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60 minutes | 2 months ago
Lovecraft Country Blues with Ashley C. Ford & Shannon Houston
If you are a fan of the HBO’s Lovecraft Country, then this episode is for you. This week my guests the hosts of the official HBO Lovecraft Country Radio podcast. Ashley C. Ford and Lovecraft Country writer Shannon Houston. Every week on their show they break down each episode of Lovecraft Country after it airs. But on this podcast epsiode we are going to break down some of our favorite moments from the show, how they work together and discuss some of the choices that were made in adapting the original book by Matt Ruff. We get into a lot including some of the things that did not work on the show. I can’t wait for you to hear this one! If you enjoy this episode please subscribe and leave a comment over on iTunes for me if you can, it really helps me out.. Or, screenshot your podcatcher and tag theblerdgurl over on IG stories with what you liked about it! If you REALLY want to support what I’m doing, please contribute to my Ko-Fi page! Your contribution really helps me keep the show going and eventually pay for expenses like mixing, transcription, a video editor and so much more! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCATCHER HBO Lovecraft Country RadioAfroComicCon Sign up InfoNYCC/Metaverse InfoNATIVE JUSTICE COALITION The post PODCAST: Lovecraft Country Blues: A conversation with Ashley C. Ford & Shannon Houston appeared first on theblerdgurl.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Cartoonist Keith Knight is WOKE
My latest guest is someone I’ve actually known for a few years now, Keith Knight. Keith is an American cartoonist and musician known for his comic strips The K Chronicles, ink, and The Knight Life. While his work is humorous and universal in appeal, he also often deals with political, social, and racial issues. The new show Woke is based on his life and some of the people in it. I have seen all 6 episode and I will warn you that towards the end of this episode we get a little spoilery but nothing too heavy. Woke is basically what happens when the white guy’s best friend in a comedy, gets his own show. But I’ll let Keith explain it. If you enjoy this episode please subscribe and leave a comment over on iTunes for me if you can, it really helps me out.. Or, screenshot your podcatcher and tag theblerdgurl over on IG stories with what you liked about it! If you REALLY want to support what I’m doing, please contribute to my Ko-Fi page! Your contribution really helps me keep the show going and eventually pay for expenses like mixing, transcription, a video editor and so much more! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCATCHER Keith Knight’s K ChroniclesSYFYWIRE Interview with the cast of WokeDCFandometheblerdgurlLIVE Season 1 Replay The post PODCAST: Cartoonist Keith Knight is WOKE appeared first on theblerdgurl.
57 minutes | 5 months ago
April Reign and her new media company Ensemble
This is the podcast edition of the premiere episode oftheblerdgurlLIVE in podcast form. It’s edited slightly for clarity, and there is a transcript available below! It was great having April back and I was able to get the scoop on her new venture Ensemble with Overture Global! We also talked about some great Scifi shows we’re watching on streaming. Please take a listen and let me know what you think! If you enjoy this episode please subscribe and leave a comment over on iTunes for me if you can, it really helps me out.. Or, screenshot your podcatcher and tag theblerdgurl over on IG stories with what you liked about it! If you REALLY want to support what I’m doing, please contribute to my Ko-Fi page! Your contribution really helps me keep the show going and eventually pay for expenses like mixing, transcription, a video editor and so much more! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCATCHER April Reign on TwitterApril Reign on InstagramOverture GlobalAmazing Stories – AppleTVTwilight Zone – CBS AllAccess POD_Ep39 TBG Live _April Reign [00:00:00] Karama: [00:00:00] Hey folks. It�s Karama Horne aka theblerdgurl. And welcome back to theblerdgurl podcast. Starting this week, I will be sharing with you the audio version of theblerdgurl LIVE a brand new show I'm doing over on Twitch on the OS_NYC channel. Yes, that's right. I'm on Twitch. [00:00:17] And my very first guest on the show was friend of the podcast and hopefully friend in real life. Activist and now media company, co-owner April Reign. She stopped by to talk about her new venture Ensemble. It's a new media company collab between her and Overture Global. She gives us the details on that. Plus we talk about some of our favorite scifi shows we're watching right now. [00:00:42] I'm super excited she agreed to be my first guest on my live show from my home office. And I can't wait for you to hear it, but first let's pay some bills. [00:00:52] (LIVE SHOW) [00:00:52]Hey, everybody. Welcome to the premiere of theblerdgurlLIVE. My name is Karama Horne and I am a culture journalist, content, creator, and host parked at the intersection of geekdom and diversity. Welcome to the show where I talk to creators about everything, basically from anime and superheroes to activism and diversity within the geek space. [00:01:15] and this is sort of an extension of my podcast. So my first guest who I'm really excited to have with me is none other than media activist, equity advocate, and creator of the #oscarsowhite hashtag. April Reign. [00:01:30] She's also a killer on Twitter. [00:01:32] Um, she's hanging out today with me to talk about a couple of scifi shows, share a bit of tea about her brand new venture Ensemble. It's like this lab between her and Overture Global. So. I'm going to read this. So I don't do it wrong. "Ensemble will be a digital content studio that will accelerate opportunities around content and develop it in front of, and behind the camera for people of color". [00:01:56] So I'm really, really excited. Welcome April. [00:02:01] April: [00:02:01] Thank you so much for having me. I am honored to be your very first guest. [00:02:06] Karama: [00:02:06] Yeah, I'm so excited actually. And I'm so happy that you agreed to do this. I've I've talked to you about things before I consider you a friend. I also want to be you when I grow up. [00:02:15] Thank you so much for gracing us with your presence. Now, basically folks, how this is going to work is, um, We're gonna talk about a couple of shows in the scifi/fantasy space that we've watched. And then we're going to talk about what April's doing, what my guest is doing, my illustrious guest, and in the last 20 minutes so, we're gonna take some questions. [00:02:39] So April, I think that the last time I talked to you, it was back in February, right before the Oscars were announced and, uh, Ever since then we've had what? [00:02:51] Pandemic, killer wasps, now we have killer dust. During all that time. We had Black people being killed [00:03:00] on video. Uh, so yeah, it's been an interesting few months. How you been? [00:03:04] April: [00:03:04] You know it, I'm fine. Thank you very much for asking. I am actually an introvert. [00:03:11] Usually, or at least an ambivert, which means I can turn it on when I want to and be an extrovert, but I'd much rather be at home, um, on my couch. Uh, and I don't really like people anyway, that part of the pandemic, the social distancing I'm doing okay with. Um, you know, my kids are 16 and 20, so one is home from college. [00:03:32] And when, um, you know, I was doing high school, her last several weeks, there were several months actually online. So yeah. So that's been a challenge, but you know, I'm, I'm very privileged. You know, I, I recognize I've got a roof over my head, you know, my immediate family is still healthy. Um, and, and so, you know, It's it's a different lifestyle than what we're used to from six months ago, but I have absolutely no complaints. [00:04:00]Karama: [00:04:00] That's good. Um, are you now a homeschool master? [00:04:06] April: [00:04:06] Oh, no ma'am no, no, no. Ma'am uh, no, no. I'm very thankful that both the college and the high school were taken care of things. Cause my daughter was taking classes. She's the high schooler and she was taking like AP computer science and honors English. And I know no. [00:04:26] I mean, if they had been in like, Third grade or something maybe, [00:04:30] but it's like, gnosis you, you you're on your own. You better dial up .Com Academy or something. Cause mama can't help you. [00:04:36]Karama: [00:04:36] The new math is throwing you off. [00:04:38] April: [00:04:38] New math, old math, not my business. That's what calculators are for. Nope. [00:04:44] Karama: [00:04:44] Also, um, just, I didn't know the amount of spreadsheets that I've been making, like for all of the black lives matter now, allies that we have, there's so many now in every company on the planet, um, and everybody's "hiring". [00:05:03] April: [00:05:03] So they say. so they say. [00:05:05]Karama: [00:05:05] .But so many of us have been like trying to get this information down and share it with as many people as possible. And had anybody told me that the revolution was going to take spreadsheets. [00:05:14] I would have gotten a new computer, cause this is a lot. [00:05:17] April: [00:05:17] It is a lot! Just trying to keep up with the organizations and the corporations who are really, you know, walking the walk and not just putting up a black screen on their Instagram or whatever the case may be. And, you know, the type of hiring they're doing.... [00:05:30] I literally earlier today, um, I got a posting from an organization that I know well, and they were like, you know, it's tough right now, but we're still looking for all these people and content strategist and whatever, whatever. Um, so, you know, please, you know, amplify on your networks. [00:05:45] And I wrote back to them. I said, okay, number one, you don't have salary in your job listings. So what are you doing? It's 2020, right? You need to have it in there. And number two, we're in the midst of a global pandemic. And there's no mention [00:06:00] whatsoever about working from home telework, remote work. What have you, you're telling me you're based in this particular city, but why does that even matter? [00:06:06] Like is your office even open today? So I think that, um, All kinds. Yeah. Everything is on the table. I just keep saying that everything is on the table right now. And the companies that are, that are going to come out of this the best are the ones that are really being thoughtful, um, about, you know, their hiring practices, their retention policies, all of that. [00:06:28] Karama: [00:06:28] I completely agree. Um, Now I'm curious what you're doing to relax because after a hard day of spreadsheet making and making sure people are getting paid and explaining what racism is, what are you, what are you streaming? What are you geeking out over? [00:06:51] April: [00:06:51] So, um, I guess it was earlier this year or late last year, I got all of these promotions for Hulu and Disney Plus, and you know, a lot of channels that I didn't have, which led to their own different channels. [00:07:03] And, um, Amazon prime and now I have Apple TV and I just started the other day. I know I'm months old. So please nobody in the comments, give me any spoilers, but what is it called? I think "Truth be Told" on a Apple TV, which is like a trick. It's one of the thing with, yes, with Octavia Spencer. I am really enjoying that ...because [00:07:24] Right because [00:07:24] Karama: [00:07:24] it's like a podcast or something that she has, or, or she's investigative reporter. [00:07:29] April: [00:07:29] Right. She [00:07:30] plays a journalist who started writing a story about, um, a young man who was accused of murdering his friend's father and, um, based on her journalism, um, he. Ended up getting sentenced to life in prison. And so now she has a whole podcast, like a True Crime podcasts about it. So she, and this is Octavia Spenser's character, and she made a whole bunch of money, you know, telling everybody that this guy was guilty basically. [00:07:58] And so now she has second thoughts. So now she's trying, so now she's using the podcast to flip it and figure out if in fact this guy is guilty and he's already been on, um, in prison for S 20 years or something like that. So yeah. I find it really interesting. [00:08:14]Karama: [00:08:14] Something else I've been watching on that Apple TV thing. And it's weird because I'm not loving all the shows, but I was kind of excited when I found out that Amazing Stories was going to be on there because I remember watching
36 minutes | 5 months ago
Palika Makam and the new rules of social media activism
Did you know that if you go to a protest, take pictures and share them on social media, not only can your location be tracked, but the location and identities of everyone whose face you’ve shown in a video can also be traced? Did you know that if you are recording a crime or some other form of injustice, that if you change the name of the file when you download it, it might be inadmissible in court? Well, my guest today is Palika Makam, the US Senior Program Coordinator with the global human rights organization WITNESS. They are actually the oldest organization working in video advocacy. And this episode is chock full of tips, tricks and facts that you can use to properly bear witness to many of the events that we are seeing in the streets today. This episode is the class that you never knew you needed! I can’t wait to share it with you! If you enjoy this episode please subscribe and leave a comment over on iTunes for me if you can, it really helps me out.. Or, screenshot your podcatcher and tag theblerdgurl over on IG stories with what you liked about it! If you REALLY want to support what I’m doing, please contribute to my Ko-Fi page! Your contribution really helps me keep the show going and eventually pay for expenses like mixing, transcription, a video editor and so much more! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCATCHER Palika Makam on TwitterPalika Makam on InstagramWITNESS.ORGWITNESS Library on How to Cover ProtestsSignal AppImage Scrubber Webtool Karama: Hey folks, Karama Horne aka theblerdgurl. And welcome back to to theblerdgurl podcast, where I interview some of the most amazing creators in the geek space. Now, this week's show is a little different. Did you know that if you go to a protest and take pictures and share them on social media, [00:00:18] not only can your location be tracked, but the location and identities of everyone whose face you've shown in that picture can also be tracked? Did you also know that if you are recording a crime or some other form of injustice, that if you change the name of the file cwhen you download it, it might be inadmissible in court? [00:00:39] Well, my guest today is Palika Makam, the U S senior program coordinator with the global human rights organization. WITNESS.org. Now WITNESS is actually the oldest organization. Working in video advocacy. And this episode is chock full of tips, tricks, and facts that you can use to properly bear witness to many of the events that we're seeing in the streets today. [00:01:05]This is really amazing information. And this episode is like a class that I never knew I needed. I can't wait to share it with you, but first let's pay some bills. [00:01:13]Welcome back now, please consider subscribing and leaving me a rating and a comment over on iTunes. It really helps the show out. And if you're feeling extra helpful, I'd really love it. If you could screenshot this episode and tag theblerdgurlover on IG stories in a post, just tell me what you think. Now that doesn't really help my numbers, but it does make my day. [00:01:40] And don't forget, I have a Ko-Fi page now. to support, go to ko-fi.com/theblerdgurl. [00:01:55] my guest today is activist Palika Makam. Palika is a media activist and the US senior program coordinator at WITNESS. She has produced video advocacy campaigns and trained activists all over the world from Ferguson to the West bank. At witness Polica leads the us immigration focused work with Eyes on ICE. A project dedicated to supporting directly impacted communities and allies to document abuses against immigrant communities and use video to fight deportations and advocate for immigrant rights. [00:02:32] Prior to coming to witness Palika co-founded and ran The Babel Project, a nonprofit that teaches youth activists to use storytelling and documentary film, to advocate for their communities and specific policy change. [00:02:46]Media she has helped produce has been used in evidence in human rights, abuse court cases, and an advocacy campaigns around education, police violence and immigration reform films have been screened everywhere from the United nations to high school classrooms. I personally was fascinated by a conversation Palika had when she was featured on AJ Plus recently about the Black Lives Matter Movement. [00:03:10] And I reached out. I was thrilled when she agreed to be interviewed. Now, I'm going to tell you right now, you better have a pen and a piece of paper ready, because she's going to be giving a lot of amazing info in this discussion. So up next, my interview with Palika Makam. [00:03:27] So Palika thank you so much for joining me today. And I would love it. [00:03:33] If you could tell everybody about basically where, how you got into this and what witnessed.org is about. [00:03:42] Palika : Sure, thank you so much for having me on today. so I'm a media activist. I have been working at the intersection of video and technology and human rights for about a decade now. I used to run my own nonprofit called the Babel project, which I started, you know, I was like 22, 23. [00:04:00] I got an amazing grant from a university to start a nonprofit and, myself and a handful of trainers. We would go, To different communities and train youth organizers and activists, to be able to use video and storytelling as another tool in their activists tool belt. so I did that work in South Africa and Cape town in Palestine, Ferguson, New York, all over the place, really. [00:04:25]And, around 2014, you know, when Mike Brown Jr was killed when Eric Garner was killed, You know, I felt compelled to take kind of all of the knowledge and privilege that I had had from traveling and meeting grassroots activists and working in movements and different countries and spaces, and, and really bring that back home and focus that work in the country where I was born and raised. And in the country where I'm implicated in that movement and in that struggle. [00:04:51]so a few years ago, I saw a job, opening it, witness and witness is, you know, kind of the oldest organization working in this very niche space of video advocacy. I remember learning about witness when I was in college, you know, witnesses on my, my syllabus at the time. And so. When I saw that Witness was starting officially a U S program, it seems like the perfect opportunity for me to really route myself here, back home in the United States. [00:05:22]So at witness, I am the U S Senior Program Coordinator. Witness is a global human rights organization. We support communities around the world to use video and documentation and technology and. Storytelling to be able to expose abuses and advocate for human rights. We are a global team. but we're tiny, you know, we have small teams all around the world and one of those places is the United States, which is the team that I work on. [00:05:49]and here we mainly focus on supporting communities to film and expose, police abuse. And also to use that video to tell a larger story of systemic violence through creating databases and archives. We also support immigrant rights through projects called Eyes on ICE, which is the project that I actually lead. [00:06:06]and we train immigrant communities and advocates and lawyers to use video to document abuses, and then use that video to fight deportations in court. And also for advocacy purposes outside of court. I also lead a project called Legal Video Advocacy, which is more focused on storytelling and, and traditional documentary style. [00:06:25]and through the project, we train public defenders and their clients to create videos, interviewing their clients and family and friends, and then submit those videos to DA's and judges as a way to reduce harsh sentences and even support folks to get out of prison on clemency and parole. So everything that we do at witness, at the core of our work is using video both to expose abuses and serve as evidence, but also as a storytelling and advocacy tool to help change policies and practices and behaviors. [00:06:55] And I really think the two go hand in hand. [00:06:58] Karama: Yes, that's absolutely. incredible. I did not know about, Eyes on ICE or the Legal Video Academy. . I have a quick question about that last one . WIth the video that you're able to have defenders in their families create, is the video almost acting as a character witness in certain cases? [00:07:15] Palika : Exactly. And in a lot of situations, we're able to interview people who wouldn't otherwise be able to come into court as witnesses for, you know, a handful of reasons. And it's really an opportunity to, you know, bring the courtroom into the community or the community into the courtroom and, and, you know, be able to show a part of a person's life. [00:07:34] Beyond just their rap sheet or their, you know, "criminal history". It's really humanizing people, which seems like such a horrible thing to say, because we're already human. We shouldn't need to be humanized, but unfortunately in the criminal justice system, it is something that needs to happen. [00:07:51]and we've had a ton of success. It's one of our newer projects, but it's really been exciting to see lawyers and, you know, social workers. Look for and be excited about using a more creative strategy. And we've even been able to do this work during COVID-19 by, recording phone interviews and Skype interviews and zoom interviews with incarcerated individuals and their community members, and still be able to submit that video. [00:08:16]and we've actually had success in getting a handful of folks out of Rikers right now who were vulnerable to infection by COVID-19. [00:08:26] Karama: Wow. That's, that's incredible. Do you ever partner with organizations like the Innocence project and things like that ..?. [00:08
71 minutes | 6 months ago
Malcolm Barrett on Acting, Activism and Allies
So today my guest today is actor, writer and playwright Malcolm Barrett. Many of you remember him as Lem from Better off Ted and Rufus from the sci-fi show Timeless but he’s also a playwright and rapper, (his alias is “Verbal”.) In addition, he’s also the co-founder and artistic director of the nonprofit Los Angeles-based Ammunition Theatre Company. You may have also seen him on a hilarious episode of Blackman Beyond with my previous guest Hollywood scriptwriter and podcaster Marc Bernardin. In this conversation, we talk about growing up in Brooklyn, his very first speaking role, the hazards of auditioning while black, whey he hates basketball and how he literally has a license to poet. We also have a serious convo about why Malcolm is so discerning about picking roles, what it’s like being an actor an activist right now, and where he would take the Lifeboat (Timeless’ time machine) if he had it right now. We laughed, we cried, this was one emotional roller coaster folks but Ir really hope you enjoy it. If you enjoy this episode please subscribe and leave a comment over on iTunes for me if you can, it really helps me out.. Or, screenshot your podcatcher and tag theblerdgurl over on IG stories with what you liked about it! If you REALLY want to support what I’m doing, please contribute to my Ko-Fi page! Your contribution really helps me keep the show going and eventually pay for expenses like a mixer, a video editor and so much more! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCATCHER Justice for Breonna Taylor@WritingWhileBlack Job list for writers/journalistsBlack Girl Gamers Online Summit LAN Party Podcast – Juneteenth LiveJuneteenth Book FestMalcolm on Malcolm Show The post PODCAST: Malcolm Barrett on Acting, Activism and Allies appeared first on theblerdgurl.
46 minutes | 7 months ago
Jeff Barnaby talks about his indigenous zombie film Blood Quantum
You’ve already heard me rave about the new indigenous zombie movie Blood Quantum on Shudder. This week’s podcast interview was with the director, Jeff Barnaby, about the film and his experiences as an indigenous director. Barnaby came up with the concept of Blood Quantum back in 2007. But no one was going to give a young director, fresh out of film school with only a couple of short films a feature. So, he decided to test himself and create his first feature, Rhymes for Young Ghouls. He did pretty well, Ghouls won Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival. The work garnered enough attention he was approached to direct, another script, and Blood Quantum came to life. In this episode, we talk about the title’s meaning and the voice of the indigenous artist in the age of “wokeness.” (And I found out that “pretendians” are actually a thing). This is a great episode you don’t want to miss! If you enjoy this episode please subscribe and leave a comment over on iTunes for me if you can, it really helps me out.. Or, screenshot your podcatcher and tag theblerdgurl over on IG stories with what you liked about it! If you REALLY want to support what I’m doing, please contribute to my Ko-Fi page! Your contribution really helps me keep the show going and eventually pay for expenses like a mixer, a video editor and so much more! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCATCHER Blood Quantum ReviewBlood Quantum meaningWatch Blood Quantum on Shudder The post PODCAST: Jeff Barnaby talks about his indigenous zombie film Blood Quantum appeared first on theblerdgurl.
32 minutes | 7 months ago
Robbie Amell, Andy Allo and Greg Daniels on Amazon and the afterlife in Upload
My interview this week is with the creator and cast of a brand new show dropping on May 1 on Amazon Prime called Upload. It takes place in a future where after your physical death your consciousness can be uploaded into a program that is sort of a digital heaven. No, it’s not related to Altered Carbon. This is kind of a philosophical, romantic comedy, murder mystery. It was created by Greg Daniels who is best known for King of the Hill, The Office and Parks and Rec. Upload is basically The Good Place meets Black Mirror and stars Robbie Amell, (The Flash,The Tomorrow People.). He also happens to be the first cousin of actor Stephen Amell who most of you know as Arrow from the CW. His post-mortem romantic interest is actually a coder or “Angel” outside of the program named Nora, played by Andy Allo. (Pitch Perfect 3, Dear White People) Many of you will recognize her as the singer and love interest of Lightning played by Nafeesa Williams on Black Lighting form S1. I remember her as Prince’s protege. Yep. That Prince. She has an AMAZING voice! She recorded an album with him years ago and went on to build a strong acting career after that as well. In this podcast episode, we talk about how it took over a decade to get this show made, what it’s like promoting a show that deals with the philosophy of death and the afterlife in such challenging times and what Daniels and the actors are doing to pass the time in self-quarantine. If you enjoy this episode please subscribe and leave a comment over on iTunes for me if you can, it really helps me out.. Or, screenshot your podcatcher and tag theblerdgurl over on IG stories with what you liked about it! If you REALLY want to support what I’m doing, please contribute to my Ko-Fi page! Your contribution really helps me keep the show going and eventually pay for expenses like a mixer, a video editor and so much more! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCATCHER Watch Upload on Amazon Prime Watch The new Parks and Recreation SpecialListen to more episodes of theblerdgurl podcast Ro COVID19 Response Assessment Stream This Series The post PODCAST: Robbie Amell, Andy Allo and Greg Daniels on Amazon and the afterlife in Upload appeared first on theblerdgurl.
43 minutes | 8 months ago
Milestone co-founder Denys Cowan answers The Question
Whenever Denys Cowan is mentioned within comic book circles, most people immediately start talking about Milestone Media, the groundbreaking company that Cowan and his childhood friend Derek Dingle would co-found along with Michael Davis and the legendary Dwayne McDuffie. But Cowan was contributing to comics long before his Milestone days. He began his career at the tender age of 14 as an intern at Marvel Comics for the late great artist Rich Buckler. (Ths was when you could apprentice under someone, learn the ropes and eventually get work.) Cowan has drawn classic characters for books like Black Panther, Powerman and Iron Fist, and his first big DC Comics project with Denny O’Neal when they collaborated on the first run of The Question in 1987. Over 30 years later, Cowan’s career has come full circle. In 2018, he collaborated with Bill Sienkiewitcz and Chris Sotomayor on a collecter’s edition poster for the Black Panther movie. Then he worked with the team again when Jeff Lemire asked them to return to The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage (2019). A portion of this interview is up now at SYFYWire, but our conversation was so much fun, I thought I would share it almost in its entirety here. In this longer discussion, he answers many of the questions you asked on social media, he talks about what it’s like coming back to Vic after all this time and he answers that one burning Milestone questions that we ALL have!. Now, I will caveat this and say that conversation happened well before the planet shut down from the COVID 19 pandemic, but I still think most of it holds true. If you enjoy this episode please subscribe and leave a comment over on iTunes for me if you can, it really helps me out.. Or, screenshot your podcatcher and tag theblerdgurl over on IG stories with what you liked about it! If you REALLY want to support what I’m doing, please contribute to my Ko-Fi page! Your contribution really helps me keep the show going and eventually pay for expenses like a mixer, a video editor and so much more! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCATCHER Pre-Order The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage Issue 3 now!Check out my interview with Denys on SYFY (along with the artwork I mentioned)Listen to more episodes of theblerdgurl podcast The post PODCAST: Milestone co-founder Denys Cowan answers The Question appeared first on theblerdgurl.
38 minutes | 8 months ago
Why Daisy Lightfoot is actually Princess Shuri of Wakanda
My last episode was a bit of a departure, because I really wanted to address the COVID 19 pandemic and I also wanted to get you resources for dealing with the situation. If you missed that episode, please go back and take a listen, because a lot of the tips are still valid. Please let me know on social if those were helpful to you. We can’t cure heard from some of you already about it. But as always, I love hearing from you. But this week, we’re back to our regularly scheduled interviews with actors creators and all-around interesting people in the world of geekdom. And this week I’m talking with actress and voiceover artist Daisy Lightfoot. Now, this is another interview that I had back in February before everything went to hell, but it’s still fun none the less. Now you’ve heard DAisy’s voice if you watched the animated series Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panthers Quest which came out not long after the hit movie. She was the voice of T’Challa’s sister Shuri, yep, that was her! But that’s not all she’s done. For those of you who caught my written interview with Daisy over at SYFY, this is the full audio of that interview. Her voice can be heard in games such as Horizon Zero Dawn, and the 2017 animated series Marvel’s Spider-Man where she actually voiced Electro. Lightfoot booked her dream job after that when Marvel asked her to voice Princess Shuri, the brilliant technologist and sister to Black Panther, opposite James Mathis III, in the animated series Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest on Disney XD.Since then, Lightfoot has played Shuri in several Disney properties: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Black Panther-Trouble in Wakanda, Avengers Assemble and Marvel Heroes Rising, for which she got her own special episode, Marvel Heroes Rising: Operation Shuri. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCATCHER COVID-19 South Korean Specialist How long COVID19 can live on surfacesMy SYFYWire interview with the voice cast of Marvel’s Avengers Panther’s QuestMarvel Rising Princess Shuri Episode The post PODCAST: Why Daisy Lightfoot is actually Princess Shuri of Wakanda appeared first on theblerdgurl.
55 minutes | 8 months ago
Practical pandemic guide for the rest of us
I pre-empted this week’s interview to share with you a special episode of the podcast that deals directly with COVID-19, the realities of the situation and some steps you can take to get through the shutdown. So if you feeling overwhelmed, confused, or can’t take any more Netflix lists of things you should watch, this episode is for you. I think some of the info here is so important, And don’t forget to check the show notes for links to many of the things I’m talking about. Please comment with more resources and options to share. We can all help each other! kofiwidget2.init('Support Me on Ko-fi', '#29abe0', 'C0C51K40K');kofiwidget2.draw(); CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCATCHER Show Notes Unemployment Benefit OptionsFile for Unemployment HEREWhat to do if you can’t get onto your State’s Unemplyment WebsiteFreelancers Union Emergency Grants#WhileAtHomegeekgirlstrongbrittnebabezeusofqlfMadFitMindOverMunchSavvyBrownMy Dr. Bronner’s 30 Day ChallengeBrainwave 35 Binaural SeriesRelax MelodiesCALM app The video below is the doctor I was referring to in this episode. Please share this post with your friends and family if you think it will help them! The post PODCAST: Practical pandemic solutions for the rest of us appeared first on theblerdgurl.
55 minutes | 8 months ago
Simone Missick on All Rise, Altered Carbon and how Luke Cage started it all
My guest this week is actress and producer Simone Missick. Now most of you geeks out there remember Simone from her role as live-action comic book character Misty Knight from Marvel’s Luke Cage, The Defenders and Jessica Jones on Netflix. Her career has really taken off since then and she’s currently starring in All Rise as the lead! As Judge Lola Carmichael. She’s also currently starring as Trepp in Altered Carbon Season 2 as well. This is exactly the episode you need to listen to while you’re sheltering in place.. Stay safe out there and wash your hands! Show Notes This week’s podcast sponsor is juasographics ! All Rise – https://www.cbs.com/shows/all-rise/Altered Carbon – https://www.netflix.com/title/80002537Marvel’s Luke Cage – https://www.netflix.com/title/80002537Simone and Dorian Missick Interview- https://bit.ly/2IWGS2G Follow theblerdgurl on twitter – https://twitter.com/theblerdgurlFollow theblerdgurl on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/theblerdgurl/Check out theblerdgurl website – theblerdgurl.com CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCATCHER The post PODCAST: Simone Missick on All Rise, Altered Carbon and how Luke Cage started it all appeared first on theblerdgurl.
67 minutes | 9 months ago
How Marc Bernardin went from fan to journalist to Hollywood screenwriter
Today’s guest is Marc Bernardin. If you are a blerd, you’d better put some respect on this man’s name! Marc has been a professional geek since before many of you were born. With a career that spans a couple of decades, Marc, is both an award-wining journalist and Hollywood scriptwriter. He worked for Entertainment Weekly for over a decade moving all the way up to senior editor. He has written for GQ, Wired, Details, Vulture, Playboy, and Empire. and is the former film editor for the Los Angeles Times and senior editor for The Hollywood Reporter. staff writer for Alphas (SYFY), Castle Rock (hulu), Treadstone (USA), and Carnival Row (Amazon Prime). He has written comic books for Marvel, DC Comics, and Top Cow. (He wrote one of my faves Genius.). In our chat he breaks down what goes on in the writer’s room, how he went from journalism to scriptwriting and back again, and why you should never give up. Show Notes Castle Rock – https://hulu.tv/2Tp6kUKFatman on Batman – http://bit.ly/2TBY4Q8Genius (Top Cow) – https://amzn.to/2ImC8mGACE Comic-Con NorthEast – https://www.acecomiccon.com/ Follow theblerdgurl on twitter – https://twitter.com/theblerdgurlFollow theblerdgurl on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/theblerdgurl/Check out theblerdgurl website – theblerdgurl.com CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCATCHER The post PODCAST: How Marc Bernardin went from fan to journalist to Hollywood screenwriter appeared first on theblerdgurl.
47 minutes | 9 months ago
Director Hanelle Culpepper is the first woman to direct a Star Trek pilot EVER
Hanelle Culpepper is an accomplished director in her own right. She has directed TV in Hollywood for years. She’s done plenty of action and genre shows like Sleepy Hollow, Supergirl and The Flash. But Hanelle has been thrust into the spotlight over the past month because she directed the pilot episode of Picard, the new series on CBSAllAccess that brought back Patrick Stewart into the role of Jean Luc Picard. Captain of the Enterprise from Star Trek Next Generation. What makes it even more significant, is the fact that she is actually the first woman to ever direct a Star Trek pilot in the history of the franchise. And of course the first Black woman as well. This episode is also a directing/producing masterclass, so if you know anyone who is a director-in-training, please send them this episode! Show Notes SYFY Who won the Week Podcast “Blerd History Month” CBSAll Access – PicardMarvel Voice #1 – ComicThe Legacy of Isaiah Bradley – MarvelACE Comic-Con NorthEastBlerd History Month Series at SYFYWire CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCATCHER The post PODCAST: Director Hanelle Culpepper on directing Star Trek: Picard and making history appeared first on theblerdgurl.
48 minutes | 10 months ago
Parisa Fitz-Henley is literally a Magical Black Girl
My guest this week is actress Parisa Fitz-Henley. I first saw Parisa on Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix when she played Luke’s wife Reva. You remember, the one that Jessica Jones killed while being controlled by the Purple Man? (I still feel some kind of way about that. She is best known for playing Fiji the resident witch on Midnight: Texas, a show that was a lot of fun, but sadly, was canceled on NBC. She’s now starring in the 3rd season of The Sinner with Matt Bomer and in the horror remake of Fantasy Island by Blumhouse. In addition to our chat, I’ also share a few things you should be checking out this Black History Month. SYFYWire BlerdHIstory MonthMarvel’s Voices ComicThe SinnerFantasy Island MovieFollow Parisa on Twitter The post PODCAST: Parisa Fitz-Henley is literally a Magical Black Girl appeared first on theblerdgurl.
59 minutes | 10 months ago
April Reign spills Oscar TEA!
So, the Oscars are this weekend. And this is important because of who my guest is this week. It’s none other than April Reign. The creator of the #Oscarssowhite hashtag, businesswoman, activist, mom and so much more! She joined me a couple of weeks ago for a chat the week the Oscars were announced. So we are clearly going to be talking about movies and entertainment and the state of the industry 6 years after she created this movement. I also got the scoop on how she got to go to the Oscar’s last year. I thought the Oscar’s invited her apparently they did not. (ALL THE TEA.) In this episode, I got a chance to learn a little bit about April’s background. For instance, I’ve had no idea that she had a law degree in campaign finance. She even gives us a little primer on it. Plus, her husband took the bar a second time so he could practice law in the state that she got a new job in. that’s love people!And we also go into what we are happy about, like Matthew Cherry’s “Hair Love” nomination. The tea in this episode is piping hot! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCATCHER April Reign on TwitterSYFYWire BlerdHIstory MonthMarvel’s Voices Comic The post PODCAST: April Reign spills Oscar TEA! appeared first on theblerdgurl.
60 minutes | 10 months ago
Gabe Kunda’s dream role as the voice of Rock Lock on My Hero Academia
This week I’m talking to Grammy nominated professional voiceover artist Gabe Kunda. Gabe provides the voice for the English dub of the character Ken Takagi a.k.a “Rock Lock” on My Hero Academia. Gabe ahs also played Fisher Tiger on Once Piece, he was in Black Clover, Dragon Ball Super and he’s even written and is now producing his own project., Project Starchild! (He’s also a huge Phil LaMarr fan!) Listen to Gabe as Rock Lock Here! I also MUST talk about DoctorWHO and the first Black Doctor #DoctorRuth Plus more Picard has dropped and I have thoughts. Please download, subscribe and rate this podcast on iTunes. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCATCHER (And if you’re feeling extra generous, take a screenshot of this week’s episode and post it to Instagram Stories with the @theblerdgurl tag with a comment about the show!) Show Notes My Hero Academia on Funimation Who Won the Week Ep. 216 Phil LaMarr Episode Gabe Kunda Website Twitter Instagram Youtube The post PODCAST: Gabe Kunda’s dream role as the voice of Rock Lock on My Hero Academia appeared first on theblerdgurl.
25 minutes | 10 months ago
William Jackson Harper is in a really Good Place right now
This week’s interview is with actor and writer William Jackson Harper. Many of you know him as Chidi Anagonye from The Good Place and sincethe end of ther series is upon us, I was super excited when the show’s reps reached out and asked if I wanted to interview him. In addition to The Good Place William was also seen in the Ari Aster horror movie Midsommar. And has one of the best scenes in the film I think. He’s also written a play and will be seen in the upcoming Amazon show Underground Railroad. Since this is a shorter episode I thought I’d also bring some geeky news back and share my thoughts on some trailers that dropped including New Mutants, Morbius and Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and Black Widow. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO EPISODE ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCATCHER! Show Notes New Mutants interview with Chris Claremont at NYCC ACE Comic-con NorthEast Tickets Follow theblerdgurl on twitter Follow theblerdgurl on Instagram Check out theblerdgurl blog The post PODCAST: William Jackson Harper is in a really good place right now appeared first on theblerdgurl.
39 minutes | a year ago
Yedoye Travis on anime, NASCAR and that time Dave Chappelle came to his show
Welcome to my first theblerdgurl podcast episode of the New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and is relaxed, rested and not….completely freaking out that WWIII might be imminent. Hopefully, my interview this week will cheer you up, however. My guest is writer, comedian and actor Yedoye Travis. Many of you might know Yedoye from his podcast the Dark Tank as well as the youtube webshow Get In the Robot. He’s also writing for TV and acting in commercials as well. He is absolutely hilarious and he’s a really talented guy that has been blowing up. And I’m excited for you to hear this episode. One thing I’m trying to do this year is to give you more content, more often, so I’m going to be digging in the vault sometimes and giving you access to some past interviews that didn’t make the podcast. This episode is the first of those. I recorded this conversation with Yedoye last year at NYCC 2019 and we talk a lot about anime, his hilarious podcast Dark Tank (and that Time that Dave Chappelle visited the live show). Plus, Yedoye is also writing for a new Kevin James show coming to Netflix about a NASCAR pit crew. Please download, subscribe and rate this podcast on iTunes. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCATCHER (And if you’re feeling extra generous, take a screenshot of this week’s episode and post it to Instagram Stories with the @theblerdgurl tag with a comment about the show!) Follow theblerdgurl on Twitter Follow theblerdgurl on Instagam Yedoye Twitter Yedoye Instagram Dark Tank Podcast Get In the Robot The post PODCAST: Yedoye Travis on anime, NASCAR and that time Dave Chappelle came to his show appeared first on theblerdgurl.
29 minutes | a year ago
N. K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell describe the world of a powerful new Green Lantern
Happy Holidays everyone! Today’s episode features the award-winning writer N.K. Jemisin and the incredible artist Jamal Campbell who I spoke to recently about their new comic book Far Sector on the DC Young Animal Imprint. The comic introduces us to a brand new member of the Green Lantern Corp. Sojourner “Jo” Mullein. The first black woman to weild a Power Ring. CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO LISTEN! Jemisin is well known in the fantasy fiction space because she is the first person to ever win 3 consecutive Hugo Awards for her Broken Earth Series: The Fifth Season (2016), The Obelisk Gate (2017) and The Stone Sky (2018) the final installment of the series. Meanwhile, Jamal Campbell has been quietly working in comics for years. He’s drawn everything from Spider-Man for Marvel to Green Arrow and Naomi for DC. But I first heard of him when he was pushing his indie comic. The Immortal Nadia Greene. Jemisin’s world-building is spectacular and if you ever wanted a breakdown of each of the ethinic groups in the City Enduring, you must listen to Campbell’s descriptions of the Nah, the @AT, and the keh-Topli. Check out the show notes below on how to get your hands on the comic. And don’t forget to subscribe! Merry Christmas folks! Show Notes Orlando Jones talks breakdown what really went down on the set of American Gods Interview with Phil Lamarr The Immortal Nadia Greene My SYFYWire Interview with N.K. Jemisin Broken Earth Series on Audible Broken Earth Series on Amazon BUY FAR SECTOR HERE: Digital print CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO EPISODE ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCATCHER! The post PODCAST: N. K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell describe the world of a powerful new Green Lantern appeared first on theblerdgurl.
56 minutes | a year ago
EXCLUSIVE Orlando Jones talks about what went down on American Gods in his own words
In the early morning hours of Saturday, December 14, 2019, Actor, writer and producer Orlando Jones took to social media to tell the world that he would not be returning to Season 3 of American Gods on STARZ. Two things made this announcement a shock: One, this was not a public press release or an official statement from the show and two, apparently the firing had occurred on September 10, 2019. Some 3 months before the announcement. Also, what he shared seemed to suggest that the new showrunner Charles Eglee had a severe problem with his character Mr. Nancy and Jones’ portrayal of the African God. And that his character was “not good for Black America.” I immediately reached out to the actor personally to talk to him about the situation and this podcast episode is that very discussion. To be clear, this is not an investigative report into the show. Orlando Jones has always been very close to his fans and incredibly supportive of me and others in the Blerd community. That’s why I made the conscious decision to make this a podcast interview because I wanted fans to hear what Jones had to say in his own words. In the discussion, I asked several questions: Why was he fired? Why did he wait so long to tell everyone? Why did the studio wait? What is it that he would like fans to do now that they know? The answers will surprise you. Jones’ situation aside, American Gods has definitely had its share of problems over the past couple of seasons. The show was developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green and based on a sci-fi novel written by Neil Gaiman. Following a stellar first season, Fuller and Green were fired from the series. Following that, it was announced that Gillian Anderson would not be returning to the show as well. Fans were concerned, but not panicked because the nature of the show featured a rotating cast of characters, around Shadoe Moon (Ricky Whittle) and Wednesday/Odin (Ian McShane). Also, after Jones’ incredible guest appearance in Season 1 (which was just 2 scenes by the way), he was brought on as a regular to the series. Freemantle USA, the production company for the show, then announced Season 2 had a new showrunner in Jesse Alexander. According to Jones, that’s where things started going left. Turmoil in the writers’ room, poorly written scenes, last-minute rewrites needed just days before shoots, and more confusion. On the outside, the show seemed to be thriving, but like Emily Browning’s undead character Laura Moon, underneath, the production seemed to be falling apart. At the request of Executive Producers, Jones was asked to take on much of the co-writing responsibilities himself (of the POC characters at least). Including Anansi’s “Slavery is a cult” speech of Season 2 in episode 4 at the mortuary between Mr. Nancy, goddess Bilquis and Mr. Ibis (Demore Barnes), where they discuss the real-life issue of human trafficking. A scene that regained popularity after going to streaming and actually went viral last month. Apparently, after Jones had been fired. For the past few weeks, we’ve seen announcements of new cast members such as Wale, Danny Trejo and Julia Sweeney, as well as more of the original cast such as Crispin Glover (Mr. World) leaving the show. But until this last weekend, no one really knew what was going on. Since this interview, both Mousa Kraish (Jinn) and Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney) have announced they were let go from the show as well. And they along with original showrunner Bryan Fuller and original writer Neil Gaiman showed support on twitter to Jones as well. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN CLICK HERE FOR TRANSCRIPT Take a listen, and as always, please comment and subscribe. The post PODCAST: EXCLUSIVE Orlando Jones talks about what went down on American Gods in his own words appeared first on theblerdgurl.
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