This Friday, James Wan’s superhero epic Aquaman opens in theaters all across America. To celebrate the film’s opening, our intrepid movie reporter Mike Manalo got a chance to sit down with Aquaman’s arch-nemesis, Black Manta — portrayed in the film by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II!
This year at San Diego Comic-Con, we took Hard NOC Life on the road and spoke to numerous comic professionals on the floor of the San Diego Convention Center. We’ll be posting these interviews all week.
Today, we kick things off by going one-on-one with Bernard Chang.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Fresh Off the Boat star recently caused controversy after likening studio attempts to make Scarlett Johansson seem “more Asian” to the practice of blackface. In this One-Shot, the author of that article, Rebecca Sun, and #OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign join Keith to discuss the problematic nature of that analogy and why it’s important for non-black people of color communities to reach out rather than co-opt.
UPDATE: The full conversation with Lexi is now available here.
HBO’s hit documentary series Project Greenlight has been a trending topic on twitter since its season debut featured Matt Damon “whitesplaining” diversity to producer Effie Brown. In an outtake from our forthcoming Hard NOC Life interview with Lexi Alexander, the Punisher: War Zone director explains how Brown’s experience on the show is indicative of how women of color are treated in the film industry and why Effie’s critics are just exposing their white privilege.
#WeNeedDiverseBooks is a powerful hashtag and message. But we can’t just want these books. We have to support the ones that are already out there too. The latest One-Shot from Shawn Taylor (@reallovepunk) gets at some of the reasons why.
Shawn caught an early screening of the new Fantastic Four movie that’s out in theaters this weekend. Rather than write a traditional review, he had to get his thoughts out on video.
Stay tuned for a longer conversation between Keith, Raymond, and Jordan Calhoun, from Black Nerd Problems, about all things Daredevil. In the meantime, the trio took a moment to discuss the Batman v Superman trailer and what it portends for DC’s Cinematic Universe.
Keith and comic book writer David Walker (Shaft) talk about his approach to scripting his stories and the collaboration involved between writer and artist on the latest NOC One-Shot! Their full conversation can be found here. Continue reading N.O.C. One-Shot: David Walker on the Craft of Writing Comics
In this outtake from last week’s Hard N.O.C. Life with William Evans from Black Nerd Problems, Keith and N’Jaila get him on a rant about the 2011 Green Lantern film and how it ruined the nascent DC Cinematic Universe it was … Continue reading N.O.C. One-Shot: Green Lantern Ruined the DC Cinematic Universe
Yesterday, Parry Shen challenged our own Keith Chow to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS research. This is the result: Continue reading N.O.C. One-Shot: Keith’s Ice Bucket Challenge
In this debut N.O.C. One-Shot extra, Shawn Taylor and Jamie Broadnax discuss the origins of Black Girl Nerds. The website and twitter account that has quickly become the go-to destination for live tweeting, news sharing, and culture critiquing for discerning … Continue reading N.O.C. One-Shot: The Origin of Black Girl Nerds