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Cult Cinema: Frogs (1972)

In 1972, The United Nations Conference on the Human Environment met in Stockholm that June to develop a documented ideology that "considered the need for a common outlook and for common principles to inspire and guide the peoples of the world in the preservation and enhancement of the human environment". This declaration  was a valiant attempt at offering ideas for balance between the human need to explore, invent, and prosper as well as letting our natural environment thrive. It goes without saying that now, more than forty years later, balance is a laughable if not depressing concept. If the Native American with a tear wasn't enough, a fringe film would attempt to terrify audiences into reverence for nature.

Cult Cinema: Night Of The Cobra Woman (1972)

For those paying attention on Twitter, my love for actress/ Black SF Superwoman Marlene Clark is paramount to the mission of this space. Unafraid, unashamed, Clark made her mark in genre film beginning with her feature role as Lena Aruza in 1972's Night Of The Cobra Woman after uncredited and guest spots in film and television from Mightnight Cowboy to the Bill Cosby Show .

Cult Cinema: American International Pictures

Teenagers are a huge market for those in the entertainment business: not yet tainted by the thirst for nostalgia, truly disposable income, easily enticed by images that please the five senses. It is safe to argue that the United States in the 1950s began to see a generation of teenagers come to symbolize a style and culture unlike any other generation prior. This was the very genesis of what we've broken into generations (boomers, gen x-er's, millenials), each so vastly unique and highly intricate into creating a world history that has proven will have a lasting impact until the end of time. With such a broad stroke are the fine details that are a part of what creates important milestones. The film business itself is hardly an exception.

Black Romance in Horror: Bones (2001)

Why wasn't Bones (2001) a franchise? With a gnarly conclusion and a palatable story, the potential for another horror icon to root for was certainly in the realm of possibility. The likelihood of  declining quality would be inevitable but hey, the 21st century needs an iconic Black villain in horror. The 20th gave us Candyman. We're long overdue.

#SciFiSunday: Black Women & Sci-Fi Film Colorism

By Takima Bly ( @emma_fRhost2 ) Brown skinned girls get snubbed again on the big screen. 2014 was a big year for books-to-movie releases. The movie Divergent was one of them. In this sci-fi dystopian based story, the main character Tris becomes good friends with Christina, a person of color. The book described her as, “tall, with dark brown skin and short hair.” However, in the movie we see Zoe Kravitz, a beautiful girl of color, but has a lighter complexion than the book describes. The psychological thriller, Gone Girl was also released in 2014. In the book, the the main character’s lawyer was a white man married to a black woman. The movie completely switched around those characters making the lawyer a black man and left out anything about his wife.

5 Questions With Filmmaker R. Shanea Williams

New York based "filmmaker, writer, poet, artist"  R. Shanea Williams , a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of Arts with a Masters degree in Dramatic Writing has passion for screenwriting and directing with a motivation to create "a complex African -American female protagonist in a story that we have yet to see on screen." Her film short Contamination is about "a woman imprisoned in her own home wrestling with severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder brought on by paralyzing germaphobia" starring Cherise Boothe ( Law & Order: Special Victims Unit , The Good Wife ) as Jade. Contamination has been highlighted on popular sites like  Shadow and Act ,  Black Girl Nerds  and shows no sign of slowing down in press with its heavy rotation in the festival circuit in spaces such as the BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta and an appearance at the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival. Ms. Williams was more than happy to share some of her tho

On Our Terms: A Black [Women's] Horror Film Aesthetic

Black Aesthetics. It was a class I took as an undergraduate many years ago. What defined the term for the purposes of the course began with how Africans from thousands of years ago developed a culture of leisure, creation for pleasure in what is seen. The word aesthetic by its very meaning is "concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty" and more openly, "a set of principles underlying and guiding the work of a particular artist or artistic movement". Our numerous discussions naturally shifted to the present and understanding of what encompasses Black aesthetics today on our terms. Specifically an African American aesthetic.