Token Black Girl

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Awkward Black Girl

Yes, I realize that the title of this blog is vaguely reminiscent of the title of this blog page, but bare with me.

I'm Awkward

Okay, in reality, this is very, extremely, remarkably true, but this time its not about me! In the wee hours of the morning, I accidentally stumbled upon internet gold. I came across a web-series entitled The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. I highly suggest you look it up. I have to admit, I was hesitant at first. I have been lead to believe that all media portrayals of black women include obnoxious behavior, baby daddies, atrocious English, drugs, stripping, tricking, and or booty popping in any or all combinations.

This show breaks the mold. This show introduces a character by the name of J, (not to be confused with White J - see episode 5). J comes out right from episode 1 and tells us who and what she is "I'm awkward... and I'm black". Yes, she just up and says it. At that moment, awkward black girls like me around the world sighed in relief. We don't get a lot of recognition.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The problem with Peanut Butter - A Glimpse into my life

*Note- This is not a story, but a blog about my real life. I have NEVER shared this type of information before, and it was hard to do. It started a a writing exercise in getting 750 words of anything written a day,but turned into this. I know its scattered, broken up, and largely unorganized, but bare with me. This was hard to write.


So today I was thinking about peanut butter. I know, strange right? What could I possibly have to say about peanut butter? The fact is, peanut butter changed my life forever.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Black women to be seen and not heard on BSFS? My true story as posted on ProfessionalBlackWriters.com

I am new in the world of writers websites, newer still to those that are tailored to the black community. Allow me to say that I was more than thrilled to find communities where I could connect with other black writers. I have joined other writing sites, but because I remained the serious minority with black protagonists and what not, my stories and writing were given little to no attention or credence. When joining writing group collaborations, everyone loved my concepts until I would publish my chapters and they discovered my characters were always black. Suddenly my segments in collabs were treated like a red headed step child.

In light of all that, I was very excited to find sites for black writers like this one. There is another site that I joined that I REALLY loved, blacksciencefictionsociety.com. I mean I logged on every day to read the works of other authors, checked out 3d renderings, engaged in meaningful discussions and even just to pass the time in that chat room. It was a lot of fun. I found that other members of the black community were more willing to honestly critique and comment on my work than anyone else. My skills grew more in the past few months there than they had in the past few years on my own. Everything was great... until yesterday.