I’ve been quite busy since my last blog post. Check out my portfolios for new clips from Rookie and AIG.com!
My profile on singer Alice Smith is in the new issue of ESSENCE! Read it here.
I love walking into a bookstore and seeing titles I’ve proofread!
Velcro, Jacuzzi, Rollerblade, and Dumpster. These commonplace words are actually trademarks and need to be capitalized each time in writing. First, refer to a dictionary to determine if a questionable word is trademarked. It’s possible the word has become a generic trademark and no longer needs capitalization (like aspirin). If the word is not listed, check the product’s official website for its correct capitalization and spelling. Finally, take out all of the product names in your writing because who wants to advertise for free anyway?
This is the largest article in a mainstream magazine I have ever written. It was a lot of fun, and quite surreal, to interview Kirk Franklin. On the page I also profiled three rising male musicians. Visit my writing portfolio to read the piece.
– What do Michelle Obama and I have in common? We’re both contributors to the July issue of ESSENCE Magazine! On stands now, you can read my profile of Quvenzhané Wallis, the 8-year-old star of the indie film sensation Beasts of the Southern Wild.
– Last week I volunteered at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. I was overwhelmed by how amazing the campers sounded at their concert and how happy they looked performing.
– My writing and editing portfolio is now up-to-date. Dig?
-Know of anyone in need of a writing tutor? I have three years of experience tutoring undergraduate and graduate students. I am open to tutoring grade school students as well. Send me an email if you need more information.
Recently, I was a guest reviewer for my very talented friend Nick Gazin’s column “Comic Book Love-In #62”. As with much of Vice.com, a NSFW banner drawing acts as the introduction to the column, so, below is my review minus the urine and vagina drawings. (Originally published here: http://www.vice.com/read/nick-gazins-comic-book-love-in-62)
Black Images in the Comics: A Visual History
A few years ago, I had a friend who collected Black mammy cookie jars. When I asked her what sparked the collection she told me it was because she found them interesting. She didn’t expound beyond that. I felt this same yearning for discourse while reading Black Images in the Comics.
The book is a selected history of the depiction of Black people in comics since the beginning of the medium. One-paneled excerpts are paired with brief text describing the time period it was drawn and the artist’s background. Repetitive, old timey racist images make up about half of the book. The comics get less gruesome as they reach the present but with the short descriptions it’s difficult to understand why a particular panel is significant at all. Strömberg never desired to make an academic book, but what readers end up with is an awkward less-is-more, coffee-table-book style in pocket size. I wanted to know more about how Felix the Cat may have grown out of racist imagery or whether X-Men was inspired by the civil rights movement. Instead I was reminded of the sensation of sitting silent in a kitchen with images parodying my Black womanhood.