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MF GALAXY

MF GALAXY is a weekly podcast powered by four mighty engines: * Writers on writing: the craft and the business * Pop culture including TV, movies, graphic novels, and more * Progressive politics, activism, and social enterprise * Africentric change-makers, histories, cultures, art, and more! Mixing brand-new interviews with classic conversations (from my archive of 23 years in broadcasting) with famous and dynamic figures in the arts, Hollywood, and politics, MF GALAXY will take you to places you've never been before, and deliver fresh insights on the places you've been.
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Now displaying: October, 2016
Oct 31, 2016

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i18z1EQCoyg

 

The Birth Of A Nation Cast Discuss The Film | BUILD Series

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6ciC2tFA28

 

Gabrielle Union & Birth Cast Defend Nate Parker's Powerful Film

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG5TWJfz4YQ

 

Gabrielle Union Turns Her Back On The Birth Of A Nation Film & Nate Parker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzLw1_1Pi-Q

 

Anderson Cooper vs Nate Parker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hty2mqIaA0I

 

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.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/08/26/nate-parker-s-alleged-sins-won-t-keep-me-from-seeing-the-birth-of-a-nation.html

 

Nat Turner by Kyle Baker

http://www.qualityjollity.com/Nat_Turner.html

 

Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust – Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4PEcVK6gbM

 

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Oct 25, 2016

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.

Feketekuty discussed:

  • The craft of writing for VGs including plotting, dialogue, and world-building
  • Game design
  • Ergodic writing vs linear writing
  • The enormous costs of triple-A games that writers must understand to to avoid “blowing up a level”
  • Writing in a team
  • How to break into a major studio as a writer
  • The tools available for indie game writers
  • Toxic vs. progressive VG workplaces for women

Free video game writing tool: https://twinery.org

 

DiLouie discussed:

  • How horrific is too horrific
  • How horror holds up a fractured mirror to the human soul

For the rest of DiLouie’s conversation, download the extended edition from the MF GALAXY Patreon page, where DiLouie discusses:

  • Getting started as a tech writer + specialising young
  • The joys of a home office
  • Learned a work ethic from nonfiction writing
  • Attempting the Great American Novel
  • The dangers of swallowing advice from an agent
  • The art and science of book trailers
  • Why to evoke feelings instead of facts

Craig DiLouie book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdYgy8vYayU

craigdilouie.com

 

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Oct 13, 2016

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.

Authors Sheree R. Thomas and Zig Zag Claybourne join me to talk about the show that has gotten me more excited than almost any show in recent memory.

 

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Oct 11, 2016

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?

  • Why SFF novelists and playwrights appreciate plot in a way that literary writers and academics almost never do
  • What a Drama department offers students, teachers, and writers that they can’t get anywhere else
  • Why there’s liberation in understanding that talent is a myth
  • How any writer can improve dialogue by using the standard toolbox of playwrights

Check her website here.

And if you want to hear all the amazing stuff she told me about how her favourite teachers changed her life, and how, then just sign up on Patreon for a buck or more per show.

 

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