Each episode Jordan Clark and Cameron Mason navigate the absurd world of white savior films. We'll analyze them, their critical reception, and reimagine them with Black and PoC leads. It's smart. It's messy. Come get saved.
Dangerous Minds (Feat. Rhayne Coleman)
"We've been spending most our lives..." well, you know the song. This week we go to the principals office with special guest Rhayne Coleman (Carefree Black Nerd) as we discuss the 1995 hit film, Dangerous Minds.
As maybe the preeminent white savior film, what is it that makes Dangerous Minds so...dangerous? Is it the myriad of stereotypes? Is it that random Black grandma that doesn't want her grandchildren to read? Is it how the real life story was totally changed to make it more palatable for a white audience? But still, Gangsta's Paradise though...
Movies to watch instead: Coolie High, High School High, To Sir With Love.
Be sure to check out everything Rhayne has going on. You can follow Rhayne at @carefreeblerd on Twitter and @carefreeblacknerd on IG. And of course check out the Carefree Black Nerd podcast and YouTube Channel for much more great content.
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The Matrix Trilogy (Feat. Ernie ”Blerd Without Fear” Carothers
We got a big one (but still under 2 hours, so improvement?) as we plug into The Matrix with our special guest Ernie "The Blerd Without Fear" Carothers!
It's a lot to unpack. Where to begin? The potential casting of Will Smith? The whitewashing of Keanu? The many muddled metaphors? Zion? The orgy scene?
We talk through it all as well as give flowers to the many talented Black actors in the franchise. Finally we look forward a bit to The Matrix 4 and what could be done to help correct some of the past missteps.
Follow Ernie on his wonderful Youtube channel, Blerd Without Fear as he gives you the latest on comics and pop culture with a special spotlight on characters of color. You can also find him on Twitter @blerdminusfear and on Instagram @Blerdwithoutfear.
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Atlantis: The Lost Empire (Feat. Stephanie Williams)
Come on a deep sea journey with our special guest, Stephanie Williams (@Steph_I_Will) as we try to decipher the 2001 Disney film, Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
A risk in a lot of ways for Disney, Atlantis tells the story of Milo (Michael J. Fox), a white dude from the surface who somehow knows more about Atlantean culture than...actual Atlanteans.
We discuss how the hell that's possible, why Milo's "nice guy energy" makes him more of an insidious white savior than others, and how to fix this movie to give the Atlantean people some actual autonomy.
Our movie recommendations for this week are Fast Color and Kirikou and The Sorceress.
Find more of Stephanie's work at whysteph.com and But What If Though
And be on the look out for Nubia and the Amazons available October 5th, wherever comics are sold!
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R.I.P. Michael K. Williams, your work and your spirit will live on forever.
Bonus: Candyman Roundtable with Valerie Complex and Charles Pulliam-Moore
We've got a very special bonus episode for y'all! Last week, the newest installment in the Candyman series dropped and it's basically the whole thesis of our show. What if a white savior movie got remade by Black people? So we absolutely had to talk about this one.
Helping us break things down are film critics, Charles Pulliam-Moore (@CharlesPulliam) of iO9 and Valeria Complex (@Valeriecomplex) also of iO9, Deadline, Den of Geek and more.
We discuss the differences between the 1992 original and the newest film, the many themes layered throughout, what works, what doesn't, and the future of Black horror.
Check out their individual reviews here:
Charles - https://gizmodo.com/candyman-review-nia-dacosta-film-1847501789
Valerie - https://www.denofgeek.com/movies/candyman-review-horror-movie-update-is-a-missed-opportunity/
Feel the fiction, feel the lies, get on up, it's white savior time! This week we're riding solo as we discuss the 1993 sports comedy classic, Cool Runnings.
The nostalgia was strong with this one, but we push through and talk about those accents, Disney's original vision for the film, and if John Candy was even necessary at all.
We also talk about how Jamaica felt like it was being pronounced with a hard "R", the true story the Jamaican bobsled team, and imagine a movie closer to the truth.
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Hidden Figures (Feat. Amanda Meadows)
Break out the ceiling high blackboards, it's time to run the numbers on Hidden Figures. Released in 2016, it was the feel good Oscar movie of the season. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, and fictional white man, Kevin Costner.
We're joined by the wonderful Amanda Meadows (Oni Press, Limerence Press) who helps us get to the bottom of who this movie was for (not Black people). We discuss white acceptance as a character arc, "racism-lite", and the fact that someone's grandmother 100% spit on Ruby Bridges.
We sadly forgot to recommended movies to watch instead this week, but we all agree you should watch Summer of Soul if you haven't yet. There's surprisingly poignant space stuff in there.
Follow Amanda at @Amandonium on Twitter and @Megamanda on Instagram. Also check out the newest book she's editing for Oni Press, Orcs in Space by Rick and Morty Co-Creator Justin Roiland, as well as (deep breath) Abed Gheith, Rashad Gheith, Michael Tanner, Francios Vigneault, DJ Chavis and Dave Pender.
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