During times of uncertainty and despair, we all want to do something to ease and relax our minds. Whether it’s getting some fresh air while practicing social distancing or keeping in touch with friends online, I pass up the time by watching Netflix. I rarely watch Netflix, but since I’m temporarily out of work at the moment, I needed to laugh and be entertained. A majority of cons everywhere have either been postponed for a few months or until next year, so watching some of my favorite is like therapy. I came up with a list of shows on Netflix that I’ve been binge watching lately. There’s one on this list that I started watching for the first time, so just a heads up. Now let’s get started.
The month of April has arrived and there are two reasons why this month is personal to me: it’s Autism Awareness Month and today is World Autism Awareness Day. Autism Awareness Month was first recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007. Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, affects 1 in 59 children. Boys are four times affected as girls. For those who aren’t familiar with who I am, I’m on the autism spectrum. I was interviewed by Vocal for their Creator Spotlight feature about two weeks ago. They were asking about things such as cosplay and why I’m passionate about different causes. Autism awareness is one of those causes. Here’s a little bit about myself and why this month is so important to me.
Let’s admit: bullying is one of the biggest problems happening in schools. Whether it’s via online or in person, bullies will find ways to crush one’s self-esteem and making them feel less than what they are. They put their own insecurities onto others to make themselves feel better, thinking that they’re so tough. One in four kids at school reported that they were bullied. I was a victim of bullying for a number of reasons.
The one thing that’s currently on everyone’s mind is the Coronavirus outbreak. While the number of cases and deaths are steadily increasing, people, businesses, restaurants, and even movie theaters are taking precautions of minimizing large crowds. Besides me being a content creator for Vocal, I have a regular eight to five job. I’m going to be taking time off from there for the next couple of weeks. I’m also temporarily putting cosplayer interviews on hold, out of consideration for those who might be feeling ill from COVID-19. I’m still going to write articles, but not doing cosplayer interviews at this time.
“You’re ugly.” That’s the main thing that most people would say about me for absolutely no reason. In fact, I’ve been hearing that for almost all my life. It’s sad that the ones who despise dark skinned people is other dark skinned people. It’s like black people like myself are always the butt of all jokes when it comes to our skin tone. That we’re unattractive and aren’t able to find someone to love us. I never understood the whole light skin versus dark skin debate. It’s ridiculous and dumb, in my opinion. Rappers tend to talk down to dark skinned women and it’s sad. Last month, black cosplayers celebrated 29 Days of Black Cosplay. It’s where they share a pic of their cosplay for each day of that month. I’m going to share some experiences of the colorism I’ve dealt with so far in life.
Sci-fi and pop culture fans descended at the Fayetteville Town Center for the Fayetteville Comuc Show. It took place on February 29 and March 1 and it was the town’s first ever convention. This was my first con of the year and I had a wonderful time with my friends. Guests such as C. Thomas Howell and John Wesley Shipp were in attendance for the two day family-friendly event. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite parts from the con and what I thought about it in general.