5 Awesome Things From the Month of July

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Hey! So, I wanted to try something new and put all the awesome things that I found during the month, in one place. This month has had a lot of good & bad news for me. I moved into my new place. My son started school. I had to give up my PA team due to financial issues but none of that is on the list 😝 also what should be on the list but isn’t is the trailer for Season 10 of The Walking Dead! It looks amazing, click here to watch it and lets get on with the list:


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Black Mermaids:

My Ariel is Black! Her Sebastian Might be too and I’m laughing as the Internet turns an ugly blue!”- The World’s Worst Rapper

Okay, so as you have noticed, Disney is turning a lot of their classic animated movies into live action movies and there have been some people for it and some against the move. People don’t like change and they hate to think that a movie they grew up with (but haven’t watched in 5-20 years) might get a facelift…the old movie will still be there people.

Some of the hate might be justified, like with the new Child’s Play reboot. Many people disliked it because it took such a big turn from the original concept. I can understand that you might not like a movie based off its story but I will never understand hating something you haven’t seen based off the casting of one actor and in this case the color of an actor’s skin.

Halle Bailey has been cast as Disney’s new live action Ariel. She’s young, she’s a singer, a butting actress on a hit series and she has a large fan base. Disney took every last one of these points into account when picking her…but the internet didn’t like the idea that their mythical red headed mermaid would be portrayed by a black woman. 🤦🏾‍♂️ The fact that people are okay with taking away this actress’ joy and joining a mob of haters is crazy. I can only compare the hate for this casting to the level of hate sent when Anana Diop was cast as Starfire in DC’s first live action Titans series.

Diop proved her hatters wrong and I’m 100% sure that Bailey will too. Here is my two cents:

I never liked the little mermaid but she’s fictional and has no ties to a culture what so ever. Her race should not be taken into account but if we must…Ariel was an outsider looking in on a mysterious world. She longed to be apart of this world, to be excepted by it, but she knew her kind was hated and feared by the surface world. She viewed her surroundings as a cage and dreamed of freedom. Ariel went to the darkest part of her world in hopes of finding a way out, a way to be better. She gave up everything just to fit in with the surface world only to still be looked at as less than. This story reminds me of growing up as a little black boy in the projects. Wanting to fit in, is a feeling that black people know all too well. To be on the outside looking in and still treated as less than no matter how far they have come from where they once were. Ariel is black and if you ask me, she always has been.

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The Goodwill:

Gary Vee has always talked about yard sales and flipping, which was something I was big into a few years ago. I flipped comic books a lot and I made some nice pocket change from it. I decided I wanted to do this again but I wanted to hit up the local Good Will. For those of you that don’t know, the Good Will is a non-profit organization that helps people find jobs in their area thanks to the selling of donated items in their many stores.

If you go to the rich side of town (Hint for finding it, if you don’t know where it is…you must likely live in it), you can find some pretty good things for cheap. My game plan really was to find nerf guns, because I like painting them and making them look post-apocalyptic and then I try to resell them. It’s a fun little hobby, but we just moved and I never really thought of what else the Good Will had to benefit us.

Well after getting two bar stools (nice ones!) for 7 dollars total…I’m all about the Good Will! Haha when I’m better off financially, I plan on collecting Horror VHS tapes, I’ll keep you posted. Anyway check out your local Good Will, you might be surprised what you find.

 

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Black Podcast:

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All Black Everything! That’s not even a joke, I noticed my closet has a lot of black…which is deadly in the summer. As most of you know I’m part of an epic writing podcast called Voices of Color. As an author of color there are questions and topics that pop up in my head that I can’t really express to non-POC writers or there just isn’t a voice for POCs (people of color or person of color) in the indie writing community. I remember a while back when people were talking about sensitivity readers and a few well known authors dismissed it. They viewed it as society trying to hold back their voice and not as a tool to allow their voice to infiltrate other communities. I viewed that incident as another time minorities were pushed aside due to it being an inconvenience to someone’s life. While I could have voiced that, I didn’t want to go back and forth on a matter that was already decided upon in their minds.

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When I was first approached about joining VOC (Voices Of Color, Duh) that moment stood out in my mind. It has been an amazing journey talking and sharing my thoughts with people who are dealing with the same thing. We are all writers trying to get our story told but at times it feels as if minorities have to scream even louder to be heard. It’s nice to have VOC do some of the screaming for them and it’s amazing when it comes to learning craft…I’ve learned so much from these people!

Another podcast I’m currently addicted to is Nightlight. This horror podcast narrates the twisted and scary tales of black authors and then dives deeper by interviewing them about their work. I love hearing these new voices in horror and my goal is to get on there before the year ends.

If you haven’t listened to any of these podcast please take the time today to check them out, links are below:

Voices of Color Podcast

Nightlight Podcast

 

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Hopsin:

So, many of you may know that I create soundtracks for my books. In fact I’m in the process of placing each sound track in the back of every ebook copy. Well this current book is Planet Dead 3 and it happens to take place in the beautiful city of the dead known as New Orleans! I love NOLA, it’s an amazing city, with awesome people and truly chilling stories to be told. The ones I’m exploring in the book are The Axeman, The Devil Of Burdon Street, and The Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau.

For this soundtrack, I needed vibes that were dark, angry, haunting and raw. So, I did some searching and I came across a song called Witch Doctor by an artist named Hopsin. When a I tell you that song had me addicted! I’ve listened to that song once or twice a day since I found it. This guys is awesome, he’s like a black Eminem, raw emotion and well thought out storytelling within his music. One random search helped me find one of my new favorite rappers.

 

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The End Of The Dead:

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Okay, this is so not one of my favorite things, but it has to be one of the most shocking to me. I honestly didn’t see Robert Kirkman ending his comic book version of The Walking Dead anytime soon.

I thought the comic would out last the show by two or three years but this month he blew my mind by releasing the final issue wrapping up the epic story that was Rick Grimes’ Apocalyptic Journey. I have yet to read the book, but I made sure that I grabbed it. I feel like it’s gonna be apart of comic history. I guess I can’t blame Robert for wanting to do something new, he has covered so much ground in his world thanks to the comic and the shows, I’m sure to him it just feels like the story is done.

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I’m gonna try my best to get through the series haha I’m way behind. The last comic I read was when Carl killed one of the twins. If you haven’t picked up a Walking Dead comic and you’re a fan of the show or genre, take the leap. It’s amazing storytelling, combined with some awesome art that is a hat tip to the epic universe that George A. Romero created with his classic “Night Of The Living Dead”

Well that’s it! July has been a pretty stressful but epic month and I can’t believe we’re more than half way done with the year. It’s crazy how fast time seems to fly. Anyway I hope you enjoyed my picks, if you know of anything else that was epic this month feel free to leave a comment below. Also, check out some of my other blogs based in the horror world.