It was springtime in 2018, a little more than a year into Donald Trump’s presidency. With the rising rates of hate crimes and the vitriolic rhetoric being thrown to the masses from the White House, many were on edge. We were becoming increasingly aware of just how fragile democracy was…


In the summer of 2015, a then 20 year old Dylann Roof opened fire inside a Charleston, South Carolina church, killing a total of nine Black Americans. This atrocious act left many in the country shaken up, especially Black Americans. However, it did not take long for media outlets to…


Zack Snyder [left] and Joss Whedon [right]

In 2013, I watched Zack Snyder’s film that launched the beginning of the DC Extended Universe, Man of Steel. Admittedly, my initial reaction to it was neutral. I didn’t find anything particularly wrong with it, but it wasn’t my favorite superhero movie. My feelings towards the film would change years…


In 2008, the first Black president of the United States of America was elected. In that same year, same-sex marriage was legalized in California only to be overturned by Proposition 8. Gun sales following election day went up. For all the talk about progress, it was clear there was a…


From Left to Right: Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Heimdall (Idris Elba) from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

It’s time for fandom (particularly, white fandom) to learn what “character-coding” is and how they’ve been misusing it.

Character-coding is often used by speculative writers and filmmakers to assign traits associated with a certain group of people to non-human characters without explicitly labeling said characters as members of that group.


The District 11 three finger salute in “The Hunger Games”

“If [the Black individual’s] repressed emotions are not released in non-violent ways, they will seek expression through violence; this is not a threat but a fact of history. So I have not said to my people, ‘Get rid of your discontent.’ Rather, I have tried to say that this normal…


Hi Geekdom,

It’s time to admit something to ourselves — being a “nerd” or a “geek” is no longer subject to stigmatization. We are now the “cool kids” on campus, in the workplace, etc.

Now, for some younger nerds reading this, what I just said is probably obvious. Chances are…


A still featuring female characters Pepper Potts, The Scarlet Witch, Captain Marvel, and Shuri, from “Avengers: Endgame” (2019).

In the past few years, we have seen the stigma surrounding the label “feminist” very slowly begin to lose its hold, and as we often see when our political and social climates change, so does our fiction.

What we are seeing now are writers attempting to present us with female…


With rising anxieties surrounding Covoid-19 and the sneaky spread of Eco-fascist memes on the internet, maybe it’s a good time to talk about how the Russos and their creative team failed with Thanos and — intentionally or not — promoted Eco-fascist ideologies.

Now, this isn’t my first rant about the…


Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) in “Thor: Ragnarok”

It was the Spring of 2018. Set photos of DC Universe’s Titans were leaked online giving fans their first look of Anna Diop as Starfire.

As should be expected, the set photos were not completely pleasing to the eye. Without the finishing touches of special effects, set photos of any…

Shafira Jordan

You may call me Shafira. I enjoy speculative fiction, and I write about it here.

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