An Amazon’s confidence- why Wonder Woman is an empowering character.

  ***WARNING! SPOILERS!*** After watching Wonder Woman this weekend, I’ve decided to write a review. First and foremost, Wonder Woman is an excellent film. The scenes are beautiful. The casting is perfect. The dialogue is strong. Aside from a few hiccups(when did Diana learn to fly, how did an American Steve Trevor end up working…

Achilla Strong: the case for ferocious women.

  During Women’s History Month, I would be remiss to neglect discussing the characters who keep the Nephilim Chronicles alive. Ferocious women are the driving force behind my fiction writing and with good reason. Strong women in real life provide enough motivation for a lifetime’s worth of novel writing. As of late, women have shown…

Get Out: Chris’ rebellion.

So before I start this essay on Chris’ role in the new movie Get Out, I must warn you. This will have spoilers. I REPEAT: SPOILER ALERT! Now that that’s out of the way, Rotten Tomatoes got it right giving Get Out a 100 percent rating. Jordan Peele loaded it with racial symbolism that would be…

A Protagonist’s Pain: why heroes must suffer

“You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” -Rocky Balboa. If there is one thing I’ve learned as…

The Purpose-Filled Villain: Artemis Harris’ development

Last week I asked people on social media(Facebook and Instagram) their opinions on villains and heroes. When I asked about personifying social problems into a villain, I didn’t get many answers. I could only assume that was because social ills are also complex. To think of a villain who personifies one takes research and a…

Letter to Carolyn Bryant- I hope your conscience is clear

Dear Carolyn Bryant, I read an interesting story today in Vanity Fair that said you lied on the stand about Emmett Till.  You admitted to it in a new book called The Blood of Emmett Till, and I must say I’m glad you came out with the truth. The truth would’ve been nice the day your…

Normalizing bigotry-Donald Trump’s racism is an American tradition.

If Donald Trump’s victory proves anything, it’s that subjugating people of color is a time-honored tradition in American culture that maintains itself through normalization. It started off as chattel slavery, transitioned into convict leasing, manifested as Jim Crow and hid behind mass incarceration. When the N-word is no longer acceptable, racists rely on thug. When…

Ordinary People-by Cat Ross

This guest writer sent me an essay so powerful, no words need be said. Please just read. * It has been the head-shaking, finger-wagging, shame-laden motto of the left and the right since November 10, 2016: “Democrats are out of touch”. Major news op-eds, politicians, and scholars, have said it–Hell, I said it, head-in-hand, dappled…

Civil Rights with Donald Trump-the New Deal for Black America

Now that Donald Trump is the president-elect, it’s time to actually examine his policies, including those for the black community.  For anyone who forgot, Trump’s relationship with black people isn’t exactly stellar. The Justice Department sued him for racial discrimination, he called for the Central Park Five’s execution and still thinks they’re guilty, and he…

New Civil Rights Movement-we must fight during Donald Trump’s presidency

Donald Trump just won the presidential election, and white supremacists are rejoicing all over the country, including David Duke and Tomi Lahren.  It’s easy to call today a victory for racism, sexism, xenophobia,  all of the social ills Trump represents. Lahren and Duke are right, as long as you consider “our people”  White Supremacist America,…

The Trump effect: how white privilege ran for president.

This year Donald Trump  showed the kind of leniency a combination of white  and male privilege provides, and until we address it head-on, this inequality will remain. Before going any further, let’s address privilege for those who are often offended by the phrase, usually because they have no idea what it means. Allan G. Johnson,…

The Commander-in-Chief Forum through the eyes of a former Marine.

Below is a submission from a former E-3 Lance Corporal with the Marine Corps military police who served two years of active duty and is currently married to an active duty member of the Army.  Due to military restrictions on publicly expressing  political views, the Marine chose to remain anonymous. There is some coarse language,…