Do you have any advice on writing a POC character (just overall). I'm trying to diversify my writing, but want to make sure I'm doing it correctly (I'm white)!
hmmm i can’t really say for any other race? bc im black and only know black culture and stuff but like! an important thing to note is the characters dialect and mannerisms. like idk if it’s just a me thing as a writer, but im obsessed with characters mannerisms in order to portray them correctly. like, take aave. most black characters in (white) media don’t use aave, even though?? we so do irl. (it’s called african american vernacular english for a reason!) like, take sam wilson. he doesn’t use aave BUT he’s clearly apart of black culture by recommending the og black music to steve (troubleman by marvin gaye; note that black people grew up on this type of music: ie the stylistics, the delfonics, dianna ross, the supremes, smokey robinson & the miracles, the Jackson five, michael jackson, for DEF marvin gaye, earth wind and fire, just a ton of black artists from that time period). black people love this type of music and we’re basically all united in that genre. if you’re writing a young (around 13 or under) black character, DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, have them enjoy og white music since their “childhood”. cos we don’t know that music. (ie Black Sabbath ?? uhhh Guns N’ Roses??? ihhh Rolling Stones ??? the beatles ??? idk u get my drift) my family and extended family had no clue who those ppl are, my parents still don’t know who they are, i didn’t know who they were until??? i got on tumblr. honestly i couldn’t name a single song by any of them other than hey Jude by the Beatles and that’s it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
style of dress is definitely important; it also depends on the era and place of where the character lives? like back in compton there was a specific type of style that the guys wore; Durags are still prevalent tbh, bandanas, white t shirts, sagging shorts/pants.
wounds and scars on black skin is so important. idk how tf they show up on white skin, but for black people, scars start as pink cuts, then they fade to a darker shade of brown. like i have so many scars on my skin that r just darker shades of brown lolol so never write that a black persons scar is pink after a long amount of time has passed (like two years)
HAIR! HAIR IS SO IMPORTANT!! white people can NEVER understand black hair, EVER. if you’re white and you think you understand black hair, you Don’t. you don’t and you won’t. there are different hair types and textures; when i was a kid before straightening my hair, i had 4c hair type, now i have 4b hair type. hair styles based on hair type is so important. like, twists are really easy to do for a general neat and curly look, but they differ based off of hair types, girls with 3b hair type have more wavy-ish curls when they do twists, girls with 4c are more tightly coiled. also! black girls always dedicate one day a week to our hair. it usually either sunday or Saturday, and it takes generally all day. also! learn diff hair styles! there are goddess locks, Bantu knots, sister locks, dread locks, afro’s, twist outs, etc etc. There’s a lot of things u can do!
now as for writing a black character, that’d be …a difficulty, definitely, but research !!! is important !
People with Type 3B hair will-defined, springy, copious curls that range from bouncy ringlets to tight corkscrews. 3B curls are about the size of a sharpie. Type 3B hair can be straightened, but it’s a chai chore. Type 3B hair generally isn’t particularly shiny and it’s texture can be quite coarse. Gels and creams work best to reduce frizz and add definition
How long have you been natural? It will be 3 years on May the 10th.
What’s your hair type? 3b - 3c
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Mini Twists, Twist out, High Bun
What are your top three staple products? Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo/Conditioner, Daily Leave In Conditioner by Darcy’s Botanicals, Moku Hair Butter by Komaza Care
Lastly, a random fact about yourself? I teach younger kids in a classroom setting. I never wear my hair straight in front of my students to show all my brown faced sweethearts that their curls, kinks, coils, puffs, braids, and twists, are BEAUTIFUL.