“Barracoon”: Zora Neale Hurston’s Newest Work is Finally Published.

Hello Lovelies,

Today we bring you exciting news.

As you all know, we at Black Chick Media are huge fans of literary icon Zora Neale Hurston. This week, her previously unreleased book titled Barracoon debuted at number 2 on the New York Times Best Seller List.

Barracoon, named after the barracks that enslaved Africans were kept in before being forced onto slave ships, tells the story of Cudjo Lewis. Lewis was believed to be the last living person captured in Africa and brought to America as a slave in 1959, more than 50 after the slave trade was outlawed in the United States.

Zora Neale Hurston Barracoon

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The work is not only important because of its subject matter. Barracoon, has singlehandedly reignited scholarly interest in Hurston as a social scientist. While Hurston is known to most for her works of fiction such as “Their Eyes Were Watching God” and “Moses, Man of The Mountain”, she was also a groundbreaking anthropologist and ethnographer.

In fact, she was one of the first to record and study African-American folklore during a period that most scholars ignored black culture or dismissed it as primitive.
Barracoon is a landmark text in the legacy of Hurston and the pantheon of black texts.

Get your copy of Barracoon ASAP!

 

 

Workshop: The Actors Craft

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Interested in acting? Looking to refine your skills if you already tread the boards? You need not be an experienced thespian to take this class! Mark your calendars for The Actors Craft presented by the Columbus Black International Film Festival, and taught by local actor and director Brian David Ellis. All are welcome.


Brian David Ellis is an actor, public speaker and screenwriter who has been featured in local independent films such as Dark Iris and St Gabriel. Brian has also appeared as a background actor in the academy award winning Shawshank Redemption.  In addition to film work, Mr. Ellis has appeared in several commercials with The Ohio Lottery and Safe Auto.

In addition to his film work, Brian Ellis has over 34 years of Stage experience appearing in more than 30 theatrical productions. He studied Theatre at The Ohio State University and was privileged to have work privately with Pierre Astier to further his acting education.  Mr. Ellis has also worked with the great Mime artist Marcel Marceau.

Because of this experience, Brian understands the key elements of stage movement and acting for the camera.  He has taught acting classes at the Martin Luther King Center in Columbus, Ohio and to his credit, has written two stage plays.  Brian is currently working on a screenplay.

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Met Gala 2018: Best and Worst Dressed

Hello Lovelies!

It’s been a few days since the Met Gala but we literally had to gather ourselves and come back to our senses from the complete SLAYAGE that occurred. Seriously, we believe that this was the best Met Gala in a long time.

This year, the theme was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. As usual, there were those who followed the theme and those who ignored it completely. But this year saw the majority of attendees finding inspiration in the theme in one form or another.

Likewise, there were those who SLAYED and those who should have STAYED (home that is).

So, let’s gather our celebrities and evaluate their looks for the night, shall we? In no particular order, we will start with….

Rihanna in Maison Margiela

Rihanna Met Gala 2018
As co-chair and the unofficial face of the Met Gala, Rihanna once again didn’t disappoint with her look this year. As usual she brought creativity and imagination to her look while adhering to the night’s theme. She came in shining like a diamond in an ensemble by Maison Margiela complete with a cardinal mitre hat. Will Rihanna ever NOT slay a Met Gala look? At this rate, it’s not likely.

Our Verdict: SLAYED

Selena Gomez in Coach

Selena Gomez Met Gala 2018The former Disney star turned mediocre actress and poor singer had us yawning collectively at her Coach look for the evening. But she also had us wanting to find the person who applied her spray tan and fire them on her behalf out of sympathy. If only she could hit looks like she hits notes…oh wait….

Our Verdict: STAYED

Cardi B in Moschino

Cardi B Met Gala 2018
In all honestly, no one is hotter right now than Offset Baby Mama #4 aka Cardi B. Her Immaculate Conception inspired ensemble was elegant and tasteful and showcased her growing baby bump. She gets bonus points for patching up her beef with Nicki Minaj.

Our Verdict: SLAYED

Salma Hayek in Altuzarra

Salma Hayek Met Gala 2018
Apparently having a billionaire for a husband doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be able to hire the best stylist. Unfortunately, this look is a miss for the usually flawlessly dressed Hayek. She looked like she was happy with her look though. Good for her.

Our Verdict: STAYED

Solange in Iris Van Herpen

Solage Met Gala 2018
Last time we saw Solange hitting like this was in that elevator back in 2014. With Jay Z and Beyoncé no-where near the premises, Solange served us a look and a half. And she did it with a durag. When her Bey is absent, sis really comes through.

Our Verdict: SLAYED

Emelia Clarke in Dolce & Gabbana

Emilia Clarke Met Gala 2018
The mother of dragons swooped in for an appearance on the red carpet, but she unfortunately was serving us lukewarm tap water, instead of scorching hot dragon fire. Let’s hope she makes it up with the looks she serves on the final season of Game of Thrones To this look we have one word: Dracarys.

Our verdict: STAYED

SZA in Versace

SZA Met Gala 2018
R&B goddess SZA looked heavenly in her angel inspired look by Versace. She completed the look with stripper boots and a halo crown. Please excuse us as we go and play “All the Stars” while imagining SZA serving this look in the video.

Our Verdict: SLAYED

Zendaya in Versace

Zendaya Met Gala 2018
Zendaya, patron saint of red carpet slayage, took no mercy on our souls as she served yet another look that caused the internet to implode upon itself. Like a fashion goddess in human form, she graced our eyes with a Joan of Arc inspired look. Hollywood, please invite this woman to every red carpet from now on. Thank you.

Our verdict: SLAYED

Letitia Wright in Coach

Letitia Wright Met Gala 2018
Letitia made waves on the big screen this year as Princess Shuri in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. Likewise, she’s made her first wave on the Met Gala red carpet with her Ethiopian inspired black and gold look. Not only does she serve us intelligence, she also serves us looks. We are not worthy.

Our Verdict: SLAYED

Katy Perry in Versace

Katy Perry Met Gala 2018
This was a no from the get-go. Throw the whole look away. And donate the wings to the Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

Our verdict: STAYED

There you have it lovelies! This is just a handful of the looks we were served on Monday night. Which ones were your faves? Let us know in the comments below!

XOXO,

Black Chick Media