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Fellow whitefolk, do yourself a favor and educate yourselves on something I guarantee you don't know shit about.  The articles on this site are written passionately, and intelligently.

"Graveyard Shift Sisters: Read Them...Now!" - December 12, 2013

If you’ve never heard of @GraveyardSis, go find them on Twitter. Horror ceases to be entertaining, or teach us about our world, unless we continually seek out horror that is unfamiliar to us. If you’re not familiar with horror cinema created by women, particularly black women, then following them on Twitter or their blog is going to be time well spent.

"Women in Horror Month" - February 7, 2014
Lillian Cohen-Moore, Writer/Award winning Editor

Women In Horror Recognition Month, I cannot even begin to tell you how much I enjoy the writing of Ashlee Blackwell on the Graveyard Shift Sisters blog. As they put it, "Purging the Black Female Horror Fan From the Margins" - the reviews and articles within cover movies, characters and topics I think I know so well but with a perspective I do not naturally possess.

Facebook post - February 18, 2014
Stacy Pippi Hammon, Actress/Producer/Festival Director, Etheria Film Night

Of course, February (the shortest month of the year) is also designated “Black History Month”, a fascinatingly weird juxtaposition of marginalized social realities both crammed into a measly 28 outta 365 days. And the only web presence I’ve found that actually commemorates the two — providing a loving history of black women in horror — is this wonderful Facebook page, which I find myself helplessly combing.

"Nightmare Royale #11: Introducing Women in Horror Century" - February 28, 2014
 John Skipp, Fangoria Magazine online

Bookmark right now: Graveyard Shift Sisters, a blog that’s focused on “purging the Black female horror fan from the margins.”

"Geeking Out" - April 18, 2014
Mace, Geekquality: all geeks are created equal

Ashlee is the driving force behind GRAVEYARD SHIFT SISTERS, a truly awesome blog about African American and other women of color in the horror genre. Passionate, thoughtful and hugely informative… There are surprising few sites like this out there! Check this one out!!!

Savage Sistas film Facebook page - May 11, 2014
Dan Smith, Filmmaker

“One of the reasons I started my website was because I told myself that I was not the only one,” Blackwell told The Root. “I didn’t like the fact that being a black woman was being totally excluded from a community that I loved so much, when we were there from pretty much the beginning.”

by Breanna Edwards, writer for The Root

The horror genre can be extremely problematic when it comes to representing people from minority groups...I appreciate that Graveyard Shift Sisters provides those of us who aren't black women with an opportunity to engage with these concepts, and a broader range of works, from the perspective of those who are black women. I'm also a fan of an academic take on the media I consume...and Graveyard Shift Sisters also delivers on that front...

Fright 365: Day #40 feature - August 26, 2014

We can recommend checking out Graveyard Shift Sisters a fine blog exploring the presence of women of color in horror culture, on screen and off. Yesterday was GSS's first anniversary, and we look forward to many more years of their fine scholarship and enthusiasm. They have our highest recommendation...

End of Week Wrapup, Oct 10 - Jaman Discovery 2014

Interview: Ashlee Blackwell, founder of Graveyard Shift Sisters - Shadowgum: Chewing Over Horror Fiction! - October 13, 2014

Introducing: Graveyard Shift Sisters - Scream Loudly: Celebrating The Voices Of Women in the Arts - October 25, 2014

It Came From The Indies: Women in Horror Month 2015 - Nerdy Little Secret - February 6, 2015

Women Write Horror: Interview with Ashlee Blackwell -  Interview by Nicole Solomon for Stoned Crow Press - February 11, 2015

I still have the email my best friend sent me in 2013, asking me if I had heard of a blog called Graveyard Shift Sisters.  When I looked it up I was floored!  Another Black woman thoroughly obsessed with horror?  Can it be?  I sent the creator and founder of the site, Ashlee Blackwell, a quick message telling her how happy I was to find the site, whose apt tagline is “Purging The Black Female Horror Fan From The Margins”, and that started my fan girl following of a blog that has truly strengthened and transformed the way I see horror and women of color.

Women In Horror 2015: An Interview With Ashlee Blackwell, Our Graveyard Shift Sister - Rosemary's Pixie - February 12, 2015

#20-Ashlee "Graveyard Shift Sisters" - Nightmare365.com - August 4, 2015

How Twitter Blerds are Impacting the Future of TV - Paste TV - October 30, 2015

#POCtober – Graveyard Shift Sisters: Purging The Black Female Horror Fan From The Margins (@GraveyardSister) - Dark Matters - October 30, 2015

Mentioned in BBC News - November 8, 2015

Interview with Ashlee Blackwell of Graveyard Shift Sisters - Remedial Horror - February 8, 2016

A Conversation with Ashlee Blackwell of Graveyard Shift Sisters - BlackSci-Fi.com - March 15, 2016

Nightmare Fuel: Was that 'Walking Dead' cliffhanger misguided...or brilliant? Ep. #7 - HitFix - April 8, 2016

Nightmare Fuel: 'The Neon Demon' looks gorgeous - but is there anything going on inside? Ep. #8 - HitFix - April, 15, 2016

Ashlee of Graveyard Shift Sisters! - Audre's Revenge Film - May 2, 2016

Every Horror Fan Should Be Reading Graveyard Shift Sisters - Popcorn Horror [Digital Magazine] - June 2016

Graveyard Shift Sisters' Ashlee Blackwell: An Interview - Tom Holland's Terror Time - May 17, 2016

15 Women Film Critics You Should Be Reading - Screen Queens - June 16, 2016

Ashlee Blackwell - People's History of Film #34 - Goodtrash Media - October 25, 2016

How Feminism and Women of Color Are Transforming Horror Movies - Rewire - November 29, 2016

American Horror Story: Blackness - Brothers From Another Planet Live Recording at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study - February 15, 2017

Ashlee Blackwell (2017) #WiHM - Cinedump - February 20, 2017

Black Friday: Horror With Maria Lewis - Film Ink - February 24, 2017

Let’s be blazingly honest: as much as being a woman can provide endless frustrations, being a woman of color opens up a whole new can of worms. That’s why a site like this is so necessary: you can’t just embrace one version of feminism and slap that label onto everything. There are different perspectives out there, and if you discount those voices and experiences, you’re living in a sheltered world. I’ve heard of black women getting flack for being horror fans – this site not only sheds light on a narrative I don’t directly experience, but also highlights the achievement of black women and women of color in cinema and television. That’s the beauty of this site – the goal is to generate a dialogue. It’s a chance to grow. If you willfully ignore it, then shame on you. You may not like acknowledging your privilege, but if you really want the world to be better, you have to stare it in the face and listen to someone else for once.

Women In Horror: A Look at Some Badass Journalists - The Backseat Driver Reviews - February 24, 2017

Signal Boost #7: Ashlee Blackwell (Graveyard Shift Sisters) - The Skiffy and Fanty Show - June 6, 2017

Mind Over Matter: A Discussion with Ashlee Blackwell - Elm Street Radio - June 9, 2017
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