My Patron Saints of Black Girl Geekdom

We all have those characters. Maybe she was the first black girl you ever witnessed having actual lines on a sci-fi show. Maybe it was her presence that let you know that girls like you could exist in those worlds.

Often their roles are small but in the color-starved oasis of genre television, the appearance of such characters can feel life-affirming for marginalized viewers. These are the characters whose stories have meant the most to me and who I clung to during a rocky adolescence. Their images would be preserved in the stained glass windows of my black girl nerd temple if I had one. They’re kinda like my patron saints, I guess; like, to the point where I’ve mentally planned the black and white half-sleeve I’d get of them if I wasn’t afraid of needles, but that’s another story.

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Which Fictional World Would You Want To Live In?

Confession time! I spend a crazy amount of time thinking about what it would be like to not live in the place that I live. I realize this sentence makes me sound a lot more dissatisfied with my life than I really am, but that’s not what this is about. It’s just that there are so many cool magical words out there (in fiction-land??), and all we have are tvs and microwaves and cellphones that can give you directions, which is cool but not as cool as magic schools or demon-hunting or traveling through space and time would be, am I right?? Continue reading “Which Fictional World Would You Want To Live In?”