Some things make me grateful I’m old and don’t have to follow every social media, music, or entertainment trend.

I’ve been wrestling with what to write about and where I want to go with my writing and thinking about some of the things I felt growing up.

I’m not going to write about the way I wanted to look when young (opposite to the way I actually look).

It’s just flat-out wrong for these influencers to be taking the “next step” beyond using tech to make themselves look unrealistically ‘beautiful’ to appropriating the look of somebody who they expressly, are not. It’s no joke. Nobody should reward a fake African-American appearance (or CGI model). This is no substitute for celebrating the genuine beauty of African-American and African women and men.

I always got so much crap for being vain in the least extent not only from my family, but from men I was involved with. This whole thing makes me think that I know nothing of vanity. How vain is someone that they’d pretend to be African or African-American without a second thought, and insult those who’d question?

Tre, you are SO doing the right thing — just look at the comments saying you’re wrong and it’s not denigrating, evil blackface. I count two. This means everything good — good on ya!!!

According to Harlan Ellison and my grandmother, “You’ll go far Amy, because you have heart.” Author of 40 books, former exec., Nebula Award nominee, Poor.

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