These are almost all off the top of Lia’s head, or from our roleplay’s potential fc list, so this is by no means thorough. We will be updating this as we go, and publishing various FC lists in the future. This is just a severe head shake at those who claim it’s harder to think of POC FCs (only those that use it as an excuse). Representation isn’t hard.
Before you start reading, I just want to make a disclaimer that this paragraph is specific to me about my experience as a Puerto Rican Afro-Latina and my struggle with identity. This was originally written on my finsta and is a little unfiltered, but these are my raw feelings about what it’s been like for me coming up as an Afro-Latina in the U.S.
People constantly dismiss Afro-Latinx, because Afro-Latinx don’t have pale skin with straight hair, but instead are dark with curly/nappy hair. “You don’t look Puerto Rican.” Well Susan, please enlighten me. What the fuck does a Puerto Rican look like? Puerto Ricans come in all different shapes, sizing and colors, all coming from different parts of the island. Anyone with a basic knowledge of history knows that the slave trade was prominent in countries colonized by Spain and Portugal, now known as Latin America, so a lot of Latinx have African, European and Native American ancestry. Some Latinx may look more African while others may look more European. Does appearance make anyone less Latinx? No. So don’t try to tell me, in my case, that I don’t “look” Puerto Rican because I don’t look like what you think a Latinx looks like. I got the DNA test to prove it sis don’t try me. Don’t accuse me of hating my blackness, and that I’m trying to be Hispanic because I don’t want to be black. I love my black, my white and my taína. Allow me to be proud of my brown skin and my nappy hair, and wear my flag proudly, without criticizing me because I don’t look like Jlo. I’m stepping off of my soapbox. Goodnight.
Do you know of any lists of POC actors/actresses in period films, please? Thank you.
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I feel like I’m morally obliged to condemn smoking – what with
the weird unicorn commercials and whatnot trying to deter teen smoking.
However, I find them far more horrifying than the prospect of smoking, so I don’t
know what their aim is. I digress – the uses of cigarettes in the craft are
many. This is a guide to how I use cigarettes in my craft, to be adapted by my
fellow smokers out there however you see fit.
Many entities (especially those of the Afro-Caribbean – and some
Native American, I understand – faiths) accept cigarettes, cigars and varying
tobacco products as offerings. In this regard, it is best to follow tradition
or intuition. Some Spirits/Deities are particular – favoring cigars over
cigarettes, vice versa, or other smoking methods such as pipes – and which you
should use is reliant on what you know of the spirit in question or what you feel the spirit will enjoy. Another
handy note, I think is that other herbs can easily be added to cigarettes
(already rolled or otherwise) to render and lovely aromatic or flavorful blend.
I, particularly, have a fondness for blending rose, cinnamon and cocoa with the
loosened tobacco and then packing it back into the tube. They’re lovely to
smoke, but also make great offerings (I’ve found) to Pomba Gira. It’s very much
a matter of taste – both personal and that of the spirit.
Many spells call for something belonging to your intended
target – cigarette butts are particularly suited to such, as they must be
discarded after use, already imbued with the thoughts (and saliva) of he/she
smoking it. Simply lift the butt from an ashtray at your convenience and voila!
Personal affect. And with bodily fluid, nonetheless! One of the strongest
personal affects and easily the most difficult to ascertain.
This is what I use cigarettes for most often – a means by
which to channel my intention into a physical medium. It’s merely a matter of
lighting the cigarette and using the smoke to charge something. Admittedly, I
very rarely use incantations in my practice, but when I do, rest assured there
is always a cigarette hanging on my lips. Every part of the cigarette can be
used, nonetheless! The smoke is exhaled as an expression of your will and might
charge an object or diffuse into the air. The ashes might be collected and
added to any number of powders or herb blends or oils. The butts make nice
additions to things like witches bottles – especially in great numbers as the
tar will set up into this disgusting, gelatinous ooze (most probably what my
lungs look like: best not to think about it too much). I usually use them for
chanting or mantras as well, as I simply continue repeating the phrase or
mantra until I run out of smoke.
This brings us back to something I mentioned in the first
point, that smokes can be personalized – and while no longer technically a “cigarette”
they are quite effective for things like trance work or influencing your own
energy. Needless to say, I advise refraining from adding poisonous herbs to
your blends… considering. However, I have been known to smoke wormwood, though
I wouldn’t classify it as poisonous, per se… Obviously, check the rap sheet of
any herb before ingestion/inhalation. And then do so at your own accord –
though I can say, I’ve never had any unpleasant side effects. Wormwood, mugwort
and mullein are my personal favorites for spirit work. Rose, cocoa and cinnamon
for works with PG or just for my own enjoyment – in fact, cocoa and tobacco
have a long history
together. Of course, we could also talk about marijuana – which can be
added, though I’ve never been particularly invested. It does nothing spiritual
for me, but I understand it does for some, so more power to you – it might be
helpful for trance work, but I just use an ordinary cigarette for that most
times. WARNING: While in trance, don’t
forget to ash, otherwise you’ll come out wearing an entire cigarette. Trust me.
why are you posting about brazilians and native americans? this is supposed to be a BLACK AFRICAN blog am i wrong?
This is a BLACK AFRICAN blog. Largely due to the Transatlantic Slave Trade, The African Diaspora reaches practically every corner of the world:
Believe it or not, there are afro-brazilians,
the list is endless… It is not just limited to Africa and the USA. We have followers from all over the world and we try to post and reblog stories that address and fairly represent everyone in our community. A simple google search on the african diaspora should answer any more of your questions.
2014, the year that CW aired its pilot of The Flash; comic book adaption about the fastest man alive, Barry Allen (The Flash) played by loveable Grant Gustin. A forensic scientist’s life takes a turn into the fast line after a freak accident allows him to possess superhuman reflexes. Of course this was an exciting time for comic book fans everywhere but especially for women of colour. You’re probably thinking, how is a show about a white man who can real fast relevant to me, an independent beautiful woman of colour? Well, today we pay our respects to the striking Candice Patton, she isn’t dead, just severely underrated.
For those who aren’t familiar with the show, she plays reporter Iris West, the love interest of Barry Allen. Initially, her casting caused a lot of controversy because a black woman playing a canonically white character? In this economy? However, once the show started Candice Patton really proved that she was here to slay and funnily enough stay as the show is still running with its viewership higher than it’s other CW comic book adaptation brethren.
Growing up, I had always felt isolated when watching my favourite comic book films because there was a heavy emphasis on the white damsel in distress and I just couldn’t relate to such a character. As a young girl, I thought getting kissed in the rain by Spider-Man would be the greatest thing ever but seeing Candice Patton’s Iris West made me realise that I can strive for much more as a woman of colour. She plays the part of Barry Allen’s childhood sweetheart in unison with the role of a fearless reporter and manages to rise in a male driven show. Casting Candice Patton as Iris West is probably the smartest move CW has ever made, no shade just facts.
Nonetheless, Kirsten Dunst (Spider-man, 1999) and Kate Bosworth (Superman returns, 2006) have somewhat become a distant memory as Candice Patton paves the way for actresses of colour to find their way into the comic book adaptation world. Since 2014, we’ve seen a surge of women of colour filling roles that white women have played in the past and doing may I say a better job than them and it’s God damn poetic. In Spider-man homecoming (2014) not one but two of Peter Parker’s canonically caucasian love interests, Liz Allan and Mary-Jane Watson, are played by the beautiful Laura Harrier and Zendaya, two talented young black women. Making Homecoming one of the most diverse comic book movies I’ve ever seen, especially since Marvel have built ‘qwhite’ a reputation for themselves in the past. Now, we look forward to Black Panther gracing our screens in 2018. Progression has never been so colourful. On our favourite netfilx shows, our favourite sai weilding assassin previously played by Jennifer Garner, now the role of Elektra Natchios rightfully belongs to Cambodian, French actress, Elodie Young in Marvel’s Daredevil and recently Defenders. I wouldn’t be able to finish writing this article without mentioning Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Defenders) Dawson is of Peurto Rican, Afro cuban and Native American descent. Her character, Claire Temple also known as the night nurse, is somewhat the golden thread that ties the whole Netflix universe together. She shows us that sometimes heroes don’t have to be super to do what they do. Furthermore, in the DC cinematic universe, Kiersy Clemmons is set to play Iris West on the silver screen alongside Ezra Miller’s Flash. I, an avid comic book reader would love to continue seeing women of colour playing such iconic roles.
This really goes to show the positive effect of diversity in media today. Essentially, Candice Patton was the start of something important. TV is for everyone, thus we should have characters that appeal to the fast moving society that we live in and let me break the news to you, that society isn’t white. Without Candice Patton’s Iris West, we might not have had Zendaya’s MJ or Anna Diop’s Starfire. Therefore, we do not accept the slander of Candice Patton or Iris West in these walls because her character now stands for something greater than Barry Allen’s love interest. So, Candice, my Queen, you’ll never read this but I just wanted to thank you on behalf of young girls everywhere for making Iris West into an icon even though some people may not be aware of it yet. You’ve made history.
The top pic is for Captain Throne. The actor is Michael Early. He has blue eyes like the book says and also goes under what Meyer said.
This is a list I created to show Lunar Chronicles characters as mixed of many races like Meyer claimed they were in her first interview. Not movie cast but just what the characters would look like.
Jhene Aiko. She very much identifies to her Japanese and Black heritage but is also… African American, Japanese, German Jewish, Spanish, Afro-Dominican, French, Native American (Yaqui, Cherokee, Navajo, Choctaw)
You see this is “a mixed of many races”. She is multiracial not biracial.
We all know she is Irish, Native American, Filipino, along with Spanish and Chinese
Tatayana Ali as Princess Winter
That’s right Ashley Banks(the darker skin girls of the series) from Fresh Prince is not only an Afro-Latina but Indian (No we’re talking about India, Asia)
Good is of African-American, Jewish, Cherokee, Afro-Barbarian, and Puerto Rican blood.
She is Swedish and African
She actually has Scarlet’s curly red hair and freckles. She actually is closer to the book than Emma Stone who isn’t even a natural red head.
She is Chinese and White and blonde
She is White and Black and has the curly blonde hair and light eyes
Shaun Ross if you want paleness
He’s African American, German, Norwegian, and Native American
Plus he’s big muscular dude.
don’t think Kai gets any White features pushed upon him so I’m not going to bother trying to pick an image. But duh it’s Daniel Henny.
So yeah mixed doesn’t mean White with other race. It can be many different things that don’t even include White.
Jecilia Negrón || is a Milwaukee based Latina artist. “My current body of work honors our wombyn of color and the raw vibrancy we radiate. Connecting my Afro-Latino, Mexicana, + Native American decent and mixing it with the culture that I interact and help create today such as Hip-hop + fashion. This body of work helps me stay rooted and connected with self and my ancestors.”
• top: "Viva la mujer" | acrylic | inspired by aliifuerza earrings
• bottom left: "In the wind" | mixed media | acrylic + watercolor
My mother is Afro-Brazilian mixed with native american and my father is North Indian, but I was born and raised in the United States. Sadly, all three of these cultures have beauty ideals that are very euro-centric. I was told to be ashamed of my curls, my body hair and my petite stature. Sometime around 19 I realized how ridiculous it all was. I just looked in the mirror and saw my smooth skin, my full lips, and my curves.
Despite my struggles with body image I love being interracial. My parents were able to introduce me to so many different cultures as I was growing up. I am so lucky to have that experience and I wish other people could understand that lifestyle.