7 episodes

Dreaming in the Dark is a podcast created by Black fantasy scholars Bezi Yohannes and Ravynn K. Stringfield that brings the stories we wished we had as children to the forefront. Named after Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark, our podcast celebrates the creations that center those usually written in the margins of the fantastic.

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Dreaming in the Dark is a podcast created by Black fantasy scholars Bezi Yohannes and Ravynn K. Stringfield that brings the stories we wished we had as children to the forefront. Named after Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark, our podcast celebrates the creations that center those usually written in the margins of the fantastic.

    Visibility, Historicity, and Looking Ahead

    Visibility, Historicity, and Looking Ahead

    What have we learned about Black fantasy after our first season, and what are we looking forward to in 2021? In our season finale, we discuss lingering questions about representation and speculative historicity, and share thoughts on new and upcoming Black fantasy media. 

    • 35 min
    Navigating Academia, Fandom, and the Dark Fantastic

    Navigating Academia, Fandom, and the Dark Fantastic

    How can we trace the evolution of scholarship that centers Black girls in fantasy? In this episode, we talk to Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, the author of The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games, about writing and publishing a book that helped build our emerging field, as well as about her formative experiences in academic and fandom spaces.

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    • 39 min
    Claiming Legends & Legacies

    Claiming Legends & Legacies

    Who gets to have legacies, and where are the legends celebrating how Black girls move in the world? In this episode, we talk to Tracy Deonn, the New York Times bestselling author of Legendborn, about matrilineal legacy, Black girls’ emotional agency, and the specificity of worldbuilding Blackness in contemporary fantasy.

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    • 42 min
    Publishing Dream Manuscripts

    Publishing Dream Manuscripts

    How does a literary agent approach Black fantasy manuscripts? In this episode, we talk to Leah Pierre of Ladderbird Literary Agency about her manuscript wishlist, how she came to agenting, and what she loves about Black fantasy.

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    • 34 min
    The Inherent Magic of Diasporic Blackness

    The Inherent Magic of Diasporic Blackness

    How is the fantastic built into the ways Black people move in the world? In our third episode, we talk to bestselling author Roseanne A. Brown about her formative experiences with fantasy, African storytelling, and character building in A Song of Wraiths & Ruin.

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    • 40 min
    Is The Magic “Black Enough”?

    Is The Magic “Black Enough”?

    How can we define “Black girl magic”? In our second episode, we talk to award-winning filmmaker, playwright and director Micah Ariel Watson about the inspiration behind her web series “Black Enough” and the intersection of faith and the fantastic in depicting Black Girl Magic through the visual arts.

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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

8 Ratings

BlackGirlThatReads ,

Great New Podcast!

Really enjoyed listening to their first episode. I can’t wait to learn more and see where Bezi and Rayvnn take this. This episode really made me want to sit down and consider what books and movies have shaped me into the person that I’ve become.

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