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Why Michonne & Rick’s Love Story Is The Most Important Romance on TV

By Janiera Eldridge ( @janieraeldridge ) This has nothing to do with the fact that it’s an interracial relationship. We’ve been seeing that more and more on TV lately. Although this is beautiful, it is not the reason Michonne and Rick’s love story is the most important one on TV. Their romance is the most important one you’ll see on your screen because it shows a strong, independent black woman receiving love with no messy strings attached. She’s not a side chick (I'm looking at you Scandal ), she’s not having an affair behind her husband's back (I'm looking at you How to Get Away With Murder ), she’s a woman who remains strong throughout almost unbearable circumstances. Michonne might even be able to teach us, women, a thing or two about keeping a man.

Should You Watch This? Dead Alive (1992)

By Kayla Koger  ( @digitalkayla ) Did you ever wonder if you could trust the rating of a movie? I mean all those strangers can’t know if you’re gonna like it! Leave it to just one stranger; me. I’m gonna tell you whether or not you should watch movies. There will be spoilers. Let’s go.

Terror & Horror: Eve's Bayou As A Revered Black Women's Genre Text

Eve's Bayou opens with establishing history. A tale rooted in the southern United States legacy where Africans brought with them modes of healing. Despite the egregious methods taken to suppress their ways of worship and spiritual practices, many of them have prevailed and been passed on to their descendants. Due to this history, many texts adapt historical fact and blend it with mythical fiction. At times, this fiction, particularly in film tends split concepts of good and evil into separate characters which blatantly and unfairly disservices the humanity of their personhood and motives. This is all too common amongst Black characters in those "voodoo movies". But  Eve's Bayou is an examination of a prestigious Southern family's more fragile foundations. It is a Black film that often applies the supernatural to tell the amazingly layered stories of southern Black American women and girls grappling with grief and searching for, in a very unconventional way; g

Black Women Horror Studies: The Conjure Woman Resource Packet

"It is no coincidence that her first line, “Y’all haters corny with that illuminati mess,” both doubles as a refutation of the conspiracy theory of her involvement with a secret Satanic society as well as an embrace of an African religion that has long been demonized by church folks. Beyoncé is here to reclaim all the aspects of black life that have been rendered as deviant, as waste, as toxic, as destructive. She will conjure it, remix it and remind us of the inherent value of black lives (and why they matter)." -Janell Hobson, Beyoncé as Conjure Woman: Reclaiming the Magic of Black Lives (That) Matter "The first thing I immediately thought when I saw Beyoncé's “Formation” was that some folks ruts – “roots” – would show. You know, ruts: biases, fears of lineage, missing genealogies, shit like that. And folks don’t like their ruts or their slip showing. Beyoncé showed er’body’s slip, parasol, skeeta bite scars, and conjuring grandmamma essence in this video.

Black Women Horror Writers: Sycorax's Daughters

Sycorax's Daughters , a new volume of "dark fiction and poetry" all written by Black women explores the intimate details of cultural nuance, race, and gender. Additionally, Sycorax's Daughters works in writer and activist Walidah Imarisha's words, "as a visionary space where Black women explore horror on their own terms." And it is through this specific intimacy with the horrific, that art such as the written word can act as a space of agency for those passionate about wielding a pen. Contributing writer Eden Royce envisions Sycorax's Daughters as "a burgeoning field of black women's creative horror fiction" and I couldn't agree more.

Why Gothika Exposes The Hidden Thoughts of Every Black Woman Who’s Ever Experienced Mental Illness

By Janiera Eldridge ( @janieraeldridge ) Chloe: He came back again last night and tore me like paper. He opened me like a flower of pain, and it felt good. He sank into me and set me on fire, like he always does. Made me burn from the inside out. Miranda: How did you know it was the devil? While Gothika  was mostly written off by critics as being just your average horror fare, it was seen as a pretty innovative and genuinely scary movie by many fans of the horror genre. Yes, it has flaws but if you want a shocking thriller, this movies does deliver. The 2003 horror film stars Halle Berry as the beautiful and well respected psychologist for the criminally insane, Miranda Grey. Miranda is married to the man who runs the institution. They appear to be the perfect example of relationship goals.

Black Women Horror Filmmakers: England Simpson's Prelude: A Love Story

Charlotte, North Carolina native England Simpson ( @englandsimpson ) is an actress in film and television who cites old classics such as Night Of The Living Dead (1968) and The Evil Dead (1981) as nostalgic comfort viewing as well as a source of insight and inspiration. Her immense love for the horror genre plays a crucial part in England's filmmaking debut. Prelude: A Love Story , an “arthouse thriller/horror follows the story of Sarah (Simpson), a conflicted woman failing miserably at controlling her new-found obsession with murder." England described the balance of directing and starring in her own film as a welcomed challenge. "Sarah was an average woman until one event changed her life. Sarah could be any one of us, and I found that fascinating. The internal struggle she experienced, transforming from victim to villain, made me want to tell her story," England says. "From an actor’s standpoint, I needed a character that would stretch me… I’m known for my