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Mo’Nique’s ‘auntie’ comments prop up supremacist standards

Remember Little House on the Prairie and the bonnets the White women wore? Historic head coverings weren’t a problem for real or fictional White women. Why are they a problem for Black women? Image: Getty.

Throughout the decades of my life as a Black woman, I have worn nearly every hairstyle known to humankind. I spent my childhood quivering at the sizzle of a hot comb that transformed my hair into neat plaits or ponytails. From there, it just got more creative with the Jheri curl, Leisure curl, Halle Berry cut, kinky puff, bone-straight shoulder length weave, curly weave, cornrows, Marley-assisted ponytails, and the occasional wig.

I have worn everything except a bonnet out of the house, but I guarantee you that my personal choice of leaving it in the dresser hasn’t saved me from…

Illustrations: Dani Pendergast

A handful of publishers and film distributors are finally catering to a large and growing audience of color

Whether set in the lush, turquoise plains of an Earth-like planet several centuries in the past, or rooted in an artificial intelligence-dominated apocalypse 50 years into the future, there are common threads within science fiction and fantasy.

Imaginative realms.

Epic adventures.

Fervent fandom.

And let’s not forget the most common thread of all: a world-building perspective that is overwhelmingly White and male.

Though things are changing, a Euro-centric (some might even call it colonizer) canon serves as the majority viewpoint in the field, impacting even the film and television adaptations of popular novels. For example, HBO juggernaut Game of Thrones…

Kyra Kyles

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