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It’s Halloween. Let’s Talk About The Impact Of Black Horror Films

We explore the impact and evolution of Black cinema and the Black horror genre, as well as review a week in COVID and economic headlines.


Courtney B. Vance, Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett in an episode of “Lovecraft Country.”


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Whether they're campy or genuinely terrifying, horror movies can be a way to comment on societal problems – racism, sexism, violence – through the metaphors of monsters and science fiction.

With the critical and popular success of recent movies like Jordan Peele's Get Out and the current HBO TV series Lovecraft Country, there has been a growing interest in the Black horror genre, along with Black actors, writers and directors.

With Halloween around the corner, we have a fun, spooky and serious conversation about the impact and evolution of Black horror and cinema with Dr. Rockell Brown Burton, Interim Dean of the School of Communication and an Associate Professor at Texas Southern University, and Houston film critic Kevin Ranson, who runs

Also, Dr. Kirstin Matthews, Fellow in Science and Technology Policy at Rice University's Baker Institute, explains the latest in COVID headlines, including vaccine trials, the FDA approval of remdesivir and universal masks.

And, what’s “scary” about the economic forecast? Professor Dietrich von Biedenfeld of the University of Houston – Downtown discusses the status of a stimulus package, plus evictions and the movie industry.

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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