Sonya Alexander is a freelance entertainment journalist, academic writer and screenwriter who began her career as a talent agent-in-training. She also does script coverage.
Thom Clancy interviewed me on his podcast That Thom Clancy Show.
An interview with composer/musician Nathan Lanier.
Columbia’s Lost Rings Label Discovers New Talent with Three Women of Color Gamers
Nerd culture is often associated with comic book fans, anime junkies and video game enthusiasts. When one thinks of a "nerd," very smart males or females who live on the fringe of cool culture come to mind. It’s not often that people of color are associated with this niche.
Streaming platforms are great alternatives to cable and network tv and offer a wider variety of programming than traditional television. There are a few streaming services that aren’t only Black-owned, they offer stellar afro-centric shows. Black on Purpose Television, American Legacy Network, Brown Sugar and Nollyland all offer prime documentaries, specials and movies that broadcast complex portrayals of African American and Diaspora life.
You can put the sun hat and beach blanket away. Fall is in the air and that means a new season of film festivals is underway. Many of the upcoming festivals offer opportunities for black filmmakers to showcase their work, even if they aren’t afro-centric events.
Mayer Hawthorne does “blue-eyed soul” justice. Sometimes he synthesizes classic R&B beats with hip hop rhythms, creating a modern soul soufflé, or he might go for the straight old school funk sound, as he does with Jake One in their critically acclaimed Tuxedo duo. Or, he might cover a 60s old school jam like the New Holidays’ “Maybe So Maybe No.”
This year marked the 21st year for the African American Women in Cinema Festival. The event, held March 27-30, lit up the Flatiron District of Manhattan at the snazzy SVA Theater.
Summer and fall are brimming with film festivals that seek submissions from novice and seasoned filmmakers alike. If you're looking to get a "foot in the door" of the film industry, L.A. Shorts, DC Black Film Festival and African Diaspora Film Festival are just a few of the festivals that are excellent launching pads.