Jump to navigation. One can only resist. In a similar spirit, last summer three women from Ferguson founded Millennial Activists United MAU , a social justice group that offers a new outlook on the young contemporary Black civil rights movement.
Preserving Real-Life Childhood
Ferguson residents Alexis Templeton, Brittany Ferrell, and Ashley Yates founded MAU in August and took to the streets of Ferguson immediately, quitting their jobs and leaving their lives behind as they pursued justice. From Ruth Ellis to Lorraine Hansberry , Black, queer voices have been crucial to our historic understanding of Black resistance, yet are often hidden or underutilized. As a collective, MAU has organized over a dozen intergenerational actions with between 30 to participants.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, they occupied an upscale brunch restaurant in St. Louis— BlackBrunchSTL was a modern take on a sit-in and was meant to make white brunch-goers feel a bit uncomfortable. Ashley Yates left the group over the winter, but I recently spoke with Ferrell and Templeton about their thoughts on continuing the movement, how they express and receive love, and the climate of Ferguson today.
This statement of love was critical for our community; thank you. Could you tell me more about that? It attracts thousands of white folks from around the Midwest, many of [whom] probably think all is well in America. We decided to deliver the message that Black Lives Matter to their world of oblivion. We purchased tickets for all who were involved in the action and we went in and silently protested. We made a lot of people uncomfortable with our presence—we had Black Lives Matter and other words written on our faces. Regardless to us purchasing tickets, they kicked us out and those of us refusing to leave were arrested.
There always is, though. We never really know what to expect, but we know what we are doing is right. I had time to enroll back in school, get back into work, and spend a lot of much needed time away from people. But we still talk to people. We have spoken with a lot of white churches, where the clergy there wants to get their congregation involved. We speak with kids a lot, too. We also spoke at the Creating Change Conference that took place in Denver, but that conference also allowed us, as a queer organization, to take a minute to sit back, listen, and gain perspective on inclusivity.
Louis—I spend a lot of time in class, studying, or on the hospital floors clocking clinical hours. I also have a 7-year-old daughter and she is in first grade. Organization is key, because sometimes I have speaking engagements to go to, or actions to plan, or just general work around MAU that needs to be done. Getting off-balance even a little bit can throw off my whole schedule. You both are very busy young Black women. Do you have time to reflect on how your lives were before Mike Brown was murdered? Your passion and perspectives have been permanently altered.
In addition to organizing, what are some other things that have changed about your lives? A Pew survey last year reports that 54 percent of teens say they spend too much time on their cell phone, and 41 percent say they spend too much time on social media. They are even conscious enough of the problem that many have tried to cut back. More than half have said they have tried to reduce their cell phone use, their time on social media, and the hours spent playing video games. W hat children and teens lack, though, is alternatives.
Can they remember a time before phones and tablets consumed their attention? When they had no GPS attached to their backpacks?
Sadly, many do not. Parents are often told that life lived on screens is the one our kids have to get used to, and this is, unfortunately, largely true. The point of doing so is not to deny the inevitable — they will most likely have personal and professional lives that will demand they carry a powerful computer in their pockets someday — but rather to create as many experiences as possible without screens so that they can later remember what those experiences were like.
But we can still give our own children space outside of life online. Sometimes kids are happy when their parents give them excuses to not do things that their peers are doing. Imagine an extra year or two of the freedom from that kind of pressure. Imagine the number of times your children could sit uninterrupted with a novel or go for a bicycle ride or stay up talking to friends at a sleepover without having to check a phone to see whether they are missing out on some other experience, or what other people are saying about the experience they are having right now.
Forming these habits when our children are young is the only way to make sure they will know what is going awry whenever they do eventually join social media and observe how people talk to each other, and to understand how to adjust their own lives accordingly. And it is the best way to guarantee that we have more of the kind of meaningful, in-person interactions that social media tends to short-circuit.
e-Book Cover Design Awards, July 2015
Online communication thrives on the quick reaction, the snarky comeback, the parodying of people on the other side of the conversation for the entertainment of a larger audience. If we want to improve our personal interactions, both private and public, we need more experiences in person and fewer online.
Many teens and young adults have a feeling that something is missing in their daily lives, a certain calm that comes from time away from screens, but they are not quite sure how to create it and what to do when they put down their phones. Remember that the aim of these posts is educational, and by submitting you are inviting comments, commendations, and constructive criticism. Thanks to everyone who participated. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.
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Please leave a comment to let me know which are your favorites or, if you disagree, let me know why. Also please note that we are now linking winning covers to their sales page on Amazon or Smashwords. James Egan submitted Hardup designed by James T. Egan of Bookfly Design. JF: Here the designer has integrated art and title into one whole.
JF: Instantly attracts attention and delights you as you read through it. Scott, Ami Hart.
Scott, took it and created the accompanying imagery in Photoshop for the front cover, spine and back cover. I also wrote the back cover blurb. JF: Direct, with a clever romantic tone. Austin J.
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He was very careful to pay homage to the plot by including several elements. For example, transitioning to another world and the interplay of light and dark. The cityscape represents the Los Angeles and Hollywood setting, and the background evokes the colors of both the mysterious kaleidoscope, and the diverse cast of characters. The hag in the background is an amazingly scary creation from him. I was also blown away by the details. The weasel on the shapely girls shoulder, and the dread-locked thief turning up a bottle of whiskey.
Charles Naton submitted Section 12 designed by Adrijus Guscia.
JF: A powerful image that needs better type. Or so Mother Says designed by Lizzie Gardiner. Lizzie did a wonderful job with a relatively small brief. I hope that you like these submissions, which I have yet to tell her about. JF: A playful and very effective cover for this middle grade novel, and I like the way the designer has made the kids anonymous.
JF: Love the overall tone and tremendous storytelling of this cover, but the beefcake looks out of place here. JF: Completely delightful, and Walder does seem to be an on intriguing journey on his little piece of ice. The title is a play on the plot. This is a proper romance so a classic cover represents that. David Vos submitted Elementaro designed by David Vos.
The author wanted a modern and art deco approach. We made a few covers for him as options. JF: Unnecessarily fussy type makes this cover hard to read. We wanted a bold, simple design that makes you look twice. Very reminiscent of covers from the s or s. And he wanted a rhino head. What could I do?
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Who knows, maybe that incongruous rhino head will attract attention? Gabrielle Prendergast submitted Combustion designed by Gabrielle Prendergast. I had fun with it. Gabrielle Prendergast submitted Conquests designed by Gabrielle Prendergast. If the image is doing its job, do you really need it? Gabrielle Prendergast submitted Fracture designed by Gabrielle Prendergast. I went for something simple and stark to reflect the dark themes. I updated the concept, partially inspired by one of your recent winning covers.
Geoff Palmer submitted Telling Stories designed by Donaghue. JF: On the other hand, the series branding in the title treatment does work. JF: Lots of exciting gore, but the type is all very weak for this type of book. It is the first in the QQ Tales series and sets the template for all future covers, an important part of the QQ brand building. I like the playful illustration but overall the composition lacks a strong focal point.
JF: Although simple, this is effective, a very nice touch. Jack Reyn submitted Suspension designed by Jack Reyn. I put together a cover that I hoped would convey the genre and tone as straightforwardly as possible. Also, this novelette contains two parallel stories that mirror each other. It begins with one story and transitions to the other story later in the book.
James Egan submitted Adjudicator designed by James T. JF: A strong cover with beautiful textures and atmosphere, a deft touch with typography, it draws us in. These ornaments are usually relegated to decorative duty, but on this cover they are a force, apparently threatening or imprisoning the central figure.
I wanted the covers of this Christian romance series to reflect the international new south while evoking the idea of being by the ocean.