Star Wars and the 4 Ways Science Fiction Handles Race – Noah Berlatsky – The Atlantic

lead“The genre has no problem imagining a future full of spaceships and aliens. A racially integrated society, though?”

“It’d be great news if the buzz about 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o being cast in the upcoming Star Wars sequel is true. That’s because Lupita Nyong’o is great, and it would be wonderful to see her get high-profile roles.

Casting someone whose breakout role explicitly and thoughtfully engaged with the African-American experience may also, hopefully, kick off a discussion about race in Star Wars and in sci-fi more generally. The franchise has often been criticized for its clueless, tone-deaf use of caricature, especially the nods to blackface minstrelsy in Jar Jar Binks. More importantly, Star Wars encapsulates a pop-culture tradition of space operas that can easily invent spaceships and robots and aliens, but that helplessly acquiesce to old, stereotypical treatments of gender and race. Why does that matter? Sci-fi is at least in part a dream of a different world and a different future. When that future unthinkingly reproduces current inequities, it seems like both a missed opportunity and a failure of imagination.” Read more here: Star Wars and the 4 Ways Science Fiction Handles Race – Noah Berlatsky – The Atlantic.

Join the UDC Department of English, World Languages, and Cultures and Irish American Writers and Artists, Inc for our DC Salon on April 4, 6:30-9:00 PM, UDC, Building 41, Room A03!

Join the UDC Department of English, World Languages, and Cultures and Irish American Writers and Artists, Inc for our DC Salon on April 4, 6:30-9:00 PM, University of the District of Columbia, Building 41, Room A03!

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For my fans, some selfies while I write my Afrofuturism and Black Feminisms Chapter

I am balancing out my teaching and committee duties with the other piece of what I do as a scholar–research and write.  I was commissioned to build a chapter for a Black Studies reader that would focus on Afrofuturism and Black Feminisms.

Looking at the wealth of material on Black Feminism has made me realize just how much work  I actually missed while writing my own book–it’s a reminder of that constant feeling that one can never really capture everything, though one may try to engage as much as possible.  Making connections between two flourishing movements isn’t so much the issue as it is negotiating the discursive tensions with regard to political and aesthetic concerns.

Meeting deadlines while balancing out five classes and Faculty Senate committee work isn’t always a breeze, even with the great assistance of two very talented RAs.  At the end of the day, it is up to me.  It’s always up to me.

As you know, I like to document my moods and emotions on my face while I work.  Enjoy the view while I work.

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Happy Valentine’s Day Everyday

I feel at peace with myself right now on Valentine’s Day.

I am alone, but not lonely.

I’ve gone through all the permutations of trying to understand why I choose to be alone today, and I can honestly say that today I am happy, content, and in love with myself.

I choose myself.rose

I choose to stand by my standards of a meaningful relationship.

I choose to not settle in order to fulfill a societal insistence that women should be attached to a man in order to happy.

I am open to a loving companionship, but I do not live in desperation to be in one.

Happiness needs to already from within *before* becoming entangled with someone else.

I see the sun shining through the window and I watch joy fill my room.

I am alive.

I am in love.

I feel love.

I feel loved.

I am alone, but I am not alone.

The people I love and who love me are here with me.

I celebrate love today.

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I love myself today.

I celebrate the sacred feast of Love in the constant Now.

In gratitude to Stuart Hall, a socialist intellectual who taught us to confront the political with a smile » AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

In gratitude to Stuart Hall, a socialist intellectual who taught us to confront the political with a smile » AFRICA IS A COUNTRY.

Stuart Hall was the most important public intellectual of the past 50 years. In an age where having a TV show allegedly makes someone a public intellectual and where the status of the university you work at counts for more than what you have to say, Hall’s work seems even more urgent and his passing, somehow, even sadder. “