Thursday, September 18, 2014

History Class In Sesson: Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Is Nigh

Last Fall's television series breakthrough was Sleepy Hollow. Unsure of what exactly what I was going to get upon viewing the first few scenes, I quickly became invested in the supernatural mystery of a promising and seemingly well structured story with believable acting, especially in the case of Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) who awakens from a centuries old slumber, astonished by our present future. With the additions of another carefully crafted central character found in Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), a Black female lead with her own story that cleverly intertwines with Crane's. Add other intriguing, likable, and ethnically diverse characters into the fold for one, fun ride for viewers with a bite for fictional history that involves magic, witches, ghosts, and demons.

It's television heaven!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Scary Schools: The Initiation of Sarah (2006)

The Art of Witching may or may not be a class taught on a college campus somewhere in the world. But the lessons are sustainable beneath the polished, hardwood floors of Temple Hill University's rival sororities. The Initiation of Sarah (2006) makes the whole pledging process seem so complicated. And if you've got some magical powers, complicated and dangerous.

Sarah (Mika Boorem) and Lindsey (Summer Glau) are entering college together and seem closer than close. Lindsey, the follow-mom's-lead one in prep school threads has her mindset on a fresh start with the top tier sorority, Alpha Nu Gamma. The elusive, cynical Sarah is looking for that same start, but on a non-linear road that leads to friends and allies on the fray of the bubbly Alpha "Plastics" that seem to be both revered and the envy of the entire university.

Sarah (left) & Lindsey (right)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Horror Blackademics: A Short Black [Women] Vampires Bibliography

Much like zombies, vampires have moved from the margins of macabre fandom to the sleek, sexy, accessible feature for the current young adult market in the all consuming trifecta of television, film, and novels. Music and fashion as well.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Horror Blackademics: Black Women in Vampire Fiction

Issue 2 (2011): Sexing the Colorlines: Black Sexualities, Popular Culture, and Cultural Production

"Science fiction is not about the problems of the world, but also about solving the problems of the world.
-Octavia Butler

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Scary Schools: Scream 2 (1997)

Riding high off the success of its predecessor, I wanted to be on top of Scream 2 (1997) since the first had completely slipped through my fingers. I was turning fourteen when the sequel hit theaters. I didn't see the original until it was available on VHS, borrowing it from a friend of mine and making the mistake of watching it with my mom during a time you don't want to watch those kinds of movies with any sort of guardian. Actually, I'm still against watching content with even as much as a  nuanced sex joke in it with my mother. Puritanism reigns.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Life as a #HorrorBlackademic: My First Syllabus

Not too long ago, I had a brief stream of consciousness on Twitter using the hashtag #HorrorBlackademics. I felt it catchy and much encompassing of who I am and my social interests. I will continue to use it when shareable thoughts related come to me. But a display of my many flash musings has rarely, if ever been something I've felt compelled to do. Yet #HorrorBlackademics resonates so strongly that it led me to share something that has left me in a bit of a mental tailspin since:

Did I just say that?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Little Small Talk with Writer/Director Nicole Witte Solomon

Insightful, challenging, bold, and honest are the words I would use to describe the writer/director of the horror short, Small Talk. Nicole Witte Solomon (@TheNicoleWitte) has grown to really love directing. And she's written for various print and online publications including the popular AfterEllen and works on videos for social justice organizations. I had been reading about the progression of the development of Small Talk for quite some time before I even had a firm grasp on its premise. I stayed on top of it because it struck me as deeply personal, which made it even more incomparable to what I was used to seeing in horror. And it didn't hurt at all that her main character is a South Asian woman, coupled with an appearance from a popular rapper amongst my peers by the name of Jean Grae, whom I've grown an interest in myself. And needless to say, our discussion about the film just makes me that much more eager to see it!