a few times (though with a heavier emphasis on the gothic heroine as protagonist) but the responses have been scant, almost as if people are afraid of looking deeper.
I was gonna make a post saying I can’t wait for Georgiou to get that villain woobifying that’s usually reserved for white men. But that made me think of Sonequa Martin-Green’s character on Walking Dead. How Sasha got to have an extended existential crisis and be all broody and sullen and do dramatic things like lie down in a pit of zombies and think about the meaning of life. How shit like that is usually reserved for white men. But she as a Black woman got to have that role. And on Discovery she gets to be the hero and the controller of people’s fates. And an Asian woman gets to be the character that the writers go, “yeah they’re totally evil, but dammit we just like them so we’re gonna think of a way for them to stick around.”
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Elli and Her Papa by Georgia Henderson
“Elli and Her Papa” is a short prequel story set in a fantasy world about a little girl who can talk to animals and her father who doesn’t quite grasp the implications of such a power. Chaos ensues.
“My name is Georgia Henderson and I’m a Story Artist, Animator and Cartoonist! Currently, I work at Shadowmachine NW on Dallas & Robo as a Storyboard artist. Previously, I worked on Jeff & Some Aliens as a Storyboard and Prop artist. I am a graduate of LMU’s Animation program with an emphasis in Storyboarding. In the spring of 2015 I was a Story Intern for Titmouse. I also used to work at the Los Angeles Loyolan as the Cartoon Editor. Good times!
You know, I think this might be the first time I’ve ever done a blog tour? When I got the email about possibly doing something for the release of Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone in its release week, I kind of like got all giddy. What a great opportunity to do something fantastic in order to celebrate one of my favorite books of 2018! In Tomi Adeymi’s Children of Blood and Bone, the…
“It’s been making me think afresh about the problem of scarcity, and how books and other fictionalised narratives with non-straight non-white non-guy protagonists carry so great a weight of hopes—because there have been so few of them, comparatively, that it’s not like you can just shrug and find another with a protagonist that reflects these aspects of your identity if you don’t like it.“”
“It’s just been a slow come up to this point. Black Panther is huge, and while we celebrate, I think it’s very important to emphasize that we also need more powerful positions behind the scenes. We need more executives, showrunners, writers, directors, getting our Black women in there, specifically. When I say Black women, I mean our brown-skinned Black women, because colorism has become an issue as well, and we need to tackle all of these things. I just think it’s very important for us to represent the world how we see it.”