Viola Davis on complex women of colour on the screen… and colourism.

Viola Davis, SAG’s Best Actress in a Drama for ‘How to Get Away With Murder’:-

“I’d like to thank Paul Lee, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Bill D’Elia, and Peter Nowalk for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old dark-skinned African-American woman who looks like me.”

http://www.afropunk.com/photo/viola-davis-sag-s-best-actress-in-a-drama-for-how-to-get-away

Postscripts to Darkness announces Vol. 6 contributors, of which I am one (fistbump) (victory dance)

Here’s who you’ll find in Volume 6, coming spring 2015:

Robin Riopelle (ill. Tomasz Wieja)

Alexandra Seidel (ill. Rob Thompson)

Tonya Liburd (ill. Alyssa Cooper)

Silvia Morena-Garcia (ill. Carrion House)

Lisa de Nikolits (ill. Mariel Kelly)

Christine Miscione (ill. Gregory St. John)

Arley Sorg (ill. Carrion House)

Samuel Marzioli (ill. Joel G.)

Bruce Meyer (ill. Alyssa Cooper)

Gwynne Garfinkle (ill. James Greatrex)

Kate Heartfield (ill. Alis Kellar)

Nicole Cushing (ill. James Greatrex)

Sara Puls (ill. M. Belvin)

This issue also features poetry by Sandra Kasturi and cover art by MANDEM.

http://pstdarkness.com/2015/01/13/volume-6-contributors/

Papa Bois Conservation post about Sacred Amerindian Sites in Trinidad, WI

Seen on Facebook:-

Mt Tamana….sacred Amerindian site….mist enshrouds us as we wait for darkness to fall and for the spectacle of thousands of bats to come out of the bat cave. From what I have been told the Amerindians believed that the mountain and its bat cave were a portal to their netherworld or afterlife. Up to about the 1930’s or 1940’s Amerindians from the mainland would come to Trinidad to make pilgrimages to Mt Tamana….before the days of stricter border controls. Cristo Adonis, a local shaman, told me that other sacred mountains were El Tecuche, San Fernando Hill and a mountain on the Paria Peninsula. (Marc)

https://www.facebook.com/PapaBoisConservation?fref=nf

Submissions for Genesis Magazine is now open

Couldn’t fit it all in 140 characters.

So, here.

“The submission deadline for the Genesis Science Fiction Magazine Issue #7 is Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Please email us your stories, photos and graphics, etc… to be showcased in this and upcoming publications. Get your submissions in before then if possible. Stories should be between 1,500 to 2,000 words. Graphics should be at least 300 dpi saved as .png, .jpg, .psd or .pdf.

Send submissions to: info@blacksciencefictionsociety.com.

www.GenesisScienceFictionMagazine.com

Nalo Hopkinson’s note to anthology editors re: diversifying the pot

The venerable Nalo Hopkinson has voiced in on creating an anthology of a diverse stable of voices. http://nalohopkinson.com/2015/05/01/to_anthology_editors.html

Because after centuries of exclusion and telling us we’re not good enough, an unlocked door is doing jack shit to let us know that anything’s changed. Most of us will continue to step around it and keep walking, thank you very much.

So make up your mind that you’re going to have to do a bit of work, some outreach. It’s fun work, and the results are rewarding.

Do read it all.

EDIT: And when you’re done, do hop on over to N.K.Jemisin’s “To anthology editors, a corollary”. Good food for thought.