White women’s feminisms still center around equality…. Black women’s feminisms demand justice. There is a difference. One kind of feminism focuses on the policies that will help women integrate fully into the existing American system. The other recognizes the fundamental flaws in the system and seeks its complete and total transformation.

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Marvel Studios quickly noted that the addition of Spider-Man into their film universe has resulted in four projected films’ debut dates being changed. The third Thor film, “Thor: Ragnarok”, has been pushed to November 3, 2017; it had previously had that July 2017 spot. New film franchises “Black Panther” and “Captain Marvel” have been pushed to July 6 and November 2, 2018 (respectively), while “The Inhumans” has been shifted to July 12, 2019. The dates for the fourth and fifth installments of the “Avengers” team films (“The Infinity War Part One” and “Part Two”) remain unchanged at May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019 (also respectively). This presents an amusing (albeit understandable) bit of hypocrisy within Marvel Studios’ itself. After Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow saw significantly more screen time and thus popularity in 2012’s “The Avengers” than she’d seen in 2011’s “Iron Man 2” and her popularity within that role seemed to reaching a peak, Marvel Studios brass began being bombarded with questions about whether the super spy would get her own film. The gist of the response was an insistence that Marvel Studios plans films so many years in advance and can only produce so many films at once that there was absolutely no way that an unplanned Black Widow film could work out (despite the fact that a script for a “Black Widow” film written by David Hayter had existed since 2004-2006). Not even Johansson’s exceptional supporting role in 2014’s “Captain America: the Winter Soldier” swayed Marvel Studios’ official response. As a result, “Lucy”, a film starring Johansson as a woman who gains superhuman powers in an R-rated, modestly budgeted affair wound up earning almost $459 million worldwide based almost exclusively on Johansson’s increased popularity and the audience’s desire to see more of her as a lead heroine. Now, another arachnid hero has emerged within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and all of a sudden the studio can move heaven and earth shifting around four film production schedules to make room for him. While it is easy to explain this in terms of sheer popularity, it is also hard to shake the sense that this deal was done because Spider-Man’s cinematic star had begun to dim, while Black Widow’s seems to only get brighter. It also doesn’t help that due to this deal, the rising voices demanding more diversity in big screen heroes will have to wait longer to get Marvel Studios’ first starring hero of color and their first lead super heroine.

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People believe that little white kids in the suburbs have the right to live. They have the right to be happy. They have the right to peace. When it comes to black babies in urban neighborhoods, people don’t believe these children deserve to have similar rights. When people say things like ‘I can’t believe this would happen here,’ they are effectively saying that there are some neighborhoods where these tragic outcomes are far more acceptable. I reject this notion entirely, and it is reflective of both white supremacy and classism.

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Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.

Junot Díaz, “The Junot Díaz Episode” (18 November 2013) on Fan Bros, a podcast “for geek culture via people of colors” (via kynodontas)

Junot Diaz stay not fucking up. This is a really good interview.

(via commanderbishoujo)

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The poet, the artist, the sleuth—whoever sharpens our perception tends to be antisocial; rarely “well-adjusted,” he cannot go along with currents and trends. A strange bond often exists among anti-social types in their power to see environments as they really are.

Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage (via scrapsfromtheattic)

Spirit animal.

(via mendelpalace)

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