Noctis and Luna

I haven’t done fan art since high school. In fact, I used to be known as the “naruto” girl because I would draw the characters and rotate them every week in my locker…at least, that’s what the one kid told me so I don’t know if that was fame, notoriety or just that one kid. Anyway, when Square said they wanted fan art for FFXV uncovered I was like….no wait. I can’t–I must. I HAVE to!

I’ve been waiting for this game since since i was 11. 11 guys. I’ve basically grown up waiting for this game. It’s finally gonna come out this year and the excitement is REAL.

So yes, I did it. A little tear dropped knowing I was drawing Luna instead of Stella, but hopefully Luna will be a formidable replacement for the badass chick we saw but never got to truly know. This one’s for you StellaLuna ❤

My one regret about the loss of versus is that it wasn’t the musical that Noruma wanted. It should be a musical. Everything should be a musical basically.

Those Who Inhabit My Body : On Popular Culture

My response to brandonrambles‘s tumblr post about representation.

As someone who adores classic movies and just cinema in general, I often find myself in the same place as what you so beautifully discussed in your piece.

Since a lot of these films were made during and the post years of segregation (the 30s-60s), it was often rare to see a minority in a film. My sisters and I would watch the movies and whenever we would see a minority character, we would jump with joy and disbelief, in the same kind of way you might react spotting waldo in a crowd.

Most of the times of course, it would just be a person of color walking by the screen, but more likely, one serving a white person and speaking and acting in a way that portrayed the PoC character in an exaggerated and insulting manner.

It was sad, heartbreaking really, for me to love a medium that so wholly excluded, mocked and diminished people like me and other minorities.

I remember one day, watching a movie called Baby Face, a movie about a woman who takes advantage of the gender stereotypes men have towards women to climb her way to the success. I cried when I saw that her best friend, was a black women (Theresa Harris) who was just as intelligent and independent as the main character. She played a small role in the film but just that small portrayal moved me tears. I was surprised to see how much it meant to me, to not have to play the “spot the minority character game”, to not have to cringe or feel undermined or saddened or ashamed by the way my people were being portrayed on screen.

When you see yourself in other peoples work, you start to be able to fill the holes that make up the world. You say I could fit there, or I wouldn’t want to, or I relate to this, or I want to learn more.

I started seeking out more films with minorities in them. Some of them were moving and others were insulting, and I would say that though we are making a lot progress, a lot hasn’t changed about hollywood since then.

People are still asking questions about the prison system as they did in The Defiant Ones, where a black prisoner and a white one found themselves chained together as they escaped from prison in the Jim Crow south. People are still questioning racial identity and colorism as in An Imitation of Life, where a light skinned black girl passes as a white because she is embarrassed of her maid mother and the constant demeaning way her mother is treated within the segregated society.

Like America’s foundation, were land and citizenship gave people a voice to shape our country, hollywood has been so long controlled by white voices and wallets. As a result, PoC are still playing the catch up game.

They’re making strides in TV, in shows like Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder, and as i see more PoC being just naturally included as main characters in scifi shows like the 100, paranormal like the Originals and the Vampire Diaries, and contemporaries like Recovery Road and Jane the Virgin, i get more and more excited about what progress could mean.

Still, I’m still fighting to see my korean, and chinese, and indian, and spanish and mexican and middle eastern friends on the platforms I love.

Its so disheartening to see how, while we make strides in some places, others– race, sexual orientation, disabilities–are overstepped and ignored, in books, in comics, in TV and in video games.

We need to keep speaking. We need to keep talking about it and analyzing it and passing the mic so every voice can be heard, so everyone can get their close up.

5 Things in the Shadowhunters TV show I like better than in the books

It’s Tuesday and guess what that means….

TMI Tuesday 

Yup, a new episode of Shadowhunters is coming out today. Normally I would be anticipating the new episode with a mixture of dread and hope. The last episode didn’t have things looking to good, seeing as there were random footage of college students larping as Circle members (what was that about?) that kept popping up throughout the episode.

It was like Valentine got a hold of our TVs this time instead of Clary’s necklace transmissions .

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Jokes aside, I actually am looking forward to this episode. I saw a few teasers for it (a hilarious one with of course, Alec in it and a Clary and Jace moment that actually had me smiling) and I’m looking forward to what the episode has in store. 

So, with that in mind, here are 5 things from the Shadowhunters show that I like more than in the books

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1. Alec

Alec was a jerk in the books. I only tolerated him because of Magnus and after what he did in book 6–yeah I tolerated him a lot less. 

The Alec in the show though–man he’s been great lately. Aside from Simon, Matthew Daddario has been stealing all the funny lines and he just has an overall presence that makes the show much more enjoyable to watch.

2. Simon

Okay, don’t kill me, but I thought Simon was SUPER annoying in the books. He was hilarious by the third which was when I started liking him, but as a extreme Clace shipper HE WAS IN THE WAY lol. In the show though, I completely adore him. He’s so funny, and Alberto Rosende is just such an outstanding actor. I love every scene with him.

3. Maureen

She was annoying and creepy in the books. In the show, she’s actually cute and funny and also a good actor. I approve. 

Speaking of Maureen, doesn’t Simon’s relationship with characters remind you of Mark’s from Rent? Also, doesn’t Simon remind you of Mark from Rent? Basically, Shadowhunters should become a musical

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4. Clary 

Okay, this is half and half. Clary was more funny and interesting in the books, but she was also a really passive character for a long time. I like how the show tried to make her more proactive. She’s actually killing demons and doing things. That being said, she’s doing it at a pace that’s completely unrealistic. Clary book relied on her wits to survive in the Shadow world. Clary show? Well, yeah I’m not sure how she’s still alive at this point. Though, seeing how competent the circle members are–yeah never mind, it makes sense.

5. Simon’s Mom

I tried. I really tried with the last one but this was all I could come up with. That being said, she was mean 😦 This mom already seems more understanding. 

How you gonna fix it?

My response to the new Allegiant TV spot:

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Hey look, there are those pods again

I can’t complain though. I stopped reading the divergent series after Insurgent but still, it looks like they strayed so far from the books that the plot is damaged itself. I’m not sure if there’s anyway (or point) of fixing it at this point. I guess we’ll see in March (I believe that’s the date) when it comes out. ✌

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You can watch the TV Spot here:

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laaa217:

I remember hearing this song for the first time. My sister was playing it. Without listening to it, I instantly said I disliked it. Then I listened to the song and saw the video. Genius. This is in the black power mix tape for so many reasons. Here we have a black woman (da mule of da world) claiming her identity and telling a system that was built with her labor that she owns it. The best revenge for all the haters (black, white and all shades in between) is your own success. 

Preach