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It’s officially Fall! Time to instantly put a Pumpkin Spice Latte in your hand!

B&C Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients:

This will serve about 3

1 shot of espresso (1 cup of strong coffee)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp honey (optional)
2 Tbs organic coconut milk 
1 cup milk of your choice (we used almond milk)
1/4 cup organic pumpkin puree

In a saucepan heat 1 cup of milk until it boils.
In a bowl combine all other ingredients. Mix well with a fork or whisk. 
Pour the mixture into a blender and add the boiling milk. Blend for 20 seconds. 
Serve in mugs with (we added whip cream!) cinnamon sprinkled.

Read This: Gene Luen Yang’s rousing comics speech at the 2014 National Book Festival gala

From the Washington Post, article here.

GENE LUEN YANG, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building:

Good evening. Thank you, Library of Congress and National Book Festival, for inviting me to share the stage with such esteemed authors, and to speak with all of you. I am deeply grateful for this honor.

I’m a comic-book guy, so tonight I’d like to talk about another comic book guy. Dwayne McDuffie was one of my favorite writers. When I was growing up, he was one of the few African-Americans working in American comics. Dwayne worked primarily within the superhero genre. He got his start at Marvel Comics but eventually worked for almost every comic book publisher out there. He even branched out into television and wrote for popular cartoon series like “Justice League” and “Ben 10.”


Dwayne McDuffie

Dwayne McDuffie is no longer with us, unfortunately. He passed away in 2011, at the age of 49. But within comics, his influence is still deeply felt.

I was lucky enough to have met him once. About a year before his death, we were on a panel together at Comic-Con. I had the opportunity to shake his hand and tell him how much his work meant to me.

In a column Dwayne wrote in 1999, he talked about his love of the Black Panther, a Marvel Comics character. The Black Panther’s secret alias is T’Challa, the king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. He has super senses, super strength, and super agility. He’s an Avenger, though he hasn’t yet made it into the movies.

The Black Panther wasn’t created by African American cartoonists. He was created in July of 1966 by two Jewish Americans, Stan Lee (who was born Stanley Lieber) and Jack Kirby (who was born Jacob Kurtzberg).

By modern standards, the Black Panther is not a flawless example of a black superhero. In their first draft of the character, Lee and Kirby called him “the Coal Tiger” and gave him a goofy yellow and black costume. Even in his final form, his superhero alias includes the word “Black.” This is true of many early African and African American superheroes, as if what makes them remarkable is neither their superpowers nor their heroism, but their ethnicity. Most problematic, though, was that Marvel made their most prominent black superhero the star of a series called Jungle Action.

All of these flaws were lost on Dwayne McDuffie when he first encountered the Black Panther in 1973, at the age of 11. What struck him was the character’s commanding sense of dignity. The Black Panther wasn’t anyone’s sidekick. He wasn’t an angry thug. He wasn’t a victim. He was his own hero, his own man. As Dwayne describes it, “In the space of 15 pages, black people moved from invisible to inevitable.”

Dwayne’s love of the Black Panther eventually blossomed into a love of comics in general. Dwayne was a smart guy with a lot of options in life. He’d earned a master’s degree in physics. But he chose to write comics as his career. I would argue that without the Black Panther, this flawed black character created by a writer and an artist who were not black, there would be no Dwayne McDuffie the comic book writer.

Dwayne wasn’t just a writer — he was also a businessman. In the early ’90s, he teamed with a group of writers and artists to found Milestone Media, the most prominent minority-owned comic book company that has ever existed. The Milestone universe have since been folded into DC Comics, so these days characters like Static Shock and Icon – characters Dwayne co-created – fight crime alongside Superman and Batman.

In the early ’90s, I was finishing up my adolescence. I visited my local comic-book store on a weekly basis, and one week I found a book on the stands called Xombi, published by Milestone Media. Xombi is a scientist who became a superhero after he was injected with nanotechnology. He allied himself with a secret order of superpowered nuns. One sister was known as Nun of the Above, another Nun the Less. Together, they protected the world from all kinds of supernatural threats.

Xombi was inventive and fun, but he stood out to me because he was an Asian American male carrying in his own monthly title. And even more notable – he didn’t know Kung Fu. Xombi wasn’t created by Asian Americans – his writer was white and his artist black – but he did make Asian Americans a little less invisible.

We in the book community are in the middle of a sustained conversation about diversity. We talk about our need for diverse books with diverse characters written by diverse writers. I wholeheartedly agree.

But I have noticed an undercurrent of fear in many of our discussions. We’re afraid of writing characters different from ourselves because we’re afraid of getting it wrong. We’re afraid of what the Internet might say.

This fear can be a good thing if it drives us to do our homework, to be meticulous in our cultural research. But this fear crosses the line when we become so intimidated that we quietly make choices against stepping out of our own identities.
After all, our job as writers is to step out of ourselves, and to encourage our readers to do the same.

I told you the story of Dwayne McDuffie to encourage all of us to be generous with ourselves and with one another. The Black Panther, despite his flaws, was able to inspire a young African American reader to become a writer.

We have to allow ourselves the freedom to make mistakes, including cultural mistakes, in our first drafts. I believe it’s okay to get cultural details wrong in your first draft. It’s okay if stereotypes emerge. It just means that your experience is limited, that you’re human.

Just make sure you iron them out before the final draft. Make sure you do your homework. Make sure your early readers include people who are a part of the culture you’re writing about. Make sure your editor has the insider knowledge to help you out. If they don’t, consider hiring a freelance editor who does.

Also, it’s okay if stereotypes emerge in the first drafts of your colleagues. Correct them – definitely correct them – but do so in a spirit of generosity. Remember how soul-wrenching the act of writing is, how much courage it took for that writer to put words down on a page.

And let’s say you do your best. You put in all the effort you can. But then when your book comes out, the Internet gets angry. You slowly realize that, for once, the Internet might be right. You made a cultural misstep. If this happens, take comfort in the fact that even flawed characters can inspire. Apologize if necessary, resolve do better, and move on.

Let your fear drive you to do your homework. But no matter what, don’t ever let your fear stop you.

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"Yo estoy aquí, y me quedaré aquí": Salvador Allende

- Eran las 9 y 10 de la mañana del 11 de septiembre de 1973. El Presidente de la República de Chile, Salvador Allende Gossens, aguardaba apertrechado en su oficina del Palacio de La Moneda, los disparos de avión sobre el recinto que perforaban los muros de la historia chilena como el suceso más artero y cobarde de la historia contemporánea del país. Augusto Pinochet traicionaba a su mandatario y lideraba un golpe de Estado que, para ese día, terminaría con la vida del primer gobernante socialista libremente elegido en la historia de Latinoamérica. Unas horas  antes, Allende se dirigía al pueblo y a los trabajadores de la nación y aseguraba que se quedaría defendiendo el mandato popular: “…yo estoy aquí, en el Palacio de Gobierno, y me quedaré aquí defendiendo al Gobierno que represento por voluntad del pueblo”. Pero horas después, tras confirmarse el levantamiento de militares y policías, el Presidente acusaba a los sublevados y decidía no renunciar, en su última alocución al pueblo, a través de Radio Magallanes:  ”Colocado en un tránsito histórico, pagaré con mi vida la lealtad del pueblo. Y les digo que tengo la certeza de que la semilla que hemos entregado a la conciencia digna de miles y miles de chilenos, no podrá ser segada definitivamente. Tienen la fuerza, podrán avasallarnos, pero no se detienen los procesos sociales ni con el crimen ni con la fuerza. La historia es nuestra y la hacen los pueblos”. Pinochet sembró terror en todo Chile durante 17 años. Los seguidores de Allende fueron perseguidos, torturados y asesinados, hasta su retiro del Ejército en 1998, ocho años después de entregar el poder a la “transición democrática”. Hoy, los resabios de aquel Golpe permanecen. La constitución chilena es prácticamente la misma desde el pinochetismo, y la memoria de Allende truena como un rayo sobre la conciencia del Gobierno nacional que en los hechos sigue sin dar justicia a los deudos de la masacre. No obstante, el ejemplo revolucionario del gran Salvador, sigue inspirando la rebeldía de todo un país, que sigue llamándolo “Presidente”, estremeciendo las almas de un pueblo que no olvida. Foto: Los lentes de Salvador Allende encontrados entre los escombros del Palacio de La Moneda tras el Golpe de Estado, son exhibidos en el Museo Histórico Nacional.   

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