Join Amber and Ben for their weekly podcast about staying on the same page in their marriage and in the wonderful world of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy
A podcast about Black Science Fiction and Fantasy hosted by Amber & Ben
Amber & Ben take a deep dive--reviewing Octavia Butler's 1979 classic book Kindred and 2020's film Antebellum starring Janelle Monae. Check out what we loved, loathed, and everything in between.
Gina Prince-Bythewood is a black director, and icon, who brought us Beyond the Lights, The Secret Life of Bees, and, most notably, Love & Basketball. She is the first black woman to direct a major comic book film. We will be reviewing... no, celebrating Gina Prince-Bythewood's 2020 film The Old Guard.
Watch Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror directed by Xavier Neal-Burgin. Featuring actors Keith David, Tony Todd, and Rachel True, director Jordan Peele, and author Tananarive Due. The film is inspired by the astounding film critic Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman who wrote a history book on black horror called Horror Noire. Listen as Amber and Ben breakdown the six phases of Black representation in horror films:
Other References: -Nnedi Okorafor article “Stephen King’s Super-Duper Magical Negroes” -Nightlight Podcast Interview with Tananarive Due -Women & Children First Presents: N.K. Jemisin's THE CITY WE BECAME By Orbit LIVE! -Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present by Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman
Victor LaValle inverted Lovecraft with his 2016 novella The Ballad of Black Tom. Tune in for an other-worldly discussion of the end times, cosmic horror and racial puberty as we explore this award-winning story.
Listen as Amber and Ben relive and revere all the incredible moments Season 1 of Lovecraft Country had to offer: Episode 1: Sundown Episode 2: Whitey’s on the Moon Episode 3: Holy Ghost Episode 4: A History of Violence Episode 5: Strange Case Episode 6: Meet Me in Daegu Episode 7: I Am Episode 8: Jig-a-Bobo Episode 9: Rewind 1921 Episode 10:Full Circle
There is no better way to wrap October then with two new horror films. Join us as we discuss Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr.’s Black Box, and Justin Simien’s Bad Hair.
Part I: Black Box
Part II: Bad Hair
Book-Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from 1890s to Present
Sentient ships, nano-bots, and mathematical power come together in Nnedi Okorafor’s coming-of-age trilogy, Binti. Okorafor’s trilogy has been greenlit by Hulu and her debut novel, Who Fears Death will also be showing up on HBO. Okorafor is a powerhouse and we will be watching and reading her works aplenty in the near and distant future.
Where to buy the book: https://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/book/9780756416935
Corrections: The Himba tribe are in the region of Namibia, not Nigeria.
Akwaeke Emezi had their novel debut two years ago and was shortlisted for the transphobic Women’s Prize. Akwaeke, in powerful protest, decided to renege their newest novel, The Death of Vivek Oji, from the award. Take that Adele. We celebrate this incredible author and their debut novel Freshwater, a story about gods, Igbo spirituality and blood sacrifice. We are joined by our neighbor, Divya. Because neighbors read together.
Vox Article:How would you survive on an island haunted by a killer aqua monster? How would you survive both lower demons with nipple piercings and the demonic, but sexy voice of Billy Zane? We have two Final Black Girls, Kiersey Clemons and Jada Pinkett Smith, teaching us about surviving monsters and demons. Join us as we discuss survival horror, real creature effects and the Final Girl trope in Sweetheart (2019) and Demon Knight (1995).