Program Synopses

The Call Out

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In this collaborative livestream program, film critic and The Black CAPE Magazine founder Jonita Davis joins Christine Pasalo Norland to call attention to exclusionary film and TV critics, critique, and practices, and to identify ways of including reviewers from historically marginalized communities in the reframing of discourse around film and TV projects. The Call Out is based on Jonita's Medium essay, "Why I Am Calling Out All Colonizer Criticism and What That Means for You."


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Replays of episodes 1–3 are available on the Hello Barkada IG Reels feed. A captioned replay of our premiere episode is available at the bottom of the page and the Hello Barkada YouTube channel.

REVIEWS WE'RE REVIEWING

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EPISODE SYNOPSES

Reviews of Turning Red May 31, 2022

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Writer Lacey Vorrasi-Banis (Entertainment Weekly, Vibe, Romper, Time) joined Jonita and Christine to discuss the coverage of Disney's Turning Red, how the CinemaBlend review of the movie exposes systemic problems in mainstream entertainment journalism, and how talent and PR teams can help reset the film-review landscape to include more reviewers from historically marginalized communities. We looked at the following in prep for this episode:


See Metacritic for more critic reviews of Turning Red.


BONUS! If you haven't already, watch and read Lacey's interview with Turning Red and Bao director Domee Shi for Entertainment Weekly.

SCREENTSHOT OF LACEY VORASSI-BANIS (RIGHT) INTERVIEWING TURNING RED DIRECTOR DOMEE SHI (LEFT) FOR ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY.

Reviews of Fast Color April 20, 2022

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In Episode 2, we fan about Fast Color, call out the practice of erasure by Colonizer Critics in their reviews and during press junkets, and share thoughts on how coverage of past films can help those films and future projects. We looked at the following reviews in prep for this episode:


Jonita also shared her takeaways from a taping of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Roundtables, during which actor Harold Perrineau described the press around his Epix TV series From, and Christine shared what happened during an EW IG Live interview with Stephanie Hsu that took place on Thursday, April 7, ahead of the wide release of Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Reviews of Bel-Air March 30, 2022

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In our premiere episode, Jonita describes Colonizer Criticism and how it comes through in certain reviews of Bel-Air, and then she and Christine discuss reviews that make space for constructive dialogue around the TV series. We looked at the following reviews in prep for this episode:

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