“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.
“The way that I describe it, and this is the god’s honest truth, I’m white enough to get the job, white enough to get hired, but I’m not quite white enough to get paid.”
Leah La Salla is a self-taught, polyglot software architect. Her high school years in the Chicago area involved many hours working in her dad’s super-precision tool-and-die machine shop. Leah got started in tech long before there were any initiatives trying to bring women into development. She studied CAD design in college and then spent a decade in software engineering – including five years as a Federal employee – while teaching herself to program in an additional 9 languages.
Leah’s worked on wide range of technically unusual products including fabrication application development, industrial printing, and more conventional app development and app security. She’s mentored over a hundred in women in coding as the LAMP/Js curriculum advisor for the Ada Academy, and she’s rated in the top 10% of Stack Overflow (her social media handle is Open Sorceress). Leah built Astral’s original prototype in between assembling the company team out of the personal and professional network she has built over the course of the last seventeen years. As the inventor of toaster-sized neuromechanical drones for unbiased public safety, she hacked NASA with a toaster.
José La Placa Amigò grew up in Puerto Rico where his mother is the Dean Emeritus of the University of Puerto Rico School of Science. José served in the US Air Force, as an off-site engineer specializing in installation, fault isolation, and reconstitution of fixed cable and wireless distribution systems, as well as LAN and WAN. As a war veteran, he’s been shot at. Fluently bilingual Spanish / English, he establishes and oversees our Spanish-speaking international strategic partnerships. He also handles WAN network engineering for line-of-sight development at Astral AR. José is also a longtime volunteer and foster parent with the Santa Rosa Dog Den Rescue, helping countless dogs find forever homes.
“So you have these intentions, but without strategy it’s chaos. It doesn’t do anything and in many cases it harms the very people you’re trying to include.” @KimCrayton1
If you’re silent about your pain, they will kill you and say that you enjoyed it ~ Zora Neale Hurston
“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston
“If you want that good feeling that comes from doing things for other folks then you have to pay for it in abuse and misunderstanding.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston
“Those that don’t got it, can’t show it. Those that got it, can’t hide it.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston
“Learning without wisdom is a load of books on a donkey’s back.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston
“I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston
“Once you wake up thought in a man, you can never put it to sleep again.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston
“Through it all, I remain myself.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston
- “You can’t tell someone who is constantly under political attack that they can’t lash out at political opponents. When that’s your life, you cannot censor someone from seeking justice.” @CoralineAda
- “When you are used to being dominant, equality looks like a loss.” @melstanfill
- A Message to Black Women
- “I’m thinking of all the other people that think that my presence in this community and this space in this organization is a stamp on ‘this is also safe for you.” @shanisebarona
- “At it’s core [supremacy] means that men and whites are basically incapable. They have to have all these blacks and women propping them up. They have to have us beneath them. And they are so cynical about their own inability to compete, to be self-sufficient, that they won’t even hear of trying.” @bizarroguy
- “If we keep searching where the light is good, if we keep searching where we feel comfortable, then we’re never gonna find the right answer.” @_sagesharp_