Amaya Janelle, the other writer of Um, Do Not Call Me Sis.
For those who don’t know, the new book Um, Do Not Call Me Sis was not only written by me. It was also written by a great friend of mine named Amaya “My My” Janelle. I met Amaya through my YouTube channel, actually! We are both fans of Descendants and share similar views on the problems within it. Amaya is a disabled black woman who used her voice for good in relation to anti-blackness and ableism. She’s such a fantastic person, and I am so thankful to be able to share this book with her.
I asked My My a few questions about her thoughts on the book!
1. Before we get started, how are you feeling about your first book?
I am feeling nervous but mostly excited for everyone to read it.
2. What was going through your mind when you were asked to be a part of this project?
“Girl, are you sure?” But I’m very grateful for the opportunity.
3. It's disappointing but not surprising that fandom has an ableism problem because every issue we have within the "real" world is in fandom. Do you feel that our lack of education about disabilities and issues relating to mental health in general contributes to this?
Yes. Society doesn’t take disabilities and mental health seriously at all. Disabled people are still the butt of the joke, and it’s honestly tiring and disheartening.
4. Which essay of yours are you most excited for people to read?
I’d say, “Black Girls deserve a Happily Ever After.”
I don’t care if I have to put it on a billboard in Times Square. Black women and girls deserve happiness and ease!
5. Describe "Um, Do Not Call Me Sis." in 3 words.
A required reading.
6. Advice to anyone who wants to publish a book but is scared to do so?
Well, speaking from experience, writing a book with your friend is much more fun and less stressful! You know what they say: two heads are better than one.
Thank you all so much for reading! Um, Do Not Call Me Sis is available for purchase in paperback, ebook, and audiobook.