Let’s Make John Lewis’ March a #1 Seller on Amazon

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President-elect Donald Trump has decided to go after Civil Rights movement icon — and national hero — Congressman John Lewis. The attack comes after Rep. Lewis told NBC’s Chuck Todd that he didn’t view Trump as a legitimate president due to Russia’s interference with the 2016 election. Lewis isn’t wrong, and it is more than hypocritical for the PEOTUS to lash out at people questioning his legitimacy since that’s what he has done to President Obama for the last five years. In the meantime, Twitter has clapped back at Trump, and many of Lewis’ colleagues in congress have pledged to boycott the inauguration. We want to help out by pointing our readers to Lewis’ award-winning graphic memoir trilogy, March. Let’s all pitch in to make his books #1 bestsellers on Amazon this Martin Luther King Day weekend.

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Set It Off: My Writing Goals for 2017

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It’s that time of year again, never late but right on time! Let me queue up some reading music for you all.

This is my third year doing this type of post, a retrospective navel gaze on my writing output for the year followed by some goal setting. As always, credit where it’s due: this post was entirely inspired by Mr. Thaddeus Howze, “The Answer Man.” Check out his other work over at Hub City Blues.

For those of you who are new to this blog or this type of post, here are the rules:

I’ll begin with a review of what I wanted to accomplish in 2016, and then we’ll examine whether or not I achieved what I set out to do (SPOILER ALERT: I usually don’t). After that, I’ll lay out exactly what I intend to accomplish in regard to my writing output in…

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GIVE ME BLACKNESS IN YA

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give-meHello guys, I hope your New Year is going smoothly. To all my new followers I want ya’ll to know I’m Black. You know so there will be no confusion. I don’t want to scare you off with some of the things I will be talking about on this blog. Yes this blog is 90% of me talking about books and bookish thing but sometimes I get real and have to let some shit off my chest. Thankfully, this isn’t one of those time. This little post is all about books and what I hope to see this year in the book community.

Okay, has you know by now I’m Black. Yes, me the one that’s typing this post. So, naturally I want to see Blackness represented in the YA community. Blackness shown in a positive light. Not that ratchet ass bullshit that you see every day on the…

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The One About Rogue One

Yet another Rook mistake...

Growing up, Star Wars was my thing. Had the action figures and  basically played pretend for years. Cut the head off of a blue mop handle and a green broom one. Got in trouble and SWORE never to do it again. Then endured the grounding that followed when Mom brought home red handled replacements.

Broken fingers. Bloody knuckles. Lumps to the head. Lightsaber duels were my first secret fight club.

Even made up my own character because Leia wasn’t badass enough – plus there was that slave girl thing. Ugh.

Saw Rogue One and LOVED it. Loved the story. Loved the homage to the 70s. Loved the set dressing. Loved the settings. Loved the characters. Loved that it was dark. But even with all the love, there was just something missing.

Chicks.

Group of evil scientists – all dudes.

Crowds – no chicks

Military /Rebel Base – Mon Mothma

Wait … no.  That’s…

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What Artists Can Learn from the Trump v. Hamilton “Distraction”

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by Timothy Yu

Mike Pence went to see Hamilton. He got booed. The actors read a statement from the stage. And our president-elect tweeted a demand that the cast apologize for their “harassment.” Just another day in the dawning Trump Era.

There was plenty to say. Some pointed out the irony of Donald Trump, scourge of political correctness, complaining that the theater should be a “safe place.” Others pointed to the chilling precedent of our incoming president demanding that artists apologize to an elected official. But what most surprised me was seeing some of my friends — many of whom are themselves artists, writers, literary scholars — repeating the argument that the Hamilton controversy was “just a distraction” from Trump’s other problems.

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What Can A Nerd Do (About Trump)?

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Okay, we, as Nerds of Color (TM), especially now that a white supremacist nightmare is about to become our president, need to get our collective shit together. In a bigly way.

So I’m gonna — periodically — post some links and actions and ideas (under the heading “What Can A Nerd Do?”) about what a nerd can do, politicalwise, to combat the eeebil is is come upon us. And I will edit-to-add any legit links/ideas left in comments about the topic at hand as well, so jump in mah nurds!

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The Political Is Personal

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Since Donald Trump’s presidential election victory last week, there’s been much discussion and preparation in regards to the fates of minorities given the Presidential Elect[?]’s controversial and bigoted platform.

Whether it’s the election, Ferguson, Flint, Orlando, or DAPL, one of the most infuriating things I hear from people, and by people I mean white people, is that there needs to be more dialogue, more education, more love.

If only there were more people out there teaching and educating then tragedies like #Orlando or #Ferguson or #Baltimore wouldn’t be a reality.

Why is that infuriating? Because there are people who have dedicated their lives, doing that very work. In fact you’re reading one of their pieces right now.

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