Category Archives: Film and TV

Noirstalgia: Lovecraft Country and Escaping the White Gaze

By Brandon Matsalia   Lovecraft Country debuts next month with the promise of exploring Lovecraftian horrors from the perspective of Atticus Black (Jonathan Majors), a Black man and science fiction aficionado traversing the Jim Crow era South in search of his missing father. Joining Atticus on his quest are his childhood friend Leticia Dandridge (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and his equally bookish

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‘The Umbrella Academy’ Trips into The Civil Rights Era UnFiltered and Gets It Right!

The second season of Umbrella Academy takes the audience on a wild and trippy ride through history as they try to save the world—again. A jump into the 1960s results in the family being separated from one another, and the doomsday clock is reset. We join Five, still in a boy’s body as he tries to find and unite everyone.

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#ComicCon@Home–Informative, But Pale: Shudder’s “Horror Is Queer” Panel

By Foxxy Jazzabelle ComicCon@Home released its “Shudder: Horror Is Queer” panel last Thursday evening as part of its virtual comic convention this year. As a queer Black woman who loves horror, my interests were quite piqued for this panel. But seeing the line-up of chosen panelists on my laptop screen left a lot to be desired. There were five guests

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Blerd Galaxy Magazine SDCC 2020 Curated Recap YouTube Playlists

Comic-Con 2020 content is more accessible than ever. You can now watch all the panels from this year’s Con at your leisure on YouTube–from the comfort of your own home. No waiting rooms, or sold-out news to contend with. No overnight camping for Hall H necessary. No piecing together the panel from clips a week later. It is completely possible

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Film Review: ‘Cut Throat’ is RZA’s Lyrical Ode to Blerd Artists and Katrina’s Casualties

This review contains spoilers for Cut Throat City. Cut Throat City has the feel of an epic journey. One bolstered by the lyrical dialogue and the gothic scenery of New Orleans 9th Ward post-Katrina. It’s not the “gangster” story that the movie trailer promises, but more of a hero’s journey that is all too real for those of us who

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#ComicCon@Home Panel: “Crazy Talk: Mental Health, Pop Culture, and the Pandemic

By Michele St. Martin The SDCC Comic-Con at Home panel  “Crazy Talk: Mental Health, Pop Culture and the Pandemic” was pretty much a roundtable discussion about how pop culture can contribute to mental wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also explored how the current state of affairs is shaping the entertainment industry and what we’re doing as a creative industry

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Nafessa Williams and WinC’s Foxxy Jazzabelle Talk Black Lightning and Representation

You probably missed the panels on our favorite Black family on the CW in Black Lightning. Here’s a reminder of why we love watching us as superheroes onscreen. Women in Comics Collective reporter Foxxy Jazzabelle sat down with Nafessa Williams in the middle of last season for a chat about the Black Lightning third season and so much more. Williams

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Black History Year-Round: Film and TV to Watch for a History Lesson

Just like Moses reruns that auto-loop their way through Easter weekend, Roots plays on repeat on just about every television at some point during Black History Month. Then, it vanishes from TV until next year. But with the country up in protest over the police murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and too many others, we need to

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SDCC 2020–What’s It Like to Live a Sci-Fi Conspiracy Out Loud?

It’s Not a Conspiracy If It’s True Comic-Con at Home today kicked off with a roster of panels geared mostly toward teachers. Never has there been a panel so perfectly timed as the “Conspiracy Theories and Propaganda Through Pop Culture” panel, which featured STEM teacher Guadalupe de la O, writer G.L. Lambert, teacher a YouTube personality J.D. Lombardi, and writer

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