|Me on the left talking to people about what this website is all about.|
Last November, I had the pleasure of presenting a historical overview of Black women in horror film history at the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference. These regional divison gatherings display a massive range of scholarship in just about every corner of Liberal Arts/interdisciplinary studies with enthusiatic participants from fresh-faced undergrads to former grad students-turned-independent scholars like myself to long tenured, PhD holders.
Black women were mating with gorillas, the white main characters rescues a woman from this practice.
Multi-dimensional in character - autonomously sexual and sexualized, ornery, sweet, lovable, vengeful, tough, vulnerable, benevolent…
A survivor - is her own savior but additionally holds the ability to save others (Scream Blacula Scream)
*Pictures in order from top -to- right -to- bottom:
Carol Speed, Abby
Marlene Clark, Ganja & Hess
Pam Grier, Scream Blacula Scream
Vonetta McGee, Blacula
Marki Bey, Sugar HillLinda Monte, Dr. Black Mr. Hyde
Tokenism – commonly found in slashers as the Black friend that blends in with the group and is almost always a victim early on. (Sheila in A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 4: The Dream Master left)