Category Archives: Web Series

The Book of Mojo: the world needs this!

Another black girl super hero may be taking a bow soon . Former Pixar animator Everett Downing is making his self-published comic into an animated series and the teaser looks killer:

The story follows 13 year old Lucretia “Lucy” Jenkins who, with the help of her spirit guide Mojo, learns to use her magical powers for good. Downing describes it as “Harry Potter meets The Wire.” I’m there for it!

You can read the Essence interview with Downing here. Here’s an excerpt where Downing explains why he made the protagonist a black girl:

Why did you choose to make the main character a Black girl?
In the beginning, she was a little Polish girl. But then I remember at the time, I was like, ‘Man, I don’t see our faces, like I don’t see African-American faces in comics.’ Then I was like, ‘What am I talking about? If I want to see it, I have to do it.’ At the time when I was developing it, my daughter was not born yet and my wife had just found out she was pregnant.
I was like, ‘You know what? I need to start putting this imagery out here.’

Yes you do, Everett. And we thank you for it.

The Book of Mojo web site is here, where you can read the comic and learn more about the characters.

Shout out to member Treehouse31 for finding this gem! Let us know if you find any other projects like this that we can promote and support!

Whitesplaining Explained

Franchesca Ramsey’s MTV Decoded videos are some of the best things ever posted on YouTube.  Her discussions on race and racism are timely, informative and don’t pull any punches.  I love them all, but her recent video “White People Whitesplain Whitesplaining” is probably one of my all time favorites.

It shows how even someone who truly thinks they’re doing something good and well-meaning can be harmful and offensive.  Watch and be amused amazed:

And if that wasn’t awesome enough, one of the comments that the video received certainly is.  Just not in a good way.

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Amanda Seales releases her hilarious new comedy

As if you didn’t need yet another reason to log onto YouTube during your lunch hour, actress and comedian Amanda Seales has released a new scripted comedy series Get Your Life on The Awkward Black Girl Issa Rae’s popular YouTube channel.

The series is based on her own life. “Basically, I’m living a life that is meant for the enjoyment for others to laugh at,” Seales told The Huffington Post.

“Seventy-five percent of the show is actual shit that happens,” Seales said. The rest is a mix of hilarious skits and comical characters like Seales as “Toprah Shanks,” a hysterically funny and fictional talk-show host she and her friend created in 2007 and have since developed.

You can read the rest of the interview with Amanda on the link above. You can watch the first episode right here! I don’t suggest you watch this at work unless you want people to look at you funny while you try to control your laughter…

‘Surviving’ Episode 1

The first episode of Reagan Gomez’s webseries Surviving has finally been released, and just as I suspected it’s as awesome I thought it would be.  It’s short, only ten minutes, but it’s a good set up to the horrors that are going to come down the line for our heroine, Dr. Shayla Robinson.

If you watch nothing else today, please watch Surviving and continue to support the series as the rest of the episodes are released.

‘Surviving’ Trailer Debut

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One of the things I love most about Twitter is finding out about wonderful things that I otherwise would never have known about.  Actress Reagan Gomez’s upcoming web series, Surviving, is just one of those gems.

According the crowdfunding website that she used to fund the project, Indiegogo, the following is the synopsis for the series:

Survivng The Dead is a webseries that follows Shayla. Shayla is a nurse who’s working in a hospital when a mysterious “flu” takes over the city. Shayla is forced to flee the city with her younger sister Lucy. They soon discover that the virus, is a lot more serious than anyone could have ever imagined. Not only is their father somehow involved with the virus, Shayla and Lucy are now being hunted by the Government. Shayla and Lucy are in a race against time to not only find their father, but save the fate of mankind.”

Unfortunately, I can’t embed the video here, but the trailer on Reagan Gomez’s website is definitely worth the two minute running time.  I’m always here for any kind of genre story with a woman of color as the lead, and judging by the trailer Surviving looks like it’s going to be terrific.  The production quality looks amazing, and Shayla’s journey already has me  intrigued.  It only took a couple of minutes to get me hooked, and I’ll be waiting with bated breath for the series’ October release.