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NYCC 2019- Something Wicked This Way Comes: I Am Black Sci-Fi Backstage with the Cast of Charmed
By Kenesha Williams
We caught up with the cast and showrunners of Charmed at New York Comic Con 2019 for a behind the scenes look at the premiere episode of season two and had a sit down with them for an interview. Talking with the new showrunners for season two, Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro, we found that this season is a whole new ballgame. The new showrunners are giving us a second season with an expanded world, a darker tone, and a season-long mystery arc. Where they felt that last season was more episodic with a “monster of the week” type feel, season two will explore each of the sisters’ past, present, and future as well as introduce us to some new characters.
Step into the Bad Side: Black Girl Magic Villains
By Kenesha Williams
Edited by Julia Rios
Black womanhood is often fraught with a myriad of stereotypes. Not just the archetypical Madonna or Whore, but with an added layer of misogynoir that gives us such labels as Mammy, Sapphire, or Jezebel. These labels have led to many writers writing safe and respectable Black female characters in an attempt to erase the stereotypical portrayals of Black womanhood.
The Misty Copeland Barbie Is a Mirror for Brown Girls
Motto, Time, Inc.
Growing up, I had two big interests—and they both started with the letter B: Barbie and ballet. My mom enrolled me in a local ballet company as a little girl, and I loved the music and the movement of ballet. But I couldn’t help but notice at practices and recitals that little girls that looked like me were few and far between. While I felt resplendent in my pink leotards, ballet slippers and “flesh-toned” tights, those tights were never quite the color of my own little legs, nor did they reflect the variety of hues that were found in the skin tones of the women in my family. But that didn’t deter me from dancing my heart out at each and every recital….
An Interview With The Gentleman #1: Darkness of the Void Writer Greg Anderson Elysee
The Gentleman #1 is the 3rd SFC Comic comics solo series, published by Evoluzione Publishing. This will be a 32-page comic written by Greg Anderson Elysée of the graphic novel Is’Nana: The Werespider series, drawn by Massimialiano Veltri of Marvel Comics and Titan Comics, with colors by Marco Pagnotta of SFC and Kasai. A Lovecraftian inspired horror noir story about the haunting ghosts from the past along with the ghosts from the forth coming future.
In this 4 Part miniseries, The Gentleman finds himself drawn to Espere St. Lanmé, mysterious and alluring, seeking help and protection from a being of possibly supernatural origins. Unfortunately to protect her, Oliver must succumb to his special abilities, a hereditary curse that uses his body as a key and vessel to the Void, an ancient evil with the means to destroy all life as we know.
Can Oliver protect Espere without losing his humanity? And if he can, can she be trusted? What is her connection to Oliver and the Void itself?
I spoke with the author of The Gentleman, Greg Anderson Elysée. Elysée is a Brooklyn, NY born Haitian-American writer, film-maker, model, and teacher.
Black horror out of the margins
We are currently at peak Black Horror, a genre that was once marginalized itself and that has also been fraught with poor representation of Black characters is now seeing its heyday. With the 2017 critical and financial success of the social horror movie Get Out and now the domestic and international success of the recently released The First Purge a film in a popular franchise that focused solely on its Black characters, Hollywood is finally seeing that Black horror is both popular and profitable.
The irony is that horror as a genre in film has always skewed higher with minority and female viewers than other film genres, but only now have decision makers made the connection that films focusing on Black characters can be successful.