#OscarSoWhat?

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oscarBWA lot of press has been given lately to the claim that the American Academy Awards, or Oscars, have continued to snub black actors; #OscarsSoWhite has been the rallying hashtag this year, and pundits in and out of the industry have chimed in with responses.  Black-white relations in the U.S. has found yet another front to start yet another of their ongoing battles against each other.

I’m not going to regurgitate the discussions here, and here’s why:

Racism is certainly an issue in the U.S.; but calling out Hollywood for being a mostly-white cadre handing out awards to mostly-white people is, in fact, a waste of everyone’s time. Continue reading

King’s dream, not reflected in the stars

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Martin Luther King, Jr.On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, It’s natural to reflect on how his message has affected relations in the U.S., and not just racial; King believed in trust and brotherhood among all groups and nationalities, and saw that only that total trust and brotherhood would allow us to grow and prosper.  We’ve made a lot of strides since then, though we clearly have a long way to go in others.

However, I find myself looking even further afield than that, and reflecting on how King’s message had impacted science fiction over the years.  I have to say that, with some notable exceptions, I don’t think King’s message is reaching to the stars in our science fiction (or fantasy). Continue reading