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Comics, TV, Movies, Gaming and Tech commentary and interviews. All from a blerd perspective!

    Simone Missick and the "Lola-Coaster" of 'All Rise'

    Simone Missick and the "Lola-Coaster" of 'All Rise'

    I’m convinced that actress Simone Missick is unstoppable. And if you’re a fan of “All Rise” (OWN), then you already know Missick’s character, Judge Lola Carmichael, is a force. Her star has risen quickly over the past few years, starting with Missick’s first big break as Detective Misty Knight in Marvel’s Luke Cage.







    She went on to play a role in the spinoff series, “The Defenders”, and while working on “Altered Carbon: for Netflix, landed the lead role on “All Rise.” The series premiered on CBS in 2019 and became CBS’s first Black woman-led prime time show in the network’s history. Unfortunately, despite incredible writing and a loyal fanbase, the series didn’t survive the pandemic, and “All Rise” was canceled in 2021.







    Last month the third season of “All Rise” debuted on OWN and included several cast and script changes along with a new onscreen credit for the actress. In this podcast interview, Missick reveals what it was like stepping into her new role as Executive Producer, what it was like joining the OWN family, and if we’ll ever see her and Misty’s bionic arm again.















    Season 3 of All Rise starring Simone Missick moved to OWN







    The All Rise mid-season finale airs on Tuesday August 9 at 8/7C on OWN





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    • 24 min
    Preeti Chhibber and 'Spider-Man's Social Dilemma'

    Preeti Chhibber and 'Spider-Man's Social Dilemma'

    Preeti Chhibber is having quite a year! Not only has she just dropped the Spider-Man’s Social Dilemma, the first of a middle grade trilogy, but earlier this year she wrote her first comic, Women of Marvel #1 and in September, her X-Men book X-Change Students 101 (the third book in the Avengers Assembly series) hits stores. Needless to say, Preeti has been very busy during the pandemic and she’s this week’s guest on the podcast.















    “Spider-Man’s Social Dilemma” is the first book in a middle grade trilogy by Preeti Chhibber













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    • 56 min
    Jenny Lumet on Love, Lena and The Man Who Fell to Earth

    Jenny Lumet on Love, Lena and The Man Who Fell to Earth

    In this episode I speak to Jenny Lumet, someone who I think has become  one of the important Black Women in episodic franchise science fiction in Hollywood. 







    The daughter of legendary director Sidney Lumet and the granddaughter of the iconic Lena Horne, her love of science fiction and her contributions to television came much later in her career.







    An actress before she became a writer, most people know Jenny Lumet as the writer of “Rachel Getting Married”, but her professional partnership with writer, director and producer Alex Kurtzman was what was what made her fall in love with science fiction. Not only did Lumet work on “Sleepy Hollow” with Kurtzman but she served as a producer on”Clarice” the series sequel to “Silence of the Lambs” as well as “Star Trek: Picard.” After joining the Star Trek family she went on to Co-Executive Produce “Star Trek: Discovery” and the current “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” with Kurtzman. Then the team took on the sequel to “The Man Who Fell to Earth” and stayed on when the series moved from Paramount Plus to Showtime.







    This episode is dropping on Lena Horne’s birthday. And it’s only fitting that we got to talk about what her grandmother would have thought of her resilience and her success.















    Naomie Harris and Chiwetel Ejiofor in “The Man Who Fell to Earth”







    Naomie Harris and Chiwetel Ejiofor from THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH Image credit: Amy Spinks/SHOWTIME





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    • 42 min
    Babs Olusanmokun talks about that magical Star Trek SNW Episode

    Babs Olusanmokun talks about that magical Star Trek SNW Episode

    The Star Trek posts continue! A couple of episodes ago I spoke to writer, producer and “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” Co-Executive Producer Akela Cooper. Then I caught up with Strange New Worlds actress Celia Rose Gooding who plays Uhura. This episode I’m talking to the ship’s doctor Babs Olusanmokun aka Dr. Mbenga about that magical episode 8 that was straight out of a fairytale!







    In “The Elysian Kingdom” the entire ship is taken over by an entity that turns Captain Pike and his crew into fairytale characters that suspiciously resemble Dr. Menga’s daughter’s favorite book. I spoke to Olusanmokun about what it’s been like joining this larger than life cast and what this very special episode meant to him.















    Babs Olusanmokun stars as Dr. Mbenga in “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”







    Babs Olusanmokun





    Babs Olusanmokun as M’Benga of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS













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    • 14 min
    Celia Rose Gooding is even more geeked than we are that she gets to continue Uhura's legacy

    Celia Rose Gooding is even more geeked than we are that she gets to continue Uhura's legacy

    More Star Trek for you! Last week I spoke to writer, producer and “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” Co-Executive Producer Akela Cooper. This week I talk with the actress who plays to Uhura, Celia Rose Gooding. I’m not sure who was more geeked about the fact that she is playing the new Uhura, her or me! We had a lovely chat and I thought I would share the short discussion on this week’s podcast.







    Not only is Gooding a Tony nominated and Grammy Award winning singer and actress, but she come by it honestly as her mom is Lachanze Gooding the incredible actress and singer who won a Tony for her role as Celie in the original Broadway production of The Color Purple.















    Celia Rose Gooding stars as Nyota Uhura in “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”















    Celia Rose Gooding as Uhura and Ethan Peck as Spock of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+















    Photo Cr: James Dimmock/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS







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    • 16 min
    Hollywood writer Akela Cooper breaks down her writing journey from Luke Cage to Malignant to Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

    Hollywood writer Akela Cooper breaks down her writing journey from Luke Cage to Malignant to Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

    I always have a blast when I talk with Akela Cooper. (as you will hear in the giggling throughout this episode. A Hollywood Writer and producer, Akela has written for “Marvel’s Luke Cage”, “American Horror Story”, “Malignant” and more! Currently, she is one of the Executive Producers on “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” on Paramount+.







    If you are an aspiring writer in Hollywood, you will definitely want to listen to this one, because Akela breaks down what really goes down in writer’s rooms, and how you really have nothing to lose right now. Originally record for theblerdgurlLIVE, this discussion has been edited for clarity.















    Akela Cooper is currently co-executive producer on “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds“















    Are you watching Strange New Worlds? What do you think?







    Credit: Paramount+



















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