YouTube video of the C2E2 Panel – Through Brightest Days and Blackest Nights: A Black Nerd Girls Journey
Through Brightest Days and Blackest Nights: A Black Nerd Girls Journey panel at C2E2. Video courtesy of Michi Trota
Description:This is no longer Heinlein’s Nerdom. The white-skinned, flowing haired Damsel in Distress is more likely to be the dark-skinned, kinky haired Reluctant Hero. The chiseled, blue-eyed avatar is more likely to have brown eyes and rounded features. As the Geekverse grows, so do representations of black women within it. Unfortunately, black women still face many barriers towards being accepted as “real nerds.” Our discussion will focus on the past, present and future of the black nerd girl and her place in the ‘Verse.
Please join Tanya DePass (#INeedDiverseGames), Karlyn Meyer (CNSC, Board Member), Mikki Kendall (Salon, Guardian, Washington Post), Keidra Chaney (The Learned Fangirl) and Jennifer Cross as we ruminate on black women who have always nerded hard, nerded strong and nerded proud as anyone else.