Hello readers! How was your first month of the new year? Probably the same for me, since we lost quite a few celebrities that touched our lives and our hearts with their awesomeness. What is also sad is the controversy of the Oscar nominations announcement and the stance of celebs such as Jada Pinkett-Smith to boycott the ceremony given the apparent lack of diversity in the nomination process. Jada, ever the social media fan, took to the forums with a video below where she announces her decision. However, what spoke to me, yelled to me, was what she said leading up to this. She stated that maybe it was time that we stopped begging for acknowledgment, and started doing our own thing. That we should band together, have more of our own award shows, and our own programming.
Her words moved me, because proper representation of minorities in all forms of media is something that is sorely lacking, and I have always strongly believed that if anyone can tell story the way it needs to be told, it’s us. I hear my cosplay friends, both novice and vets alike, comment on the lack of diversity in the games, shows, and graphic novels. And then there is the cosplay blackface trend that we keep trying to squish like a bug. It is not and never will be good. Stop it. However, out of the ashes comes the phoenix, and there are a lot more minorities taking up position in the writing rooms of entertainment industry. I could write an entire essay about this, but I will simply say that the solution to this is simply if you want something done, you do it yourself.
An artist by the name of Albert Pierre has been working on a comic series for over 10 years about Super Dominica and her friends in the Caribbean Justice League. The main character is a Carib Indian that gains her powers from the ancients of the tribe as well as the natural resources. Her friends and teammates represent all islands along the chain, including my home, Antigua. I cannot put into words how awesome it is to feel represented as an Afro-Caribbean woman, even as a fictional character called Solar Flare. Just know that I fangirled more than was necessary. I had been following the art for a few months where I could, however thanks to the magic of social media, Albert’s work has spread like wild fire. The members of the CJL include a few representatives of Latin America as well. Mr. Pierre is also working on a game and a comic for the series, so I expect great success on this, and will do my part to support his work. This is just one example of how important representation is, especially for minorities who get enough flack just for being nerds. Please check him out on Facebook and on the Super Dominica website.
Image Source: Facebook, Albert Pierre, Huffington Post