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The Black Girl Magic Lit Mag Horror Issue

One of my writing goals for 2016 was to do more fiction writing. I’ve been having several short stories swirling around in my head. I’ve received a lot of rejection emails. So, I was pleasantly surprised when Black Girl Magic Lit Magazine accepted one of my stories…this past summer. It was a dream come true. I tried again for their horror submissions call, but alas it was not meant to be. I’m not hurt, though. Reading some of the excerpts from the latest issue, I can tell the competition was stiff! So grab their first horror edition. It’s a great way to get some early Halloween scares in 🙂

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Annabelle

This movie scared the hell outta of me. It didn’t help I was the only person in the theater when I went to go see it. I caught the flick on a weekday afternoon.  I’m amazed I didn’t run screaming out of the theater, especially after the basement scene. *faints*

Annabelle is a 2014 American supernatural horror film directed by John R. Leonetti, produced by James Wan, and written by Gary Dauberman. It is both a prequel to and spin-off of The Conjuring.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annabelle_%28film%29

I love a good scary flick and “Annabelle”did its job. I didn’t know the film was associated with “The Conjuring.” For some reason, I haven’t watched that one yet.  It’s disturbing both films are based on true stories.

The movie also features a small appearance by Alfre Woodard. If you know about black folks in horror films, you already know what happens to Woodard’s character. However, Ms. Woodard looked great. Black don’t crack!

I’m still waiting for Hollywood to make a movie for Tananarive Due‘s novel “The Good House.” That book had me wide-eyed every night, for weeks on end. It would make a great Halloween film.

Until that happens (if you celebrate Halloween), check out “Annabelle” if you are looking for something to do. You will have a terrifyingly good time.

Have a fun and safe Halloooween 😉

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Janelle Monáe

How fitting I write about Janelle Monáe on Halloween. A couple of nights ago, I attended her concert.  I am still trying to process it. As a friend posted on Facebook, “it  was like having a bizarre dream.” Monáe rocked the stage. She brought energy and personality to her set. She’s a unique/confusing (in a good way) talent in the current bland entertainment industry. I’m not that impressed with the Miley Cyruses of the music world. Hell, I grew up with Madonna. The queen of shock and controversy. No one will ever top Madonna in skin and sin  😉

So, Monáe is a breath of fresh air. I actually feel stimulated/curious about what she’s going to do next.  She keeps you on your toes.  As she said at her concert, “are y’all excited for Halloween? we’ll see if I let you out–you’re in my house now!” *Gulp*

It was an amazing show. She performed songs from her new album The Electric Lady.” A solid album from beginning to end. My favorite jams are: Givin Em What They Love (feat. Prince)Q.U.E.E.N (feat. Erykah Badu), Electric Lady (feat. Solange), It’s Code, Can’t Live Without Your Love, and What An Experience.

Monáe’s opening act was da bomb too (yep, breaking out my 90’s slang). Roman GianArthur represents the soul that’s missing from current r&b music.He did impressive covers of Lauryn Hill’s “The Sweetest Thing” and Erykah Badu’s “Bag Lady.” He is a very talented young man. I hope to hear more from him.

So, if Ms. Monáe comes to your city. Get  those tickets.  It will be a concert you will never forget…

Photo from: Uptown Magazine
Photo from: Uptown Magazine

Randomness: Halloween

I love Halloween.  It’s a chance to be someone (or some thing) other than yourself. My costumes have varied from sorceress to Badass Black Woman (this year, I’m leaning towards Michonne from “The Walking Dead”). The drawback of Halloween is that folks try to use the day as an excuse to get out-of-pocket (killing black cats and other wacky stuff). But what really annoys me, is that SOME white folks see the holiday as a chance to “act” as another race, usually in degrading ways:

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I’ve been looking for spots me and my friends can hit up this upcoming Halloween weekend. I thought I found one cool place, until I scrolled through their gallery of photos from their event last year. I noticed some questionable costumes. One white guy looked like he was dressed as an Indigenous person. He had darkened up his skin, put tribal markings over his body, and had on a deadlock looking wig. Oh, hell naw. I had to cross that place off the list. If I go to an event and I see white folks have “blackened” themselves up,  I really will be cutting off heads like Michonne.

I guess I just want folks to think about how these outfits insult folks of color. There are many great costume ideas out there, why white folks resort to blackface, is beyond me. But I best not see it…

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