jasika nicole

i actually can’t believe we haven’t talked about this here before but: listen to the podcast alice isn’t dead. summary as follows:

A truck driver searches across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead. In the course of her search, she will encounter not-quite-human serial murderers, towns literally lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman.

but that’s not just all. the main character, who tells the story of her missing wife, is a black wlw. her voice actor, jasika nicole, is a proud & loud lesbian who actively takes part in the lgbt community. this show is important for wlw, but it’s more important for black wlw. 

if you’re interested in science fiction / horror / suspense you need to check this out. if you’re not, but those things don’t bother you too much, still check it out. they need support to continue on with the show, part two which will be coming out in the next few months. the main character is a black wlw. that literally never happens.

Looking for a good TV show?

Watch “Fringe”.

Here’s why:

- It’s finished. No waiting on episodes, they’re all there.
- It’s wrapped up after 5 seasons in a way that makes sense; it wasn’t cancelled.
- It’s science-fiction. Packed with mystery, unexplained occurrences and all the other stuff that make your curiosity perk up.
- It’s created by JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Burk and J.H. Wyman. Some of these you might know from making the Star Trek reboot or the sci-fi TV show “Almost Human”.
- Main character is a female. She’s an FBI agent. She isn’t sexualized. She isn’t masculine. She isn’t a cliché. She isn’t made fun of for being a female agent. She is actually very intelligent and very appreciated by her co-workers.
- Her boss is a male POC.
- Another female agent is a POC as well.
- John Noble. The ‘mad scientist’ of the show.
- Leonard Nimoy. Yep. He’s a recurring character.
- Sebastian Roché and Jared Harris. Also, Blair Brown.
- Parallel universe!
- The love stor(ies) that happen don’t reduce anyone to a love interest.
- David Bowie references. (You’ll spot them, trust me)
- Cases of the week + serialisation
- Have I mentioned the fact that the characters aren’t a cliché?
- Freaky stuff. You’ll love it. It might freak you out but you’ll love it.

…and many, many other things.

Just go watch it. It’s awesome.

Once, and only once, did I ever let my brain consider the possibility that I might like girls in a way that was different than what was expected of me. I considered this thought, honestly and quietly, knowing that this had the potential to rip my world apart, and then I reminded myself that I barely knew how to survive with the identity I already had. I didn’t know how to be poor, and black, and biracial, AND queer. So I wasn’t. I shut it down. I quieted the voice inside of me, convincing it that this was not a world in which it could survive. I had seen no examples of anyone like me, not in my life, not on tv, not in books, so rather than be the first of my kind, I decided not to exist.

Do you know how traumatizing it is to live your life thinking that you don’t exist?

With all the fan fiction that exists out there, you have an entire queer community that are watching heterosexual love stories and coming up with their own stories between characters of the same sex. Give them something to feed off of and get excited about. There’s so much of that out there you would think there could be a real show dedicated to showing some different types of relationships and it doesn’t have to be marketed to the queer community, the gay community, the lesbian community, the trans community, obviously. Everybody would be able to find something in it if it was a well-written show. That’s entirely possible but it takes people to step into positions of power to bring that stuff about.

@robwilson-work designed this amazing logo for the first new podcast from Joseph Fink since Welcome to Night Vale (episode 1 coming March 8). It is a fictional podcast series telling the story of a truck driver (played by Jasika Nicole, @sugarbooty) who travels the United States in search of her wife. Jon Bernstein, @disparition, composed the music. It’s going to be great, and I cannot wait till we put it out into the world.

Alice Isn’t Dead isn’t related to Night Vale other than Joseph is writing it and it is a part of our new podcast network, Night Vale Presents. I don’t know if you know this about Joseph, but he likes writing and storytelling (don’t tell him I told you this), and this is a character and storyline he’s been working on for a while. So if you’re a fan of Night Vale, I’m pretty sure you’ll love this new show, these new characters, this new world.

I have another fiction podcast I’m working on right now, as well (more on that in the coming months), and Joseph and I are looking forward to producing new podcasts in the coming years.

We’ve already begun working with some amazing artists to create original podcasts, doing some cool new things and telling unique stories. We’re so thrilled to make more things for you, internet.