Black Girls Are Always at the Center of Horror

Black girls have been at the center of horror for decades — maybe you just haven’t been watching. We can define horror as: terrible things, usually out of one’s control, happening to someone who is isolated (usually due to such events) and invalidated about those terrible things. It wasn’t until falling down a rabbit hole after watching the first Scream that I realized this genre gave me language for what my life, for what so many black girls’ lives are. Two of the forces that are constant in

Can You Survive This Horror Movie?

Hello, I watched all the Halloween movies (except Rob Zombie’s Halloween II) for the first time this year. I’ve been on a horror movie kick lately, and what I’ve been noticing is, yes black people would not put up with a lot of foolishness, but there’s something to be said for autistics too. This is our genre, y’all! Neurotypical norms are ignored if you want to live! Small talk will not save you! You’ve got to think of off the wall (compared to neurotypicals) shit to survive! This is where we s

Finally, Horror Is For Black Queer Girls in Aisha Dee's "Sissy"

Where was her family? was the first question one of my friends asked after we finished watching SISSY (2022), a horror (comedy) movie starring Aisha Dee now out on Shudder. A social influencer (“mental health advocate,” if you will), Cecilia “Sissy” No Last Name — putting her up there with the greats such as Beyoncé and Rihanna — runs into her old best friend at a pharmacy and is later invited to her engagement party and hens’ weekend. (That’s a bachelorette party for all the people like me who

Ariana Brown | Black Sapphic Series | Full Conversation

Ariana Brown is a queer Black Mexican American poet from San Antonio, TX, currently based in Houston. She is the author of We Are Owed. (Grieveland, 2021) and Sana Sana (Game Over Books, 2020). Ariana’s work investigates queer Black personhood in Mexican American spaces, Black relationality and girlhood, loneliness, and care. Black Sapphic Series was created to celebrate and honor black sapphic joy and visibility. Inspired by the representation found in recent media, the series is based on one central question, "What Queer Black Love mean to you", answered by Black Sapphics. We hope this series will remind Black sapphics that how they love is good and necessary and that they aren't alone. *A note: Though the series focuses on Black Sapphics, we hope to expand this work to queer and trans nonblack people of color in the near future. _________________________ Ariana Brown Socials Website: www.arianabrown.com Books: www.arianabrown.com/merch.html Social Media: @ArianaThePoet Venmo/CashApp: ArianaThePoet Goat Films & Ent. Socials http://twitter.com/goatvibesent http://instagram.com/goatvibesent #arianabrown #blacksapphicseries #poet

I Met My Online Friends for the 1st Time and Remained in My Head

Hello! I did the thing where after months of talking in group chats galore, I met my online friends for the first time in the same physical space! I hate calling it “real life” because what I have with them, and all my online friends, between our fingertips and technology screens is real. Like, if I talk on the phone with someone I care about but haven’t seen in years, that’s still real life. But I digress. Prior to this, I met two of my friends when I moderated the Night in Gotham panel at QFX

"End of the Road" Review: At the End of the Road, We're Still Here

The following review contains mild spoilers for Netflix’s End of the Road. End of the Road is a 2022 thriller that premiered last weekend on Netflix. It stars Queen Latifah as Brenda, Ludacris (Chris Bridges) as Uncle Reggie, Mychala Lee as Kelly, and Shaun Dixon as Cam. The story follows the four of them as they drive from Los Angeles, California to Brenda and Reggie’s mother’s house in Houston, Texas. When my mom had us sit down to watch it from the beginning —she’d seen all but the last twen

Mychelle Williams | Black Sapphic Series | Full Conversation

Mychelle Williams is a queer therapist collaborating with others in the journey toward radical self exploration & somatic healing for Neurodiverse, gender expansive, LGBTQ+ ppl. They founded Therapy To A Tea, a trauma-informed, person-centered, decolonized, and holistic individual and couple therapy practice that centers queer BIPOC clients. Black Sapphic Series was created to celebrate and honor black sapphic joy and visibility. Inspired by the representation found in recent media, the series is based on one central question, "What Queer Black Love mean to you", answered by Black Sapphics. We hope this series will remind Black sapphics that how they love is good and necessary and that they aren't alone. *A note: Though the series focuses on Black Sapphics, we hope to expand this work to queer and trans nonblack people of color in the near future. _________________________ Mychelle William's Socials http://twitter.com/ABlackHealer http://instagram.com/queerblacktherapist https://www.tiktok.com/@queerblacktherapist Website: https://www.therapytoatea.com Goat Films & Ent. Socials http://twitter.com/goatvibesent http://instagram.com/goatvibesent #mychellewilliams #blacksapphicseries #author

P-Valley Has Changed the Rules of Black Queer Storytelling

Last Sunday was our last trip “down in the Valley” for a while, as the second season of P-Valley came to a close. Set in the fictional town of Chucalissa, Mississippi, the show chronicles the life of the framily at The Pynk and, for some, the season’s end brings happiness. Everyone else, though? Molly, you in danger, girl. The club’s proprietor, the non-binary revelation that is Uncle Clifford, got her happy ending: her Grandmuva free from Covid, outright ownership of her club, the likely influ

Kalynn Bayron | Black Sapphic Series | Full Conversation

Kalynn Bayron, is the New York Times bestselling author of Cinderella Is Dead, This Poison Heart and This Wicked Fate. She sits down with A.Tony to discuss being the hero in your own story, their love for theater, and of course Queer Black Love. Black Sapphic Series was created to celebrate and honor black sapphic joy and visibility. Inspired by the representation found in recent media, the series is based on one central question, "What Queer Black Love mean to you", answered by Black Sapphics. We hope this series will remind Black sapphics that how they love is good and necessary and that they aren't alone. *A note: Though the series focuses on Black Sapphics, we hope to expand this work to queer and trans nonblack people of color in the near future. _________________________ Kalynn Bayron Socials http://twitter.com/KalynnBayron http://instagram.com/KalynnBayron Books: https://www.kalynnbayron.com/books Goat Films & Ent. Socials http://twitter.com/goatvibesent http://instagram.com/goatvibesent #kalynnbayron #blacksapphicseries #author

DJ Chabela | Black Sapphic Series | Full Conversation

DJ Chabela, the powerhouse behind the rising electronic music scene in Côte d'Ivoire, chats with A. Tony to talk about their start as a DJ, what influences their music, and of course Queer Black Love. Black Sapphic Series was created to celebrate and honor black sapphic joy and visibility. Inspired by the representation found in recent media, the series is based on one central question, "What does it mean to love a black woman?", answered by Black Sapphics. We hope this series will remind Black sapphics that how they love is good and necessary and that they aren't alone. *A note: Though the series focuses on Black Sapphics, we hope to expand this work to queer and trans nonblack people of color in the near future. _________________________ DJ Chabela Socials http://twitter.com/chabeladj http://instagram.com/chabeladj Music: shorturl.at/fopV7 Original Video at the end: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgJgLkitZXGkxJGE1-JU5Mw Goat Films & Ent. Socials http://twitter.com/goatvibesent http://instagram.com/goatvibesent #djchabela #blacksapphicseries #music

Javicia Leslie | Black Sapphic Series | Full Conversation

To kick off the Black Sapphic Series, Javicia Leslie ("Batwoman") meets with A. Tony ("Goat Films & Ent") to talk about Queer Black Love, drop gems on a healthy lifestyle (physically & mentally), and answer head canons about Batwoman and Wildmoore. Black Sapphic Series was created to celebrate and honor black sapphic joy and visibility. Inspired by the representation found in recent media, the series is based on one central question, "What does it mean to love a black woman?", answered by Black Sapphics. We hope this series will remind Black sapphics that how they love is good and necessary and that they aren't alone. *A note: Though the series focuses on Black Sapphics, we hope to expand this work to queer and trans nonblack people of color in the near future. _________________________ Javicia Leslie Socials http://twitter.com/javicialeslie http://instagram.com/javicia Goat Films & Ent. Socials http://twitter.com/goatvibesent http://instagram.com/goatvibesent #javicialeslie #blacksapphicseries #batwoman

Grab Your Backpack (No the Other One): It's a Pride Survival Pack!

As we know, survival packs are my SHIT. So I’m coming to you loud, proud, and in living blackness to bring you some in a Pride flavored survival pack. A note, I take Pride to mean thankful to be alive in this moment. That includes in grief, in terror, in the escape from danger. These suggestions are not absent of these feelings, just want you to know that. Here are eight books to dive into, seven poems to read, six people to follow, five ways to support black trans people, four places to donate
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