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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Shuga Brown The Demon Hunter


Mika "Madness" Kenyah was featured a few months ago about her passion for horror. One of the many exciting projects Mika has put her own stamp on is a fast-paced stew of supernatural soul fighting in an alternative 1970's Bronx, New York universe. Please someone who is a horror fan with some serious investment money give it to Mika Madness so she can make Shuga Brown The Demon Hunter into the next horror comedy hit.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Love For The Brothers: Duane Jones


October 1968; Night Of The Living Dead was a film that made its debut in theaters. It was the first movie to procure the sub-genre of zombie cinema and its impact on film history. Theaters in Black neighborhoods were known for their pick of exploitation, kung-fu, Black, and horror fare. Something I feel not emphasized enough is the historical significance of horror's Black audience and their participation in making Night a cult classic. In a satisfying yet simultaneously mournful tone, their affinity for Night Of The Living Dead is due to its unflinching hero named Ben (played by Duane Jones), who happened to be Black.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sci-Fi Sunday: Trailer For Afro Punk Girl (2016)


After a successful Indiegogo campaign last summer, one can tell just from the trailer's snippets that sci-fi short, Afro Punk Girl is a beautifully shot, solemn yet hopeful toned piece. The film is from a dystopic universe in Britain that is militarized and desolate (likely from severe climate change) where Lil (played by Danielle Vitalis of Attack The Block) on her rocky journey meets a drifter named Mr. Dandy (Larrington Walker) who, despite her reluctance for company, proposes his value to her objectives that sets a course for Lil's deeper story arc.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Black Women In Horror: Middle Ground (2017)


Middle Ground "is a supernatural thriller on how to get out of purgatory." It's a carefully paced, disorienting short that thrives on the imagination of the audience. If you're in New York City this weekend, you have a chance to catch a screening.

Black Speculative Arts Movement
Saturday, April 22nd, 10am-7pm
The Bronx Museum of Arts
1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tales From The Hood (1995): Blu-Ray Review


One of the most conspicuous examples in the Black horror film canon comes in the form of a Tales From The Crypt remix for the 1990's Black community concerns, sensibilities, and aesthetics. From the bounty of, yet at times monolithic "urban drama" features akin to Boyz n the Hood (1991), Juice (1992), Menace II Society (1993), and Fresh (1994) emerged the first breakthrough of the sub-genre hyphenating its efforts with horror in the form of 1995's Tales From The Hood. The anthology has four different, morality-based stories in its arsenal about police brutality, domestic abuse, Southern sites of horrible violence inflicted on enslaved African people, and additionally, gang violence.

I first watched Tales From The Hood in 1996 on VHS with my mom at 13, finally realizing why she slept with a towel around her neck for a month after seeing Blacula back in 1972. When the reality of the characters on screen is a representative correlation of, in a sense, people who look like you or you may even know, the fear conjured in a horror film can sometimes become that much more real. That's just a proposal to why I wasn't all that keen on the sun going down the night after that first viewing.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Black Women Horror Writers: Interview With Paula Ashe


I’ve just poured myself a glass of ruby port when I call Paula D. Ashe on Skype. For some reason, the flutter of nerves I always get when I do an interview isn’t quite as powerful as it typically is. I tell her this moment is the most clarity I’ll have for the rest of the call, as I don’t drink often.

She laughs, a bright wind chime of a sound, and says, “That’s even better!”

Paula and I have known each other on social media since October 2014 where we share and comment on each other’s successes in and out of publishing, and our frustrations with the world at large. Interspersed with cat videos, of course. Originally, I asked her about a year ago for an interview, but because of crazy schedules, it’s only now that we’ve been able to sit and chat. When she picks up the call, her voice is warm and sweet, with a touch of crispness, like apple pie made from the tartest of fruit. We gel right away, chatting like friends from back-in-the-day, and the rest of the interview slips away while I barely realize it. Kinda like the port.

Paula works as a professor of English at a community college and is a Ph.D. candidate currently working on her dissertation. She’s also a horror nerd, a comic book geek, a closet metal head, a book-hoarder, an animal enthusiast, a Hellraiser obsessive, and probably the nicest pessimist you’ll ever meet.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Upcoming Web Series, Conjure Explores 3 Generations Of Black Women & The Supernatural


Conjure is a brand new, up and coming web series written and produced by Brooklyn-based artist Tira Adams. "The show takes place in a magical version of New York and centers on a family of sorcerers, the McMillian's, who come under attack as a territorial war breaks out and the family is caught in the middle." Conjure is "one part family drama in the vein of Soul Food. One part Supernatural with a sprinkle of The Sopranos" refining the images found in "True Blood, the third season of American Horror Story, and Penny Dreadful."

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