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Social media platforms finally decided to take action against Donald Trump and other harmful people. The problem? These actions are as relevant as being fired before your last day on the job.

He is marked as the leading reason for the Capitol Hill attempted coup last week. Let’s remember he often used his platforms to incorrectly say the election was stolen. This then turned in rousing the his supporters. So as a result, he’s effectively been banned from every major social media platform.

Weeks before his presidency is over, it’s been decided his words are dangerous. Once he was banned, further actions were taken such as Amazon booting conservative hangout Parler. …


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Eugene shares his role in helping this unique game come to life

During the Game Awards show this past December, Scavengers Studio revealed a trailer for their new upcoming game Season. Many online (myself included), were awestruck by this new beautiful game. You take on the role of a young woman on an adventure recording cultures before they fade away. We haven’t seen an adventure quite like this before.

To get a better understanding of the game, I had the chance to interview one of the creative minds behind it. So I got to speak with the senior character animator of Season, Eugene Jarvis.


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Yes, this year was horrible. It was especially difficult for people whom are a part of marginalized communities. For us within the Black community it’s been truly harrowing. We were constantly reminded things are worse for us because of racism. Still, regardless of all these things Black people are still here and we continue to prosper.

Content warning; mentions of the pandemic, and general racism.

So we have a global pandemic, a threat that’s literally dangerous to everyone. Logically, one would assume this should be a clear call to action for us all. However, what we saw from our elected officials were great deals of failure. Millions of people lost their jobs, yet big businesses were bailed out. People faced homelessness, yet rent/mortgages freezes were not enacted. Despite all of this, we had to work/earn income and maintain this capitalist above all else society. Not to mention that we’ve lost over 300,000 lives to covid 19 and its treatment. Do you know whom the aforementioned has disproportionally affected? …


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After my birthday this past weekend, I engaged in a lifetime tradition of reflecting on the year. However how do we even conceptualize 2020? This year compacted so many problems ever present in society, it’s hard to not see this year entirely as bad. Eventually, I came down to: How did we cope with this year?

Coping mechanism is defined as:

an adaptation to environmental stress that is based on conscious or unconscious choice and that enhances control over behavior or gives psychological comfort. — dictionary.com

Before we get into how did we cope. We have to remember we had no choice but to cope to the best of our abilities. Naturally, depending upon whom yo ask this maybe good, bad, or indifferent. It’s all these things because we all didn’t have an active decision here. …


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So, over 70 million of ya’ll saw the god damn mess we live in and thought it, yeah this is cool. Dear white people, there is no saving you (the 57% whom voted for Trump) and those of you whom embrace white proximity. You are a lost cause and truly far gone. So far gone, a poor federal response to a deadly virus that has taken over 200,000 lives will not shake your conservative support.

I write this to make more sense of why you all vote this way and will continue to do so. As well as remind myself that trying to appeal to you is a great act of futility. I’m a voice that’ll tell you about yourself. …


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On Saturday, Joe Biden become 2020 president elect. As states flipped blue and the votes came in we learned whom really aided in this cause. This was a win largely due to the efforts of marginalized communities across the US.

Now, racially speaking we Black folks came through as evident by projected exit poll data. The one leading demographic overall however was Black women. This was because again they were put in a position to save themselves, not all of us.

Black women voted almost entirely blue at 90%. No other racial or ethnic group can claim this. Sorry fellow Black men but we came in second at 79%. Again, this election result was the culmination of multiple marginalized communities working together. This isn’t to dismiss their work and the strides that were made. Still, the numbers show that the democratic party can thank Black women. …


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The month of October was once again, a lot for many of us. Debates, civil unrest, the pandemic persists, etc. Yet despite everything going on a constant bright light for the month was Blacktober. A movement created for and by Black artists to create and share work from all disciplines of art.

From cosplay to 3D renders, Black creatives shared their take on designs, characters, and art that from all mediums. The message is to express overwhelming that Black characters belong anywhere and everywhere as well. The month was a love letter and celebration on the range of our Blackness. …


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Let’s be honest, we haven’t seen or heard cishet Black men speak about mental health. Hell, just men in general. At least, not openly and regularly. So what better time than now? What better year than now, for me to share my journey with mental health?

Yes, I know you’ve heard it a million times but it bears repeating. This year hasn’t been kind to anyone and utterly ruthless to many. It’s largely responsible, for myself to finally seek out mental health support. This will be very personal, and honestly, a lot of will be very uncomfortable to read. However, I share this with the hopes that it’ll help you seek mental health support. …


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Going behind the scenes on a shiny new flow-state puzzler

One of the best things about entertainment is legitimate discovery. Information is fast, word of mouth is everywhere, and ads are commonplace. So it’s rare to say “you just came across” something. Yet, when you do it’s fantastic. This is what happened when I saw one random “like” on social media that lead me to Mixolumia.

If I’m to be honest, this game couldn’t have come at a better time. This title has the lowest barrier of entry imaginable. The game carries a familiarity we’ve seen for decades. Yet, it definitely carries its own unique relaxing vibe. …


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After the ruling for Breonna Taylor’s case Black folks in the US and aboard felt the same sadness, rage, and perpetual malaise. Feelings we’ve summoned without end for centuries now. So again, she was denied justice. So again, we have accept more injustice to Black women. How do we move forward? How can they feel safe?

I asked the question of how why should we move forward, but we all know the answer — its tradition. The course of what has happened to her is American tradition. Traditional as baseball, apple pie, How else could you define this? One officer was charged with the bullets that struck the room. Where he was charged for supposedly endangering her white neighbors. …

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Jeffrey Rousseau

I bat for PoCs, marginalized, equality, inclusion & geekdom. I'm warming the bench until coach subs me in. https://linktr.ee/jeffreyrousseau

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