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Candice Frederick

Freelance Writer for Hire - Entertainment, Pop Culture, Lifestyle

Location icon United States of America

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]

Portfolio

Film

/Film
12/04/2017
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 friends. She's generally just not nice.

HelloBeautiful
10/20/2017
'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 young woman grappling with her sexuality. Then she turned around and took the small screen by storm with the triumphant story of iconic blues singer Bessie Smith in -which racked up more than one million viewers in its premiere.

Birth.Movies.Death.
08/16/2017
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 ultimate classic horror doll, Talky Tina.

/Film
05/30/2017
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: will the existence of Wonder Woman count as a victory for all female filmmakers and fans...or just some of them?

HelloBeautiful
08/04/2017
[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 transcript.

Reeltalkonline
We Need to Talk About WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

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 performances led by Andy Serkis as the impenetrable ape Caesar are worth the price of admission alone.

Thrillist
09/23/2017
The New 'Kingsman' Movie Makes a Brilliant Case for Legalizing Weed

This post contains major spoilers for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Who would have thought that an action movie about British spies with weaponized umbrellas and high-tech tuxedos would turn out to be a scorching public service announcement for the burgeoning pot industry?

HelloBeautiful
08/18/2017
REVIEW: 'Crown Heights' Is The Black Lives Matter Story We Need Right Now

It's been less than a week since the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia reignited a discussion about race, white supremacy, unchecked violence, and policing in the age of Donald Trump. News reports and statements from the White House have further aggravated mediation efforts and stifled the voices of the disenfranchised.

/Film
10/07/2017
Pacific Rim Uprising NYCC Panel: John Boyega Is the Sci-Fi Icon We Need

After starring in one of the biggest blockbusters ever, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and headlining one of the most eagerly anticipated films of 2018, Pacific Rim Uprising , you'd think John Boyega would be comfortable with idea of being called a sci-fi icon by now.

/Film
10/07/2017
Replicas NYCC Panel Ventures into 'The Matrix' and 'Bill & Ted' Territory

How many times can we see the Frankenstein concept of bringing back dead people play out on the big screen, you ask? Short answer: countless times. Keanu Reeves is starring in Replicas , the latest in a long line of films, mostly told from a male perspective mind you, which tampers with death and recreation.

/Film
08/24/2017
Hollywood Diversity Reports Are Becoming Meaningless

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: Hollywood's diversity reports are meaningless if no one actually does anything with that information .) Can we have a real conversation for a moment?

Reeltalkonline
On BABY DRIVER, Defying Genre, and the Rebirth of the Soundtrack

For all intents and purposes, writer/director Edgar Wright's BABY DRIVER is having a moment. Here it is, at the height of summer and, most of us still thinking that is going to rule our lives at least through the end of August, then in comes this cool AF film, Think about it: it's an action/musical film that has not only defied genre expectations, but it's also re-imagining what musicals look like (like, re imagining them in a great way, not like La La Land).

/Film
10/09/2017
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Trailer and NYCC 2017 Panel Recap

This week brings the release of the second movie to tackle the origin of Wonder Woman this year, but unlike the superhero movie released this past summer, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is about how the Amazon warrior princess came to existence on the pages of DC Comics.

TV

Thrillist
12/11/2017
15 TV Shows That Ended in 2017, Ranked by How Much We'll Miss Them

Great television is a paradox. The shows that stick with us, that last, are reliable, yet unpredictable. They sketch characters who feel familiar enough that, for 30 minutes or an hour, we'll invite into our homes, knowing they could easily snap and reinvent themselves if and when needed.

Bitch Media
"The Girlfriend Experience" Gives Sex Workers The Respect They Deserve

It seems strange to talk about the portrayal of sex politics onscreen in a political climate where so many men in Hollywood are being called out for victimizing and devaluing women. But that's the beauty of : It audaciously centers sex workers in a conversation that typically marginalizes them, and silences their needs, desires, and voices.

Birth.Movies.Death.
12/11/2017
On The Undead, Terror, And THE STRAIN

The Shape of Water is in theaters now. Get your tickets here! In a way, watching a show that explores decaying humankind, deteriorating law enforcement, and vacant, singed streets is indicative of the world we live in today-hopeless, hollow and horrifying. It's certainly not an upper.

Thrillist
11/29/2017
The Most Underrated TV Shows of 2017

There was so much television in 2017. Too much television? As Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos has said on numerous occasions: "There's no such thing as too much TV." (It's a proclamation he's happy to make good on; Netflix will spend $7 billion on content in 2018, while every other network and streaming platform spends equally unfathomable amounts to compete).

Harper's BAZAAR
11/29/2017
Randall Finally Gets Some Closure on 'This Is Us'

Identity is a recurring theme on This Is Us, trailing the lives of three very different people who just so happen to belong to the same family. We watched as the last two episodes ripped open siblings Kevin and Kate, exposing who they really are beneath the emotional armor they've worn for so long: vulnerable, scared, and alone.

The Undefeated
11/21/2017
Spike Lee's 'She's Gotta Have It' reboot is radical and timely

It's appropriate: Right when high-profile white Hollywood actresses and feminists are calling out predatory white men in the industry, igniting a major conversation about sexual harassment and male accountability, an empowered black woman character is speaking out against the street harassment and patriarchy she experiences each day - and she seems to speak for real-life black women everywhere.

Harper's BAZAAR
11/22/2017
Tragedy Leads Kate to Connect With an Unlikely Ally on 'This Is Us'

The middle child syndrome is apparently real, even among triplets. After a particularly crushing episode centering on Kevin's inner demons, we turn our attention to Kate's story with a bitter account of how being the only girl-squashed between two impressionable brothers-often pushed her along the margins.

Harper's BAZAAR
11/15/2017
Kevin's Demons Break Loose on 'This Is Us'

If you saw the previews for tonight's episode of , then you knew it was going to be a doozy. Not just because it's a tearjerker (though it is-it always is), but because it focuses on what has become the show's most insufferable character-Kevin Pearson (Justin Hartley).

Birth.Movies.Death.
11/10/2017
Why Jordan Peele's THE TWILIGHT ZONE Is As Risky As It Is Urgent

I'll be honest, the very thought of a remake of The Twilight Zone makes me cringe. It's my favorite TV show of all time, and one of the absolute best series to ever grace the small screen (I'm not interested in debating this).

Harper's BAZAAR
11/08/2017
The Pearsons Get their Second Chances on 'This Is Us'

Tonight's episode of This Is Us explored how second chances have radically disrupted the Pearsons' lives-for better or worse. Deja (Lyric Ross) finally reunites with her biological mother. Kate (Chrissy Metz) gets to have the wedding she always dreamed of. Kevin (Justin Hartley) tries to right his own wrongs.

Harper's BAZAAR
11/01/2017
This Is Us Revisits the Most Frightening Era in the Pearsons' Lives

While other TV shows have come up with traditionally frightening episodes for Halloween night, the This Is Us writers chose to present fear in a different way; by taking a trip back to the most frightening time in Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz), and Randall's (Sterling K.

Harper's BAZAAR
10/25/2017
This Week's 'This Is Us' Tackles Insecurities and Unspoken Truths

The triplets are pushed to the brink this week as they navigate the doubts that have plagued them since childhood. Kevin has withdrawn further into his addiction and Randall stumbles toward a breakthrough with Deja while Kate's maternal fears threaten to overwhelm her.

Harper's BAZAAR
10/18/2017
'AHS: Cult' Presents an Unsettling Look at Feminism and Rage

So much rage. That is the overwhelming feeling after watching the latest episode of American Horror Story: Cult, which added a brand new layer to the already frenzied narrative and went on a tear about toxic feminism as viewed by the conservative male eye.

Harper's BAZAAR
10/18/2017
'This Is Us' Tackles Microaggressions and the Struggle to Be Seen

The once-obscured truths of the Pearson family seep to the surface as we move through the second season of This Is Us. As each character struggles to come to terms with a past that continues to haunt them, we see how it has influenced the way they see themselves and the people they want-and don't want-to become.

Harper's BAZAAR
10/11/2017
'This Is Us' Explores the Terror of Letting Down Loved Ones

Last week's episode of This Is Us explored the complicated relationship between mother and daughter. And this week, the NBC drama tackled the patterns of repressed emotion between father and son and the wounds that have remained open since Jack's (Milo Ventimiglia) untimely death.

/Film
10/09/2017
Notes From The Exorcist Season 2 NYCC Panel

It was the last panel of New York Comic Con, but The Exorcist panel - consisting of actors Ben Daniels, Alfonso Herrera, Kurt Egylawan, John Cho, Zuleikha Robinson, with executive producer/writer Jeremy Slater and showrunner Sean Crouch -still commanded a packed room that was bursting with superfans of the small screen adaptation of the classic horror film.

/Film
10/08/2017
Archer Season 9 NYCC Panel: Lovable A**holes and a Sarcastic Parrot

Two words: Peanut butter. If I remember anything about what went down at the Archer: Danger Island panel at New York Comic Con Saturday evening, it's that Lucky Yates (Dr. Krieger) was taught how to poop at age 3, when he opened the refrigerator, spied a jar of peanut butter and...success!

/Film
10/08/2017
Black Mirror Season 4 NYCC Panel: A Box of Chocolates with Dark Filling

"We are in competition with the news," Charlie Brooker, writer/creator/executive producer of the Netflix series Black Mirror, addressed the uncomfortable truth about the drama's darkest themes Saturday night at New York Comic Con in front of a standing room-only audience. I always thought it was funny when folks would remark on how far the dystopia would go on the show.

Harper's BAZAAR
10/04/2017
Jack Still Has His Secrets in This Week's 'This Is Us'

The writers of This Is Us seem determined to dismantle our perception of the perfect Pearsons this season. Randall's simple yet succinct self-description of "perfectly imperfect" last week opened the door for this week's more critical look at the family that steals our hearts even as its members' insecurities threaten to unravel them.

Birth.Movies.Death.
10/02/2017
Showrunner Vera Miao On Meaningful Horror, Inclusivity, And TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES

There's a moment in the very first episode of creator Vera Miao's new horror anthology series, Two Sentence Horror Stories , when you know you are watching something special. It's when Mona (Wei-Yi Lin), a young Asian-American woman, uses her mysterious telekinetic powers to pull Erica (Ayesha Harris), a young African-American woman with whom she's falling in love, closer to her and keeps her from walking out the door.

Harper's BAZAAR
09/27/2017
This Is Us Season 2 Premiere Hints at How Jack Died

The eagerly-awaited Season 2 premiere of the NBC drama This Is Us was set around the triplets' 37th birthday. Like most big occasions, drama ensues. But in the spirit of this show, there are plenty revelations and reflections revealing just how "perfectly imperfect" each character truly is.

HelloBeautiful
08/16/2017
I Am An Apologist For Lawrence From 'Insecure'

In stating this, I almost feel like I am standing up in front of an AA meeting or behind a closed curtain of a confessional. Merely expressing any type of pardon for Lawrence, Issa's scorned ex-turned-f**kboi on Insecure, comes with its own backlash, so let me also say this: I am also an apologist for Tasha, who gets a false bad rap for being a homewrecker.

/Film
07/03/2017
Glow Review: Netflix's Wrestling Drama is Off to a Strong Start

I'm not what you would call a fan of wrestling. The idea of people so obviously pretend-fighting in a ring in such dramatic fashion just seems so very silly. And bro-y. Not even Mickey Rourke's dramatic comeback in The Wrestler, which illuminated the heart and camaraderie of the sport, made me change my mind about it.

/Film
06/14/2017
House of Cards Season 5 Spoiler Review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick...and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: season 5 of Netflix's flagship series House of Cards .) Can we take a minute to bow down to Robin Wright?

Thrillist
08/10/2017
Religious Clues on 'The Sinner' Add a New Twist to the Murder Mystery

This post contains spoilers for the second episode of The Sinner, and the episode before it. "What makes you think I want my life back?" As we enter the second episode of USA's late-summer surprise, The Sinner , that Cora Tannetti (Jessica Biel) suppresses a dark side, perhaps even an evil side.

/Film
07/28/2017
Why You Really Should be Watching TNT's Claws

Claws is a little crazy. But in the best way possible. TNT's new hit series (which recently got picked up for a second season!), highlighting a crew of scandalous and potent women nail technicians, is far more delicious than it should ever be. In fact, it's downright criminal. Literally.

Thrillist
08/31/2017
A Shocking New Murder Makes Jessica Biel's 'The Sinner' Even Twistier

This post contains spoilers for The Sinner through the latest episode. It's time to get real about murderess Cora (Jessica Biel) and Detective Ambrose (Bill Pullman). The relationship began as a standard questioner-answerer interrogation compelled by Ambrose's need for the truth.

Thrillist
08/03/2017
The Real Mystery of 'The Sinner' Is Jessica Biel's Character's Complicated Past

Calling The Sinner uncomfortable is an understatement. At times, USA's new limited series, starring Jessica Biel as a young mother who stabs a man to death in broad daylight, is downright disturbing. Biel stars as Cora Tannetti, who is relaxing on the beach with her husband (Christopher Abbott) and toddler son one minute, then committing a unspeakable, unexplainable crime in the next.

The Urban Daily
01/31/2012
5 Reasons To Watch "Southland"

Just two episodes into the fourth season of TNT's underrated hit cop drama Southland, viewers are already buzzing about it. From its perfect casting and its unapologetically brazen appeal, the show has easily picked up right where shows like Brooklyn Heights and New York Undercover left off.

On-Air Celebrity Interviews + Commentary

ABC News
11/03/2017
Video: 'Real Live': 'The Lion King' cast revealed

Hey Brian I'm David Caplan and it is real live happy Friday everyone and I'm here wit. Candace Frederik. Mike news and ABC news reporter Michael Rothman in the hello my foot with a view here again well thanks I feel I feel welcome back Tyrone graves Friday were there we can grow SA today graves of the blizzard thank you re shades obliterate him.

BlogTalkRadio
08/09/2015
Cinema in Noir - Chat with Tichina Arnold

Hosted by Candice Frederick, Kimberly Renee, and ReBecca Theodore-Vachon, "Cinema in Noir" covers the latest casting news, reviews, and interviews with the best and brightest talent in film. In this edition we will chat with Survivor's Remorse star Tichina Arnold.

ABC News
06/29/2017
Video: Serena Williams versus John McEnroe

Hello welcome to realize I'm Mike Rothman our usual fears leader David Caplan out today. But on the issue dated to come back soon I'm still join less than my favorites I've blogger Candice Frederick. Political and music expert Mike views and want investors people.

BlogTalkRadio
02/12/2012
Cinema in Noir - Anniversary Special & Regina King

Today, Candice, Rebecca, and Kim celebrate the 1 year anniversary of "Cinema in Noir."The show premiered on Sunday, February 13, 2011. We will be chatting with the actress Regina King.

ABC News
05/26/2017
Video: 'Real Live': 'Wonder Woman'

Higher Ehrlich I'm David Caplan in your watching real lives I'm joined here by my co host blogger and it's Frederick. Political and pop culture expert Mike muse and ABC news entertainment reporter Michael Rothman.

BlogTalkRadio
05/21/2017
Cinema in Noir -Q&A with Gina Prince- Bythewood

The June edition of Cinema in Noir. Hosted by Candice Frederick, Kimberly Renee, and ReBecca Theodore-Vachon, "Cinema in Noir" covers the latest casting news, reviews, and interviews with the best and brightest in Hollywood. Today we will chat about the upcoming Wonder Woman film and it's impact on Hollywood.

ABC News
08/18/2017
Video: 'Real Live': The total solar eclipse

"Real Live" talks about the upcoming North American total solar eclipse, Taylor Swift's groping trial and late night TV's newest battle with special guest, ABC News meteorologist Rob Marciano.

ABC News
09/08/2017
Video: 'Real Live': Who is Cardi B.?

"Real Live" guests discuss the rap phenomenon Cardi B. and celebrities speaking out in light of recent controversy in news.

Lifestyle

Black Girl Nerds
05/06/2015
On the Idea of Being "Purposely Different"

It's come to my realization that there are people who think blerds are "being different on purpose," considering ourselves as "other" for the sake of being different or "special." I am using quotations because these are actual things that have been said to me recently.

Black Girl Nerds
08/26/2013
My Black Is Not Your Black, And That's Okay - Black Girl Nerds

As a 30-something year old black woman, I pride myself on having embraced my differences. This was not so much the case back in my mid-20s when I was struggling with my so-called "otherness" during a time when most people were trying to figure out who they are.

Theater

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