If you’re going to create an atypical hero—she’s a girl, she’s not as pretty, or maybe she’s clumsy—you’re going to raise her to the rank of hero and let her save the day. Why not go deeper and get that girl who’s really at the bottom of the pile? Around the world, girls of color are the most marginalized group. So if you’re going to write a story about the marginalized, why not reach down and pick the darkest girl?

–Award-winning Haitian-American speculative fiction writer Ibi Aanu Zoboi

Read the whole conversation between Zetta Elliott and Ibi Aanu Zoboi in the article Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens.

Calling for submissions by feminists of color


Salon wants to have a more diverse roster of contributors. You should oblige them.

The #solidarityisforwhitewomen conversation about digital feminism and inclusion has made it clear that more publications need to create opportunities for feminists of color to share their perspectives. To help create some of that much-needed, inclusive space, Roxane Gay will be curating work from feminists of color (note that this does not limit gender), to be published at Salon. If you’re interested in submitting your work, e-mail rgay@salon.com.

(Source: journosofcolor, via sarahreesbrennan)