Etheric Diva

Blog by Summer Nicole VanNess

7 ways Disney’s New Moana was On Point

*All photo credits: Disney Animation Studios (1) Representation: My twenty year old son, who happens to be quite "woke" was literally thrilled with Moana's appearance in the movie. He loved her curly long hair and full lips and couldn't get... Continue Reading →


Things #woke kids say…

*Photo Credit: DC Comics My 8 year old daughter and I are fans of the new DC Comic's Super Hero girls line recently released featuring Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn and a few others. I bought her the Wonder Woman... Continue Reading →

My thoughts on the 2016 election

I've struggled to find a way to put down in words the way I feel about the electoral college's blatant disrespect of the people's presidential choice just weeks ago. And simply what it has allowed people to now feel comfortable... Continue Reading →

November 24th, 2016 is our Native peoples National Day of Mourning

To honor the ancestors on whose land I exist, I am re-posting this message from the United American Indians of New England: WHAT IS NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING? An annual tradition since 1970, Day of Mourning is a solemn, spiritual... Continue Reading →

Mixed Feelings about a Mixed Comic Book Character, a Review

Lately I have been thrilled to see so much representation in the comic book world. We have Black Panther and Iron Heart, Riri Williams, to add to the growing cannon of comic book heroes of color. Roxane Gay was called... Continue Reading →

11 Times Issa Rae’s HBO Series “Insecure” (Season 1 Ep.3) was Real As F**k

This season of TV watching has been refreshing to say the least. Among the amazing shows being written, produced and starring actors of color is Issa Rae’s Insecure. Now showing on HBO. I have been an Issa fan since Awkward... Continue Reading →

Disney Didn’t give us a Black Princess

The other night I wanted to watch some mindless television. Some of my favorite movies are Disney cartoons, and when I’m in the right mood, watching one can be comforting and enjoyable; as I replay the familiar lines and chuckle at... Continue Reading →

African Diamonds

*photo credit: I have had the blessed fortune to come to know quite a few people who have relocated to the United States directly from the continent of Africa. Some came by choice after working very hard for the... Continue Reading →

Diversity Assignments in Academia

*(This article was originally published on, April 21, 2016 as: What is the Point of Diversity Assignments for Minorities?) I am a woman who identifies as a minority on multiple, intersecting levels, and who also happens to consider herself... Continue Reading →

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