Friday, February 3, 2017

28 Days Of Black Women In Horror: Bianca Lawson

Bianca Lawson (1979- )

Bones (2001)
Bianca Lawson, for us 90's kids and specifically for genre lovers was originally cast as Cordelia on Buffy The Vampire Slayer but had to turn it down due to a contractual obligation on a short-lived series at the time titled, Goode Behavior. This unfortunate conflict could've been a great, long-term role for Lawson. Cordelia's character really evolved into a pretty dynamic character overtime and even followed a significant character into a spin-off series. I'm in the camp that Kendra, the Jamaican vampire slayer (played by Lawson) that was brought into the series not long after the premiere was a hard character to watch, both in overall treatment and delivery. Which, unfortunately, happens.

About Bones (2001)

Bones was a solid entry in modern horror, a re-imagining of the Blaxploitation sub-genre where a complicated hustler, Jimmy Bones (Snoop Dogg) becomes a phantasm that crosses the membrane of the living and the dead in order to get vengeance on the people who betrayed him. Director Ernest Dickerson managed to produce commentary about gentrification, drugs in the Black community, and class dynamics in a direct, back-from-the-grave revenge narrative. Bianca is Cynthia, the daughter of neighborhood seer Pearl (Pam Grier). She's a cute, regularly rebellious teenager who learns much about her past and the fate of her ambiguous future.

Other Genre Performances

Girlfriend, Twice The Fear (1998)
Kendra, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-1998)
Darien Stompanato, Big Monster On Campus (2000)
Brandi Combs, Haunted (2002)
Kate, Dead & Breakfast (2004)
Carla Masters, Supergator (2007)
Abby, American Horror Story (2011)
Julie, House of Secrets (2014)
Emily Bennett, The Vampire Diaries (2009-2014)
Marin Morrell, Teen Wolf (2012-2014)
Eva Gardiner/Selina /Eva Callero, Witches of East End (2014)

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