poc creators

  • Ezibota: It’s taken sometime for a lot of white critics to understand black writing. A lot of poets like Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni and even Sonia Sanchez were often critiqued negatively because their work was nothing like Shakespeare or Robert Frost. What do you think of this?
  • Nayyirah Waheed: Their opinion means nothing to me. Who are they to me? What is their sound… their mouths to our words, our emotions, expressions, or experiences? We don’t need validation. I actually want their hands off our work. Our work is a different universe, a requiring of a different set of senses. That which they do not fully understand, is meant for them not to understand, as it is not theirs.


UNDERCITIES is magic in the subway station. It’s monsters on top of skyscrapers. It’s adventure right at your front door. It’s an urban fantasy anthology that features short story fiction from eleven talented LGBTQ+ authors and authors of color.

More than anything, UNDERCITIES looks for stories that weave the magic of urban fantasy together with positive interpretations of race and queer sexuality. Fantasy is not homogenous; it is as diverse and imaginative and real as the LGBTQ+ authors and authors of color who create it. It is a place where anything can happen—and why not make it a space where everyone and anyone can overcome obstacles, win battles, and experience happenings beyond their wildest dreams?

Literature has always been a place where reality meets the fantastical. UNDERCITIES intends to reflect that. The stories presented in UNDERCITIES are reflections of our world as they could and should be; they combine the impossible daring of magic with the experiences of the people with whom we share the world and put the voices of LGBTQ+ creators and creators of color at the forefront of these narratives. Each short story presented in UNDERCITIES presents a different point of view and a different experience—and each of these stories is as diverse and incredible as the authors who created them.


When creating COCA, we wanted to create a platform that could be about and enjoyed by the POC community that highlights diversity, thoughts and passions that we share. We are looking for contributors to write for our site, if you’re interested message us! So what are we about:

COCA Mag is a online and print (still in the making) magazine that showcases all forms of art, writing, music, fashion by and for p.o.c (people of color).

COCA was created as a platform that strives to give a voice and a space for p.o.c creatives. This platform is inclusive and push diversity into these mediums that allows for critical thought and open conversation. We make it our mission to publish work that is real and transparent. We tell our stories through our work and we want to share yours.

I put that in my response. But I will say it again. POCs supporting other POC creators is important. But it is not where the issue lies. If we want fandom to stop being so toxic and unwelcoming to POC characters and POC fans, the change does not come from POCs creating more works and just supporting each other through communities…because we have been doing that for years. It is not POcs who have to change the way we do things to accommodate fandom…it is white fans erasing POC characters, it is white fans speaking over POC fans that have to make a change. I wish it was that easy but as much as it hurts me to say it but the change has to come from YOU. Telling POCs “just create your own communities”  has good intentions, but it just ignores the problem and also implies we haven’t already been doing that.  

Look at Sleepy Hollow, the show had a strong support from POC fans. We went to Twitter and we made the show trend. We supported by buying DVDs, we supported the creators and actors, we created work. We had our own community. And you know what happened…we still got screwed over. Because at the end of the day it didn’t matter how strong or big our community was….they only cared about white fans. White characters. White stories. So the POc stories got dropped, the characters got killed or replaced and the show and fandom died. 

That is what has to change. 

White fans need to push that change as much as the rest of us do. 

UNDERCITIES: A Short Story Anthology (that focuses on queer narratives in an urban fantasy setting, featuring queer and POC creators) from @dirtybirdspress has met its funding goal on Kickstarter, but there’s still time left to pledge and get some rewards! As a congratulations (and high-key excitement to be able to read these stories), here’s some fanart of Halima, the sphinx cutie from @grootiepie‘s short story, “Riddle Me This.” If you can, please spread the word and support these creators and enjoy the fantastic fruits of their labors!

anonymous asked:

How would you fix the X Men?

1. Start trying again. This is a legitimate necessary first step given what’s going on behind the scenes.

2. Queer/POC/disabled/non-neurotypical creators, especially if you want to salvage the still-dicey proposition of the X-Men - a group of gorgeous rich mostly-straight mostly-white people - as minority stand-ins.

3. More actively weird, social sci-fi books.

4. Accept Morrison and Aaron did it better than anyone and build from there (though of course correcting where they had problems).

5. Move entirely past the driving conflict of the franchise being good mutants vs. bad mutants, which it still basically is after all these years.

It’s absolutely wild to me that white people would prefer to listen to other white people talk about race instead of actually seeking out POC who write about race issues. I don’t care how “interesting” a convo between two white men (and yes, white women are also……white, believe it or not) on racism in America is, because I guarantee you there are POC having the same convo with better discourse and understanding.

I will always, 10 times out of 10, choose to support indie POC creators over white ones. You think your white faves talking about this shit are obscure and need support? I promise you POC have even more trouble getting visibility.


Affirmations | An Exhibition by Ashley Ja’nae

Affirmations explores black womanhood through black and white portraiture. Through the use of geometric shapes, intricate mark making, and striking relationships between positive and negative space, each portrait positively affirms the rich experiences and stories that black women have to offer each other and their communities.


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Theories as to why cartoons are better now more than ever

1. Frustration with stagnation
2. Creators following an economic depression using their mediums to voice their discontent
3. Generation of young animators raised on ghibli movies and neon genesis evangelion.
4. Higher standards leading to excellence.
5. The internet as a way for artists and writers to express themselves at younger and younger ages and get peer review leading to an influx of talent pursuing youth that later become skilled wokers.
6. Internet also giving access to a wealth of research material and access to things to be inspired from/by.
7. A society slowly becoming more integrated into accepting view points from lgbt, women, mentally/physically Illand poc creators leading to diverse and satisfying writing (this one is a stretch as we have a hell of a long way to go)

ok but luke cage just perfectly showed how you go about having black/poc villains like…actually have black heroes. also key tip: if you have BLACK villains, have BLACK heroes. not latinx, asian or heroes of color but no black heroes. same goes for villains of color in general, if you have a person of a certain race as a villain, then you must have them as a hero. it’s common sense mostly, but it avoids all kind of racist undertones. imagine a slasher movie where the only white person was the serial killer. people would be up in arms over it. yet when it happens to poc, (white) people turn a blind eye. also, hire black and poc creators so they can show how multifaceted those black and poc villains are. remember the mess with jessica jones where the first major lesbian character in the mcu was an asshole who cheated on her wife, then inadvertently killed her before leaving her sidechick to take the fall for it? yeah, me too, and as a lesbian it was disgusting to me that a straight person had written this kind of narrative for a lesbian woman, when there were no other queer women in the show (let alone in the mcu) at the time. so as a black lesbian, what i’m saying to y’all is is that white straight people need to step aside from time to time and let poc and queer people tell their own stories as more than just cannonfodder, poorly written villains and sidekicks

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This is apparently the cast and crew of the much anticipated new lesbian film, Almost Adults. As we can see, there are only a couple of POC in this picture, some of who are probably crew and won’t be shown on screen. This is an issue that needs to be addressed, not specifically just for this film but for many LGB media out there.

Let me make it clear, it is really great that we’re getting to a place where lesbian/gay/bisexuality is more accepted on screen but also we can’t forget that POC representation is just as important and should be equally represented on screen. The cast of Almost Adults is completely white. This is unacceptable. To create a movie and hail it as “diverse”, only to exclude an entire, very large group of marginalized people is irresponsible and disrespectful.

Lesbian drama web series, “Carmilla” does a great job of LGBT representation, however severely failed in the POC rep department. The creators acknowledged this error and made an effort to rectify it in season 2, adding three new POC characters. Only, to our dismay, all three characters were antagonistic, and two had little screen time. This is not positive representation.

New webseries “Coupleish” focuses on a same sex couple, however has failed to show us a racially diverse cast so far.

Orphan black, Lost Girl, and Faking It are prime television shows which also cannot boast a racial diverse cast.

This is not to say that we cannot watch and love these shows, and appreciate what they do for LGBT representation. But this is a discussion that needs to be had and should not be pushed aside.

(Tagging the creators so they can see)

@almostadultsmovie @kbearluna @carmillaseries @anamatics @coupleish @thegaywomenchannel

Hey guys, I’m looking for Native American Romance authors whose books I can promote on WOCInRomance. The first call I put out turned up white women who are married to NA men. I am looking for specifically for Native American Women, non-binary, genderqueer people who write romance. Also welcoming indigenous women from all of North, South and Central America in this. 

If you fit the bill or know of an author who does, please tweet me at @WocInRomance or email me at wocinromance@gmail.com

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