The Sci-Fi Sigh Podcast

By Amber & Ben Wallin

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Join Amber and Ben for their weekly podcast about staying on the same page in their marriage and in the wonderful world of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy

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Let the Black Sun Warm You Up | Episode 98
00:54:50

Let’s the Black Sun Warm You Up | Episode 98 

Join us in a discussion on Rebecca Roanhorse’s novel, Black Sun. We talk sex scenes in books, the animals we would like to see through, and going from zero to hero.    

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Aug 16, 2022
Get Out (Of Your Feelings) | Episode 97
00:55:15

Get Out (Of Your Feelings)  | Episode 97 

 

Join us in a discussion of the Jordan Peele film, Get Out (2016). We talk about tears, body-swapping, and wealthy Democrats with upstate New York vacation homes. 

 

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Aug 09, 2022
The Double of Us : A Review of Us | Episode 96
01:04:15

The Double of Us : A Review of Us | Episode 96 

Join us in a discussion of Jordan Peele film, Us (2019). We talk about the Gothic idea of the double, chore philosophy, and exploring tunnels and abandon places like the Tweed Tunnels and the Hudson River State Hospital. 

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Aug 02, 2022
The Yeses of the Negatives: A Review of Nope | Episode 95
00:58:22

The Yeses of the Negatives: A Review of Nope | Episode 95 

Join us in a discussion of Jordan Peele’s new film, Nope. We talk about analog cameras, grandmas and brown eyes.

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Jul 26, 2022
Coltan, Cotton and Nicki Minaj Lullabies | Episode 94
00:38:40

Coltan, Cotton and Nicki Minaj Lullabies | Episode 94 

We discussed the film, Neptune Frost, directed by Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman. Join us in a conversation that ranges from awful reverends, modern plantations, and tea parties. 

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Jul 19, 2022
Drink Your Water and Find Your Purpose: A Discussion of the Showtime series, The Man Who Fell to Earth | Episode 93
00:58:40

Drink Your Water and Find Your Purpose: A Discussion of the Showtime series, The Man Who Fell to Earth | Episode 93

We watched the first season of The Man Who Fell To Earth created by Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman. We discussed terrible people, finding your purpose and saving the world. 

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Jul 13, 2022
The Freedom of Independent Films: A Review of The Watermelon Man | Episode 92
00:48:11

The Freedom of Independent Films: A Review of The Watermelon Man | Episode 92

We watched The Watermelon Man directed by Melvin Van Peebles. Join us in a discussion on being in the South from Chicago, and all the different kinds of racism.

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  1. WATERMELON MAN - Movie Review by Kicking the Seat
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Jul 06, 2022
Love Thy Neighbor in the Apocalypse | Episode 91
00:32:33

Love Thy Neighbor in the Apocalypse | Episode 91

Today for Episode 91,  we discussed the film American Refugee directed by Ali LeRoi. We also talked about dealing with neighbors, money-confidence and skills for the apocalypse.

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Jun 28, 2022
Tasting the “Bitter Root”| Episode 90
00:52:12

Tasting the “Bitter Root”| Episode 90

Today for Episode 90,  we discussed the comic book series Bitter Root created by David F. Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene. We also talked about the bizarreness of grading people’s felatio, taking care of yourself and being different for the sake of being different.

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Jun 21, 2022
A Tiny Discussion on the film “Little” | Episode 89
00:46:50

Join Ben and Amber as they discuss “body maturity” films as a genre, the genius productions of Marsai Martin, and Issa Rae’s mumbling humor. Amber also promises a good Father's day. Considering Ben's success on Mother's Day, should we believe her? 

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Jun 14, 2022
Learning to Dance, Too Much Memory and Community Time: A Discussion of The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe | Episode 88
00:56:40

We discuss Ben’s pathetic dance moves, erasing memories and time as currency. We also discuss the convoluted nature of cyberpunk and reading your own work. Check out our mixed review of The Memory Librarian.

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Jun 07, 2022
Spilt Milk, Rewriting Your Past, and Time Travel: A Review of Eve L. Ewing’s Electric Arches  | Episode 87
01:00:00

We discuss the more serious repercussions of spilt milk, the beauty of rewriting your past and, of course, time travel of a sorts. We read Eve. L. Ewing’s poetry collection which The Intercept describes as a “beautiful blending of stark realism with the surreal and fantastic.”

 

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May 31, 2022
Divorce Representation, Sentient Dreams, and Immigration Metaphors: A Review of “Queen of Bad Dreams” | Episode 86
00:50:31
May 24, 2022
Triggering Birth Stories, Stressed Out Mediums, and Teleporting Assholes to Their Death: A Review of Tenea D. Johnson’s “Broken Fevers” | Episode 85
00:54:49

Hey y’all! We read the collection of short stories, Broken Fevers, by Tenea D. Johnson. This short collection is incredible and a fast read! We discussed genetically modifying your baby and teleporting terrible people to their death. Of course, we started with a discussion of using your sex toys to separate your socks.

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May 17, 2022
Greek Tragedies, Memory and Sex with Your Boss: The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey Part II | Episode 84
00:53:15

Dementia and Video Games:

https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2021/03/420096/playing-virtual-reality-video-game-may-boost-seniors-memory

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May 10, 2022
Assisted Suicide, Alzheimer's and Face Tats for Babies: The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey Part I | Episode 83
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May 03, 2022
"Black"-inking Comics with Writer, Kwanza Osajyefo | Episode 82
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Apr 26, 2022
Interview with the Craft Daddy™ Himself! (starring Mister Larrie) | Episode 81
00:54:30

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Apr 20, 2022
Interview with a Ghost! (starring Danielle Pinnock of Ghosts on CBS) | Episode 80
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Apr 12, 2022
A Wrinkle in My Forehead...*Ahem*...Time | Episode 79
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Apr 05, 2022
Reminiscing on “Twenty Something” | Episode 78
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Mar 29, 2022
One for the “MASTER,” one for the Dame… | Episode 77
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Mar 22, 2022
A Whole Lotta “Soul” | Episode 76
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Mar 15, 2022
Acknowledging our Past with “Son of Ingagi” | Episode 75
00:56:57
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Mar 08, 2022
Tingling Our Senses with "Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse" | Episode 74
01:08:05

In this episode, we talk about Ben’s spiritual awakening, Amber’s judgy eyes, and the AmBen’s that exist in alternate dimensions and also Banksy? We celebrate Peter Ramsey–⅓ of the animator team of “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse.” Watch the 2018 film, and check out episode 74. 

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Mar 01, 2022
Black Leopard, Red Wolf Series 3 (Part 5 & 6) | Episode 73
00:50:29

In our last discussion of Marlon James’s “Black Leopard, Red Wolf” we explore fighting missions with toxic exes, finding compassion for children with trauma, and getting hacked by Turkish teenagers on a quest for Insta-fame. You don’t want to miss Amber and Ben going at it again. Listen now!

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Feb 22, 2022
Black Leopard, Red Wolf Series 2 (Part 3 and 4) | Episode 72
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Feb 15, 2022
Black Leopard, Red Wolf Series 1 (Part 1 & 2) | Episode 71
01:02:01

What’s that you smell, Tracker? African fantasy, map reading, men in dresses and so much more. We can’t wait to talk about nuclear families, hyper-masculinity, and all of Ben’s abandoned toys as we explore Parts 1 and 2 of “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” by Marlon James.

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Feb 08, 2022
On Pins and…Needle in a Timestack  | Episode 70
00:59:52

We watched “Needle in a Timestack” directed by John Ridley on Amazon Prime. Amber talks about celebrating Black History Month, and Ben schools us on new wave science fiction. Join us as we have a fun dialogue about the past, future, and the timeless nature of love.

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Feb 01, 2022
Oh, What a Night..(of the Kings) | Episode 69
01:09:02

We watched “Night of the Kings” directed by Phillip LaCote. Come take a trip to the Ivory Coast with us, and join us for an intimate discussion of belly rubs, authentic casting, and the power of storytelling

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Jan 25, 2022
Merging Past and Present with "Sankofa" | Episode 68
01:07:53

In a world where we have access to revered ruins, and a camera phone in every pocket, Sankofa asks the question “ what remains sacred?” We thank Halie Gerima for this powerful, self-made film, and we stan Ava Duvernay for getting Netflix on board, so that modern day audiences may experience the merger between the past and present.

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Jan 18, 2022
Ghosts and Grief with “The Water Man” | Episode 67
00:53:49

This week we watched "The Water Man" on Netflix, directed by David Oyelowo. We had an emotional talk about immortality, legendary ghost stories and the Irreplaceable Amber Wallin.


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NEXT UP: “Needle in a Time Stack” (Film) on Amazon Prime - Ben turned off the camera at the end on accident, but you get the gist!

Jan 11, 2022
Part III of Lilith's Brood: Imago | Episode 66
00:58:33

All our COVID holiday drama, a 25 min. rant on Selling Tampa, and a light book discussion is what we’re giving this week. Happy New Year Folks! We missed y’all so much, and we’re here to remind you why you missed us too. Whether you read the book or not, join the recap of Octavia Butler’s magic as we wrap up Lilith’s Brood.

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Other Recommendations:

Bitty and Beau’s Coffee in Athens, GA- https://www.bittyandbeauscoffee.com/

Movie Choice-https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7504818/ 

Book to order from your local bookstore- Octavia Butler (Masters of Science Fiction Series) by Gerry Canavan 

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Jan 04, 2022
Comic Book Conventions and AmBen Extensions | Episode 65
00:55:36

Genre snobs, Inclusivity at Comic Book Cons and the myth that is Hot Comedians. Ben and Amber are running on fumes this episode, so prepare to laugh, and stick around for all the end-of-episode-funnies, and always remember “it’s the soul that needs the surgery.”

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Dec 14, 2021
Part II of Lilith's Brood: Adulthood Rites | Episode 64
01:03:40

Amber loves the Who? Weekly, and Ben hates plastic and both of these bookworms Hail Queen Octavia Butler! This week The Sci-Fi Sigh Podcast covered Part II of Lilith’s Brood–Adulthood Rites. Tune in as they “talk that talk” about reproductive control, alien incest, and physicality bias.

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Dec 07, 2021
Part I of Lilith's Brood: Dawn | Episode 63
00:51:52

Aliens, Misogyny and Cat Funerals. On this episode of The Sci-Fi Sigh Podcast, Amber and Ben praise the Mother of Science Fiction, Octavia Butler, reading the classic  Part One (of three) of Lilith’s Brood---Dawn. Enjoy their random musings about Chicago Footwork, cancer infatuation and a fun game of “who would you awaken first” in your immediate family. 

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Nov 30, 2021
"Forging a Nightmare" Interview with Patricia Jackson | Episode 62
01:08:25

Heaven, Hell, and All the Banned Books that are breaking the table!! This week, we sat down with our Teacher of the Year, Patricia Jackson, to talk about her incredible book “Forging A Nightmare.” Find out why black storytelling is Patty’s birthright, and listen to her make good trouble as she fights to blerds (black nerds) everywhere.

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Nov 23, 2021
"Hardears" and Hot Elbows | Episode 61
00:48:40

Tired of your "soul-sucking" job, that's taking all your good vibes? Welp, HARDEARS can relate. Check out this Afro-Caribbean fantasy-adventure graphic novel by Matthew Clarke and Nigel Lynch, and stay tuned for Ben's loopy end-of-show confessions.


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Hardears Instagram Live interview with Matthew Clark and Nigel Lynch

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IG Live on Nov. 20th at 12PM CT

Nov 16, 2021
Ebbing Waves and Wages with Mati Diop’s Atlantique (2019) | Episode 60
01:00:57

Brace for the incredulous impact of this Senegalese film. On this episode we discussed wage wars, virginity tests, and the mindfulness of foreign films. Watch the film that brought Ben to tears on Netflix, and join us for a discussion about “it’s just one thing” that got Amber trippin.’


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Nov 09, 2021
The Cookout for Creators: Horror Noire (2021) | Episode 59
01:02:32

A Mashup of Black authors and Black directors have joined forces to bring audiences a six-part anthology series. We got sirens, cults, vampires, and everyone’s edges are laid. See the stories come to life with cameos from the horror classics you love, and hear our take on all the black magic.

Six Terrifying Tales:

  • “The Lake”
  • “Brand of Evil”
  • “Bride Before You”
  • “Fugue State”
  • “Daddy”
  • “Sundown”

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Nov 02, 2021
Killin' It with "Def by Temptation" | Episode 58
00:53:57

Succubi, incumbi, deceptive Sami and Broke Ass Amber. In this episode we watched “Def by Temptation,” the 1990 American Horror written, directed, and filmed by James Bond III. We were tempted with creature-feature and all the comedy we miss from the 90s. Check out this Shudder film, listen to the episode and let us know what you think.


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Oct 26, 2021
What Happened Miss "Tales from the Hood 2" | Episode 57
00:58:34

We watched this movie, and three words came to mind--*Florida Evans Voice* DAMN, DAMN, DAMN. Listen to us drag, and talk about drag, as we review the 2018 horror anthology film “Tales from the Hood 2,” Co-Directed by Darin Scott and Randy Cundieff.

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Oct 19, 2021
Telling "Tales from the Hood" | Episode 56
00:48:40

Brutality, Blood Evolution and “Back in the Day” Bullies!! Amber and Ben came to unpack a little bit of everything in their discussion of the 1995 horror anthology film, “Tales from the Hood,” directed by Rusty Cundieff and produced by Spike Lee. Brace yourself for the banter.

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Oct 12, 2021
You're the Ganja to My Hess | Episode 55
00:44:39

Hop in your horror time machine, because we’re going back to the 70’s to watch the experimental horror film Ganja & Hess, written and directed by Bill Gunn. This blaxploitation horror created a blueprint that’s prevalent in scary movies today. So honor the ancestors by watching this spooky film, and listening to all our bloody thoughts.


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Oct 05, 2021
Starry Nights with Nicole Glover | Episode 54
00:41:16

Constellations, astrological spells, murder-mystery and a bad ass female lead sign us up. We interviewed Nicole Glover, author of “The Conductors.” Check out this Underground Railroad story with a spellbinding twist, and hear from the maker of magic herself.

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Next Book drops November 9, 2021:

The Undertakers (A Murder & Magic Novel) Paperback

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Sep 28, 2021
I Put a "Spell" on You | Episode 53
00:48:07

Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine, and all the Boogity Dolls you can make. We watched Mark Tonderai's 2020 directorial debut "Spell," and we have some magical conclusions of our own. Join the conversation about Voodoo, country bumpkins, and how to season a baby.

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Sep 21, 2021
One Year Vibes with Amber and Ben | Episode 52
01:00:23

How did this unlikely pair last a year in podcasting without killing each other? Find out on this episode as we answer your questions about sci-fi, marriage, and everything in between. We’re not love experts, but during this episode we discuss our many fights and the Chipotle bowls that always bring us back together.

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Top 10 Picks This Year:

  • The Deep ep.15
  • Freshwater Ep. 8
  • The Lesson ep. 46
  • Binti ep. 7
  • Ring Shout ep. 11
  • The Dark Fantastic Ep. 23
  • Jingle Jangle ep. 14
  • Lovecraft Country Ep. 5
  • Ballad of Black Tom ep. 4
  • The Last Dragon Ep. 26

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Sep 14, 2021
"No Gods, No Monsters" just Cadwell Turnbull | Episode 51
00:58:28

This week the pages are taking us to the U.S. Virgin Islands and beyond with an intimate interview with the oh-so talented Cadwell Turnbull. We'll discuss Turnbull's new book "No Gods, No Monsters," and his first book "The Lesson." Even Ben gets a little emotional during this interview, so press play, and go get that new book folks.



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Sep 07, 2021
The Sweet and Sour of Candyman | Episode 50
00:55:17

Candyman--You can say his name once, but don’t you dare say it five times! This weekend we went to the theater to catch Nia DaCosta’s 2021 rendition of our hooked horror icon. Listen to our take on the new movie as we recap the creature effects, tortured artists troupes, and our thoughts about rooting for DaCosta’s new, buzzing anti-hero.

A Great Review:

https://www.denofgeek.com/movies/candyman-review-horror-movie-update-is-a-missed-opportunity/

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Aug 31, 2021
Bulletproof Love with Luke Cage Part 2 | Episode 49
00:50:52

We finished Season 1 of Luke Cage and we have tons of thoughts on this action-packed series. Join us for as we celebrate this unbreakable anti-hero with discussions of sex-positivity, comic book world-building and therapy in TV shows. Also, don’t forget to submit your Q & A questions as we rally around our podcast’s one-year-anniversary

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Aug 24, 2021
Black and Bulletproof with Luke Cage Part 1 | Episode 48
00:50:04

Black and Bulletproof sign us up! Join us for a fun talk about vigilante heroes, villain anthems, and Mahershala Ali’s sexy ass laugh. Binge the first half of season 1, because you don’t want to miss all the MCU hot goss.

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Aug 17, 2021
Crushing over Comic Books with Nalo Hopkinson | Episode 47
01:05:17

Nalo Hopkinson is a visual artist, and an award-winning author. She is the winner of the John W. Campbell Award, the Sunburst Award, and the World Fantasy award (among others), and lauded as one of our "most inventive and brilliant writers." We are ecstatic and privileged to have her on the show to discuss her work on continuing the Sandman Universe in the amazing ‘House of Whispers,’ a self-contained 3-volume tale.


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Aug 10, 2021
"The Lesson" Learned | Episode 46
00:53:32

Hot Island Gossip meets Alien love stories, what more could Amber and Ben ask for in a book? This week we read Cadwell Turnbull’s “The Lesson.” Take a splash into the waters of the Virgin Islands and join us for a discussion about perilous pranks, spiritual spins and knucking when you buck.

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Aug 03, 2021
Scary-Good Black Storytelling with NIGHTLIGHT's Tonia Ransom | Episode 45
01:10:40

Black horror writers have been overlooked for years, and Tonia Ransom has something to say about it. Ransom created NIGHTLIGHT-- an audio drama podcast featuring horror written by Black authors and performed by Black actors. She’s committed to centering black horror authors and ensuring they’re paid for their work. Join us for a scary-good interview about diversity, literacy, and werewolves.

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Check out NIGHTLIGHT at https://nightlightpod.com/

Risen Novella Book: https://www.amazon.com/Risen-Novella-Tonia-Ransom-ebook/dp/B08LL5CSB2

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Jul 27, 2021
Full Court Press with "Space Jam 2: A New Legacy" | Episode 44
00:55:15

It took 25 years, but Malcolm D. Lee, King James, and Bugs Bunny teamed up to bring you “Space Jam 2: A New Legacy.” Join us for a Looney conversation about thriving black nerds, parental expectations and Warner Bros. slam-dunking their CV in our faces.


Resources:


Atlantic Article-

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2021/07/space-jam-a-new-legacy-movie-review/619440/


Article on Jerry Lawson Inventor of Video Game Catridge- https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/02/22/jerry-lawson-the-black-man-who-revolutionized-gaming-as-we-know-it


Black Animator Article-

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210715-has-hollywood-animation-truly-left-racism-behind


Twitter Thread “First Generation of Men that have to work harder”-

https://www.instagram.com/p/CRCmv0dANXY/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link


Report on Black Representation Within the Speculative Short Fiction Market:

https://firesidefiction.com/blackspecfic


Stephen A. Smith apology to comments about Shohei Ohtani’s “Marketability”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/stephen-smith-shohei-ohtani-how-racism-gets-coded-concerns-over-n1274003


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Jul 20, 2021
"Sleight" on Time | Episode 43
00:52:25

Pick a card, any card...and feast your eyes on the 2016 film Sleight, directed by JD Dillard. This magical, scientific mash-up sparked a discussion on flipping tropes, monetizing your hobbies, and the danger of not ordering your partner a #1 on fast food menus. Seriously, just get the number one.

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Jul 13, 2021
Down by Eve's Bayou | Episode 42
00:51:25

Who says you can’t mix Voodooism and Christianity? We watched Kasi Lemmons’s directorial debut “Eve’s Bayou,” starring a young Jurnee Smollett and an even younger Samuel L. Jackson. Take in this 1997 classic and join us for a discussion about the matrix of memory, Southern Hospitality, and the mystery of the Director’s Cut.

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Book about Grief Referenced in Episode:

Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief: A Revolutionary Approach to Understanding and Healing the Impact of Loss by Claire Bidwell Smith


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Jul 06, 2021
We're Not "Sorry to Bother You" | Episode 41
00:57:12

Union busting, performance art, and soul-selling in the name of capitalism are just a few of the topics we get into as we discuss Boots Riley’s 2018 film “Sorry to Bother You.” This film is a “horse” of a different color-- starring Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson who bring their “white voice” and artistic talents to the big screen, respectively.

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Jun 29, 2021
The Scary Truth about "The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2" | Episode 40
00:53:44

We went to the movies to see “The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2,” directed by Deon Taylor, and... the popcorn was delicious. In this episode, we discuss mishandling women in film, playing ableism for laughs, and how Katt Williams attempted to carry this movie on his back. Get ready for another scary good roast.

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Jun 22, 2021
So...We Met the Blacks | Episode 39
00:43:58

Directed by Deon Taylor, starring Mike Epps, and dragged by Amber and Ben Wallin, Meet the Blacks is a comedy/horror that uncovers what happens when no expense is spared on celebrity cameos. Watch the movie, grab a drink and listen to us recap this purge parody, ultra low-budget funny.


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Jun 15, 2021
Reading and Riding through "The Underground Railroad" | Episode 38
00:40:15

We've reached the last stop of "The Underground Railroad." We took a trip with, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Colson Whitehead through a powerful story that prompted discussions of divine anxiety, American labor practices, and the commodification of black bodies. Join us as we close out this incredible story.


Source:

https://screenrant.com/underground-railroad-show-book-comparison-differences-explained/


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Jun 08, 2021
Ending the Series through "The Underground Railroad" | Episode 37
01:00:49

Sometimes, " a useful delusion is better that a useless truth," and this alternate history got right to America's reality. This week we finished watching the second half of "The Underground Railroad" directed by Barry Jenkins. Join us for an emotional dialogue about respectability politics, PTSD and the creative spirit of Black Americans.


Vulture Article:

https://www.vulture.com/tv/the-underground-railroad/


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Jun 01, 2021
Beginning our Journey through "The Underground Railroad" | Episode 36
00:54:26

Based on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize winning book with the same title, The Underground Railroad directed by Barry Jenkins explores America’s unresolved, tormented past. Watch episodes 1 through 5, and join us for a weighted conversation about the business of slavery, the ethics of suicide, and the precision Jenkins uses to tell Black stories.




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May 25, 2021
Unhappy Endings with Yasuke | Episode 35
00:33:51

We conclude the epic first season of LeSean Thomas’ Yasuke! We discuss the ever charming and wonderful musician, Thundercat, and we, eventually, analyze the final three episodes of season 1. Tune in to talk excessively long fight scenes, Magical Negro stereotypes, and the powerful potential of Yasuke’s future.

May 18, 2021
Meeting Yasuke Halfway | Episode 34
00:45:07

Created by the brilliant LeSean Thomas and starring the soothing voice of Lakeith Stanfield, Yasuke is an alternate history of epic proportions. We discuss episodes 1 through 3 and the difference between alternate history and revisionist history. We go down the in and outs of missionaries and their respective...positions. And of course no conversation would be complete without a discussion of having too much power.

May 11, 2021
To Trade or Not to Trade | Episode 33
00:50:45

We got a short story, with a long dialogue. We discuss “The Space Traders” by Civil Rights activist Derrick Bell. This small tale is more prescient now than its first publication in 1992. Tune in for a discussion of unhealthy patriotism, unwritten traditions and unfit congressmen in the sunken place.


Georgia Voting Law

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/04/georgia-voting-rights-fiasco/618537/


Dark Matter ed. by Sheree Renee Thomas


Obama and Bell

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/03/the-sci-fi-story-that-offends-oversensitive-white-conservatives/254232/


Nisi Shawl’s Article

https://www.tor.com/2017/12/06/old-and-cold-the-space-traders-by-derrick-bell/



May 07, 2021
Livin' Just Enough for "The City We Became" | Episode 32
00:54:41

We enter the beautiful underworlds of cities, the bad-assery of Jemisin, and the discovery of gods among us while considering the only way Ben would go on a cruise. Join us as we discuss N.K. Jemisin’s most recent book “The City We Became.” Listen and share which of your city’s hidden gems feel like an alternate dimension.

Apr 30, 2021
It's Us Against "Them" | Episode 31
01:02:47

One man’s degradation porn is another man’s grieving process. We sat down to recap the controversial Amazon TV Series “Them,” directed by Little Marvin and produced by Lena Waite. Join our discussion of Black Slash horror, haunting violence, and the effortless ingenuity of Jordan Peele.


Resources:



Apr 23, 2021
MIBoo!! International | Episode 30
00:46:00

This week we reviewed the 2019 film MIB: International with the dynamic duo of Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. F. Gary Gray, director of such classics as “Set It Off” and “Friday,” came into reboot the franchise. We discuss immigration, controlling creators, and drinking Thor’s beer.


Sources Referenced:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/behind-sonys-lackluster-men-black-relaunch-rewrites-infighting-no-urgency-1218949

https://www.vulture.com/2019/06/why-dark-phoenix-and-men-in-black-international-flopped.html


Apr 16, 2021
Baes In Futureland | Episode 29
00:49:43

This week we read Walter Mosley’s short story cycle Futureland. Find out what happens when an Edgar award-winning mystery author dips his toe into the waters of near-future Science Fiction. We discuss book clubs, toxic work environments, and anti-establishment millennials.

Apr 09, 2021
Another Round With Black Lightning | Episode 28
00:56:10

Jefferson Pierce is back with his whole family as backup. We have mad scientists galore, cell regeneration roadkill, poison knives, and godly health clinics. Not to mention a dash of white supremacy. Black Lightning does it all. Join us as we discuss Black Lightning season 2.

Season 2 Breakdown:

The Book of Consequences

The Book of Blood

The Book of Rebellion

The Book of Secrets

The Book of the Apocalypse

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-religious-health-care-restrictions-often-take-patients-by-surprise/

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/religious-freedom-rule-could-cause-significant-damage-lgbtq-health-care-n1001996

Apr 02, 2021
Meteor Mania | Episode 27
01:01:00

Before the wonder of Black Lightning, Black Panther, and Luke Cage, there was The Meteor Man. The Meteor Man can do it all--X-ray super vision, super strength, and of course, telepathy with dogs only. Robert Townsend’s camp of the superhero genre was years ahead of its time despite some significant set-backs. Power up and watch this cult classic with us

Circles & Ciphers:

www.circlesandciphers.org/#programming Chicago Police Torture- Jon Burge:

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2021/2/3/22263444/new-chicago-police-torture-archive-details-acts-of-jon-burge-and-underlings

Mar 26, 2021
Breathing Fire With The Last Dragon | Episode 26
00:59:01

What do you get when you combine Michael Shultz’s direction with Berry Gordy’s bops? The 1985 smash hit “The Last Dragon.” Kick some ass with this fusion of 80’s NYC, Bruce Lee inspiration and anti-racism. Decades ahead of its time, this cult classic is a must see for every fantasy fan.


Harvard Research Study on Asian Students Article:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2018/06/23/us/confronting-asian-american-stereotypes.amp.html

Mar 19, 2021
Down Home Nine Bar Blues | Episode 25
00:54:18

We read the short story cycle, Nine Bar Blues. Giant cicadas, Beale Street Blues, and a devil at the crossroads, what else could you want from Southern fiction? This ain’t no Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County, this here is Sheree’s Memphis.

Other Sources:

Mixtape v. Album- https://www.vice.com/en/article/rmx446/the-real-difference-between-a-mixtape-and-an-album Black Justin Bieber-https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/nation/atlanta-justin-bieber

Mar 12, 2021
You Better Naught Cross Me Mate | Episode 24
00:50:34

If you loved Wakanda get ready for an Afro-centric world like no other. We watched Naughts and Crosses on Peacock TV-- written by Malorie Blackman and co-directed Koby Adom. This alternate-history story set the game in motion for a discussion of black power, black culture and black band-aids.

Mar 05, 2021
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantastic | Episode 23
00:54:09

We read "The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games" by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas. The book was recently awarded a World Fantasy Award for 2020.
Amber and Ben come to terms with imagination gaps, toxic twitter feeds, and “slash fiction.” For once Ben knows more about social media than Amber.

Feb 26, 2021
Where There's Thunder, There's Black Lightning | Episode 22
00:43:55

A mostly spoiler-free review of the first season of Black Lightning. Yeah, Black Lightning is fine, but it's Lala, Jill Scott aka Lady Eve, and Tobias Whale that carry this show. We discuss D&D alignment, creator controversy, and awkward family dinners.

  • https://deadline.com/2018/12/salim-akil-accuser-interview-abuse-love-is-own-cancellation-1202524042/ https://www.newsweek.com/black-lightning-season-4-canceled-why-ending-cw-painkiller-1567533
Feb 19, 2021
That Author Is Poison | Episode 21
00:45:24

If I were you, I'd take precaution....
This week we read Master of Poisons by Andrea Hairston. This book has everything—climate change, blood magic, spirit zombies, pirates, and queer love. We stan all 500 pages of this epic fantasy. We also discuss what makes epic fantasy “epic.”

Feb 12, 2021
His House or Her Horror? | Episode 20
00:53:20

Directed by Remi Weekes, His House follows the story of Bol (Sope Dirisu) and Rial (Wunmi Mosaku), two asylum-seekers who've survived a tortuous journey across the Mediterranean from Sudan. We discuss assimilation, survivor’s guilt, and the horror of living in a dilapidated building.

  • To learn more about the Mediterranean passage of immigrants check out this article: https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/protection/operations/5592bd059/sea-route-europe-mediterranean-passage-age-refugees.html
  • Roger Ebert Review: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/his-house-movie-review-2020
Feb 05, 2021
An Otherworldly Interview with Author Nisi Shawl | Episode 19
00:50:37

This week Amber and Ben sat down with Author Nisi Shawl to talk about their most recent book "Talk Like A Man," and their editing work for the 2020 World Fantasy award winning collection "New Suns".
Nisi Shawl’s essay "Crash Course in Science Fiction" has been a guide for this podcast, but Nisi has also won an Otherwise Award (formerly the Tiptree Award) for their short collection "Filter House" and has been a Nebula finalist and Otherwise Honoree for their novel "Everfair," an alternate history in which the Congo overthrows King Leopold II’s genocidal regime.
Finally, Nisi is an educator and they co-wrote "Writing the Other: A Practice Approach," now the standard text on diverse character representation in the imaginative genres.

Jan 29, 2021
Overjoyed and Overwhelmed with "An Oversimplification of Her Beauty" | Episode 18
00:35:48

Speculative or pretentious? Terence Nance's An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is a fusion of stop-motion, animation, and camera phone footage is a headache, and heartache of unrequited art-school love.
A tedious arthouse film where humans can be either satellites or planets either mindlessly revolving or gropingly gravitating. Smoke some weed and bring your notebook for this glorious stench.

Jan 22, 2021
Fighting with a Riot Baby | Episode 17
00:38:02

This cocktail of X-Men superpowers, the prison industrial complex, hyper-militarization of police, and hundred of years of racism spotlighted with viral videos of today is an ambitious novella. The alternate history, just a little bit, to the left of our world takes on a lot, maybe too much.
We discuss trauma porn, actual prison rodeos, god-like powers, and the future of incarceration in Tochi Onyebuchi's novella Riot Baby.

Jan 15, 2021
BRB, I'll "See You Yesterday" | Episode 16
00:49:22

Predestination or free-will? Stefon Bristol’s directorial debut, See You Yesterday, is a brilliant nod to time travel narratives while reflecting the horrors of our time. We talk kid-scientists, annoying high schoolers, fate, BLM and Spike Lee. Ya Dig?

References:

  • The Venus Effect by Violet Allen https://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-venus-effect/
Jan 08, 2021
Deep Black Sea | Episode 15
00:43:46

We review the novella, The Deep, by Rivers Solomon with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes. Add it to the oeuvre of mermaid fiction, but unlike The Little Mermaid, the merfolk of this world don’t lose their voice. We discuss terror management theory, air guns, mermaid cunnilingus and not much more.

  • The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin: https://learning.hccs.edu/faculty/emily.klotz/engl1302-6/readings/the-ones-who-walk-away-from-omelas-ursula-le-guin/view
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin The Freedom of the Shifting Seas by Jaymee Goh Terror Management Theory and the COVID-19 Pandemic: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7498956/#:~:text=With%20his%20colleagues%20Jeff%20Greenberg,results%20from%20the%20uniquely%20human
Jan 01, 2021
Jingle Bells, Jangle Bells | Episode 14
00:50:41

We review the instant Christmas classic of this year--Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey directed by David E. Talbert. Turns out the best Christmas movies lead to discussion of ensoulment, A.I. euthanization, the fusion of magic and science, and lost opportunities.
Also grab a Kleenex for an Afrobeats snowball fight with steampunk custom design. I’m not crying, you’re crying.

Dec 25, 2020
It's Something About the Name Black Jesus | Episode 13
00:53:20

Prepare ye the way for Black Jesus! Straight Outta Compton, Black Jesus, created by the genius Aaron McGruder adds to the long list of Jesus fantasies. This Jesus brings a whole new take on our Lord and Savior. So kick back, light a joint, and watch this holy series.

Dec 18, 2020
Busting Cannons with Carmilla K | Episode 12
00:48:36

What do you get when you shake Mecha, Weird Western, and Afrofuturism? The gonzo fiction of Cannon Busters. We review the anime, Canon Busters, created by the Bronx-born and Japan-based Black creator LeSean Thomas. We don’t know anime, so we get some help from, long-time anime fan,Carmilla.

Dec 11, 2020
Let's Ring, Let's Shout (feat. Author P. Djeli Clark) | Episode 11
01:07:13

We are joined by the Locus and Nebula award winning author, P. Djeli Clark to discuss his new book Ring Shout. The New York Times describes the novella as “a fantastical, brutal and thrilling triumph of the imagination.” Educator, historian and author, we drink and discuss this amazing novella.

Purchase the book here:

  • https://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/book/9781250767028
  • Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Volume 1) Book by Kwame Mbalia https://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/book/9781368042413
  • Heritage by Countee Cullen https://liberal-arts.wright.edu/sites/liberal-arts.wright.edu/files/page/attachments/Heritage_CounteeCullen.pdf
  • https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/12/second-klan/509468/
Dec 04, 2020
Welcome To Kati Kati, FYI You're Dead | Episode 10
00:53:34

What happens when you die? Kati Kati, the Kenyan film by Mbithi Masya, gives you the answer you probably don’t want. Joining the long list of afterlife stories like No Exit, The Good Place and The Lovely Bones, Kati Kati, meaning “in-between” in Swahili, is a fresh take on the purgatory story.

Nov 27, 2020
Who You Calling Sweetheart? | Episode 9
00:51:07

Vox Article:How would you survive on an island haunted by a killer aqua monster? How would you survive both lower demons with nipple piercings and the demonic, but sexy voice of Billy Zane? We have two Final Black Girls, Kiersey Clemons and Jada Pinkett Smith, teaching us about surviving monsters and demons. Join us as we discuss survival horror, real creature effects and the Final Girl trope in Sweetheart (2019) and Demon Knight (1995).

https://www.vox.com/2015/10/30/9645674/final-girls

https://www.vulture.com/2019/11/the-secrets-of-sweethearts-surprisingly-complex-sea-monster.html

Nov 20, 2020
So Freshwater, So Clean (feat. Divya Balan) | Episode 8
01:00:32

Akwaeke Emezi had their novel debut two years ago and was shortlisted for the transphobic Women’s Prize. Akwaeke, in powerful protest, decided to renege their newest novel, The Death of Vivek Oji, from the award. Take that Adele. We celebrate this incredible author and their debut novel Freshwater, a story about gods, Igbo spirituality and blood sacrifice. We are joined by our neighbor, Divya. Because neighbors read together.
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/oct/05/akwaeke-emezi-shuns-womens-prize-request-for-details-of-sex-as-defined-by-law
https://www.thecut.com/2018/01/writer-and-artist-akwaeke-emezi-gender-transition-and-ogbanje.html
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/nov/15/freshwater-akwaeke-emezi-book-review-nigeria

Nov 13, 2020
Binti Around the World and Ay Yi Yi | Episode 7
00:57:37

Sentient ships, nano-bots, and mathematical power come together in Nnedi Okorafor’s coming-of-age trilogy, Binti. Okorafor’s trilogy has been greenlit by Hulu and her debut novel, Who Fears Death will also be showing up on HBO. Okorafor is a powerhouse and we will be watching and reading her works aplenty in the near and distant future.

Where to buy the book: https://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/book/9780756416935

Corrections: The Himba tribe are in the region of Namibia, not Nigeria.

Nov 06, 2020
A Black Box Full of Bad Hair | Episode 6
00:54:47

There is no better way to wrap October then with two new horror films. Join us as we discuss Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr.’s Black Box, and Justin Simien’s Bad Hair.
Part I: Black Box
Part II: Bad Hair
Other References:
https://shadowandact.com/amazon-black-box-film-jay-ellis-interview
Book-Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from 1890s to Present

Oct 30, 2020
My Lovecraft Tis’ of Thee | Episode 5
01:07:19

Listen as Amber and Ben relive and revere all the incredible moments Season 1 of Lovecraft Country had to offer: Episode 1: Sundown Episode 2: Whitey’s on the Moon Episode 3: Holy Ghost Episode 4: A History of Violence Episode 5: Strange Case Episode 6: Meet Me in Daegu Episode 7: I Am Episode 8: Jig-a-Bobo Episode 9: Rewind 1921 Episode 10:Full Circle

Other References:

  • More on Lovecraft Episodes: https://disgruntledharadrim.com/2020/10/01/lovecraft-country-some-words/#more-11030
  • Bessie Stringfield’s: https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2020/09/28/bessie-stringfield-lovecraft-country
  • Learn more about Queer Bronzeville: http://outhistory.org/exhibits/show/queer-bronzeville
  • The History of Topsy and Bopsy: https://disgruntledharadrim.com/2020/10/09/a-grotesque-caricature/#more-11104
Oct 23, 2020
Hey Lovecraft, Meet LaValle | Episode 4
00:48:24

Victor LaValle inverted Lovecraft with his 2016 novella The Ballad of Black Tom. Tune in for an other-worldly discussion of the end times, cosmic horror and racial puberty as we explore this award-winning story.


Other Sources:

https://www.imaginaryworldspodcast.org/inverting-lovecraft.html http://strangehorizons.com/non-fiction/reviews/the-ballad-of-black-tom-by-victor-lavalle/

Oct 16, 2020
Back to Blacula and the Exploration of Horror Noire | Episode 3
00:49:03

Watch Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror directed by Xavier Neal-Burgin. Featuring actors Keith David, Tony Todd, and Rachel True, director Jordan Peele, and author Tananarive Due. The film is inspired by the astounding film critic Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman who wrote a history book on black horror called Horror Noire. Listen as Amber and Ben breakdown the six phases of Black representation in horror films:

  • Phase 1: Black People as Monsters
  • Phase 2: Black People as Slapstick Comedy Phase
  • 3: The Atomic Age Phase
  • 4: Blaxploitation and Hood Heroes Phase
  • 5: The Sacrificial and Magical Negro Phase
  • 6: Renaissance and Black Horror Also! Watch Blacula directed by William Craine starring William Marshall.


Other References: -Nnedi Okorafor article “Stephen King’s Super-Duper Magical Negroes” -Nightlight Podcast Interview with Tananarive Due -Women & Children First Presents: N.K. Jemisin's THE CITY WE BECAME By Orbit LIVE! -Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present by Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman

Oct 09, 2020
The Old Guard and the New G.O.A.T. | Episode 2
00:52:08

Gina Prince-Bythewood is a black director, and icon, who brought us Beyond the Lights, The Secret Life of Bees, and, most notably, Love & Basketball. She is the first black woman to direct a major comic book film. We will be reviewing... no, celebrating Gina Prince-Bythewood's 2020 film The Old Guard.

Oct 02, 2020
Kindred v. Antebellum | Episode 1
00:54:34

Amber & Ben take a deep dive--reviewing Octavia Butler's 1979 classic book Kindred and 2020's film Antebellum starring Janelle Monae. Check out what we loved, loathed, and everything in between.

Sep 24, 2020
The Sci-Fi Sigh | Trailer
00:01:13

A podcast about Black Science Fiction and Fantasy hosted by Amber & Ben

Sep 23, 2020