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Harlequin to Close Five Lines Including Kimani

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Harlequin to Close Five Lines Including Kimani

As a black female author writing romance, opportunities to write love stories showing other women of color is already an uphill battle. Unfortunately, publishing still lags behind when it comes to showcasing main characters who are also people of color. And black females, well, there just aren’t enough of those romances out there in the mainstream market. Often times, the black females in romance are the sidekick of the Caucasian female or a supporting character not involved with the main story. And let’s face it, the way some authors have portrayed women of color in mainstream romance has been downright dreadful. However, that’s a topic for another day.

Back to the topic at hand. About three weeks ago, Harlequin made the announcement it would be closing five lines. Those include: Nocturne, Love Inspired Historical, Superromance, Harlequin Western, and Kimani.

KIMANI?

*screeching brakes*

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What has Changed since June 2014?

*taps mic* 

Is this thing on?

As I said in my last post, it’s been almost 3 years since I posted on the Veronica site. No fault of this muse. Grrrrl, I told her … *laughs* Anyway, yes, it’s been a while and in that timeframe what have we seen?

  1. New President. UGH don’t get me started
  2. Inequality coming to the forefront
  3. The racist roaches coming out the woodwork
  4. More awareness of whitewashing in books, TV, and movies
  5. Black Lives Matter

The list goes on and on. And yet, men are STILL walking around with their pants hanging off their asses. TELL ME WHY THIS IS STILL A THING!

*clears throat*

Yes, there has been a lot of changes. I believe the biggest thing has to be the awareness or the “woke” thing. I myself have gone through a sort of metamorphosis because things still aren’t equal or fair in the world and it’s got to change.

Like now would be excellent.

The new political climate is scary at best. When my rights as a woman are being decided by a bunch of stinky old white men, there is a problem. Not only that, the government is putting their noses where they don’t belong. They claim to be Christian, but they aren’t. You can’t use religion for your backwards ideals. It doesn’t work that way.

And then, there’s those roaches. Thank you social media for bringing these clowns out the woodwork. You might blame it on #45. Yep, I’m not going to say his name. However, it isn’t all his fault. Suddenly, people who have distinct problems with people of color are making their hatred known. White nationalist is the nice way of saying I hate everyone who isn’t white.

Yes. White supremacists. Freaking bastards.

And though I side with Black Lives Matter on some things, I don’t agree with stopping traffic on highways, not letting emergency vehicles through while they march. Nor should they be excluding people of other races who want to be allies. We need to work together. Yes, we want to tell people that we DO matter, but why will we stoop as low as the white nationalists and exclude people?

As I said on an Instagram post, you can’t demand acceptance if you yourself don’t accept others. This goes for everybody. It doesn’t mean you want equality for only blacks, whites, GLBTQ, Hispanics and not for Muslims. This isn’t selective equality. That’s what the government is doing. Those fools are picking and choosing who they want to receive benefits. More like screw the people, let’s just protect ourselves.

*breathes*

Only 2 years plus and so much has changed. It’s been a roller coaster and I wish to get off this hell ride and go back to sanity. The only way we can change it is by supporting equal rights organizations, marching, getting involved. Call and email your representatives, and of course when midterms come up, get out and vote these critters out of their comfy seats. We need more people in office who believe in equality for all.

#END RANT