Interview With Terry Huddleston & Kimberly Moseberry

While I was a C2E2, I took some time to talk to one of the many talents attending the con that day.  I got a chance to talk with a couple comic book artists during the convention.

Check out my mini-interview with Terry Huddleston & Kimberly Moseberry over at Nerdgasm Noire Network.

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Let’s Talk About Women Hosts

Everyone’s always talking about diversity in media but the one place that gets neglected is podcasting.  I read an interesting article, Women Hosted Podcasts, written by Julie Shapiro detailing her journey to find more women hosted podcasts.  Let’s just say that some of the stats she found were depressing.

Here’s a quote that I thought was poignant.

And they point to the disappointing truth: that podcasting – hailed back in 2004 as a “revolutionary” new tool for freedom of expression and endless creative opportunity – quickly copped the same gender stereotypes and realities that traditional broadcasting environments have demonstrated throughout history.

No matter how new and revolutionary something appears… it can never truly be an open space if it mimics the same barriers that pulled us back into older ways.  Let’s do better as a community and support each other & especially minority populations within our ranks.  Please check out the article and view the list of Women Hosted Podcasts.  You may find a new show you like!

Cross-posted to Nerdgasm Noire Network

The Troubletones: Best Thing Glee Ever Done

Cross-posted to Nerdgasm Noire Network

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Glee.  Trust me, I was knocking over people trying to get home in time despite the fact I had a PVR. I was happy there was another diverse ensemble cast on tv (Shout-out to Community!).  What I wasn’t happy about was how Glee boxed some of its minority characters in stereotypical storylines or used as background for other characters.

Sure, they were able to bring me back when they (FINALLY!) dug deep and gave Kurt a real storyline outside of being the fabulous one.  On the other hand, the bulk of the focus was still on Rachel and Finn.  I thought the show was called Glee not ‘Rachel & Finn on Glee’.  Heck, we never even got to hear Matt (the black guy) utter a word before he disappeared into the ether!   Mercedes has a storyline about TATER TOTS!   Can’t they let Tina sing a whole damn song by herself!  Once again, I was at a crossroads with Glee. Do I stick with it?  In my head, I knew if Rachel got one more show full of solos I was taking it off my scheduled shows list.

The writers in Glee suddenly had a epiphany.  The episode, “Asian F”, pulled me back in with promise.  Mike and Mercedes actually get storylines.  My body is ready!  We are not going to discuss the stereotypical asian storyline for Mike right now.  I’m just happy he’s getting screen time and a chance for character development.  I urge the writers to think outside the box and stop going into the “been there done that in 1000 others shows” bag.

Anyway, we are not here to dissect the various fails of Glee.  I want to celebrate one… THE TROUBLETONES.  I’m sorry but where have they been all my life.  So far, every song they have done has been golden.  Seriously, if this is the caliber of awesome that Shelby brings she needs to be the only Glee director.  I’m sorry Will but… you kinda suck in comparison.

The Troubletones have not done many songs yet but I have not roll my eyes at one song yet.  Mercedes, Santana and Brittany are the Trinity of Talent.

The Troubletones cover Christina Aguilera’s song Candyman in Season 3 Episode 4 “Pot O’ Gold”

These girls are KILLING this song. They are all glowing and smiling. It’s infectious! Hell, Will knows he messed up BIG TIME.

Let’s take a look at Episode 6, “Mash Off”. Our first competitor is the New Directions singing a mash up of “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”/”You Make My Dreams” by Hall ‘N Oats.

  1. Why does it look like it hurts Finn to sing?
  2. The costumes and dancing around tip the line to corny.
  3. It didn’t pull me in. It’s a fun little mash up but it was meh at best.

Our second competitor is The Troubletimes singing a mash up of Rumour Has It / Someone Like You by Adele

  1. I love the choeregraphy. The start is so powerful and interesting.
  2. When the music stops and silence washes over you, my heart skipped a beat.
  3. The costumes were on point.
  4. The push/pull of the choeregraphy and the arrangement keep me from getting bored. I didn’t want to miss anything.
  5.  The combination of Santana’s and Mercedes’ voices are like BUTTER.

They never say the winner of the mash-up but for me… it was The Troubletones for the K.O.

ROSA: Epic Sci-Fi film

Cross-posted at Nerdgasm Noire Network

The short sci-fi film takes place in a post-apocalptic world where all natural life has disappeared. In the mist of the devatastion, a cyborg named Rosa is awaken. She is mankind’s last attempt to restore the earth’s ecosystem. While taking in the world around her, she learns she’s not alone and must fight for survival.

Check out the short film. The artwork is beautiful. The story is intriguing and not one word has been spoken.

Jesús Orellana created the entire film with no budget in one year. AMAZING!! Rumors has it that ROSA is in development to be a live-action motion picture.

Check out the website for ROSA!