The Geek Shall Inherit The Earth

Monday, February 27, 2012


Proud Black Nerdette

As an army brat I moved a lot as a child.  When you spend a lot of time as the new kid in school you come up with ways to cope.  For me, my safe haven at every new school was the library.  It was not  only consistently a safe place to study, it was a gateway to other worlds.  There I became a fan of science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, history and science.

I've always loved to learn so I was an A student and teacher's pet which really made me popular (not!).  I'm not going to tell my age, but devaluing education was just as much a part of our culture then as it is now.  By my senior year of high school, I no longer cared about fitting in and decided that education and technology were my tickets out of bitter city. 

Bitter city is not a place, it is a state of mind that I believe holds us back as a people.  Those who don't like the cards life has dealt them and are too bitter to ask for help or find ways to lift themselves up, so they try to hold down the rest of us by dissing intelligence or the use of proper English.  Crabs in a barrel.  Still, I love all of my people and one of my goals in life is to find a way to make being a nerd cool for the next generation. 

In my spare time I write, work on digital art projects, watch and read sci fi, build websites for family and friends (focusing on getting my own site up now), capture the world with my camera and spend quality time with my man, a fellow Black nerd (whom I met via technology, naturally).

I'm glad I stumbled upon this group.  For years I was often one of a few, if not the only Black woman at tech, sci fi and comic book conventions but that has begun to change.  I've been looking for a way to connect with other Black geeks and I was pleasantly surprised to find out about the Black Nerds Network after watching Brooklyn Boheme on Showtime this month.  I'm looking forward to learning and growing with you.


  1. I love your post. It was nice. I was treated so horribly in high school, I still can't shake the scars. I was in community college but I still found the same ignorant people that I ran into in high school. That old crabs in a barrel symdrome. It's now that I am beginning to realize that it's okay to be me and to not surround myself with haters who are going to put me down to make themselves feel good. I used to think that people were lying when they said it gets better but it's true. It does get better and people don't always care about how much money you have in your pocket and what the latest fashions are, it all depends on what you as a person you can bring to the table.

  2. I've lived in Bitter City for a long time. I'm so glad to have moved out---I don't ever plan on moving back to that God forsaken place.

  3. Hey Barbara. I'm Amaya. Welcome!

    Co-sign 100X. Crabs in a Barrel be live and well right here and now. Things are happening for me now and I had to realize not everybody is happy that I'm moving heaven and earth to reach my goals. Haters gonna hate, but be who you are. I will not be bitter about living my life.

    Even though I'm mad cool with being a single diva, it would be fantastic to boo up with a fellow nerd. I know your relationship is all kinds of awesome.

  4. Sounds just like my life...but language, not tech was my out.