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.
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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 played Jamie, the iconic villain's niece and the secret daughter of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis.
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.
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 abrupt swivel of a naked female body.
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 cinematography (this time by Dan Laustsen) is marvelous.
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 movies.
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 industry and coerced them to perform sexual favors for him in exchange for roles.
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.
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, that's all I Know What You Did Last Summer was: just another slasher to hold us over until the next came out (and we loved less than a year earlier).
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.
Darren Aronofsky's controversial new film stokes the anxiety of socializing and being around other people.
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 defied even his own labels including black, Puerto Rican, and Jewish.
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 beauty and take charge of their lives, was being adapted into a feature film for Netflix? *raises hand hella high * Yes, it's real, y'all.
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.
(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?
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 They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.
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.
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 with her boyfriend (Randall Park) when he abruptly breaks up with her in the middle of a hipster cafe.
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.
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 courted by football scouts). She is a beloved member of the church, who can whip up a batch of biscuits and fried chicken like nobody's business.
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?
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.
Thanks to social media, it's easy to get caught up in the constant negativity in the world. Here's a few films to help transport you to a better place.
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.
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.
(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?
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).
It's been a while since Halle Berry has taken on a role that allowed her to flex her Oscar-winning skills. I'm talking about one that actually allows her to take charge, break traffic laws, and kick some ass.
Tim Burton's Frankenweenie
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.
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.
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.
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.
The reality is, everyone is going to have their own standards when it comes to evaluating and identifying with feminism, which may be contrary to others' views (certainly I have mine, as I'm sure you do as well). But it's how we choose to empower ourselves amid a cesspool of male toxicity that will define us.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
When the news first broke out that the Midwestern city had no drinking water, folks on social media were enraged, news outlets rushed to provide up-to-the-day updates, and multiple donation initiatives were started to help alleviate the issue. It was considered a crisis, a dire problem about which we were all concerned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So far throughout its 7-season run, creator Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story anthology series has taken on haunted houses...
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!
You know you're about to see something crazy when Bruce Campbell comes out on stage wearing a Hugh Hefner-like pimp suit. That was just the first of many amazing surprises in store for us at the Ash vs Evil Dead panel Saturday afternoon at New York Comic-Con.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"Real Live" guests make predictions for the 2018 Academy Awards and talk "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."
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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.
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"Real Live" guests discuss celebrities who are opening up about Hollywood's expectations about body image, and whether horror films could potentially save the box office.
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"Real Live" hosts talk Beyonce's big reveal, Ed Sheeran's twitter exit, overseas box office numbers, and the "Game of Thrones" season 7 premiere.
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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.
"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.
"Real Live" guests discuss the rap phenomenon Cardi B. and celebrities speaking out in light of recent controversy in news.
As a community, we often talk about a lot of things-from police brutality to racism in Hollywood. Social media has even given us a bigger platform to connect and voice our concerns that are otherwise too often ignored. And it's given us a chance to discuss issues that we may find uncomfortable to bring up ...
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.
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.
When it was first announced that there would be a Broadway adaptation of George Orwell's prescient dystopian novel 1984, I thought OMG, how perfect is this.