Wednesday, March 9, 2016

An Open Letter to J.K. Rowling - Native Appropiation

J.K. Rowling just came out with a new fictional wizarding book featuring Indigenous mythology from North America and some Native activist are upset because they feel J.K. Is misappropriating Native culture.
I really feel the appropiation movement has gone to far.  Native people have been, "borrowing" , from each other all time whether it's been religion, dance, language, stories, dress and so on. Borrowing is a form of trade and has established good relations between communities since time immorial. In the movie, "Smoke Signals" , didn't the mother refer to Julia Child as a good cook and that she learns from her all the time? Isn't that a form of appropriating their Western culture?

And besides, most of the Native folklore written by Western writers is cliche, for example, if a Native American super hero is a featured character, they possess the usual abilities i.e. shape shifting, having an animal prowess or being in touch with the Earth. 

At the end of the day, our real Native cultural mythology is still intact because its not shared with outsiders, no matter how it's interpreted in the Western cinema or literature, their versions are always going to be generic with no real substance, so theres really no point in getting upset over it.

Personally I like J.K.'s stories, they're very entertaining, she may not know the real epistemology of her subjects but that shouldn't stop her from being a good writer, after all, its fiction.

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Dear J.K.
Our Native culture is very sensitive, that being said, I love your stories so just be aware of the voodoo that comes with tapping into our Native origin stories, as one of my Native friends so mildly put it:

"Well that's on her... Whatever kind of witches she's conjuring with those secrets. The old people use to tell us don't touch the old things left by the dead... " 

But I doubt this is your first rodeo.


xoxo
Charlie


Friday, January 1, 2016

Unofficial Diet - New Day

Today I'm starting my unofficial diet. 
I'm giving up soda, I plan on eating right and will continue to exercise as much as I can. 

Last month I got in 10 runs.  I was extremely happy to do that.  The first week of running was rough but I somehow got my stamina back. 

I'm calling this my unofficial diet because I don't want to box myself into any kind of a conventional diet, so that means I won't be counting my diet days, I won't be listing the food that I eat, I won't be calorie counting, I won't be checking in regularly to let everyone know how I'm doing and I'm certainty not going to list my weight. 

I know what I'm supposed to do.

Also for this year it's time for me to start my new projects.  My goals for this year is to learn French and learn how to sew so I can make my own Drag outfits!

xoxo

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015: My Year in Drag

Today is the last day of the year. Here are some of my best moments in drag from 2015:

1) Definitely my first big moment from this year came in February while attending the annual 4th Annual Two Spirit Powwow in San Francisco, Cailirnia.  For me, the big Afro wig is a huge part of my drag persona, so it made perfect sense for me to enter the powwow arena looking fabulous! 


2) In March I headed out to NYC to see one of my favorite comedians perform. We went out to East coast on their last cold weekend of the year, knowing that I needed a coat, I was so lucky to find this reversible faux fur coat at a goodwill store in SF, it just made me feel so luxurious! 


3) April was a fun month, I went to the Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico., as a returning host for Stage 49.  On my down time I got live a life long dream by climbing Mt. Sandra inspired from my favorite Drag movie, Pricilla: Queen of the Desert.  I was a cock, in a frock, on a rock. 


4) Oh girl, just when I thought I was done for the year, my mom convinced me to attend Rupauls first ever DragCon in Los Angeles, I'm not gonna lie folks, I took that shit by storm, my balloons made me the belle of the ball.


5) One of my Two Spirit Drag friends - Kenya Fister said to me, "it looks like you found your niche" , she was so right, here I am rocking out my balloons in June @ SF Pride.



6) In December we went down to LA for, "The Voice" .  I just bought a new wig and couldn't wait to break it in.  This look was made the LA Gays gag for days hunty.


7) I ended this year with one of my favorite people, my mom!  I got talked into doing Santa Drag and helped give out gifts to our Native elders @ IFH, that was pretty cool. 


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Mother Nature

Since last month, because of El NiƱo, we've been getting a lot of rain in the Bay Area, it's a welcomed sight, California has been in a drought for the past four years so we're really enjoying any rain that we can get. 

Now here's the kicker, because we're getting the cold rainy weather here on the West coast, the East coast is currently getting no snow & today it was 70 degrees in Washington D.C.

Because the Pacific Ocean will be sending in cold air from the West this season, I knew it was going to cause severe tornado weather with the warm air of the Midwest.



Today, several deaths were reported in Texas because of terrential tornado weather. 

I look at this a couple ways.  This is Mother Earths way of saying, you cannot take without giving.  So in order for us to have water here in California with the rain storms and the cold winds, that was her (earth) way of keeping the balance by offsetting the weather in the Midwest.

For all the people living East of our Sierra Mountains, please stay safe and watch for weather reports!! 

xoxo



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

300,000 Views !!!



Wow, this evening I checked my blog stat counter and it said I reached 300K views.  Thats pretty amazing.  Hey, ain't I supposed to get a wish for checking my stats perfectly on an even number?

My wish is still that same, that I end up getting high paid work in the entertainer industry so I have enough money to buy a house.

Until then, here are some of my most popular blogs that I've written on blogspot over the years, thanks for reading everyone!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Star Wars 7: Force Awakens Movie Review

This past weekend, Star Wars 7 (Force Awakens) opened and it became the biggest movie of all time.

To be honest, when I first saw this movie on opening day, it took me back to my childhood and made me fall in love with those characters all over again.  I think the Director - JJ Abrams did a great job picking up the franchise and here are some points in the movie that made me raise an eyebrow!

* When Kylo Ren captured Poe Dameron in the movie and he said, "I didn't know we captured the resistance's best pilot" , thats when I wanted to yell out, "yeah and you guys captured Apocalypse too"  ! If you don't know, Oscar Isaac who plays Po, is set to play one of biggest villains of all time in the next X-Men movie!



* I loved how C3PO cockblocked the reunion between General Leia and Han Solo.  What a dick.

* I did think the plot of this movie was totally unoriginal, I mean hello, the goal of this movie was to destroy reactor inside the, "Star Killer" , planet so they could stop it from firing again.  Didn't they do that already in Star Wars 1 when it was called the Deathstar?

* OMG! When Fin came back to Janku and he needed water from walking in the desert, did anyone else find it disgusting to see the asshole of the animal drinking from the watering hole too?  I'm starting to regret watching this movie on the IMAX.

* Did anyone else admit to watching this movie once this weekend when really they watched it 5x?

* Was anyone else loving the, "Vanilla & Chocolate Swirl Romance" , between Fin & Rey!  Hey girl, hey !!!!

* Carrie Fisher complained that she had to lose 30lbs to reprise her role as Princess Leia. Thats nice but really she needed to be eating Halls mints so that her voice didn't sound like a husky chain smoker.  For reals.

* As the old Star Wars characters were revealed in the part 7, all of them got applause breaks except for Luke Skywalker.  Did anyone else think it was strange that when Luke Skywalker finally appeared at the end of the movie that no one in the audience clapped, hooted or hollered for him?

* Which character from the previous Star Wars movies were you most disappointed in from not seeing:
- Yoda/dead
- Jabba the Hut/dead
- Darth Vader/dead
- Queen Amadala/dead
- Jar Jar Binks/wish he was dead

* Lena Dunham is more than likely planning another season of a fucked up romance with her, "Girls" , love interest Adam Driver.  And you can bet shes going to plan a sex scene where she blows Adam just rub it in everyones face that shes currently has the best man in Hollywood this year. #GoLena !!!





Thursday, December 17, 2015

Bitch

Somewhere along the way I got the reputation of being a bitch.

This blog is going to be a fun read, so lets flashback to my bitch, "awakenings" .

* While attending Haskell in Lawrence, I remember Joey aka Ron Kelsey pulling me aside at Louise's Bar to tell me that being a bitch was a waste of time.  Looking back, I think that was her way of giving me a gay intervention.  This was my 2nd time knowing Ron, I first met this Navajo queen in 1992 when I was 18 and she was a seasoned queen beyond my years.  The next time around (circ 2000) I came back to Kansas new & improved, and this time I could appreciate & understand Ron and all of her gay ideologies. Heres a classic exchange I remember having with Ron:

Ron: Hi Fish
Me: Hi Cow
Ron: Bitch .....

Haha, like I said, I was new & improved and ready for any kind of shit.

* I have to credit Adrian for sharpening my wit, another seasoned queen who took this sloppy, uncouth, raw but full of potential young queen (me) to new heights.  I really think I was ready to match wits with anybody as soon as I could go toe to toe with Adrian.  Heres another classic exchange I had with Adrian had in Peach Springs while driving around in Wesley's truck. (circ 2000)

Adrian: Hi Dorothy
Me: Hi Toto
Adrian: shit.

I think this is when I knew had the talent to the turn tables and be the bitch to have the last word.

* When I think of bitch, I also think of my friend Chasity.  She really turned into a bitch when she wasn't drinking.  As much as I liked her and wanted her to be sober, she was much easier to be around when she was drunk.  And since I sobered up in 1998, I began to understand how being an irritable bitch went hand and hand with sobriety.

* Also, Ms. Wahnee really changed my life, she helped me sober up and settled me down, not an easy thing to do.  So since she became my mentor, its no coincidence I took up some of her attributes.  She was certainly strong willed, smart, stubborn, crafty, knowledgable, and didn't put with shit.  Ms. Wahnee had the reputation for being a non-sense teacher, she didn't give away her trust so easy, she made people earn it.  Some how I managed to come under her wing and I remember other students saying to me, "everybody knows your her favorite" .  Damn right I was.

* And then, another one of my Haskell teachers said that when I missed a semester, she said everything seemed to went to shit.  Wow.  She really called me one of the pillars of Haskell.  That was so bizarre for her to say that because many times thats how I felt.  Thats the image I wanted to project, being reliable, respectable, trusted, knowing, a being a person who gave a sense of social security to the Haskell community.

And then I graduated in 2003, decided to come home and be a comedian. I've been doing comedy for 12 years now and still, I'm getting a reputation for being a bitch.

Still on track.

xoxo