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05.15.22
could’ve sworn it was february yesterday..
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mednerds · 2 days ago
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Don't just learn, experience. Don't just read, absorb. Don't just change, transform. Don't just relate, advocate. Don't just promise, prove. Don't just criticize, encourage. Don't just think, ponder. Don't just take, give. Don't just see, feel. Don’t just dream, do. Don't just hear, listen. Don't just talk, act. Don't just tell, show. Don't just exist, live.
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
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weltonboys · a day ago
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a pearl - mitski / detail of the fire - richard siken / on earth we’re briefly gorgeous - ocean vuong
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CFP: Centering Blackness in Fan Studies
This special issue centers Blackness in fandom studies. Fandom studies has gestured toward race generally, and Blackness in particular, from its alleged white center while always keeping race at its margin. It has largely co-opted the language of race, difference, and diversity from the margins and recentered it around white geeks and white women. Indeed, fandom studies has done lots of things—except deal with its race problem. But as Toni Morrison (1975) asserts, that is the work of racism: it keeps those at the margins busy, trying to prove that they deserve a seat at the center table. In this way, those considered marginal expend energy trying to be granted access to the center while citing, reifying, and expanding the supposed universality of the center that fails to engage the margin because it is too particular. If, as the title of Audre Lorde’s famous 1984 essay reminds us, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House,”  then it is time to willfully ignore white fandoms, just as Black fandoms have been willfully ignored.
For this special issue, we seek to privilege and celebrate Blackness, not as a comparative but as enough on its own. We want essays that build on the relatively small but groundbreaking scholarly work that centers Black fandoms, including work on young Black male (Brown 2000) and female (Whaley 2015) comic readers; Black gay sitcom fans (Martin 2021a); Black fan “defense squads” that protect fictional characters’ Blackness (Warner 2018); Black fan labor (Warner 2015); Black antifandom (Martin 2019b); Black fans’ enclaving practices (Florini 2019b); Black female music fans (Edgar and Toone 2019); and Black acafans (Wanzo 2015). It also engages and with and builds on our Black feminist foremothers, including bell hooks (1992), Jacqueline Bobo (1995), and Robin Means Coleman (1998), who showed us ways to think about how Black audiences engage with media. This corpus of work on Black audiences and fandoms provides a base for further theorization about the experiences and meanings of Black fandom. We encourage work that engages, nuances, and challenges this foundational work, leading to novel reconsiderations of how fan studies defines and understands Black fandoms.
We invite submissions that contribute to a conversation that centers Black audiences, fans, antifans, and global Blackness itself. We are not interested in comparative studies of Black fandom practices, because Blackness is enough. This issue seeks to center Blackness and (anti)fandom in all of its permutations. We hope the following suggested topics will inspire wide-ranging responses.
Black folks and “doing” fandom.
Black fans and deployment of (anti)fandom.
Black fan practices imbricated in a politics of representation.
Affective Black fandoms.
The politics of Black (anti)fandoms.
Interactions between Black fans and media producers.
Audience/fan response to Black-cast remakes and recasting non-Black-cast texts with Black actors.
Black fandoms of non-Black-cast media.
Blackness and enclaving.
Black music fandom.
Black sports fandom.
Black fandom and labor.
Black fandom and affect.
Black antifandom and hate.
Global Black fandoms.
Black fandom and contemporary or historical politics.
Mediated constructions of Blackness.
Black fandoms and celebrities/parasocial relationships.
Black queer fandom.
Disabled Black fandom.
Case studies of specific texts related to Black fandom.
Historical and archival accounts of Black fandom.
Submission Guidelines
Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC, http://journal.transformativeworks.org/) is an international peer-reviewed online Gold Open Access publication of the nonprofit Organization for Transformative Works, copyrighted under a Creative Commons License. TWC aims to provide a publishing outlet that welcomes fan-related topics and promotes dialogue between academic and fan communities. TWC accommodates academic articles of varying scope as well as other forms, such as multimedia, that embrace the technical possibilities of the internet and test the limits of the genre of academic writing.
Submit final papers directly to Transformative Works and Cultures by January 1, 2023. 
Articles: Peer review. Maximum 8,000 words.
Symposium: Editorial review. Maximum 4,000 words.
Please visit TWC's website (https://journal.transformativeworks.org/) for complete submission guidelines, or email the TWC Editor ([email protected]).
Contact—Contact guest editors Alfred L. Martin Jr. and Matt Griffin with any questions before or after the due date at [email protected] 
Due date—January 1, 2023, for March 2024 publication.
Works Cited
Bobo, Jacqueline. 1995. Black Women as Cultural Readers. New York: Columbia University Press.
Brown, Jeffrey A. 2001. Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Fans. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
Click, Melissa A., and Sarah Smith-Frigerio. 2019. “One Tough Cookie: Exploring Black Women’s Responses to Empire’s Cookie Lyon.” Communication Culture and Critique 12 (2): 287–304. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ccc/tcz007.
Coleman, Robin R. Means. 1998. African American Viewers and the Black Situation Comedy: Situating Racial Humor. New York: Routledge.
Early, Gerald. 1988. “The Black Intellectual and the Sport of Prizefighting.” Kenyon Review 10 (3): 102–17.
Edgar, Amanda Nell, and Ashton Toone. 2019. “‘She Invited Other People to That Space’: Audience Habitus, Place, and Social Justice in Beyoncé’s Lemonade.” Feminist Media Studies 19 (1): 87–101. https://doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2017.1377276.
Everett, Anna. 2001. Returning the Gaze: A Genealogy of Black Film Criticism, 1909–1949. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Florini, Sarah. 2019a. Beyond Hashtags: Racial Politics and Black Digital Networks. New York: NYU Press.
Florini, Sarah. 2019b. “Enclaving and Cultural Resonance in Black Game of Thrones Fandom.” In “Fans of Color, Fandoms of Color,” edited by Abigail De Kosnik and andré carrington, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 29. https://doi.org/10.3983/twc.2019.1498.
hooks, bell. 1992. Black Looks: Race and Representation. Boston: South End Press.
Martin, Alfred L., Jr. 2021a. The Generic Closet: Black Gayness and the Black-Cast Sitcom. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Martin, Alfred L., Jr. 2021b. “Blackbusting Hollywood: Racialized Media Reception, Failure, and The Wiz as Black Blockbuster.” JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies 60 (2): 56–79. http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/cj.2021.0003.
Martin, Alfred L., Jr. 2019a. “Fandom while Black: Misty Copeland, Black Panther, Tyler Perry, and the Contours of US Black Fandoms.” International Journal of Cultural Studies 22 (6): 737–53. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367877919854155.
Martin, Alfred L., Jr. 2019b. “Why All the Hate? Four Black Women’s Anti-fandom and Tyler Perry.” In Anti-fandom: Dislike and Hate in the Digital Age, edited by Melissa A. Click, 166–83. New York: NYU Press.
Morrison, Toni. 1975. “A Humanist View, Part 2.” Presented at Black Studies Center public dialogue, Portland State University, May 30, 1975. Transcription available at: https://www.mackenzian.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Transcript_PortlandState_TMorrison.pdf.
Rose, Tricia. 1994. Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press.
Shankman, Arnold. 1978. “Black Pride and Protest: The Amos 'n' Andy Crusade.” Journal of Popular Culture 12 (2): 236–52. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0022-3840.1979.1202_236.x.
Stewart, Jacqueline Najuma. 2005. Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Tracy, James F. 2001. “Revisiting a Polysemic Text: The African American Press's Reception to Gone with the Wind.” Mass Communication and Society 4 (4): 419–36. http://dx.doi.org/10.1207/S15327825MCS0404_6.
Wanzo, Rebecca. 2015. “African American Acafandom and Other Strangers: New Genealogies of Fan Studies.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 20. https://doi.org/10.3983/twc.2015.0699.
Warner, Kristen. 2018. “(Black Female) Fans Strike Back: The Emergence of the Iris West Defense Squad.” In Routledge Companion to Media Fandom, edited by Melissa A. Click and Suzanne Scott, 253–61. New York: Routledge.
Warner, Kristen J. 2015. “ABC’s Scandal and Black Women’s Fandom.” In Cupcakes, Pinterest, and Ladyporn: Feminized Popular Culture in the Early Twenty-First Century, edited by Elana Levine. Champaign: University of Illinois Press.
Whaley, Deborah Elizabeth. 2015. Black Women in Sequence: Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
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poeticallycindy · 2 days ago
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wedarkacademia · 2 days ago
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“I would've loved you if we had more time.” ― Adam Silvera, They Both Die at the End
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sivuda · a day ago
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Different forms of love one can get according to me
• When my mom randomly come and gives me cut up fruit
• When my dad comes home with samosa because he knows me and my sister like it
• When my friend tells me the password to her phone cuz she trusts me to keep a secret
• When my online friend randomly checks up on me because they realised I was sad because of something i texted differently
• When i carry extra pens cuz i know someone among my friends would forget it
• When my friend stands beside and waits when I tie my shoelace
• When my friend brings an extra sandwich when her mom makes them so that that she can share it with me
• When my sister writes me "sorry" notes after we had an argument
• When my mother calls me to have a meal after we had a fight
• When my grandma gives me money before leaving their home
• When my mom says "you make it better so make it for me also" because she knows i like making coffee
• When i text a friend on her birthday whom I am not in contact with often and she texts me on my birthday
• When my sister remembers my favourite cake flavour
• When my sister eats garlic from my plate cuz she knows i don't like it
• When my mom gives me extra Cashews from a dish cuz she knows i like it
• When one of my friends know i am a morning person and don't contact me afte 9:30
• When my friends wake up early in case they need to talk with me because i wake up very early
• When another friend buys two chocolates so I can have one
• When my grandma knows i like a dish and makes sure to put some extra on my plate
Feel free to add your own
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dark-sappho · a day ago
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With graduation around the corner I just wanted to say that it is okay if you won't be graduating this year because you dropped out, deferred a year, took a semester off, or any other reason.
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cardassiangoodreads · a day ago
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Tip from a college instructor to college (and high school) students: no teacher or professor ever quite put it this way to me but I think it's really important to know that a good thesis statement for an essay is something that is falsifiable. That is, someone could argue with it and potentially prove you wrong. Statements like "Vladimir Lenin was a very important figure in history" or "the color blue is significant in this novel" or "the Beatles are one of the most influential rock bands of all time" are not falsifiable, no one could seriously argue with those. But see, with that last one (which is a real, paraphrased one I received from a student once. so is the color blue one) if you just drop the "one of" then it becomes a thesis statement you can actually use! It's not a particularly hot take, but it's something that someone could disagree with and counter, and so you'd have to prove in the paper. With the other two, being more specific -- important to what? significant in what way? -- would also make them falsifiable.
That kind of hedging, using phrases like "one of" or "mostly" or "very" etc., is great, even essential in lots of other contexts, including usually in the body of your paper.... but it doesn't work for a thesis statement. Write something where someone could plausibly say "no, that's wrong." You're making an argument. Argue!
Granted, you don't want to go too far in the other direction and get too Internet Hot Take-y, as you still have to actually prove your thesis statement in the essay. Though I will say that essays that go for broke in that way are at least interesting to read and I tend to be more generous in grading them even if they don't fully get there, than the vague bland glittering-generalities puff-piece crap that doesn't actually make any sort of argument. I know I am not unique in this preference, so do with that what you will.
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outsassing-nero · a day ago
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16.05.22// working on a few projects and a conference talk right now!! my new draft of the phd proposal is almost ready, so i’ll get to edit it this week as well!
listening to: hyoyeon, punk right now
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likeshestoleit · 13 hours ago
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It’s become almost a tradition to post a bookshelf photo my first night in a new apartment :,). So here it is!!
I haven’t posted in a while, this month I: graduated college, moved, began medical school applications (!!!) and will be taking the MCAT (!!!!!!!)
I am very very tired. Very nervous. But very excited :)
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jes12321 · a day ago
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Scooby Doo Character Outfit Design Slideshow Thing
Daphne
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Very preppy, very soft girl. Lots of purple and green. I especially enjoy the pic toward the bottom right with the headband. It just gives me Daphne vibes. And the bottom middle (purple two piece with the skirt) seems like the closest to what she wears in canon. With I could have gotten some more range in the purple colors, but apparently preppy soft girls only wear pastel, so.
Fred
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Preppy again, but with a slightly sporty touch. I liked the idea of collared shirts under sweaters bc that’s what he wears in the show. Also checkered sweater vests. Just gives me the right vibes. Especially the orange and blue one on the top middle. Wish I could have gotten more orange in here, but y’all have no idea how hard it is to find aesthetic outfit pics for guys. Seriously.
Velma
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Academia aesthetic. Not necessarily light or dark, just academia. Maybe even chaotic academia, but I’m not sure. Lots of warm tones (especially orange). I loved the suede on the bottom middle. Just seems like something she would wear to prom or something. I think the top middle is the most true to the original, but I actually like the bottom right better for her everyday outfit. Just very much sweaters and slacks and skirts and sneakers.
Shaggy
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Skater boy, grunge aesthetic. I’ve been told that this is actually too fashionable for shaggy, which is fair. Lots of green, bots of oversized clothes and layers. I liked the brown pants in the top middle for his everyday pants, but I also liked the green pants in the bottom right. And the fit in toward the top left, again, reminded me of him going to a more formal event where the gang forces him to dress up somewhat. But just comfy, oversized, easy clothes.
Scooby
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For Scoob I went for more of what they would do in a live-action situation. I really like the two on the right. I think the more matte one would work better just because it’s more true to the source material, but I do like the character that the shiny one has. The one on the left is another option, but I feel like it’d be a bit difficult to do in live-action.
Anyway, hope you all enjoyed!
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amiablesummer · 2 days ago
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- Tennessee Williams, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Other Plays
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remusmarch · 2 days ago
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i finished if we were villains, it's full of mysteries, and i am amused by it. i want to dig deeper into the story because i think that there's more to it. i said before that i wish that i'll feel the same way i felt when i finished reading the secret history, and i did, if we were villains is as good as tartt's novel. i also went out after rotting in my room.
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edge-poetry · 2 days ago
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poem: the impossible task of describing love
love never felt like
how books describe it
or how poets idolize it—
love did not feel like
what scribbles and stories,
song lyrics and verses,
says it does—
no words i have ever read
correctly portray that feeling—
but loving you
made me want to write something that
felt true.
-j.g. edge
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musictheoryaugmented · a day ago
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Listening to something in 7/8
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errantscience · 2 days ago
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I hope everyone is having a great Monday morning #MondayMotivation
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wedarkacademia · 6 hours ago
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“I kiss the guy who brought me to life on the day we’re going to die.” ― Adam Silvera, They Both Die at the End
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francesthinks · 2 days ago
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if I knew the classics class irl they would be main characters in my friends gossip I just know it
“omg did y’all hear that charles and camilla be fucking YES YES THE TWINS I KNOW RIGHT”
“and then charles be fucking francis too!! they’re all fucking each other!! even the weird professor be getting freaking wit them!!”
“one mf gets an std and they’re done for fr”
“bunny not with it tho he called me a homophobic slur in the dining hall”
“wait… y’all seen bunny lately??”
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newvision · 2 days ago
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— Patrick McGrath from the Angel
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