#BlackHistory365 in the Workplace Guide

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

Closing out the month of September with a fresh slate of new trailers!! Check them out below:

The Visitor (Streaming on EPIX October 7)

Lyle, Lyle Crocodile (In theaters October 7)

Halloween Ends (In theaters and Streaming on Peacock October 14)

Season 1-The Peripheral (Streaming on Prime Video October 21)

Strange World (In theaters November 23)

They Cloned Tyrone (Streaming on Netflix December 30)

Secret Invasion (Streaming on Disney+ Early 2023)

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Dr. G’s Weekly Hot Topics!!

Happy Monday!! Boy do I have some goodies to share with you all this week!! So let’s dive right on in:

  • For all my ATL folks…The High Museum of Art is hosting the first museum survey dedicated to photographer Deana Lawson. From this global lens “working primarily in photography, Lawson investigates and challenges conventional representations of Black identities and bodies.” The Deanna Lawson exhibition opens on Oct. 7, for more details go to HighMuseum.org .
Deana Lawson (American, born 1979), “DL Roxie and Raquel” pigment print and collaged photograph, courtesy of the artist; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. © Deana Lawson.
  • The Dutch Government has created a fund to apologize for their historic role in slavery. From 1596 to 1829, the Dutch took part in transporting nearly a half a million Africans across the Atlantic Ocean. The fund is set to be announced after the nation officially apologizes for its role by the end of this year or the beginning of 2023. It is said that the fund may be as large as 200 million euros. Additionally, European Central Bank Governing Council member Klaas Knot, who is also president of the bank, addressed his apology to the descendants of enslaved people and set up a fund to finance projects worth 5 million euros over the next 10 years in the Netherlands, Suriname and the Caribbean.
  • Ben & Jerry is rebranding their “Change is Brewing” flavor as a way to help protect voting rights and encourage young Black voter turnout ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections. The rebranded ice cream is being distributed at historically Black colleges and universities and in large cities and rural communities across Southern states as part of the Black Voters Matter Fund’s  “We Won’t Black Down” tour, which kicked off Sept. 14.
  • Michelle Obama Portraitist Amy Sherald is set unveil her first European show!! Sherald’s collection of paintings titled, The World We Make is set to be housed at Hauser & Wirth London from October 12 to December 23. Through her paintings, Sherald sees them as “a place to reflect. I want it to be as open, expansive and universal in a sense. I want my work to be a gift to Black people.”
The Make Believer (Monet’s Garden), [Artwork by Amy Sherald-Hauser & Wirth]
“For Love, and For Country”,
[Artwork by Amy Sherald-Hauser & Wirth]
  • Meet Princess Isis Lang, the creator of the “Cardinal Divas” at the University of Southern California. Lang, is currently a musical theater major at the University of Southern California (USC), and the creator of the school’s first-ever majorette team. The Cardinal Divas made their formal debut at the USC vs. Fresno State football game on September 17th. As noted by Lang, “you can look forward to seeing us at these home games on the big screen, showing young Black girls that they can do anything that they think to do.” 
  • And lastly, just as the football season gets to rolling, we get some major news about Super Bowl LVII...Rihanna, with style and grace, has officially confirmed that she will be performing at Super Bowl LVII!! The 57th Super Bowl will take place on February 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

A little bit of this…And a little bit of that!! Check out this week’s new hot trailers!!

Don’t Worry Darling (In theaters September 23rd)

Entergalactic (Streaming on Netflix September 30th)

My Best Friend’s Exorcism (Streaming on Prime Video September 30th)

Hocus Pocus 2 (Streaming on Disney+ September 30th)

Let the Right One In (Streaming on Showtime October 7th)

The School for the Good and Evil (Streaming on Netflix October 19th)

Devotion (In theaters November 23rd)

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Featured Upcoming Community Talk with Dr. G!

Anytime I can get a chance to give a talk in the community especially to the youth, I welcome the opportunity. This coming Saturday I have the great pleasure of serving as the “Kick off” speaker for the “Saturday Sojourners Program” put on by The Light Community Church (Richmond, VA).

The kick-off program will be a “Table Talk” discussion on “Behind the Veil: Who Do You See?”!

See the flyer below for more details:

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Dr. G’s Monthly Book Recommendations-September 2022

Fall is upon us…the autumn leaves are changing colors, the air is becoming a bit more brisk and cool, and the days will soon become shorter. Per usual make sure to stack up your coins, dive into your bookstore shopping baskets, and get ready for some Fall reading!! Check out this month’s book recommendations below, which include a few treats in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month!!

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  • Skye Falling ~Mia McKenzie
  • Cooking from the Spirit: Easy, Delicious, and Joyful Plant-Based Inspirations ~Tabitha Brown
  • Glory ~NoViolet Bulawayo
  • How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water ~Angie Cruz
  • The Chilean Kitchen ~Pilar Hernandez & Eileen Smith
  • What’s Coming to Me ~Francesca Padilla

And remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s list and past recommendations in the “Resource” section of the website!!

“We must recognize and nurture the creative parts of each other without always understanding what will be created.”Audre Lorde

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Dr. G Featured in a New Edited Book Collection

HOT OFF THE PRESS!!

Family and Friends….I got some exciting news for you!! I have a chapter featured in the latest collection Teaching with Comics: Empirical, Analytical and Professional Experiences (2022) (Palgrave Macmillan) !!

Here is a brief description of the book:

This edited collection analyses the use of comics in primary and secondary education. The editors and contributors draw together global research to examine how comics can be used for critical inquiry within schools, and how they can be used within specific disciplines. As comics are beginning to be recognised more widely as an important resource for teaching, with a huge breadth of topics and styles, this interdisciplinary book unites a variety of research to analyse how learning is ‘done’ with and through comics. The book will be of interest to educational practitioners and school teachers, as well as students and scholars of comic studies, education and social sciences more broadly.

Now the title of my chapter is, #BlackFemaleIdentityConstructions: Inserting Intersectionality and Blackness in Comics !!

You can find the full text here!!

The physical copies will be available for purchase late September early October, but you can access it now!!

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Dr. G’s Weekly Hot Topics

And we are back with some new hot features!! A lot is happening in the world, and I’m all for sharing with you!! Check out this week’s new hot topics!!

  • History Being Made!! An E-Sports degree is coming to a South Carolina HBCU!! With the popularity of gaming and e-sports on the rise, as a billion dollar industry, it is only fitting that HBCU’s pick up the baton and make their mark in this arena. Two years in the making Benedict College is offering a major in E-Sports (to go along with their already existing esports gaming room), making it the first HBCU to do so.
Photo Credit: Benedict College
  • Looking for a southern-inspired meal on your next Delta flight, starting September 1st Delta Airlines travelers leaving out of Atlanta will be able to enjoy a variety of dishes curated by a Black Woman Chef, Mashama Bailey. Chef Bailey is a James Beard Foundation award-winning chef and also serves as the co-founder and Executive Chef of The Grey in Savannah, Georgia.
Chef Mashama Bailey
Some of the dishes that will be featured on the in-flight menu (Photo Credit: Delta Air Lines)
  • Making your way to DC anytime soon?? Well make sure you visit the 15 new murals that are part of DC’s 15th anniversary celebration of MuralsDC art program. The first mural (seen below) can be found on the parking lot of the Chik-fil-A on Maryland Ave. in NE DC. More of the installations will be housed in the “Art Allery” an art gallery in an alley on H Street.
MuralsDC first 15th anniversary mural (Photo Credit: MuralsDC)
  • Gospel singer and civil rights activist Mahalia Jackson now has a dedicated public plaza named in here honor. Mahalia Jackson Court is an 8,500-square foot space housed on 1 E. 79th St. in Chatham, IL that will feature daily food trucks, music, curated art and a playscape for children. Visitors will also be able to check out a history display, which will feature various artifacts.
  • This past week it was announced that a prequel series revolving around the high profile Netflix show Bridgerton will showcase the glamorous and fierce Queen Charlotte just wrapped up production!! The show’s director Tom Verica announced it on his Twitter…
  • Imagining a Utopian Future for Queer Nigerians is a new idea being portrayed in Nigerian photographer Daniel Obasi’s latest book “Beautiful Resistance” an artistic collaboration with Louis Vuitton, which chronicles the LGBTQ+ experience in Lagos.
An image featured in Obasi’s newest book. (Photo credit: Daniel Obasi)
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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

Another week, Another set of trailers…So save the dates, add to your calendars, and get your popcorn ready!! Check them out below:

American Gigolo (Streaming on Showtime September 9th)

Terim (Streaming on Netflix September 15th)

Dead for a Dollar (In theaters September 30th)

Jungle (Streaming on Prime Video September 30th)

Ticket to Paradise (In theaters October 21st)

The Menu (In theaters November 18th)

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Things To Do This Fall!!

Looking for your next adventure, family vacation, or weekend getaway, check out these exhibition and museum openings, art installations, cafes and markets below:

  • Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898-1971 (On view at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures now through April 9th, 2023): An exhibition spotlighting Black artists who shaped American filmmaking from 1898-1971. Some of the things that you will be able to see include one of Louis Armstrong’s trumpets, screenings Oscar Micheaux’s silent films, Lena Horne’s gown from the 1943 Stormy Weather musical, the Nicholas Brothers’ tap dancing shoes, and so much more!!
The Sphere at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in March 2021
  • Representin’ for the Midwest… Carver 47 Food & Wellness Market a casual cafe and market that serves the greater Chicago community through “a well-crafted menu of healthy and soulful offerings.” The cafe and market which reflects upon the life of George Washington Carver also includes a greenhouse bar, art gallery, farm table, and outdoor garden.
  • LEGO is celebrating 90 years of fun and joy with a new installation called, “Fly Away Isles” (The Brotherhood Sister Sol) designed by Harlem community Black and Latinx childred in collaboration with artist Hebru Brantley. Fly Away Isles serves as a dual space of both an art installation and fun play space for children. It’s located at 140 Hamilton Place in Harlem, NY. The installation will remain on display to the public through November 5th, 2022 with a street mural on display through July 2023.
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial (Washington, DC) [Artist: Robert Berks] This is the first statue erected on public land in Washington, DC to honor and African American and woman. The bronze statue was unveiled on the anniversary of her 99th birthday, July 10, 1974. It is located in Lincoln Park (East Capitol Street and 12th Street NE, Washington, DC)
  • Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Statue (Riverfront Esplanade, Daytona Beach, FL) [Master Sculptor Nilda Comas]…This is a bronze replica of the marble one which is housed in Statuary Hall in Washington DC.
  • The Jackie Robinson Museum : “The Jackie Robinson Museum seeks to bring people from all walks together to commune and appreciate each other’s humanity and diverse experiences. We create a forum for debate and discussion, reflecting the ways in which we as a society can make progress by working together to solve difficult social issues and by appreciating how one life can make a difference” (TJRM Mission Statement). The museum will include a series of interactive exhibits, rare artifacts and memorabilia. It is set to open to the public on September 5th.

Happy Travels!! Soak it all up!! Enjoy!!

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

A new month is on the horizon…a new week is upon us, and new trailers are on deck!! Check them out below:

Devil in Ohio (Streaming on Netflix September 2nd)

Season 7-Queen Sugar (Streaming on OWN September 6th)

Season 5-The Handmaid’s Tale (Streaming on Hulu September 14th)

On The Come Up (Streaming on Paramount+ September 23rd)

The Rookie: Feds (Streaming on ABC September 27th)

My Best Friend’s Exorcism (Streaming on Prime Video September 30th)

Bros (In theaters September 30th)

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Dr. G’s Weekly Hot Topics

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!! Got a new addition to the site for you all!! Everyday I find myself learning the latest trends in fashion, getting the latest news in media, uncovering the next great memoir, new restaurant openings, and where I should be traveling to next. It’s also necessary that I share this news as I am a huge proponent of showcasing the joys and achievements of what is happening in the world especially as it pertains to Black and Brown folks!! So I figured, why not share these with you and share in the wealth…I’m calling it Dr. G’s Weekly Hot Topics!!

Each week, much like the trailer alerts, I will share some of the top news stories with you! Without further ado, let’s see what is on the docket this week!

  • Black Brewers are changing the Washington, DC landscape of craft beer!! To date DC has three Black-owned breweries, making up 20% of the city’s total of 15 (Sankofa Beer Company [2018], Soul Mega [2018], and Urban Garden Brewing [2021]). Along with these breweries making their mark, DC Black beer fans can also bridge the brewery gap and build community through the Black Brew Movement. Our nation’s capital is shaping up to be another prime location for Black owned breweries. DC is truly taking a leading role with other Black-owned breweries in such places as Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and neighboring state Maryland. Who says representation does not matter in the beer game?!
Urban Garden’s flagship brand “Chamomile”
  • For all my travelers near and far, there is a new Black-owned travel bottle company, “Ries Beauty“!! Looking for a refillable, TSA-friendly bottle that will not leak all over suitcase, ruining your good clothes…Ries Beauty is the product for you!! Founded by a Black-woman Megan Graham, who was once the beauty market director at Vogue, Graham has created the first reusable travel bottle and has partnered with Sephora to launch the product. As told to WWD by Graham, “Ries is built for women and people in the way that we truly travel. Historically the bottles in the beauty industry have been build on single-use, cheap, inexpensive virgin plastics—they’re not built for the functionality that Ries provides.” Ries is available now on Ries-Ries.com and Sephora.com

Now these are some things we ought to be talking about and sharing with the masses!! And make sure you stay tuned next week for more Hot Topics!!

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Happy Women’s Equality Day!!

The continuous struggle for women’s participation and equality in all spheres of life and society!!

August 26th is a day to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. 

The amendment was first introduced in 1878. In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.

Some interesting things to know about Women’s Equality Day:

  • U.S. Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day in 1973 in order to commemorate the 19th Amendment.
  • Women’s Equality Day, commemorates the passage of women’s suffrage in the U.S. and reminds us of the hurdles overcome by the heroic women who faced violence and discrimination to propel the women’s movement forward.
  • The same year Women’s Equality Day was officially recognized by Congress, on Aug. 26, 50,000 women marched in New York City for the Women’s Strike For Equality March
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For educational resources and some ideas on how to celebrate, check out the following site!!

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

Another day, Another week, Another trailer!! As usual, we’re bringing you the heat…film and television heat that is!! Check out the new trailer’s below:

End of the Road (Streaming on Netflix September 9th)

Season 4-Atlanta (Streaming on FX/Hulu September 15th)

The Silent Twins (In theaters September 16th)

Season 2-Abbott Elementary (Streaming on ABC/Hulu September 21)

The Greatest Beer Run Ever (Streaming September 30th on Apple TV+)

Devotion (In theaters November 23rd)

The Idol (Coming Soon to HBO Max)

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Dr. G’s Monthly Book Recommendations-August 2022

It’s My Birthday Month!! Yay!! Nothing like celebrating another year of life…one full of blessings!!

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This list right here…I’m really digging it!! Not just because it’s my Birthday month, but because these some hot literary joints!! One even has a film adaptation hitting theaters soon! But don’t take my word for it, check them out for yourself!!

  • The Silent Twins ~Marjorie Wallace
  • Golden Ax ~Rio Cortez
  • How You Grow Wings ~Rimma Onoseta
  • The Witchery ~S. Isabelle
  • The Black Period ~Hafizan Augustus Geter
  • The Getaway ~Lamar Giles

And remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s list and past recommendations in the “Resource” section of the website!!

“We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.” ~Angela Davis

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“Summertime Conversations” with Beloved & Kindred-“Nope”

Tune in on this Thursday August 18th at 3 pm/ET as Dr. Robinson and I bring you a special #SummertimeConversation on the 2022 summer film from Jordan Peele Nope!! While we wrapped up Season 2 with our discussion on Blackness and horror, we could not help but offer a few thoughts on this compelling film!!

Check it out on Auburn Avenue Research Library Facebook Live and YouTube !!

This discussion explores the newest Jordan Peele film Nope. The residents of a lonely gulch in inland California bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery. After random objects falling from the sky result in the death of their father, ranch-owning siblings OJ and Emerald Haywood attempt to capture video evidence of an unidentified flying object with the help of tech salesman Angel Torres and documentarian Antlers Holst.

And just in case you want to refresh your memory of the movie, check out the trailer below AND go see it in a theater near you:

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Happy 40 + 1 to Me!!

August 16th, 1981…41 years ago today the Creator saw fit for me to come into this world. Leading up to this day has been one eventful year… let’s just say one for the books!! Bringing in 40 brought much joy, pain, new beginnings, but no regrets! The one thing I love about my birthday is that I get to reflect on what happened in the previous months, and what I can do in the months ahead.

So you know as I enter year 41, I always like to peel back and understand the significance of that number and everything that comes with it…The number 41 represents a symbol of hope and affirmation. This year I strive to maintain and increase my focus on physical, emotional, and financial security. Now I would be fooling myself if I did not say I was curious about what is in store for this new year. It’s amazing what can happen in a day, a week, a month, and even a year!

Now 41 also symbolizes creation and imagination…I got a few new projects on the rise, some projects in the process, and a few on the verge of completion.

41 also brings the essence of the following thoughts:

  • Expression of Personal Freedom
  • Curiosity
  • Pragmatism
  • Focus
  • Self-determination
  • Adventure

As always I am looking towards new possibilities that lead to great places. I’m ready, a little anxious, but alert for what is on the horizon!!

Cheers to this new year of blessings!! Another chapter to write!! Welcome 41!!

~Dr. G

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First Look at the Disney+/Disney Channel’s “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur”Animated Series

Nothing like a new television series to take you back to your childhood days!!

During last month’s San Diego Comic Con there were several major announcements made and trailers revealed!! Two in particular that stopped me in my tracks were of course the trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and the trailer for the much anticipated animated series Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur!! With Moon Girl (Lunella Lafayette) being deemed as one of the smartest people in the Marvel Universe, this is prime content for little girls (especially little Black girls) who are interested in the STEM field. As a follower and reader of the comic (even wrote a chapter in my dissertation about her), I am truly hyped to see this hit the television screens!!

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur follows the adventures of 13-year-old Lunella (voiced by Diamond White) and her 10-ton T-rex, Devil Dinosaur (voiced by Fred Tatasciore). Additionally, the main cast includes Alfre Woodard as Lunella’s grandmother, Mimi, Libe Barer as Lunella’s best friend/manager, Casey, Sasheer Zamata as Lunella’s mom, Adria, Jermaine Fowler as Lunella’s dad, James Jr., Gary Anthony Williams as Lunella’s grandfather, Pops, and executive producer Laurence Fishburne as The Beyonder,

Also announced at San Diego Comic Con, the legendary Raphael Saadiq will serve as the executive music producer for the show.

To get a little taste of the series and Lunella, Casey and Devil Dinosaur prepare for their mission in New York City’s Lower East Side, check out the teaser trailer below:

In addition to the lead roles, the series is is set to feature the following star power guests: Alison Brie, Andy Cohen, Daveed Diggs, Maya Hawke, Jennifer Hudson, Wilson Cruz, Method Man, Asia Kate Dillon, Cobi Smulders, Wesley Snipes, and more. Additionally the following actors will have recurring roles: Omid Abtahi, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Michael Cimino, Indya Moore and Craig Robinson.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is set to premiere on the Disney Channel and Disney+ in 2023!! Looking forward to this animated goodness!!

Also, check out the awesome series poster below:

Photo Credit: Disney
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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

It’s AUGUST good people…one of my favorite months of the year!! And I am happy to say I got a nice listing of trailers hot off the press ready for you to view!! Check them out below:

Thirteen Lives (Streaming on Prime Video August 5th)

A League of Their Own (Streaming on Prime Video August 12th)

The Princess (Streaming on HBO August 13th)

Power Book III: Raising Kanan (Streaming on STARZ August 14th)

Bad Sisters (Streaming on Apple TV+ August 19th)

The Serpent Queen (Streaming on STARZ September 13th)

Blonde (Streaming on Netflix September 28th)

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Dr. G’s Monthly Book Recommendations-July 2022

Hopefully you are staying cool in this heat, because Summer is ALL the way here!! So why not continue the party with some HOT reads!!

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This month we continue bringing in those literary gems!! Now don’t forget to stop by your local bookstore (virtually or in-person) and pick up your copies!! Enjoy!!

  • Woman of Light: A Novel ~Kali Fajardo Anstine
  • African Town ~Irene Latham & Charles Waters
  • Mademoiselle Revolution ~Zoe Sivak
  • Other Terrors: An Inclusive Anthology ~Edited by Vince A. Liaguno & Rena Mason
  • I Rise ~Marie Arnold
  • The Daughter of Doctor Moreau ~Silvia Morena-Garcia

And remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s list and past recommendations in the “Resource” section of the website!!

“We read books to find out who we are.” ~Ursula K. Le Guin

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

Mixing it up for you this week! Plenty of options to choose from drama to horror with a splash of 80s nostalgia. Check them out below:

Surface (Streaming on Apple TV+ July 29th)

Paper Girls (Streaming on Amazon Prime July 29th)

Wedding Season (Streaming on Netflix August 4th)

Smile (In theaters September 30th)

See How They Run (In theaters September 30th)

Matilda (Streaming on Netflix December 2nd)

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Just Wow!! Black Panther: Wakanda Forever teaser trailer drops!!

For all those who were hovering the social media timelines waiting to see what would drop at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, no need to wait any longer!! Marvel Studios officially dropped this teaser trailer for the much anticipated Black Panther: Wakanda Forever!! I could not just drop this one in the regular listing of new trailers, this needed a post ALL BY ITSELF!!

From the opening moment, with a remix version of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” and Nakia standing on Wakandan shores deep in thought. The only lines spoken are from Queen Ramonda (played by Angela Bassett) and they are full of emotions. It is literally like a musical motion picture, with featured moments. We see several return characters including Okoye and Ayo, Shuri (with a new haircut…I like!!), Nakia, M’baku, Agent Ross and some new faces one particular that I am siked about RiRi Williams/Ironheart (played by Dominique Thorne), Aneka (played by Michaela Coel), and a first glimpse at the film’s villain, Namor (played by Tenoch Huerta). What this teaser trailer does well is project the future not just of one the MCU’s most advanced nation, but of the Black/African diaspora!!

And this trailer would not be complete without a shout out to T’Challa!!

Literal chills up and down my spine!! Patiently waiting….But Sooooo Ready for this one!!

Check out the new poster as well!!

Photo Credit: Marvel Studios….Latest Black Panther: Wakanda Forever film poster,
Released on July 23rd, 2022

It is set to hit theaters November 11th, 2022!!

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

You ready for some new television and film?? Well you know I got you covered!! Check them out below:

Season 5-Grown-ish (Streaming on Freeform and Hulu July 20th)

Limited Documentary Series-The Last Movie Stars (Streaming on HBO Max July 21st)

Honor Society (Streaming on Paramount+ July 29th)

Honk for Jesus. Save your Soul. (In theaters and Streaming on Peacock September 2nd)

The Woman King (In theaters September 16th)

The School for Good & Evil (Streaming on Netflix September 2022)

Amsterdam (In theaters November 2022)

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Just In Case You Missed It! Conversations with Beloved & Kindred- Episode Recap

As we close out another season of Conversations with Beloved & Kindred, we wanted to make sure you get a chance to view the latest episode, just in case you missed it!!

For our final feature in examining Blackness and horror we talked about the 2016 film The Girl With All The Gifts!! With this film, we get an opportunity to discuss what it means when you really listen to what children have to say and power that they possess literally and figuratively!

Once again do not just take my word for it check out our commentary and see for yourself!

Another one that will blow your mind!!

Check out the episode below:

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Fourth of July Reflections from Dr. G!!

In collaboration with Georgia State University’s Department of African-American Studies, the Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL) hosted Dr. Grace D. Gipson, who presented on the topic This Fourth of July is Yours, not Mine? Understanding Frederick Douglass’ “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro”.

In the shadow of America’s most revered holiday, Independence Day (2022), Dr. Gipson discusses the historical significance and contemporary relevance of Douglass’ July 5, 1852 speech, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Dr. Gipson use Douglass’ biting oratory as a lens to examine the ongoing structural underpinnings of systemic anti-black violence that continues to thwart freedom for Blacks in the United States.

See the presentation below:

I always appreciate the opportunity to annually collaborate with Auburn Avenue Research Library and discuss this poignant speech! It is a speech that we have to constantly refer to, so the conversations around freedom and justice do not go silent!!

My Freedom Matters!! ~Dr. G

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*SAVE THE DATE*- Door Comic Con (July 14th, 2022)

For all my NYC fans, make sure you check out Door Comic Con!! WinC International and The Door NYC are collaborating with each other for this amazing outdoor mini-con! This outdoor festival will be a part of their annual block party and will help to kick off their 50th anniversary!!

This is an event you do not want to miss!!

The Door 555 Broome St, New York, NY 10013, USA

The event will take place from 12pm-5pm with an After-Con Kiki Cosplay Ball at 5:30pm-9:00pm.

For more information and to RSVP, click here!! This event is Free.99, but donations are always welcomed!!

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It’s Official…A New Justice is in Town!!

Black Women are Supreme…As in today June 30, 2022, Ketanji Brown Jackson has been sworn in as our first Black woman on the Supreme Court!!

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., administers the Constitutional Oath to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in the West Conference Room, Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C., on June 30, 2022. Dr. Patrick Jackson holds the Bible.
Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Cheers to Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson!! Now that has a nice sound to it!!

Official photograph of Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson taken by Supreme Court Photographer Fred Schilling, 2022.

As noted in her own words, “I have dedicated my career to public service because I love this country and our Constitution and the rights that make us free!”

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SAVE THE DATE!!-Defend Black Women March

A few months back I got a chance to meet this amazing Black feminist scholar Dr. Jaimee Swift and her research, personality, and grind truly impressed me. During this encounter, she shared an upcoming event that I had to make sure to share with you!! I’m all about sharing the wealth with the masses. Check out the event below:

2nd Defend Black Women March

Honoring Marielle Franco: Celebrating the Power of Black Feminisms in Latin America & The Caribbean

July 29-31, 2022–Malcolm X Park (Meridian Hill Park)

HEADSHOTS FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: SARA GÓMEZ, MARIELLE FRANCO, NANNY OF THE MAROONS, ANDAYE, OLUWATOYIN SALAU, MAMA TINGO, MARY JONES, bell hooks, and NEHANDA ABIODUN. THEIR HEADSHOTS ARE IN BLACK AND WHITE AND THEY ARE CONNECTED BY A COLORFUL MURAL BACKGROUND. Photo Credit: Black Women Radicals/Defend Black Women March

For more information, check out the event site!!

Also, definitely check out the Black Women Radicals website for even more jewels and nuggets of knowledge.

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

I’m Back!! I know missed you all a couple of weeks, had to take a little vacay, but I’m ready to drop some goodies for you!! Don’t you just love that we can get some film and television newness with the snap of a finger! Well let’s see what we got this week for you!!

Check them out below:

Loot (Streaming on Apple TV+ June 24th)

Season 4-Westworld (Streaming on HBO Max June 26th)

Season 2-Only Murders in the Building (Streaming on Hulu June 28th)

Black Bird (Streaming on Apple TV+ July 8th)

Persuasion (Streaming on Netflix July 15th)

Power Book III: Raising Kanan (Streaming on STARZ August 14th)

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Dr. G’s Monthly Book Recommendations-June 2022

Happy Summer!! As we prepare to enter into sweltering heats, take vacations on the beach, spend time with loved ones and friends, let me make sure I get you ready for some summer reading! Summer is always an exciting time for me, and a time to take advantage of some leisure reading!

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This month, just like every month before….I GOT YOU!! Nice mix of stories from all different directions and perspectives!!

  • If They Come For Us ~Fatimah Asghar
  • My Monticello ~Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
  • Girl Gurl Grrrl: On Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl Magic ~Kenya Hunt
  • The After Party ~A.C. Arthur
  • All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom ~Angela Johnson
  • A First Time of Everything: A Story of a Black Woman Public Servant ~Sallie Peake
  • Watermelon & Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations ~Nicole A. Taylor
  • We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy ~Natalie Baszile

And remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s list and past recommendations in the “Resource” section of the website!!

“There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” ~Michelle Obama

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Check out Dr. G as a Featured Contributor for VCU News!

On this past Wednesday, I had the opportunity to be a featured contributor for a Juneteenth Reading List on VCU News!! I am always excited when I get to share a some resources and good reads/finds!!

The recommended reading list consists of various faculty on the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) campus. The list is meant to inform and celebrate the Juneteenth holiday. As noted by Elinor Frisa,

VCU News asked faculty, as well as staff from VCU Libraries, to suggest books that help readers understand and celebrate Juneteenth and all that it represents.

For my featured selection, I chose ‘We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy’ by Natalie Baszile.

Readers also get the opportunity to see the ways in which Black farmers use the land to discuss race relations, create identities, showcase the harvest as a healing tool and explain how it passed down through generations. I recommend this book as it is filled with rich history (past and present), it speaks to the importance of land ownership for Black Americans and it does not rely on one type of farming story. “We Are Each Other’s Harvest” is an inspiring book that informs, encourages and serves as a guide to the future legacy of Black American farmers.  

To see the full feature and article, click here!!

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Plans for Juneteenth?? Let Me Offer a Few Things for you!!

As we prepare to celebrate the now federal holiday, Juneteenth, it is important that is not simply a day-off but a day of remembrance and liberation. And to get you in the spirit, I have compiled a few things to get you started!

Check it out below:

Film & Television/Podcasts

  • A Dream Delivered: The Lost Letters of Hawkins Wilson (Streaming on Paramount+ and PlutoTV)
  • ‘Sound of Freedom: A Juneteenth Celebration’ (ABC/Hulu) Friday-June 17th at 8 pm/ET
  • ‘Something in the Water Festival’ (Amazon Prime Video and Twitch) Friday-Sunday 3 pm/ET
  • ‘After Jackie’ (History Channel) Saturday-June 18 at 8 pm/ET
  • ‘Juneteenth: A Global Celebration’ (CNN) Sunday-June 19th at 8 pm/ET
  • ‘Omitted : The Black Cowboy’ (ESPN 2) Sunday-June 19th at 2 pm/ET
  • Emergency (2022) [Amazon Prime Video]
  • High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America- Episode #4-“Freedom” (2021) [Netflix]
  • Miss Juneteenth (2020)
  • Juneteenth Jamboree: A Place For Families (2016) [PBS]
  • Juneteenth: Why Our Day of Jubilation Matters [Conversations with Beloved & Kindred-Auburn Avenue Research Library]
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Cookbooks

  • Watermelon and Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations ~Nicole A. Taylor
  • Everyone’s Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health ~Gregory Gourdet
  • Vibration Cooking ~Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor
  • Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking ~Albert Lukas, Jessica B. Harris, Jerome Grant, NMAAHC
  • Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine ~Norma Jean and Carole Darden
  • The Cooking Gene ~Michael Twitty
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Resource Guides

President Joe Biden talks with Opal Lee after signing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act Bill, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Chandler West)
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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

Summer is on the horizon and I am just getting you ready for the heat!! Got a nice mix of returning series, new films, and series premieres. Buckle up and get your remotes charged up and your popcorn ready!

Check out the new trailers below:

Season 3-The Boys (Streaming on Prime Video June 3rd)

Surviving Summer (Streaming on Netflix June 3rd)

Andor (Streaming on Disney+ June 3rd)

Beast (In theaters August 19th)

Three Thousand Years of Longing (In theaters August 31st)

Willow (Streaming on Disney+ November 30th)

True Lies (Coming Soon to CBS/Paramount+)

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

Getting you ready for some summer film and television viewing!! It’s definitely going to be a HOT one! Check out the trailer below and see for yourself:

Spiderhead (Streaming on Netflix June 17th)

The Lake (Streaming on Prime Video June 17th)

Season 3-The Umbrella Academy (Streaming on Netflix June 22)

Season 2-Only Murders in the Building (Streaming on Hulu June 28th)

The Terminal List (Streaming on Prime Video July 1st)

She-Hulk (Streaming on Disney+ August 17th)

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Check out Dr. G talking about Black Gamers!!

On last month, I had the opportunity to present a paper on “#BlackGamersMatter: Gaming and the Black Imaginary” at the Beyond the Page-“Present Encounters: Digital Humanities Meet Afrofuturism” at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA).

Dr. Gipson presenting at the Present Encounters: Digital Humanities Meet Afrofuturism (Temple University)

You can check me out on Part 6, see here.

And if you are interested in checking out the full symposium see the following videos below:

  • Part 1: Welcome remarks by Joseph P. Lucia, dean of Temple University Libraries; Keynote Address by Dr. Reynaldo Anderson, associate professor of Africology and African American Studies: “Afrofuturism: The Second Race for Theory,” See here
  • Part 2: Discussion with curator, art director, illustrator Eric Battle, and illustrators Damali Beatty and Nilé Livingston for the Black Lives Always Mattered!: Hidden African American Philadelphia of the Twentieth Century original graphic novel,  See here
  • Part 3: Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio project presentations in the Scholars Studio Innovation Lab, See here
  • Part 4: “Virtual Blockson” presentation with Jasmine Lelis Clark, See here
  • Part 5: Symposium Discussion, See here
  • Part 7: Closing Remarks with Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, professor and chair of Africology and African American studies, See here

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Dr. G’s Monthly Book Recommendations-May 2022

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So we are almost half way through 2022, but the reading doesn’t stop. Before I get you ready for your summer reading, just want to finish out the spring with some breezy balcony and patio reading. This month’s list is all over the globe…literally, I figured I would share a few treats by giving you some historical references, a little bit of self-preservation and cultural identity, mixed with a dash of U.S. midwest and Caribbean roots, and topping you off with some sassy satire.

  • Jameela Green Ruins Everything ~Zarqa Nawaz
  • Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations ~Mira Jacob
  • Olga Dies Dreaming: A Novel ~Xochitl Gonzalez
  • The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family ~Bettye Kearse
  • American Street ~Ibi Zoboi

And remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s list and past recommendations in the “Resource” section of the website!!

We write because we believe the human spirit cannot be tamed and should not be trained. ~Nikki Giovanni

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Thank You Note to My Students!!

It’s that time of year where I always like to reflect on another academic year in the books! This time around I wanted to share my gratitude and appreciation in the form of a letter to my students.

Dear Scholars,

You have done it again. You have figured out a way to pull at my heartstrings and fill me with emotion. Let me first start out by saying I am so proud of the work that you have done and will continue to do. Many of you started out with me when I arrived to VCU in the Summer of 2020, several of you became repeat student in my classes, and to see you walk across the stage with the biggest smiles is truly a proud moment.

Spring 2022 VCU AFAM Graduates
(Pictured with Top l-r Kristina Barnes and Akira Goden; Bottom l-r Safia Abdulahi and Sergine Mombrun)

This semester much like the previous ones was definitely a roller coaster ride, it just has a new name! I enjoyed coming to both classes with a new mindset and leaving with new energy. For Spring 2022, I got the opportunity to teach a special topics course, AFAM 491: Say Her Name-Humanizing the Black Female Voice in Television. From the onset, I was excited about teaching this course because we would be discussing three televisions shows that were changing the game (HBO Max’s A Black Lady Sketch Show, I May Destroy You, and STARZ’s P-Valley). The format of the course would be different and outside of my normal lecture-discussion style. For this class we would be doing regular deep dives (almost each class period). The excitement that each of you brought was mind-blowing, considering many had never watched the shows or even heard of them. And like most new classes you are never sure how it will play out, but this was definitely a win. The diverse perspectives that each of you brought to the discussions, along with implementing your critical thinking skills really made me wish we could add more time to each class. There was never a day when we did not run over, and in this case that was not a bad thing. Who knew that critical television analysis could be so fun and engaging?!! And then when we had the surprise guest (Cherokee Hall-‘Extra Extra’) from P-Valley come and talk with us you all really lit up! Thank you for doing the work and making it easy for me to come to campus and show-up 110%!!

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I also got to teach one of my tried and true favorite courses, AFAM 111: Introduction to Africana Studies. Now this class had a different format as well, it was a one-day a week meeting for 2 hours and 40 mins. And let me tell you, I had no idea where I would even begin with this teaching in this format, but we made it work. Lecture for the first part and a film screening in the latter half. While this posed a challenge, your feedback about the class set-up was much appreciated and well received. Change can be difficult, with solid teamwork the possibilities were endless. With many of the students in this class were freshman and sophomores, my hope is that you got at least a little something that might add, change, reframe, and/or expand your thinking and engagement with the world going forward. Thank you for helping me to be more inclusive, push my creative lens, and nurture my heart, mind and soul.

Now for some of you the next step is graduate school in either a new city or even state. Take all the skills you have gained and build from them, create new memories, show the world whose next up! And others are going straight into the job market, putting that talent into action immediately. As the historian Keisha Blain said, in reference to the Black Nationalist Women fighting for global freedom, “set the world on fire.” “Set the world on fire” with innovative methods of change, “Set the world on fire” with your leadership, “Set the world on fire” with your unapologetic attitude, and “Set the world on fire” with your joy and determination. You got this!!

When people tell me, “I can see the passion that you have and the deep care for your students,” I get all emotional again because that statement is soooo true! I love what I do and would not change it for the world!

While I may not be your professor anymore, just know that I am always here to support in any way that I can. I’m just an email or call away!

Another semester in the books…Another set of grades submitted…Let the summer begin!!

Till we meet again scholars!!

Warmest Regards,

Dr. G

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The real-life ‘Dora Milaje’ coming to the Big Screen in the historical epic, “The Woman King”

Have you ever just looked at an image or a still shot of something and became overwhelmingly excited and stunned at the same time?? Well those are my exact emotions when I saw the image below:

Photo Credit: TriStar Pictures

Power…Strength…Fierceness…Beauty…Action…Simply Speechless

For even more of the above emotions check out the Empire Exclusive picture, see here!!

The image above is from the upcoming film, “The Woman King.” It is inspired by true events that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey (now known as present-day Benin), which was one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries. Its story follows Nanisca (Viola Davis), General of the all-female military unit (for additional context the women who inspired Black Panther’s Dora Milaje), and Nawi (Thuso Mbedu), an ambitious recruit, who as a team “fought enemies who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.”

Davis debuted the trailer for the film at this year’s CinemaCon in April.

Hook … Line … and Sinker … I’m sold!! To see Viola Davis in a “kick-ass” role (literally and figuratively), as well as see the history of a group of Black women warriors unfold on the Hollywood screen is music to my ears! Now that is “Representation Matters” in action!!

The Woman King” was co-written by Dana Stevens and Gina Prince Bythewood who also serves as the director. The film is also produced under Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon’s company, JuVee Productions (along with . Not only is the film on point behind the camera but it also includes a dynamic cast, which includes Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, Hero Fiennes Tiffin and John Boyega. According to Prince-Bythewood, “we were intentional of creating an ensemble of the dopest actors of this moment from all over the diaspora.” AND the musical score will be coming from the legendary Terence Blanchard. I’m already on the edge of my seat waiting for this one to hit theaters!!

“The Woman King” is set to be exclusively in theaters on September 16, 2022.

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Just in Case You Missed It!!

As always, you know I got you covered if you missed last week’s Conversations with Beloved & Kindred episode!!

Dr. Robinson and I had a pretty intense discussion on Eve’s Bayou, and just in case you didn’t know I will say it again….this is an excellent movie!!

Don’t believe me, check out our commentary and see for yourself! It’s definitely a game-changer!!

Check out the episode below:

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Conversations with Beloved & Kindred-Eve’s Bayou

Tune in on this Thursday May 12th at 3 pm/ET as Dr. Robinson and I continue our discussion n Blackness and horror with a discussion on the 1997 film, Eve’s Bayou!!

Check it out on Auburn Avenue Research Library Facebook Live and YouTube!!

This discussion explores the 1997 film Eve’s Bayou. Actress Kasi Lemmons made an auspicious debut as a writer and director with this delicately handled, wrenchingly emotional drama, hailed by critic Roger Ebert as one of the best films of 1997. Eve’s Bayou begins with ominous narration: “The summer I killed my father, I was 10 years old.” From that point the story moves backward in time and memory to Louisiana in 1962, when a young girl named Eve (Jurnee Smollett) witnesses a shocking act on the part of her womanizing father (Samuel L. Jackson). But what really happened? And can Eve be certain about what she saw when there is more than one interpretation of the facts? Less a mystery than a study of deeply rooted emotions rising to the surface to affect an entire family, the film has the quality of classic Southern literature, with layers of memory unfolding to reveal a carefully guarded truth.

Just in case you want to refresh your memory of the movie, check out the trailer below:

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

I know I missed you guys on last week, but I am back and I came with that newness!! Check out this week’s new trailer alerts:

Bling Empire (Streaming on Netflix May 13th)

Night Sky (Streaming on Prime Video May 20th)

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Streaming on Disney+ May 27th)

Hollywood Stargirl (Streaming on Disney+ June 3rd)

Season 5-The Chi (Streaming on Showtime June 24th)

Season 5-Cobra Kai (Streaming on Netflix September 9th)

Don’t Worry Darling (In theaters September 23rd)

Dear Mama-Limited Series (Streaming on FX Fall 2022)

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Check out Dr. G!!

So this past weekend I had the pleasure of being featured in two news outlets VCU News and USA Today!!

For VCU News, I was interviewed about one of my Spring courses, “Say Her Name: Humanizing the Black Female Voice in Television.” I got a chance to surprise my students with one of the actress [Cherokee Hall who plays “Extra Extra”] from the STARZ television series “P-Valley”.

Check out some of the story here:

It’s important to Gipson that the course engages with what’s happening in the world. The representation of Black female actors and the characters they take on has always been essential to the success of television as a medium,” she said.

However, Hollywood is not quick to showcase, celebrate, and even hire them. Television has made strides, but it has been inconsistent and slow moving,” she said, adding that many of the women whose work the course studies are breaking barriers and re-setting television culture. I want students to see how television and film are a way to tackle issues and problems.

Joan Tupponce-VCU News

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Now for the USA Today article, I switch gears and offer some social commentary on the Dave Chappelle incident and whether America can still handle a joke!!

Here are a few of my thoughts below:

But the combustible cultural moment we are living in — one roiled by political discord and pandemic restrictions — certainly is testing that joke and let joke philosophy, says Grace Gipson, assistant professor in the department of African American studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

I feel like in his day Richard Pryor took things to an extreme maybe even greater than what we see today, but no one was bum rushing the stage, says Gipson. Today, it seems like people are free to show their anger beyond heckling.

Marco della Cava & Maria Puente USA TODAY

To read the full articles, check out the following links: VCU News and USA Today !!

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

April Showers bring May Flowers…And those flowers come in the form of some great television and films!! Don’t believe me, check them out below:

Under the Banner of Heaven (Streaming on Hulu/FX Networks April 28th)

The Staircase (Streaming on HBO Max May 5th)

Senior Year (Streaming on Netflix May 13th)

Season 4-Stranger Things (Streaming on Netflix May 27th)

Becoming Elizabeth (Streaming June 12th on STARZPlay)

Thor: Love and Thunder (In theaters July 8th)

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Dr. G’s Monthly Book Recommendations- April 2022

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With Spring comes comes rain, flowers in bloom, warm and light, embracing the sense of freshness that abounds, and a time to begin anew! What better way to do that than with a couple of good reads!!

Check them out below:

  • Take My Hand ~Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  • Bless The Daughter Raised By A Voice In Her Head ~Warsan Shire
  • A Girl is a Body of Water ~Jennifer Nansubuga Maxumbi
  • By The Book ~Jasmine Guillory
  • The Windows of Malabar Hill ~Sujata Massey

And remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s list and past recommendations in the “Resource” section of the website!!

“I began writing about power because I had so little.” ~Octavia E. Butler

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

Another week and another set of goodies coming your way! Check out this week’s new tv and film trailers below:

Crush (Streaming on Hulu April 29th)

Shining Girls (Streaming on Apple TV+ April 29th)

Season 2-The Wilds (Streaming on Prime Video May 6th)

Season 3-Evil (Streaming on Paramount + June 12th)

Season 2-Only Murders in the Building (Streaming on Hulu June 28th)

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

Last week was a doozy and I missed you all next week, but I got you covered! Never fail, check out this weeks new alerts below:

9 Bullets (In theaters April 15th)

Outer Range (Streaming on Prime Video April 15th)

Season 2-Russian Doll (Streaming on Netflix April 20th)

Captive Audience (Streaming on Hulu April 21st)

The Baby (Streaming on HBO Max April 24th)

Season 2-Gentleman Jack (Streaming on HBO Max April 25th)

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Featured Panel Discussion with Dr. G!!

On this past Tuesday morning, I got to sit down again and talk with my friends over at Let It Be Known w/Stacy Brown and Black Press USA TV discussing the topics of “Black Women’s hair,” “Respectability Politics vs. Defending Black Women,” and the recent #TheSlap incident!!

Lot’s of great commentary and perspectives were shared!

Tune in below:

And let me make sure I give a shout out to my fellow panelist Carrington York (a School of Journalism graduating senior at Howard University)!!

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Special Episode of “Conversations with Beloved & Kindred”

To close out Women’s History Month, Dr. Robinson and I sat down to chat about the latest horror film on Prime Video, “Master” starring Regina Hall (directed by Mariama Diallo). This film hits very close to home for both of as we can identify with both main protagonists!! To see what we have to say (cause trust me, we got ALOT) check out our latest episode on this Thursday March 31st at 3 pm/ET on Auburn Avenue Research Library Facebook Live and YouTube!!

See the trailer below, and then check it out!!