My most recent writings from around the web. I reported from C2E2, from Laika Studios for The Missing Link and more. The pieces are found on Black Girl Nerds, Syfy Wire, Yes! Magazine and Washington Post. Here are the clips, including one for a podcast I started with Ricardo Hazell of The Shadow League.
Over 8 million viewers last year watched while Scandal’s Olivia Pope, played by actor Kerri Washington, lay on a clinic table as she had an abortion. There was no dialogue about Pope’s pregnancy or the procedure, before or after. Simultaneously, Republican Sen. (and former first lady) Mellie Grant, played by Bellamy Young, filibusters to protect funding for Planned Parenthood.
The episode was reflective of a partnership between the entertainment industry and the nonprofit health care provider Planned Parenthood to combat bad data on reproductive health…Go to Yes! Magazine to read more…
left the theater after seeing Jordan Peele’s Us on opening weekend feeling not scared, but disturbed. His story of a family that goes on a vacation only to end up in a world-changing situation did have some shocks. However, the film isn’t scary enough to have me afraid of drains for a week like It. I wasn’t petrified of seeing a saw-fingered boogeyman in my dreams like A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Afua Richardson on
Afrofurturism from “Walk This Way” to Wakanda
The convention offers some very interesting panels, some of which are on the pulse of pop culture today. This C2E2 was no exception. The panel “Beyond Wakanda: The Rise of Afrofuturism in Pop Culture & Comics” was standing room only and full of the “who’s who” of Blerd scholars. (I spotted Tananarive Due!) The panel featured Eve L. Ewing, Afua Richardson, Darryl DMC McDaniels, Ytasha Womack all of whom led an enthusiastic crowd on a wild ride into the history of this thing called Afrofuturism and why it’s rising today. Afterward, I was able to connect with Daniels and Richardson for further comments. This is where the lesson began. Continue on Black Girl Nerds…