Monday, February 27, 2017

28 Days Of Black Women In Horror: Antonia Thomas

Antonia Thomas (1986- )

Misfits (2009-2011)

Thomas was born in London to a Jamaican mother and an English bass singer father. She studied for a Bachelor of Arts in acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and graduated in 2009. Thomas was cast as Alisha Daniels on Misfits in 2009 just one day after leaving Bristol Old Vic. She confirmed her exit from Misfits in late 2011, stating that she had an "amazing time" on the show. In 2012, she starred in the music video for the Coldplay song "Charlie Brown". In 2015, Antonia was featured in the Stereophonics song "C'est La Vie" and went on to the narrate the opening and closing lines to the reboot of the British children's television series Teletubbies. (Source)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

28 Days Of Black Women In Horror: Emayatzy Corinealdi

Emayatzy Corinealdi (1980- )

The Invitation (2015)

Corinealdi was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Her father is Panamanian and her mother is an Black American. As a member of a military family, she was raised between Germany and the U.S. states of Ohio, Kansas, and New Jersey. She studied in New Jersey at the Actor's Training Studio, the William Esper Studio in New York City, then at Playhouse West. She co-starred in a number of independent and short films as well as a recurring role on the CBS daytime soap opera, The Young and the Restless. In 2012, she made her feature film debut as the lead in the drama Middle of Nowhere. From there, Corinealdi won the 14th Annual American Black Film Festival Star Project, an international acting competition for emerging multicultural artists. Later that year, she won a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor for the film. She was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. In 2013 Corinealdi appeared in the short film The Door, part of Miu Miu's fashion series Women's Tales, which reunited her with her Middle of Nowhere director Ava DuVernay. In 2014, Corinealdi was cast in the Amazon drama series Hand of God. Later that year, she has won the role of Frances Taylor, the wife of Miles Davis in the biographical film Miles Ahead. (Source)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

28 Days Of Black Women In Horror: Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett (1958- )

American Horror Story: Coven (2013)

Captivating, gifted, and sensational, Angela Bassett's presence has been felt in theaters, stages, and television screens throughout the world. Angela Evelyn Bassett was born in New York City to Betty Jane (Gilbert), a social worker, and Daniel Benjamin Bassett, a preacher's son. Bassett and her sister D'nette grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida with their mother. As a single mother, Betty stressed the importance of education for her children. With the assistance of an academic scholarship, Bassett matriculated into Yale University where she received her B.A. in African-American studies. In 1983, she earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Yale School of Drama. It was at Yale that Bassett met her husband, Courtney B. Vance, a 1986 graduate of the Drama School. Bassett first appeared in small roles on The Cosby Show (1984) and Spenser: For Hire (1985), but it was not until 1990 that a spate of television roles brought her notice. Her breakthrough role, though, was playing Tina Turner, whom she had never seen perform before taking the role in What's Love Got to Do with It (1993). Bassett's performance earned her an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. (Source)

Friday, February 24, 2017

28 Days Of Black Women In Horror: Kelly Jo Minter

Kelly Jo Minter (1966- )

A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

Kelly is from North Trenton, New Jersey where she spent her early years as a gang member and professional criminal. She eventually made her way out west working "at Bell & Howell Video Duplication House in El Segundo, California. She got started in video in Redondo Beach, California, at an adult education training program called the 'CETA' program." Beginning in the early 1980's, she built an impressive resume in film and television, mostly in crime drama thrillers. Even in supporting roles, she was still a standout. She's had four sons and since, and had developed a successful business designing handbags in Los Angeles. (Sources 1 & 2)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Get Out: Crafting A Masterpiece From The Horror Of Racism

When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) moves forward in the next phase of his romantic relationship with Rose (Allison Williams) by spending a weekend at her childhood home with her family, he begins to have strange experiences which leads him to believe that Rose's family may have sinister intentions.

Written & directed by Jordan Peele

28 Days Of Black Women In Horror: Falon Joslyn

Falon Joslyn 

American Exorcist (2016)

"I was born in Philadelphia. At 4 I began modeling and runway. Starting out in this industry at such a young age is most certainly an eye opener. I was exposed to a work lifestyle that most people don't recognize until they are well into their 20's. From dance to horseback riding; from singing to speech classes, every day was filled with new learning experiences. Although my mother gave me my thirst for acting, it was my grandmother who gave me my love of film. Specifically horror and dark comedies. My true weak spot. As I grow older I find myself looking for more interesting characters to portray. Characters that will push me to dig deep and create stories that will stick with an audience. Pushing them to think outside the box." (Source)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

28 Days Of Black Women In Horror: Beverly Bonner

Beverly Bonner 

Basket Case (1982)

Beverly Bonner, originally from Chesaning, Michigan, followed her show business dreams to New York City. She has appeared in over 45 plays, most notable being featured with the late Divine in the long-running hit play “Women Behind Bars”. Beverly is most recognized from her appearances as the third lead in almost all of Frank Henenlotter’s cult horror movies. Her half hour sketch comedy The Beverly Bonner Show ran for 5 years on Manhattan Neighborhood network and her TV show, Beverly Bonner’s Laugh Track ran 7 years on Time Warner Cable. 

A drop dead funny stand up, Beverly has produced and appeared at most of the comedy clubs in New York. A former Motown employee, Beverly was thrilled to be invited to perform in front of more than 3,000 people at Motown’s 40th Anniversary. In 2007 she formed a new sketch comedy group, Bonner's Boomers. Beverly also ran her hit comedy play, “Casey---30 Year Later!” based on her original character in Frank Henenlotter’s cult horror film Basket Case. Currently, Beverly just shot a short horror film based on a Stephen King story titled One For The Road. (Source)

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