The central fact in Black Science Fiction - self-consciously so named or not - is an acknowledgement that Apocalypse already happened: that (in PE’s phrase) Armageddon been in effect. Black SF writers - Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler - write about worlds after catastrophic disaster; about the modalities of identity without hope of resolution, where race and nation and neighborhood and family are none of them enough to obviate betrayal…
Black Feminism, my essay…
"Black feminism doesn’t seem to exist because it is eclipsed by the prejudice of aggression of the black woman. Unity between women of color is the elephant in the room of the White feminist. It seems we aren’t woman enough to unite against issues that affect the gender as a whole. We are already born with the stacks against us because we are black women. As black women we need to show that we can come together and fight for a cause. We have to magnify our humanity. Once we are given a platform we must shine brighter than the cameras."
I wrote this essay to inform the masses my thoughts on Black Feminism. Unity is the main goal..
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
And I can’t
but to run my fingers
down your spine
like you are my
book. But I still
cannot read you,
your own language.
Your pages are
tired and torn,
but I want you,
I want it all.
No seriously… Drake confuses me. I think he’s a brilliant writer but he seriously confuses me. How can you say “No New Friends” and then complain that “muh-fuccas” never loved you? If that’s that case, shouldn’t you be searching for new friends? Shouldn’t it be no OLD friends? Nothing but NEW friends who are gonna actually love you?
"You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world. The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it." —James Baldwin
"Writing is really a way of thinking—not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or just sweet.” —Toni Morrison
"The purpose of any piece of writing is its existence before a reader’s eyes. A writer exists when she fills the blank page. A writer fulfills her task when she can be read by readers. The important thing is to write." —Nancy Morejón
"The ability to use language to effective ends, to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words—that’s magical." — Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)
"By and large, the critics and readers gave me an affirmed sense of my identity as a writer. You might know this within yourself, but to have it affirmed by others is of utmost importance. Writing is, after all, a form of communication." —Ralph Ellison
"The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart." —Maya Angelou