Culture Writer, Audio Producer, Rotten Tomatoes-approved Film Critic 📥 email@example.com 📥 Bylines: NYTimes, Vanity Fair, NPR, Time, Hyperallergic and several others.
The return of Sundance and ‘The Pod Generation’
The Sundance Film Festival is returning to Park City, Utah, with a slate of more than 120 independent films making their debut to an in-person crowd for the first time in two years. The festival attracts filmmakers and actors from around the globe hoping to become the next “Little Miss Sunshine” or “Get Out.”
'Running While Black' tells a new story about who belongs in the sport
Author Q& A with Alison Mariella Désir on her memoir "Running While Black"
‘Pariah’ at 10: When Black Lesbian Characters Had the Spotlight
A look back at “Pariah,” the coming-of-age drama from the writer-director Dee Rees on its 10th Anniversary.
Season 1: Co-created, Co-hosted, Produced, Edited and Mixed by Beandrea July
CherryPicks presents CherryPop: a podcast about women and sex onscreen. Tune in each week for our deep dives into some of the most compelling portrayals of female pleasure in film and television. Hosts Beandrea July and Meg McCarthy take listeners on a journey to celebrate feminine pleasure across a diverse and wide-ran
Sharpening Our Oyster Knives Podcast w/ The Greenidge Sisters
A Black feminist discussion of the FX miniseries MRS. AMERICA starring Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba, Niecy Nash, Margo Martindale, Sarah Paulson.
Featuring The Greenidge Sisters: Kaitlyn, Kerri and Kirsten.
Produced, Edited, Mixed by Beandrea July
Fiction podcast created, written and directed by Beandrea July
Recent college grad Selah Copeland (Jerrika Hinton) is being groomed to takeover her mother's accounting business, but after a life-changing weekend away at a yoga retreat, she's considering other options. Centered is an audio drama about finding yourself on and off the mat.
One Night In Miami... Q&A with Regina King, Kemp Powers & Cast
Moderated a 2021 panel for Film at Lincoln Center with the director, screenwriter, and cast of ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI for Amazon Studios/Strategy PR.
Obama, Ali, MLK: Redefining Black Masculinity at the Toronto Film Festival
Back in 2018, Green Book premiered to acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival, winning the People's Choice award and the admiration of seasoned white critics covering the festival. Once a wider cross-section of critics and moviegoers got to see it, of course, the response was considerably more divided.
The Year Women Over 50 Reclaimed Their Right to Be Seen
Rather than ignore such characters as the film industry has often done in the past, mainstream and indie directors alike explored their lives, and sometimes the results were astonishing.
If You Don’t Watch Black Stories, You Don’t Support Black Lives
“I love the fact that this is a Black-ass show,” said one woman on the call, “so we can have an angry person and a happy person, a sad person, a ratchet person. Give me everything—the whole window of emotions.”
I was sitting in on a regular Zoom meetup with 30 young Black professionals discussing the recent season finale of the HBO hit Insecure...
GETTING TO KNOW TONI MORRISON (Starts at 18:30)
For KPCC's The Frame: In the new documentary, "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am," we learn about the woman behind the work to see how she got to this distinguished place in American culture. Directed by photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last January. Film critic Beandrea July reviewed it for Out magazine at the time. Now that it’s in theaters, she takes another look at the film with the help of a leading expert on Morrison’s work.
“You Cannot Tell a Political Story in This Moment…Without Foregrounding Race and Gender”: A New Wave of Politics Documentaries Is Revolutionizing the Genre
In 2018, Democrat Liz Watson took a shot at flipping her red Indiana district blue. And filmmakers Wendy Sachs and Hannah Rosenzweig followed her every move. In their newly released Showtime documentary, Surge, viewers see Watson sign donor thank-you letters “Love, Liz,” and listen to her optimistic elementary-school-age daughter, Lila, say, “Man we could really win this.”
Love and Liberation on the Dance Floor
From their townhome in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley, professional dancers Sheopatra and YoE Apolinario nestle closely on the couch for our virtual interview. It’s late July, and these partners in movement—and life—exude affection, even over Zoom. It’s like entering into a warm hug.
YoE's face brightens when asked to describe her fiancée's dance style: “I feel like the ancestors come down through her body and they are guiding her movements,” she says. “It feels like a sermon.”
The 1A Movie Club: Why ‘The Help’ Doesn’t Help
While the fight for racial justice isn’t new for many, some are searching for ways to become better allies and to understand systemic oppression for the first time. And they’re turning to movies to help educate themselves.
Now, 2011’s “The Help” has become the most-watched film on Netflix. But many Black people and critics say the film is not the movie you should be watching to better understand race relations.
Critic's Picks: 10 Great Underseen Films About Black America
The vast majority of Hollywood films over the past hundred years were made by, about and for white people. The industry’s first blockbuster — 1915’s The Birth of a Nation by D.W. Griffith — was a Ku Klux Klan propaganda film featuring white actors in blackface.