As some may know, I wrote a novel for NaNoWriMo this year. I failed the contest, however (which is a whole new post altogether, smh) I will not stop writing!
Anyway, I have yet to reveal my summary/synopsis or even my genre of choice for the book for various reasons.
Nonetheless, here it is:
Genre: Young Adult, Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic
And I’ll just stop right there…
I know many have their reservations about the genre. And about black people who enjoy these types of things. You know, things like gaming, comic books, rock music, magic tricks, fantasy fiction etc. You know who you’re out there. But for too long, these unique people of color have been ridiculed, belittled, mocked and shamed by other people of color who don’t have the same “interests.”
It’s like African Americans have to like certain things in order to be considered ‘black enough’ by their peers. As if being black can be measured by what we like, how we dress or speak. Isn’t one’s skin tone enough? If that is the case then, admirers and appropriators like Kim Kardashian, Rachel Dolezal, Iggy Azalea and countless others would pass as ‘being black.’ In reality, no matter what we choose to ‘like’, all blacks face the same type of injustices.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am all black, all day. I’m black black. My hair says ‘black,’ my clothes say ‘black’ even the car I drive is black (well, its actually red, but you get my point).
Honestly, people, just because I’m a black girl doesn’t mean I don’t/ can’t like Sci-Fi.
It is because I’m black and happen to like sci-fi, I decided to write a book on it.
Have you looked around at your local library or bookstore? The main subject people of color write about is urban fiction. And I’m not knocking urban fiction. But there are so many other genres that we as a people have to infiltrate. I want to be known for breaking a barrier in writing that says we, as African Americans, don’t read or aren’t interested in other genres. I want to see people who look like me arrayed on the front of books I hand to my high school students. I want white people to know that yes, black people can write too and we happen to like sci-fi.
And it doesn’t make me any less black. It just makes me me – unique, creative, and beautiful in every way.