Host Roy Wood Jr. reminisces on his favorite Beyond the Scenes season 1 episodes that highlight Black representation in movies and television. Roy sits with Daily Show writer, Josh Johnson, and JumpStart Comics creator, Robb Armstrong, to discuss how the first Black Peanuts cartoon character, Franklin, brightened the lives of young Black children. Next, Daily Show writer, Ashton Wommack, filmmaker, Tananarive Due, author and screenwriter, Steven Barnes, and author and educator, Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, join Roy to talk about their favorite Black Horror movies and the evolutionary roles Black actors played within this genre. Roy wraps this recap up with Daily Show producer, Chelsea Williamson, and creator and showrunner of Amazon’s Harlem, Tracy Oliver, as they highlight the importance of portraying vulnerable moments Black women experience to remind the world that a Black woman’s strength does not equal invincibility.
New episodes of Beyond the Scenes return August 9, wherever podcasts are available.
Peanuts, Franklin and Representation: Originally aired November 16, 2021
The History & Evolution of Black Horror Movies: Originally aired February 15, 2022
Dissecting the “Strong Black Woman” Stereotype: Originally aired April 26, 2022
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