Season 2, Ep. 1
For the first episode of season two of Fantastic Blackness, hosts Tav and Shanté discuss Lovecraft Country, and what could have been (and may still be if picked up by another streaming service or network) on Season 2.For show notes, check out the substack: https://fantasticblackness.substack.com/p/spooky-pride-2021-hbos-lovecraft
Season 1, Ep. 6
Hosts Shanté and Tav sit down with author Zakiyyah Iman Jackson to break down her new book: Becoming Black: Matter and Meaning in an AntiblackWorld. You can find Professor Jackson's book on her website: https://www.zakiyyahimanjackson.com.Cover art contains artwork from the book's original cover art by Nandipha Mntambo, the piece is called Europa, from2008.
The Fire This Time
Season 1, Ep. 5
Hosts Shanté and Tav discuss things Black and Fantastic from within the COVID-19 pandemic and a heightened anti-Black racial pandemic. Our hosts reflect on academia, performative allyship, and share their pandemic playlists and readinglists.
Butler's Parable Series
Season 1, Ep. 4
Hosts Shanté and Tav welcome guest Jayna Brown (Media Studies, Pratt Institute) to discuss Octavia Butler’s Parable series and her forthcoming book, BlackUtopias.Recorded via videoconferencing during COVID-19 quarantine.This episode's image contains original book cover artwork by John Jude Palencar.
Season 1, Ep. 3
Hosts Shanté and Tav discuss HBO’s recently completed Watchmen series and how it broke boundaries in its reckoning with legacies of racism.
Season 1, Ep. 2
Hosts Shanté and Tavia discuss fantasy as genre being particularly relevant to Black folks—it includes and venerates oral traditions, myth, and folklore over or included alongside technology and hard science.