Monday, January 20, 2020

Dispelling The Magic: Juju The Web Series, Episodes Five & Six Recap

Adulting is be difficult. But add discovering your history through inner ancestral power with Salem descendants hot on your tail as a black milennial woman who cannot make bills, dating whomps, and burnout magically disappear... you've got Juju.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette (@vfdpixie)

Callin' My Spirits & Sufi Women, Part 1 [Finale]

Episode five of Juju, “Callin' My Spirits”, gets to the heart of things with the three witches as Gigi, Yaya, and Ally finally meet with Adoama so she can reveal to the trio more about who they are.

In the last episode, Gigi met a guy named mysterious guy named Jules (Tremayne Miller) One of her boyfriends, Kyle notices and isn't happy with any additional male attention she receives. In fact, he wants her to be monogamous with him, but she's turned off by his request and treats him harshly. Her anger also unleashes her powers, knocking him out cold. Before the women can freak out, Adoama comes to the rescue and tells them they’re witches just like her and were always meant to find each other because they are magically linked. Yaya and Ally discover they both possess a crystal with a exact symbol that has been passed down to them from their mothers.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Dispelling The Magic: Juju The Web Series, Episodes Three & Four Recap

Adulting is be difficult. But add discovering your history through inner ancestral power with Salem descendants hot on your tail as a black milennial woman who cannot make bills, dating whomps, and burnout magically disappear... you've got Juju.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette (@vfdpixie)

Witch, Don't Kill My Vibe & Da Baddest Witch

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Dispelling The Magic: Juju The Web Series, Episode Two Recap

Adulting is be difficult. But add discovering your history through inner ancestral power with Salem descendants hot on your tail as a black milennial woman who cannot make bills, dating whomps, and burnout magically disappear... you've got Juju.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette (@vfdpixie)


Controlla: The First Step to Finding Power

When we left the three women in the first episode, Ally (Cydni Jenkins), Gigi (Nedge Victome) and Yaya (Cassandra Borgella) have met Adaoma (Diedra McDowell), a powerful witch who has sought them out because they have a destiny with magic they must fulfill. In the second episode, they discuss what they’ve just experienced after their startling meeting with Adaoma, and debate whether witchcraft and what they’ve seen, is real. Gigi and Yaya think Ally has the gift and realize that they all may have a blood connection in their Caribbean heritage to witchcraft. Ally becomes the focus as Yaya wants her to open up to the idea that they may have powers. Ally has no time for this and is more preoccupied with her job, yet she exhibits some interesting powers that she becomes aware of, as well as a visit from Adaoma and a voice from beyond.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Dispelling The Magic: Juju The Web Series, Episode One Recap

Adulting is be difficult. But add discovering your history through inner ancestral power with Salem descendants hot on your tail as a black milennial woman who cannot make bills, dating whomps, and burnout magically disappear... you've got Juju.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette (@vfdpixie)

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Juju as “1: a fetish, charm, or amulet of West African peoples; 2: the magic attributed to or associated with jujus.” So, a charm or amulet can be infused with energy and is worn for protection or to relay a curse, depending on the intent. While this definition gives a broad view of what Juju is, it doesn’t give it the life it deserves, or the proper representation. If it appears in popular culture, it’s probably through a white-washed version of this ancient African practice; snippets shown in films that don’t really take into account the origins of this type of magic. And when you don’t see something properly done, sometimes the best remedy is to do it yourself.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

#SciFiSunday: A Stranger Things Fan Film Becomes The Black Compass The Show Needs

Courtesy of Tarik R. Davis

The Netflix series Stranger Things received immediate points for its nostaglic accuracy. Everything eighties that is fantasy, science fiction, and horror spiraling kids into a web of government conspiracies and multiple dimensions with demogorgons, became an inevitable profit flood for the streaming services' core demographic who was that age at that time. As exciting as it has been seeing The Goonies/Alien/E.T. hybrid homage get a polish, Stranger Things also gets so right what was so wrong about this period; tokenism.

Friday, November 1, 2019

DARKLY: At The Heart Of Goth, Is Blackness

"Horror has always been used to illuminate cultural anxieties and gives a voice to our collective fears. So, what to make of the gothic in America, a place which by the very nature of its founding is predisposed to a culture of anxiety? The dread knowing the enemy at the gate is understandable, but in America the enemy has already passed through it, and has been brought inside. The call is coming from inside the house."
-words by Leila Taylor

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Black Woman Versus [Free Space]: Sweetheart (2019)

An accident strands a young woman on an island. As she practices means for survival, the stakes are raised when she realizes she's not alone.

Written by Alex Hyner, Alex Theurer, and J.D. Dillard
Directed by J.D. Dillard

Without question one of my favorite viewing experiences this year, Sweetheart plays as a meticulous course in minimalism. This execution is wildly successful. Jenn (Kiersey Clemons) is immediately thrown into a nightmare scenario with the backdrop of an invitingly, serene island. Her terror and capacity for resourcefulness is sound and enthralling. But as genre does, the wrench in any composure she may be hanging on to loosens entirely as a threat lurks.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

#SciFiSunday: Watch Nuotama Bodomo's Afronauts

Back in 2014, we published a teaser for a alluring short film titled, Afronauts, a fictionalized depiction of the true tale of the Zambia Space Academy's mission to beat Amrerica to the moon in 1969. Its peaceful yet intense inflection harbors its heart in Matha (Diandra Forrest), who trains to become the transcender. An embodiment of perpetual obligation to demand a future for Black bodies, culture, and aspiration.