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Fantastic Blackness

Fantastic Blackness

By Fantastic Blackness

Fantastic Blackness is a bimonthly podcast by Tavia Nyong’o and Shanté Paradigm Smalls focused on Black Queer Trans art, politics, aesthetics, and news. Features interviews with artmakers, reviews of art shows, stage plays, books, film and television, and topical discussion.
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Hip Hop Heresies
Hip Hop Heresies
Hosts Shanté Paradigm Smalls and Tavia Nyong'o discuss Shanté's new book, Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York CityThanks to our ace producer Alex van Gils and to NYU Press for the cover image of Hip Hop Heresies. Artwork by Qrky. Music in this episode by B.Q.E. “Understand/Overstand” and Blocka Beats, “Peace and Grow.” Peace Out! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01:00:04
April 18, 2022
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins pt. 2
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins pt. 2
In this two part conversation with MacArthur Genius Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Shanté and Tav discuss making black theater and television now. In addition to Branden’s work on adapting Octavia Butler’s novel Kindred (1979) and Alan Moore’s Watchmen (1986) to the screen, topics discussed include #WhiteTheaterWeSeeYou , #BlackLiveMatter, and the enduring influence of Performance Studies on all three.Part 2 of 2. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
50:33
January 15, 2022
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins pt. 1
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins pt. 1
In this two part conversation with MacArthur Genius Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Shanté and Tav discuss making black theater and television now. In addition to Branden’s work on adapting Octavia Butler’s novel Kindred (1979) and Alan Moore’s Watchmen (1986) to the screen, topics discussed include #WhiteTheaterWeSeeYou , #BlackLiveMatter, and the enduring influence of Performance Studies on all three.Part 1 of 2. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
53:28
October 03, 2021
Spooky Pride
Spooky Pride
For the first episode of season two of Fantastic Blackness, hosts Tav and Shanté discuss Lovecraft Country, and what could have been (and may still be if picked up by another streaming service or network) on Season 2.For show notes, check out the substack: https://fantasticblackness.substack.com/p/spooky-pride-2021-hbos-lovecraft Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
59:11
July 13, 2021
Becoming Human
Becoming Human
Hosts Shanté and Tav sit down with author Zakiyyah Iman Jackson to break down her new book: Becoming Black: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World. You can find Professor Jackson's book on her website: https://www.zakiyyahimanjackson.com.Cover art contains artwork from the book's original cover art by Nandipha Mntambo, the piece is called Europa, from 2008. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01:08:15
March 21, 2021
The Fire This Time
The Fire This Time
Hosts Shanté and Tav discuss things Black and Fantastic from within the COVID-19 pandemic and a heightened anti-Black racial pandemic. Our hosts reflect on academia, performative allyship, and share their pandemic playlists and reading lists. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01:09:47
August 28, 2020
Butler's Parable Series
Butler's Parable Series
Hosts Shanté and Tav welcome guest Jayna Brown (Media Studies, Pratt Institute) to discuss Octavia Butler’s Parable series and her forthcoming book, Black Utopias.Recorded via videoconferencing during COVID-19 quarantine.This episode's image contains original book cover artwork by John Jude Palencar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01:16:10
May 05, 2020
Watching Watchmen
Watching Watchmen
Hosts Shanté and Tav discuss HBO’s recently completed Watchmen series and how it broke boundaries in its reckoning with legacies of racism. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01:05:53
February 11, 2020
Black Fantasy
Black Fantasy
Hosts Shanté and Tavia discuss fantasy as genre being particularly relevant to Black folks—it includes and venerates oral traditions, myth, and folklore over or included alongside technology and hard science. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
51:20
December 06, 2019
All About Janelle
All About Janelle
In this debut episode, co-hosts Shanté and Tav introduce the themes of the podcast — which will consider race and speculation in all their manifestations — and breakdown the career to date of Janelle Monáe, a music icon of afrofuturism. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
35:28
October 02, 2019