Candice Frederick

Freelance Writer for Hire - Entertainment, Pop Culture, Lifestyle

I am a freelance writer for /Film, The Mary Sue, Vice, Harper's Bazaar, Hello Beautiful, Gamespot, Bitch Media, The Undefeated, SYFY, Thrillist, Birth.Movies.Death, and Black Girl Nerds. I am also a pop culture panelist on "Real Live," on ABC News Live.

A former Editor at Essence Magazine, where I wrote and edited center-of-the-book features as well as arts and culture articles and helped launched their digital platform, in 2009 I founded Reel Talk Online, a blog dedicated to film reviews, commentary, and features with a focus on marginalized narratives.

I am a member of the Online Film Critics Society, African American Film Critics Association, and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.

I was also the co-host of "Cinema in Noir," a podcast that specifically highlighted diversity in entertainment across media.

Contact Email: [email protected]

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Danielle Harris Gets Candid About Her New Film, Being A Woman In Horror, And The Upcoming HALLOWEEN

It's been nearly 30 years since 11-year-old Danielle Harris burst onto the scene with her first big screen role alongside none other than Michael Myers in Halloween 4 . She...


The Great Unlikable Female Characters of 2017

As far as unlikable characters go, Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding has always been in a league of her own. She's got a potty mouth. She's never really cared about making...


Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, and the legacy of the scream queen

It all started with the ear-piercing screech of rungs of a shower curtain being flung across a rusty rod. Then came the swift and deliberate raise of a blade, followed by an...


The Shape Of Water Review: The Problem With Inter-Species Romance

For what it's worth, there are some truly spectacular moments in The Shape of Water, writer/director Guillermo del Toro's new fantastical romance. True to most of his films, the...


The Careless Dismissal of Black Lives in the Problematic Suburbicon

I suppose from director George Clooney and co-writers Ethan and Joel Coen's privileged perch, Suburbicon is their way of saying, Yeah, we heard you. We need to make more diverse...


On The Marginalization Of Black Female Victims And 'The Rape Of Recy Taylor'

It's been under a month since the New York Times blew the lid off a supposed well-known secret in Hollywood that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed many women in the...


'Mudbound' Dares To Explore the Often Silenced Topic of Black Male PTSD

Writer/director Dee Rees has been anything but predictable. She became a household name in 2011 with her first feature-length film , a gutting coming-of-age narrative about a...


I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER: How The 20-Year-Old Horror Film Created An R-Rated Nancy Drew

The classic teen slasher turns 20 today. I was 16 years old when my friends and I rolled six deep to the movie theater to watch the latest teen slasher movie. For my friends,...

Heard Tell

On Fear, Conflict, and The Frightening Women Who've Defined Horror - Heard Tell

We talk a lot about final girls in horror, but they aren't the only ones who have left a lasting impression in scary movies.


If You're an Introvert, 'mother!' Is Your Worst Nightmare

Darren Aronofsky's controversial new film stokes the anxiety of socializing and being around other people.


Sammy Davis Jr. Embodied the Difficulties Black Entertainers Face Today

Sammy Davis Jr. was as tough to define as his multi-hyphenate career. Most folks refer to him simply as an entertainer-not a singer, comedian, dancer, or actor, but a man who...


'Nappily Ever After' Author Trisha R. Thomas On Natural Beauty And Bringing Her Inspiring Debut...

Raise your hand if you fell out when you heard that author Trisha R. Thomas's can't-put-down debut novel Nappily Ever After, which inspired many women to embrace their natural...


On ANNABELLE And Talky Tina: A Brief History Of Horror's Dolls

Hollywood's been freaking us out with dolls for a long time. With Annabelle: Creation seizing the number one spot at the box office last weekend, it got me thinking about the...


Wonder Woman & the Future of Female Superhero Movie Directors

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy...or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition:...


Why We Need to Care That Asian Girl Heroes are Commanding 2017 Films

Beyond superhero and small screen advancements, there are two major performances that have been missing from the conversation-Ahn Seo-Hyun in Okja and Sareum Srey Moch in First...


[REVIEW] 'Step' Is Every Black Girl's Story

When I was 17 years old, I was in and out of the guidance counselor's office at my high school, surrounded by college applications, financial aid informational packets, and my...


The Sometimes Funny SNATCHED is What White American Woman Privilege Looks Like in a Foreign Country

SNATCHED starts off innocent enough, for Amy Schumer standards. Emily (Schumer), a young woman with her head up her own a$$, is all hyped for her impending Ecuadorian vacation...



Make no mistake: what we've seen with the latest contributions to the Planet of the Apes franchise is in a word, spectacular. From the special effects to the astonishing...


How FENCES Explores the Scars of White Supremacy and the Notion of a Post-Racial America

On the surface, FENCES presents a black couple living the American Dream in the 1950s. They own a home. They're the proud parents of a son in high school (who's even being...