I’ve had enough. I’m tired of TV shows set in fantasy lands where no black people exist and seeing it played off as if that’s somehow realistic. I’ve had enough of the token black person (usually a handsome, “respectable-looking” black man) thrown in at the edge of cast photo as an obvious ploy for diversity. I’ve had enough of a film industry where the most popular black female characters were men in dresses, because the only big black woman popular society will accept is one who’s a joke.
The first time I saw a photo of Octavia Butler, I didn’t know who she was. I was searching for stock images of black women to use for a power point presentation. The presentation would accompany a dramatic reading of the poem “Four Women” by Nina Simone. My group members had instructed me to find a few photos of black women to float in the background while they recited each verse. Continue reading “Icon Status: Octavia Butler”