Summary : Christopher Hunter was a loner who kept to himself and kept his grades up, all to blend in and get by. He was a latch key kid who never saw his parents and took care of himself. Never looking ahead to the future but just getting by. Until he was volunteered to show an incoming student and her parents around school. The day changed not only how he was at school but his entire life.
Natalia Parker was a new incoming student at Omega High and was paired up with Chris to be shown around. Thanks to him, she knew her way around the school and even made a new friend her age. But Christopher and Natalia grew to be friends, then more as he got to bond with her parents. Christopher was content to spend time at the Parkers’ home while keeping his lonely, invisible life a secret. Until he discovered that he had a natural gift playing football, thanks to Natalia and her dad.
When Natalia suggests that Christopher sign up for junior football his freshman year in order to work his way to a full scholarship to college, he does, but mainly for her. When he and everyone discovers how great of a football phenom he is, adults around him start to plan his future. Meanwhile Christopher has been planning his own future - one with Natalia and his growing older and getting married and having the family he’s always wanted.
But before he could make his dreams come true, it was all snatched away from him. He ended up being alone again and throwing away the future he had planned and the ones the adults he knew had planned for him. Years later a chance meeting brought back the love of his life and the knowledge that what he was told and what he thought all those years ago was a lie. That he was lied to to ensure he would follow their dreams. Now,Christopher is about to find everyone involved so he can not only get to the truth but the woman he loves back.
(Sorry, it’s a long summary..but I couldn’t come up with a simple, short one.)
Color My Fro: A Natural Hair Coloring Book for Big Hair Lovers of All Ages
31 big-haired fairies, mermaids, warriors, models, cheerleaders, and fierce divas grace the pages of this coloring book celebrating the beauty of black women and natural hair. At each turn of the page, a new natural hair inspired illustration greets you.
The Colorful Adventures of Zoe & Star: An Activity and Coloring Book
Tired of the lack of diversity in children’s coloring books? Meet Zoe and Star, two adventurous African-American girls who just love to have fun! Follow them throughout over 45 fun-filled coloring and activity pages that inspire creativity, promote self-confidence and celebrate diversity.
holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Florida State University and is an avid world traveler. Crystal is an author and the owner of Goldest Karat Publishing, a boutique publisher of educational non-fiction titles, coloring books, and entertaining children’s books aimed at African-American audiences. Goldest Karat’s goal is to fill the diversity gap in traditional publishing by providing readers with high quality books featuring characters of African descent.
ABC Casting department is looking for screenwriters to work on a production. ABC Casting Department’s Talent showcase is now accepting original scene submissions. The deadline to submit is Friday, May…
Um, you fabulous writers in the Scandal fandom better get on this!
I hope this parlays over into a Scandal writing position. Cuz they need some new writers!!!!!
I’m so tempted to do this.
What in hell is stopping you? I mean in terms of time, less play here and more play where there is the possibility of pursuing your dreams and possibly getting a leg up to where you want to be. No brainer.
Omg! I am so glad you guys jumped on this when I reblogged this earlier today. Anyone that is interested in acting or anything in entertainment, I strongly suggest following the tumblr that posted this. I’m in Orlando and there are so many posts about extra work and other acting opportunities in Atlanta that can help me build my resume. And since the city is only 6 hours away, there ya go.
But there are posts about all kinds of casting calls and entertainment opportunities around the country. I did a video submission for NBC’s Diversity Department 2 weeks ago. They will be picking finalists by April 11th I believe so prayers up for me please yall! But yeah, I wasn’t going to do it but I thought why not? So I set up my laptop on my dining room table, set up my mark, and put my Windows Movie Maker to work. At this point, I do whatever I can to help me learn and grown in my craft. So you never know useless you try. And that is what it comes down to: TRY. ATTEMPT. As we say in my Meisner Acting class: It’s all about the attempt.
Candice Patton in ‘About a Boy’ (2/2)
Candice Patton, soon to be seen as Iris West on ‘The Flash.’
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An original wallpaper. Normal size 1900 x 1400. This is version 1 of 2. Click to read text.
Summary: Tayla Maxwell had always been known as hefty, husky or just plain fat but she never let that get in the way of her natural ability: cooking. Fresh out of culinary school, she was looking to start her own business, but with student loans to pay back and an ailing mother at home, she hadn’t the time or the money for such a venture—until James Denson came along.
As forward for the Cleveland Cavilers, James “JD” Denson had it all: the girls, the money, the power and a reputation that stretched for years. He had no intention of messing up a good thing until a night of drunken debauchery landed him on the suspended list. His agent had urged he clean up his act and fast, before he found himself unemployed. What better way to do that than with a quickie marriage to someone no one would ever have guessed or let alone heard of…right?
Summary: Jonathan Denson isn’t what you’d call the life of the party but when he enters a room, he commands attention. The only problem is the attention he craves isn’t the attention he was getting. It’s just too bad that the only person he ever truly wanted isn’t ready for what he has to offer. Left with no other option, John decides that he’s sick of leaving romance up to fate and takes his love life into his own hands.
1. Big Girls do it Better and 2. Nice Guys Always Win by QuickSilver.
TRIGGER WARNING: misogynoir, violence, harassment, sexual abuse, rape.
@HoodFeminism (which is @Karnythia's and @thewayoftheid's work) hosted a Twitter discussion regarding the stereotype of “fast tailed girls” that Black girls deal with primarily during adolescence, but certainly starts before that for many Black girls and continues well into adulthood (i.e. the Jezebel controlling image). I put many of the tweets shared in this discussion in a Storify: #FastTailedGirls: Examining The Stereotypes and Abuse That Black Girls Face though a few are included above.
"Fast tailed" girls: Black girls stereotyped as “hypersexual” beings and seeking sex whether or not they are sexually active. This stereotype is proliferated in the home (especially by some mothers and older women), within the Black community (i.e church, socially; especially by the Black men who abuse and by some Black male leaders who want this silenced) and amidst society itself (i.e. schools, media; because of racism and White supremacist notions of womanhood). These Black girls are viewed: as “adult” women “asking” for abuse,” as responsible for the abuse that primarily adult Black men inflict on them or coerce them into and often inflict without punishment let alone blame from the Black community (as “protecting” Black men from racism often takes precedence over any other intraracial issue); as providing consent simply by experiencing puberty (or not even experiencing puberty); as automatically heterosexual; as automatically culpable for any street harassment, physical violence, sexual violence or emotional abuse that they experience. A Black girl with confidence who speaks up for herself, wants to express her femininity visually, has a normal interest in boys, gets unwanted attention from adult men, and/or has male friends can easily be labeled as such. This stereotype sits in a binary opposed to “respectable" Black girls while both "types" of Black girls are regularly abused. It is the hatred of Blackness, womanhood and childhood (or rejection of a period of childhood actually existing for Black girls) intersecting in this dangerous stereotype.
Though difficult of course, this conversation was so important and I am grateful to Hood Feminism for their presence, in general, and for this conversation, specifically. It is important to discuss how within and outside of our communities internalizing the hateful messages about Blackness, womanhood and Black womanhood specifically has caused so much harm, much irreversible. What can change is how we think about ourselves as Black women, meaning ending shaming and ending buying into patriarchal binaries about Black girls and Black women while simultaneously protecting abusers. Have open conversations about how patriarchal masculinity is literally killing men, Black men in particular, and how while it is true that they are very much so oppressed via race, as all Black people are, they are also oppressors of Black women. Black women also support this structure when abusers are defended and protected and our truths and experiences are silenced by other Black women and anyone else among Black people; that has to end. Deconstructing and rejecting the way that racism, White supremacy, anti-Blackness and sexism create this stereotype for Black girls, ones that impact them inside and outside of the Black community.
The abuse has to end. The education has to be received. The compassion has to be shared. The unlearning has to commence. The truth has to be spoken, even if at 140 characters at a time. Even if in small groups and in supermarket aisles and schools and churches and anywhere. Black girls deserve better than this. Black women deserve more than the pain of the memories of abuse and the fear that another generation of Black girls will experience the same.
- #FastTailedGirls: Examining The Stereotypes and Abuse That Black Girls Face - this is my Storify mentioned above; includes many tweets (including some of mine) by Black women who spoke out; includes tweets from a trans woman of colour (@HarmonyBabydoll) who added an important dimension to this conversation.
- The Myth of “Fast Black Girls” by @LexiScorsese - inspired this conversation
- Hood Feminism blog
- Misogyny, In General vs. Anti-Black Misogyny (Misogynoir), Specifically
- Black Men and Patriarchy, Intraracial Sexism and Misogynoir (multiple essays listing)
- Abuse Culture: Domestic Violence, Rape, Body Dehumanization and Street Harassment (multiple essays listing)
- Patricia Hill Collins’ books: Black Feminist Thought and Black Sexual Politics speaks to the roots of this stereotype.
- Womanism, Black Feminism and Race In Feminist Discourse (Updated) (multiple essays listing)
Keep learning, growing and healing. ❤
(Please leave content above intact if you reblog. Please take care before adding any comments to this post. It is very serious and very painful for many Black women. Victim blaming and statements supporting rape culture are unwelcome here by people who think they have a “right” to harm us because this conversation occurred publicly. Please be respectful.)