Black Bounty Hunter and Sibling Partner with Disability

Hello, I have made an African American and black character named Awa Ndiaye. She is a sci fi bounty hunter in a futuristic world. She has a disabled little sister but her sister helps her catch bad guys and give them in to the cops. Of course, I want to make sure the people she is catching aren’t mostly PoC as that would defeat the purpose of a well written black woman character.

I have spoken to a friend with a disability who said that it would be good to portray the little sister as happy despite being disabled as there seems to be a trope of “miserable disabled person” but also to avoid “inspiration porn”.

The character I haven’t really thought about as deeply yet is the partner. I am not sure what race to make him to be honest because I would love to have mostly PoC but I am not sure what race they should be. Should he be Black? White? Asian? Latin? I was thinking of a romance that is similar to that of Aeon Flux and Trevor Goodchild where you can tell they have a history but there is something holding them back from getting together. Eventually though, I would like them to get together and be happy (spoilers). I was thinking he could be a sniper who secretly took her little sister out shooting and taught her to snipe. Thus the younger sister learns to snipe.

Awa and her little sister were orphaned when young and thus Awa feels nurturing and protective of her little sister (this is inspired by my sister being quite protective and nurturing towards me). Her little sister eventually proves her independence and Awa doesn’t feel like she has to save everyone anymore. She recognises her sister’s independence and decides to look after herself more. Perhaps that is what will cause her to finally get with the boyfriend.

I haven’t even named a lot of the characters. I just drew up some pictures of a woman I dreamed up named Awa Ndiaye. She is bad ass and strong but also has a softer side and lets her guard down around her partner and sister. I want to write in some more characters but I am a little lost.

What do you think so far? I read a little about the “mammy” stereotype and I hope that isn’t how Awa seems with her little sister. It is more a sisterly protectiveness and her little sister is of course, also black.

I’m going to tread lightly on the disability aspect of this post. You could probably find more comprehensive information: here,here, and here. First of all, I think you should define her disability and research the stigmas and tropes associated with that. I’m glad you want to include a disabled character, but make sure that you aren’t using stereotypes to tell her story.

Her little sister eventually proves her independence and Awa doesn’t feel like she has to save everyone anymore. She recognises her sister’s independence and decides to look after herself more. Perhaps that is what will cause her to finally get with the boyfriend.

Why does her little sister have to prove her independence? There is nothing wrong with your main character feeling the need to be protective of her little sister. But make sure that you are differentiating between her MC being protective because they’re family vs. feeling protective because she’s disabled. Also make your main character have an independent life. Her little sister shouldn’t be the reason why she misses out on love or be a reason why it’s holding her back from pursuing what she wants to do. She can love her sister and be protective of her, but she should have her own life as well.

This premise can fall into a number of tropes. It falls into the “Mammy” trope because your MC doesn’t seem to have a life outside of her sister and it falls into some disability tropes because your MC’s sister has to prove that she can be independent. I think to avoid some of these tropes you can give your disabled character her own agency and her own character arc. She shouldn’t have to prove she can be independent, because what does that even mean in terms of your world (or even our world)? As someone on this post said

“no one “lives independently”, human society functions on the premise that we all live interdependently. Our needs are met through connections to friends and family…”

I can’t really tell you what ethnicity your love interest should be. I don’t think it should really matter as long as you do your research on the character and make him a fully rounded character aside from just being the MOC love interest.

Overall, I think you have an interesting premise that if you did some research and tweaked some things, you could have a pretty good story.

~Mod Najela

the poem I could not write for you

I don’t write poetry.
But your name rhymes with sky
and it rolls in my mouth.

I don’t write poetry.
But I still feel your hand on my hand
as if your thumbs left indents.

I don’t write poetry.
But our hips brushed at the stoplight
and I couldn’t say Go.

I don’t write poetry.
But the names of those men
sound all wrong in your throat.

I don’t write poetry.
But you hugged me too long
and I never wanted to leave.

I don’t write poetry.
Because when I mumble,
I like you,
words can never do justice.

Pro confederate flag people: “Hey, black people, chill out. It’s just a flag.” Black person: “OK, so can we take it down as quickly and with as little fuss as possible? Since it’s ‘just a flag’?” Pro confederate flag people: “WHAT? HOW DARE YOU? THAT FLAG MEANS EVERYTHING TO US. THIS WILL NOT STAND.“
Cleansing, detoxification & dieting myths- re: getting "healthy" ▻▻

Cleansing, detoxification & dieting myths- re: getting “healthy” ▻▻ [No more pseudosciences y'all. I won’t even start on antivaxxers] Sharing just to share. Information sharing is caring ☸ ☸

Also: 81 Awesome Mental Health Resources When You Can’t Afford a Therapist, because every single person on earth can benefit from self care via @greatist ☛ http://goo.gl/GfyS3g

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There’s nothing wrong with alternative remedies. Western science isn’t all science. That being said, spreading pseudoscience practice is, well, dangerous. There is no scientific evidence that any of these so-called cleanses really benefit a person’s health. Detoxification described here is different from the practice used in substance abuse treatment.

Does your body “intake” toxins? Yes and no. Your body can accumulate both natural and manmade toxins when you ingest food and water and when you breathe. However, drinking a juice or undergoing an internal cleanse isn’t going to help your body get rid of these toxins any faster or more effectively. Many detoxification products claim to “cleanse” the liver, but in healthy individuals, the liver is not a place where toxins are stored. Rather, the liver turns potentially harmful chemicals into water-soluble chemicals that can be sweated or excreted from the body. In fact, [things like] colon cleanses can do more harm than good.

“The colon houses many of the microbes that call us home. They are our friends and keep us safe. When we upset our microbes — as with antibiotics — bad bacteria, such as Clostridium difficile [the bacteria behind infectious diarrhea], can move in and cause disease.

Some proponents of these detox therapies argue that [exercise] fasting or juicing will help burn fat cells, which they say contain toxins. But this idea is not a scientifically sound argument, according to Gershon, who said that burning fat cells is not related to the body’s natural process of detoxification. Dramatically limiting food intake through fasting or extreme dieting can also put a lot of stress on a person’s bodily systems. Dehydration is one serious risk for those who are fasting. For those of you that don’t know, this can lead to low blood volume and subsequently low blood pressure and dizziness*

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MY SCIENCE / OBSERVATION BASED 2 CENTS NO1CURR, SHARING ANYWAY:
*Just a small portion of what people with chronic illnesses go through on a daily basis. While it’s er, good you can experience the slightest bit of what they’re feeling, please note that you are potentially abusing an already otherwise healthy body. And that’s a privilege some people can’t afford.

I implore y'all to take a step back and appreciate your body if you’re in good health.

You don’t need to go on extreme diets or do cleanses to "be healthy” if your body is otherwise working correctly. Or pretend to be Indian and appropriate cultures by becoming a “yogi.” Though yoga is beneficial, yoga is not a cure for everything and everyone. It won’t cure the ails of people with different health issues. Who am I to share being healthy? Well. I read a lot. What I’ve learned and seen?

Just chill. Breathe. Smile if you want to. Don’t smile if you don’t want to. Practice mindfulness. Look at other people’s perspectives. Communicate. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Positive realism. Exercise but don’t overdo it. Learn your limits. Don’t body shame. Just don’t shame at all. Drink water. Eat fruits and vegetables. Keep eating gluten if you don’t have celiac or gluten sensitive. Get vitamin D. Have a sleep routine to get your circadian rhythm in check. Create. Listen to music. Journal. Vent. Get busy. You know what I mean. Be yourself. Be critical and aware but not jaded. Grow. Change. Let go. Listen. Learn. Unlearn bad habits, cycles and ideologies. But grain of salt. Laugh. Share. Be kind to yourself– and others  


‪#‎selfcare‬ ‪#‎health‬ ‪#‎detoxing‬ ‪#‎pseudoscience‬ ‪#‎mondaymorning‬ ‪#‎mindfulness‬

excerpt above via myself & Detox Diets & Cleansing: Facts & Fallacies

Detox therapies and cleansing practices are based on a misunderstanding about how the human body works. They can also be harmful rather than healthful.  via LIVESCIENCE.COM

“5 Ways Male Heroin Addicts are PRIVILIGED Compared to Women”

As a recovering heroin addict and a Feminist, I can tell you that the long tendrils of oppression do not leave the drug world out of their reach. Drug addiction is tough, but men are privileged in these avenues as well. From personal experience, here are 5 WAYS that heroin addicted women are disadvantaged compared to men:

1.  Women make $0.77 for every $1 that men make so they can’t afford their habit as well as men.

2.  Women are more likely than men to turn to the sex trade to pay for their drug and avoid withdrawal.

3.  Heroin addicted women are extra susceptible to the rape culture because they are around bad men (there all bad).

4.  Heroin addicted women who choose to be sex workers to pay for their addiction are called “dope hoes” because of slut shaming.

5.  Heroin addicted trans-women are extra disadvantaged because even if they’re willing to turn to sex-work, they often can’t find “tricks” who are interested and have to suffer excruciating withdrawals.

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#BlackOut Summer 2015 edition

This is a mini tribute to the great selfies & photos I took this spring.  

I must say that I’ve taken more pics this year than I have probably in a long time.  

At 29, I truly love the woman & person I see in the mirror, & though I’m in a transitional period in my life, I am happy.  I have great things I’m working on personally & professionally, & I’ve learned (& still learning) to find joy in all things & not allow negative people or situations take that joy from me.  

I have 3 more months of my 20s left (birthday’s Sept. 17th), & I’m ready to be 30; I’m not scared because I will own that decade - I know who I am & whose I am - no one can tell me different.

Beautiful Black, Disabled Diva… yes, that’s me.  ~ Vy