A Light At The End: Greeting The Apocalypse With Studio Ghibli

Hello friends! I’ve (finally) released a new video on my YouTube channel. Please take care and be sure to check out the links in the description for places to make donations and show support in these dangerous times. Black people, particularly Black women and Black Trans people, are at the highest risk.

Also, be sure to tune into the Written in Melanin YouTube channel every Tuesday at 12 PM CST for a live discussion between myself and C.M. Lockhart about all things books, stories, and creation!



Friday Media Prep: Full Bellies and Fuller Hearts

Every Friday we will feature the inspiring books, movies, TV shows, and other works of art you have to check out. Please share your suggestions below!

I have had quite the hectic week, with little time to do things for myself like writing here, but I’m so happy to be able to share this week’s Media Prep! It’s short and sweet, yet still worth a look. I hope you enjoy!


Salvation: Black People and Love  by bell hooks

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Some books change everything once you’ve finished them, while others reawaken the forgotten parts of your soul. Salvation by bell hooks is both. This exploration of love in the Black community – how it’s shown, obstructed and cultivated – untangled so many knots in my heart that I couldn’t bring myself to put it down.

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“The Heart of A Home: Howl’s Moving Castle” by Sarah Welch-Larson

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Art by Tony Stella via Bright Wall/Dark Room

Home is in the belly and the heart in the world of Ghibli. The films they’ve created hold a permanent place in my heart, especially Howl’s Moving Castle. I first saw the film last year and immediately became obsessed with the story, the richness of the color, and the food, which you’ll read about in the article. I never realized how cozy a story can become through something as commonplace as food, but now I’ll never look at the world the same.

You can read the article [here]



Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

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It’s no secret around these parts that I love superheroes, so my #1 movie recommendation for this week is (obviously) going to be all about Spidey! It’s not a totally biased suggestion though, thanks to the outstanding reviews that have poured in. I think it’ll serve as a great diversion as well as a reminder that we can all be heroes in our own worlds.

That’s all for this week!

Lessons From Studio Ghibli: “Kiki’s Delivery Service”

When I was a little girl, old enough to have a say in what I wanted to rent from Blockbuster but young enough to be entranced by colorful VHS boxes, I fell in love with Studio Ghibli films. First, we watched Totoro, then came Nausicaa and Princess Mononoke . Each film transported my little brother and I to worlds just beyond the mist of our own. Through the journeys of each protagonist we discovered a bit about our own world and ourselves. In fact, the films created by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata are so insightful that I’ve often returned to them well into adulthood, trying to glean a bit more, or perhaps to revisit the clarity of my youth.

Today, I want to share a video about Kiki’s Delivery Service, a film I actually did not see until I was an adult. In the video, produced by ScreenPrism earlier this year, the plight of the titular heroine is assessed through the lens of the struggling Millenial creative – a description that rings true for me and many others. My brother shared the video with me when I was feeling discouraged about writing and debated giving it all up to do something more practical. Now, I wonder if there is anything more practical than following your heart.

You can watch the video below. What dreams will you be following?