- The Prom Draft – The L.A. Times brings us a charming story of a high school where female students are ranked by desirability and male students draw lots for them.
One junior, he said, paid $140 for a better draft pick to increase his chances of getting first dibs on a specific girl. “It’s awkward because he spent a large amount of money to go with someone he doesn’t talk to,” the student said. “And she finds it awkward that he chose her.”
- The Swirl Awards Finalist List – Rameau brought this award aimed at interracial romance to me. Being unfamiliar with the selected titles, I’ve got some homework to do.
The Swirl Awards is the brain child of many, many conversations with several authors who write interracial and multicultural romance. Often overlooked and unrecognized for their contributions to romantic fiction, the Swirl Awards was created to promote romance without color barriers!
- Director Of Nina Simone Film Sues Over Production Company’s Hijacking – Cynthia Mort is upset that her hard work is being misrepresented. What’s the word for when your appropriation gets appropriated?
The lawsuit filed by attorney Howard Weitzman says that as a result, the film slated to be released March 31, 2014, doesn’t reflect Mort’s vision of Simone as a woman, musician and civil rights activist. She’s asking for unspecified monetary damages as well as a declaration that the defendants can’t make decisions without her meaningful approval and consultation.
- Nina Simone’s Daughter On Her Mother’s REAL Legacy – In this 2012 piece Nina’s daughter discusses what it’s like to have your life disregarded.
I do remember saying to her that if any of us tried to take the story of Bing Crosby or, Dean Martin, or Frank Sinatra, or Elvis Presley and turn it into something that was a tall tale based on something that never happened, I doubt that we’d get very far. My mother’s life was tragic enough. My mother suffered enough. Her life is full of enough.
- Are Authors Scared to Write Diverse Books? – Roni Loren urges her fellow white writers to be braver, via Huffington Post. Maybe next we can have a piece about why AOC don’t feel this same fear about writing white characters. Or we could talk about who gets to sit in a boat and who gets to drown! That’d be fun!
And I absolutely agree that there needs to be focus on encouraging diverse voices in the publishing world. (That’s a bigger topic I’m not going to tackle here.) But I don’t think that means that any writer should be limited to only writing about groups they belong to or experiences they’ve personally had (how boring). A rising tide lifts all boats. Let’s all be part of that tide together.
- My Body Is Not Your Battleground – AnuK sent me this piece by artist Sanaa Hamid on her most recent work. I find her focus on attractive subjects it’s own problem but her art is intriguing.
There’s a relentless misconception in the West that South Asian women cannot both represent traditionalism and religion as well as modernity and progress and are oppressed, which is certainly not the case and exhausting to see in the media. The body of work is an aggressive dismissal of this ideology, as well as an insight into a social issue that needs attention to dispel stereotypes.
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Meoskop's first non-compulsory book review was in 1973. Although a hit with the 3rd grade, concerns raised by the administration necessitated an extended hiatus. Reviews resumed in 1985 but the concerns are ongoing.