Culture commentator Robert Monroe Jr. joins me to discuss the film, its historical and political content and context, the campaign against the film, and the controversy about its writer, director, and star Nate Parker.
The Birth of a Nation – HD Trailer
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Gabrielle Union & Birth Cast Defend Nate Parker's Powerful Film
Gabrielle Union Turns Her Back On The Birth Of A Nation Film & Nate Parker
Anderson Cooper vs Nate Parker
Nate Parker’s Alleged Sins Won’t Keep Me from Seeing ‘The Birth of a Nation’
For decades, black people have been fed a Disney-fication of our struggle. So, even as a sexual-assault survivor, I am going to see Parker’s film.
Nat Turner by Kyle Baker
Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust – Trailer
Sylvia Feketekuty has written for Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age: Inquisition, two of the most successful video games in history. Craig DiLouie is an author of popular thriller, apocalyptic/horror, and sci-fi/fantasy fiction, and the acclaimed novelist of numerous zombie novels. Each spoke at Authorpalooza in Edmonton.
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For the rest of DiLouie’s conversation, download the extended edition from the MF GALAXY Patreon page, where DiLouie discusses:
Craig DiLouie book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdYgy8vYayU
Sweet Christmas! Luke Cage, the Marvel Comics Blaxploitation D-grade hero from the 1970s is now a massive on Netflix—so anticipated the Netflix crashed in Europe. Series creator Cheo Hodari Coker has spoken revealingly about his own life as an African-American fanboy and his commitment to presenting excellent African-American women characters.
Andrea Hairston is amazing. She’s a novelist, essayist, playwright, and the Artistic Director of Chrysalis Theatre. Any science fiction plays in the bunch? Let’s see—how about Soul Repairs, Lonely Stardust, Hummingbird Flying Backward, Dispatches, and Archangels of Funk.
But who’s produced her plays? Oh, only Yale Rep, Rites and Reason, the Kennedy Center, StageWest, and US public radio and public television. Can she translate German plays into English? Yup.
Any awards? Just a few… for playwriting and directing awards: a National Endowment for the Arts Grant to Playwrights, a Rockefeller/NEA Grant for New Works, an NEA grant to work as dramaturge/director with playwright Pearl Cleage, a Ford Foundation Grant to collaborate with Senegalese Master Drummer Massamba Diop, a Shubert Fellowship for Playwriting, and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship for 2003.
What about books? Well, there are Redwood and Wildfire, winner of the 2011 Tiptree Award and the Carl Brandon Kindred Award, and Mindscape, shortlisted for the Phillip K Dick and Tiptree Awards, and winner of the Carl Brandon Parallax Award. Plus the collection Lonely Stardust, and her play Thunderbird was published in the SFF drama anthology Geek Theater.
Okay, we get it. Except there’s also teaching and literary criticism: she’s the Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Afro-American Studies at Smith College, and she won the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts Distinguished Scholarship Award for outstanding contributions to the criticism of the fantastic.
So what’d we talk about by Skype on September 12, 2016?
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