New Age Afrofuturism: Using Music and Film to Reference the Past and Create a Narrative of Black Futures by Trinity Townsend

In the media, ideas of the future have historically been portrayed through science fiction. However, when analyzing science fiction as a literary and cinematic genre, Black faces are seldom at the forefront. The 1985 blockbuster Back to The Future is a notable title in science fiction but when looking at the cast list, I see…

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Horror Industry Profile: Nigel Semaj

Nigel Semaj They/them/theirs Director/Choreographer/Movement Director/Educator  NIGEL SEMAJ.  is a New York City based director/movement director/choreographer/educator from Washington, D.C. Notable directing credits include, For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf, which won awards from the Kennedy Center in Direction, Ensemble and Excellence in Costume Design, columbinus, The Baltimore Waltz, Sarah Kane’s…

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(Issue 2) TV, Film, & Theater Feature: Lukita Maxwell

Lukita is a Gen Z creative based in LA. She is currently the Head Web Designer and Editor at Sunstroke Magazine, an intersectional, GenZine. In addition to web design for Sunstroke, Lukita is currently working as a film actor. In the past she’s worked with ABC, 20th Century Fox, and most recently, HBO Max. She loves working amongst creatives, on or off a set, in front or behind a camera. Additionally to designing and acting, she’s passionate about photography, sustainability, good coffee, good music and traveling. This past month I got to sit down with Lukita and discuss small conservative towns, interests outside of acting and providing space for others.

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Contemplating South Asia Through “Carnival Row” by Rida Akhtar Ghumman

Covid-19, leading to a global seclusion by a larger populace, enhanced the user base of modern television media like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO etc. manifold. Today when America is revolting against state level practice of racism and discrimination, the role of such media channels and their creative criticism of various political prejudices becomes even…

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DIRECTOR SPOTLIGHT:

RODGER WOODRUFF III Rodger Woodruff is an award nominated filmmaker based in Dallas, Texas. Lately he divides his time between making music videos for local artists he connects with and directing short films. His work has been screened in multiple festivals and featured in Lyrical Lemonade, the Dallas Observer, URBANIA France and more. In his…

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Making & Releasing Movies in the Dystopian Present by Miguel Silveria

April 2015.  Heroes are confusing.  As a child in Brazil, I grew accustomed to seeing films from the U.S.A depicting racial injustices being fought by heroic light-skinned fellas who used their rationality and generosity to help liberate the downtrodden from their burdens. It is now clear that if what these films portrayed then is still…

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