“There is this global expectation that I can walk through the world and just demand things because of who I am and the color of my skin. And that is fucking wrong.”
Tamara Temple is a self-described “Webologist”, tech maven, and deeply interested in software as a craft. As a life-long learner, Tamara has long had an interest in teaching, coaching, and mentoring people in the arts of programming and helping people to learn how to use computers to solve problems, communicate with others, and have a lot of fun.
Tamara works on both back-end development in Ruby on Rails, front-end development in ReactJS and GraphQL, and loves using static site generators such as Jekyll and Gatsby. She loves coaching and mentoring new developers, and loves answering questions of almost any sort.
“I am deeply committed to increasing the diversity of my chosen field by increasing the opportunities for people of colour and people with disabilities, especially. It’s important for marginalized and underrepresented people to have wonderful, rewarding, and respectful learning opportunities and experiences.”
When not working around computers, Tamara is a mom to two grown daughters, a watercolourist, sketcher, and photographer, and sometime musician.
- “Between the World and Me”, Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The quote I read from Toni Morrison comes from “A Humanist view as part of Black Studies Center Public Dialogue”, part 2, 30-May-1975
- “Fire on the Mountain”, by Terry Bisson
- “Parable of the Sower”, Octavia Butler
- “Parable of the Talents”, by Octavia Butler
- Octavia Estelle Butler
- “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism”
- “So You Want To Talk About Race”
- “How To Be Black”
- The Root
Authors of Color I’m reading a lot of lately:
- Nnedi Okorafor, Ph. D. – a prolific author in the aforementioned Afrofuturism style, author of the “Binti” series. Dr. Okorafor’s writing is beautiful, and has opened up vistas for me into African culture as it could play out in the far future. She’s also the writer on the latest Black Panther graphic novel series, and a new spin-off series, Shuri.
- Nora K. Jemisin – another speculative fiction author, winner of 3 Hugos in a row for the “Broken Earth” triology. An essay she wrote in 2010 is hugely important to understand: Don’t Put My Book in the African American Section
- Saladin Ahmed – an Arab American writer, writer of graphic novels including Black Bolt, Exiles, and the very fabulous book Abbot.
- Tananarive Due – an AA speculative horror fiction writer and instructor, her books are not in a genre know for Black writers, and while not really my personal favorite genre, these are illuminating and expansive into areas where I have had no prior view of African American and African culture
Correction from Tamara: After listening to the podcast, I realize I made an error: Alice Walker is the author of “The Color Purple”. Toni Morrison is the author of “Beloved”. My apologies to both authors and the audience.