Token Black Girl

Saturday, June 18, 2016

And another one.. 2014

So fitness used to be my thing. I liked the gym. My social life revolved around it. used to think my 150 lbs were problematic. Notice how everything is in the past tense. Fast forward 5 years and here I am. Baking is my thing. I hate the gym. It interferes with my down time. Now 150 lbs is my goal weight... long term.
So what changed? I did apparently. A lot. A whole lot,  and now I am trying to change back. And just a few weeks before my wedding...
I know what you're thinking.  It is too late for that now, right? I agree. This is not about my wedding day. When I tried to lose for that I failed miserably.  In fact, I gained like 10 pounds.  I'm a stress eater. Wedding planning+full time job+masters courses+thesis+trying to lose weight = disaster. I failed in a BIG way.
So truth time.  I now weigh 216 Lbs.  Yikes. I only weighed 186 when I met my fiancĂ© less than a year ago (it was fast I know, but that is topic for another blog). That means 30 lbs in less than a year. I'm a mess. I need an intervention,  right?  No, I need a challenge.
So I found one; a challenge that is. Who needs another challenge,  right?  I mean,  my whole life is a challenge.  When I'm getting married, teach middle school,  and writing a thesis,  your whole life is a challenge.  You try and lose weight while testing caterers, having cake tastings, teacher appreciation breakfasts, and  late night study sessions packed with caffeine.
Come on! This is hard! 

Comic-Con as the Token Black Girl - musings from 2012

I finally did it! I made it to San Diego for Comic-Con 2012! First, allow me to point out that black girls like myself being into comics, fantasy or science fiction are like Unicorns... nobody believes they exist. Well we do!
I admit, other black girl sitings at SDCC were few and far between. If we were plentiful, I wouldn't be the TOKEN black girl, would I?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Tag, I'm it!

Okay, so there is some bloggers game going on that I knew not of. This is not surprising since I've been waaaay of the radar for a while. The game goes as follows. I tell 11 random things about myself and answer 10 random questions the previous blogger who tagged me wants answered. Then I pass it on to the next unsuspecting victim. And away we go.

1. I know several forms of hand to hand combat (I used to be a juvenile correctional officer)
2. I have written multiple novels and shared them with NO ONE!
3. I talk to myself so much that it creeps my family out.
4. I hate feet. It's weird I know, but the idea of having someone's feet touch me freaks me the heck out.
5. I still suck my thumb at 30 years old. That's right, I'm an orthodontists dream come true.
6. I'm a teacher, but would NEVER want kids of my own. It's like taking your job home with you everyday. Who does that?
7. I got a tattoo on my 29th birthday of a verse from a poem that I wrote. How's that for vain?
8. Shopping bores me to tears and I am allergic to fitting rooms. I went shopping with my mom a few weeks ago and she had to FORCE me to try things on before I bought them like I was still 10.
9. Oatmeal, bananas, and any other food with a similarly slimy consistency make me vomit, quite literally.
10. I also will not eat or drink anything that is orange. Don't ask me why, I have no idea. I'm just weird like that.

Now for Tanisha's Questions.

1. What is your biggest pet peeve? People merging lanes without a turn signal. Seriously? 
2. If you had the choice to live anywhere on the planet where would you choose? Right here in beautiful, sunny,  Southern Califor-Ni-A
3. Who has been the greatest inspiration in your life? My Mom, it's a stock answer, but it still fits. 
4. Favorite food? It's a tie between Pad Thai with chicken and shrimp or my little sisters Mac n Cheese (it's worth the 10 million calories, I swear)!
5. Favorite activity? Reading... unless it's basketball season, then anything Lakers related. 
6. Who is your favorite superhero? Storm, she is gangster
7. If you could choose a superpower to have which would you choose? Hulk Smash!
8. What quote(s) do you live by? Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.
9. What is your first thought when you wake up in the morning? How will I use my points today (Weight Watcher)
10. Name the one food or drink you could not live without? Pepsi, hands down
11. What is your favorite thing to read? Fantasy/High Fantasy/Sci Fi (Lord of the Rings, Narnia, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games)

Bloggers that I challenge...

My questions for the next bloggers

If you could vacation anywhere it would be...
You can only keep your vision or your hearing, which do you choose?
Jordan or Kobe?
If you could trade places with one societal figure for a day, it would be...
Favorite Movie Ever...
Best Michael Jackson song...
Boxers or briefs?
Top three songs on my playlist are...
Worst TV show ever...
The best thing I ever ate... 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Too Cool for Comic Con?

Um, before I even begin, let me clarify and say no, I certainly am not. I've never been cool. I'm a nerd. I blog for fun. I own the entire series of Avatar,The Airbender, not the blue people. The better question is, am I too cool to cosplay? Probably not. I would totally do something completely geeky like that and embarrass all of my image conscious, cool-kids-in-high-school siblings. The problem is, who would I be?

There simply are not a lot of black women characters in science fiction and fantasy, at least not that are popularized. I could be Storm I imagine, but every black girl geeky or hot enough for Comic Con will be her.  There is the Halle Berry Cat woman, but as a real comic book geek, I would never insult the franchise that way. I hear there are some anime chicks, but I'm not into anime. There are some totally dope black female characters in black written science fiction/fantasy/paranormal works, but they are not very popular and would not get recognized (IE Damali Richards, best character EVER, RIP L.A Banks). Besides, where would I get a realistic set of angel wings?

As a black woman writer, I feel it's my job to get more women, black women particularly, to be visible characters in these genres, especially as heroes. That however is a topic for another blog. What i really want right now is a super gangster black female character to dress as for next years con (Also to take pictures with Matt Smith, because he's the Doctor, and the Doctor is HOT). So much for these ramblings. Let's see if I can come up with anything before next year. Any suggestions?