Storm: An Excerpt from Diary of an AfroGeek

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What follows is an excerpt from my new book, Diary of an AfroGeek. It will be released later this year. 

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I’ll let my childhood friend, Emile, set the tone: “Storm was gangsta! Not now, and especially not in the movies or cartoons. The essence of how and why he was so ill was captured in X-Men 170 and 173; blood, Storm was unfuckwittable. She was everything black comic readers needed — particularly those of us who were black, but were also more than black; who participated in a non-stereotypical kind of blackness. People always want to hold Batman up as the most hardcore of them all. Not even close. Batman’s balls can’t even compare to Storm’s weather controlling uterus.”

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Inception, The Matrix, and Communicating Power

Grateful to the Nerds of Color for publishing my essay on “Inception, the Matrix, and Communicating Power”.

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What is Power? Let’s get at the word.

We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit because what was native has been stolen from us. — Audre Lorde

Inception, basically — really basically — is a movie about people who can enter your dreams; and in your dreamy subconscious, they hijack your thoughts and therefore your future actions. Cobb — as played by Leonardo DiCaprio — explains this process called “Dream Sharing” to Ariadne (Ellen Page). She knows that when she “dream shares,” she has the power to change the subconscious dreamscape. But she finds out that creating too much havoc — changing the subconsciousness’ landscape (literally so) — will cause it to rebel. This happens when Mal — Cobb’s ex-wife, portrayed by Marion Cotillard — stabs Ariadne. One could say, Cobb’s subconscious — as represented by his ex-wife, Mal…

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