Thursday, June 4, 2020

Re-Routing The Horrific & The Black Subject In Film With Dianca London Potts

Black horror. An entity of its own, mattering the pulse of the film industry specific for this conversation, is undeniably revolutionary. Its launching pad for the world, where more eyes are fixated on it now more than ever is Get Out (2017). A film that has shattered records financially, critically, and further, in prestigious recognition and beyond, writer Dianca London reminds us that writer/director Jordan Peele created a film that flawlessly "tears the veil between the reality of blackness and how it is imagined through the gaze of whiteness." Get Out, a black horror film is a worldwide success that refuses the white gaze by not only centering its Black protagonist Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), but canonizing him as an example of black survival in confronting a white supremacist society.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

28 Black Women Horror Filmmakers

1. Zandashé Brown, Blood Runs Down (2018)

2. Raeshelle Cooke, Last Words (2015)

3. Tamara S. Hall, A Night At The Table (2019)

4. R. Shanea Williams, Paralysis (2015)

5. Monica Moore-Suriyage, Black In Red Out (2016)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Dispelling The Magic: Juju The Web Series, Finale & What's Next?

Adulting is be difficult. But add discovering your history through inner ancestral power with Salem descendants hot on your tail as a black milennial woman who cannot make bills, dating whomps, and burnout magically disappear... you've got Juju.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette (@vfdpixie)

Finale, Part 2: Have You Ever Seen A Witch Go Ape-Shxt?

Part two of the season finale for Juju: The Web Series leaves us with a lot to think about.

The women now know they are powerful witches, and the evil forces that are trying to sabotage their efforts to find their power come together to seriously hurt Ally, Yaya and Gigi. You’ll see who exhibits their powers to hopefully thwart forces they know nothing about.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Dispelling The Magic: Juju The Web Series, Episodes Five & Six Recap

Adulting is be difficult. But add discovering your history through inner ancestral power with Salem descendants hot on your tail as a black milennial woman who cannot make bills, dating whomps, and burnout magically disappear... you've got Juju.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette (@vfdpixie)

Callin' My Spirits & Sufi Women, Part 1 [Finale]

Episode five of Juju, “Callin' My Spirits”, gets to the heart of things with the three witches as Gigi, Yaya, and Ally finally meet with Adoama so she can reveal to the trio more about who they are.

In the last episode, Gigi met a guy named mysterious guy named Jules (Tremayne Miller) One of her boyfriends, Kyle notices and isn't happy with any additional male attention she receives. In fact, he wants her to be monogamous with him, but she's turned off by his request and treats him harshly. Her anger also unleashes her powers, knocking him out cold. Before the women can freak out, Adoama comes to the rescue and tells them they’re witches just like her and were always meant to find each other because they are magically linked. Yaya and Ally discover they both possess a crystal with a exact symbol that has been passed down to them from their mothers.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Dispelling The Magic: Juju The Web Series, Episodes Three & Four Recap

Adulting is be difficult. But add discovering your history through inner ancestral power with Salem descendants hot on your tail as a black milennial woman who cannot make bills, dating whomps, and burnout magically disappear... you've got Juju.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette (@vfdpixie)

Witch, Don't Kill My Vibe & Da Baddest Witch

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Dispelling The Magic: Juju The Web Series, Episode Two Recap

Adulting is be difficult. But add discovering your history through inner ancestral power with Salem descendants hot on your tail as a black milennial woman who cannot make bills, dating whomps, and burnout magically disappear... you've got Juju.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette (@vfdpixie)


Controlla: The First Step to Finding Power

When we left the three women in the first episode, Ally (Cydni Jenkins), Gigi (Nedge Victome) and Yaya (Cassandra Borgella) have met Adaoma (Diedra McDowell), a powerful witch who has sought them out because they have a destiny with magic they must fulfill. In the second episode, they discuss what they’ve just experienced after their startling meeting with Adaoma, and debate whether witchcraft and what they’ve seen, is real. Gigi and Yaya think Ally has the gift and realize that they all may have a blood connection in their Caribbean heritage to witchcraft. Ally becomes the focus as Yaya wants her to open up to the idea that they may have powers. Ally has no time for this and is more preoccupied with her job, yet she exhibits some interesting powers that she becomes aware of, as well as a visit from Adaoma and a voice from beyond.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Dispelling The Magic: Juju The Web Series, Episode One Recap

Adulting is be difficult. But add discovering your history through inner ancestral power with Salem descendants hot on your tail as a black milennial woman who cannot make bills, dating whomps, and burnout magically disappear... you've got Juju.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette (@vfdpixie)

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Juju as “1: a fetish, charm, or amulet of West African peoples; 2: the magic attributed to or associated with jujus.” So, a charm or amulet can be infused with energy and is worn for protection or to relay a curse, depending on the intent. While this definition gives a broad view of what Juju is, it doesn’t give it the life it deserves, or the proper representation. If it appears in popular culture, it’s probably through a white-washed version of this ancient African practice; snippets shown in films that don’t really take into account the origins of this type of magic. And when you don’t see something properly done, sometimes the best remedy is to do it yourself.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

#SciFiSunday: A Stranger Things Fan Film Becomes The Black Compass The Show Needs

Courtesy of Tarik R. Davis

The Netflix series Stranger Things received immediate points for its nostaglic accuracy. Everything eighties that is fantasy, science fiction, and horror spiraling kids into a web of government conspiracies and multiple dimensions with demogorgons, became an inevitable profit flood for the streaming services' core demographic who was that age at that time. As exciting as it has been seeing The Goonies/Alien/E.T. hybrid homage get a polish, Stranger Things also gets so right what was so wrong about this period; tokenism.

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