November 2020

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Currently online only <strong>November</strong><br />

It’s now called, we beat the snot out of Trump.<br />

Joe Biden will be the next President of the United<br />

States. Kamala Harris will be the next Vice<br />

President of the United States, a historic first for<br />

Women, South Asians, and Black Communities.<br />

A historic first for women, South Asians,<br />

and the Black community.<br />

Sure, this election was obviously<br />

much closer than most of us were<br />

hoping or anticipating. But a close<br />

election proves only Trump lies,<br />

that most have been complaining<br />

about. We need change, grassroots<br />

organizing, volunteering, and donating<br />

has made a difference. Still there is<br />

there is much to do as we create a<br />

plan for our phisical health but also<br />

the mental health of the nation. We<br />

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magazine. In the meantime, we share<br />

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years. But for now, we won the day.<br />

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By Vic Gerami<br />

Kim Kardashian, Sean Penn, Cher,<br />

Michael B. Johnson, Diddy, Mel<br />

Gibson, Serj Tankian (System of<br />

a Down), Lawrence Zarian, Sally<br />

Kirkland, and Congressman Adam<br />

Schiff Have Lent Their Support<br />

MORE GENOCIDE! Thinking of my<br />

Armenian friends and people in<br />

conflict everywhere and using this<br />

app to see what the media won’t<br />

show.” Michael B Jordan<br />

In an effort to educate the<br />

American public about the<br />

humanitarian crisis happening now<br />

in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and<br />

Armenia due to the unprovoked<br />

attack by Azerbaijan and Turkey,<br />

USATV and The Blunt Post have<br />

launched the PSA campaign “I<br />

Stand With Artsakh and Armenia.”<br />

Actor Michael B Jordan shared<br />

on his Twitter account, “NO<br />

At launch, Kim Kardashian, Serj<br />

Tankian (System of a Down),<br />

multiple Grammy-winner Paulina<br />

Aguirre, Yasmine Al Massri<br />

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(Quantico), Ed Begley Jr., Andrea<br />

Martin, and fashion expert<br />

Lawrence Zarian have lent their<br />

support to the campaign, with<br />

more high-profile figures joining<br />

later, including the honorable<br />

Congressman Adam Schiff. You can<br />

watch the 1st of a series here.<br />

Biden for America’s new birth.”<br />

Diddy posted a picture on his<br />

Instagram that simply stated,<br />


Mel Gibson lent her support with this<br />

video<br />

Famed high-profile attorney<br />

Mark Geragos tweeted, “Turkey’s<br />

Hateful Neo-Ottoman Campaign<br />

Against the Armenians – Turkey’s<br />

and Azerbaijan’s violent claims<br />

on Artsakh are unsubstantiated:<br />

Artsakh is one of the provinces of<br />

historical Armenia and has retained<br />

an Armenian majority throughout<br />

the centuries.”<br />

Cher tweeted, “I’ve Heard About<br />

‘Blood Thirsty TURKS Who Tortured &<br />

Murdered Almost 2Million Armenians<br />




The campaign launched on the<br />

website and social media channels<br />

of USATV, The Blunt Post, Pop News<br />

Edition, YouTube, and many other<br />

platforms.<br />

Congressman for West Hollywood,<br />

the honorable Adam Schiff joined<br />

the PSA campaign with this video.<br />

Journalist Vic Gerami was<br />

interviewed by Steve Sievers from<br />

Bionic Buzz about the situation in<br />

Artsakh.<br />

About Artsakh<br />

Sean Penn tweeted, “As too many<br />

of us sit on our butts, Armenians<br />

are being slaughtered by Trump<br />

pal Erdogan with weapons WE<br />

provided. THIS is NOT America!<br />

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Artsakh, also known as Nagorno<br />

Karabakh, is an integral part<br />

of historic Armenia. In 1921,<br />

Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, to<br />

consolidate his power, forcibly<br />

placed Artsakh under Soviet<br />

Azerbaijani rule. An arbitrary<br />

decision without precedent<br />

placed a millennia-old<br />

autonomous<br />

Christian territory into a largely<br />

hostile Muslim regional government<br />

entity. During the Soviet regime,<br />

Artsakh repeatedly appealed<br />

to the Central Government in<br />

Moscow to restore justice and<br />

reunite the region with Armenia.<br />

After years of tireless struggle,<br />

Moscow granted autonomous<br />

status to the region.<br />

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The Nagorno Karabakh Autonomous<br />

Oblast (Region) was created on a<br />

part of historical Artsakh. However,<br />

this new formation was deliberately<br />

separated from Armenia by a slim<br />

corridor.<br />

achieve ethnic cleansing in Artsakh.<br />

Its policies had already shaved<br />

down the Armenian population from<br />

95 percent to 75 percent when it<br />

resorted to more violent methods of<br />

eliminating the Armenians.<br />

Since its creation in 1918,<br />

Recognizing that 95 percent of<br />

Azerbaijan has been implementing the population was Armenian, the<br />

an open campaign of national, Soviet regime granted Nagorno<br />

ethnic, religious, cultural, and Karabakh autonomy, but within<br />

economic discrimination, aiming Soviet Azerbaijan. During the last<br />

to eliminate the region’s Armenian liberalizing phase of the Soviet era,<br />

heritage. Just as it succeeded in per existing law, the population of<br />

eliminating the Armenian population Nagorno Karabakh declared its selfgoverning<br />

of Nakhichevan, which was 50<br />

republic in 1991.<br />

percent Armenian in 1920 down to<br />

zero by 1991, Azerbaijan aimed to<br />

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6 STEPS TO FIX<br />


Our democracy is broken.<br />

Truth be told, it has always been<br />

broken. Starting with our feable<br />

attempt and millions of years before<br />

that. What is worse, we got the “We<br />

the people” part, all wrong. For<br />

generations we thought we were<br />

Alpha “survival of the fittest” bloodthirsty<br />

cavemen. Turns out we were<br />

just meek prey. Survival required<br />

us to keep our numbers up and<br />

people healthy. Every little mistake<br />

could cause horrible death. Fire,<br />

falling rocks, to attacks by animals,<br />

watching a saber-tooth tiger kill<br />

your child to feed baby animals<br />

then turn on you. That has got to<br />

hurt. And it did, so bad, they made<br />

up myths and religions to explain<br />

it all. The very reason mom cared<br />

if you washed behind your ears,<br />

was probably so animals won’t<br />

smell you. Compassion led to a<br />

cooperative effort and the new<br />

compromise.<br />

compromise, they left loopholes.<br />

We continued fracking the system,<br />

filling it with loopholes of lies and<br />

misrepresentation until it became<br />

anything but cooperation and<br />

compromise. This very election<br />

shows it with Trump supporters<br />

attempting to crash a Biden bus.<br />

And they are actively trying to<br />

rewrite our levers of equality and<br />

fairness.<br />

So, while there may be many<br />

ways to do this, here are some<br />

guidelines to ensure and validate<br />

our aspirations to a true democratic<br />

nation where the words of the<br />

constitution are guide posts.<br />

1. We must elect people that<br />

agree the system is broken and<br />

promise to fix it.<br />

2. We must elect people that have<br />

demonstrated the ability to unite<br />

a diverse nation.<br />

3. We must agree that no system is<br />

successful until it addresses the<br />

needs of everyone.<br />

4. We must expect honesty<br />

integrity and transparency from<br />

all elected and appointed<br />

government officials.<br />

5. We must establish clear and<br />

verifiable complaint systems<br />

at all levels available with<br />

significant oversight.<br />

6. We must Expand representation<br />

at all levels of government.<br />

Cooperation and compromise may<br />

have built our civilization but we ran<br />

it all wrong. Rather than build up<br />

people, we tore them down and<br />

enslaved them however we could.<br />

As our forefathers tried to enshrine<br />

a notion with cooperation and<br />

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Historically the evidence seems<br />

to detail that the tyranny of people<br />

against people has existed since<br />

recorded history. One of the more<br />

pronounced methods<br />

that this has been recorded is<br />

through artists expressing the horrors<br />

and violence of tyrants on people.<br />

Frequently the violence has been<br />

perpetrated on the<br />

very people they represent<br />

politically. The United States has not<br />

been exempt from violence and<br />

repression.<br />


played upon each other’s artistic<br />

expression to expose the repression<br />

that is brought about by the autocratic<br />

despots and their political organization.<br />

As an example, rock and roll has<br />

caused controversy from Soviet Russia<br />

to the Bible Belt United States. The art of<br />

music supported by writers and visual<br />

artists creates power. Art is power<br />

and much of that power is discreet<br />

in recognition but highly influential in<br />

reality.<br />

One of the most powerful visual<br />

representations of the horror of human<br />

rights abuses and war is the large<br />

painting, “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso.<br />

This painting shows the revulsion of<br />

violence to humanity from the bombing<br />

of the city of Guernica in Northern<br />

Spain by the Germans and Italians over<br />

the resistance provided by this area.<br />

Although abstract in reality it is very<br />

symbolic of the pain and suffering of<br />

Usually, this tyranny emanates from<br />

the thirst for power on the part of the<br />

political tyrant. Artists who respond to<br />

tyranny often cause themselves and<br />

their art<br />

to become the topic exposing the<br />

controversy and sometimes becoming<br />

the focus of the controversy. Visual<br />

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The United States is not exempt<br />

from political and social repression.<br />

This has been most widely exhibited<br />

in the racial human rights abuses of<br />

people of color. The depiction of<br />

segregation in the painting by Norman<br />

Rockwell titled, “The Problem We All<br />

Live With (1964). The painting displays<br />

the escorting of a 6-year old black<br />

girl by U.S. marshals as she is about to<br />

enter and desegregate an all-white<br />

school.<br />

More recently, the continuation<br />

of racial repression that has been<br />

prevalent with the Trump administration<br />

is shown in a mural of a large Hispanic<br />

baby looking over the Trump border<br />

wall at Tecate, California.<br />

writers and journalists including<br />

the media, in general, has been<br />

formidable during the past four years<br />

under Donald Trump a true autocratic<br />

tyrant in all definitions. His angry<br />

infantile tantrums show not only a<br />

tyrant by an incompetent tyrant. The<br />

democratic election to rid the U.S.<br />

and the world of this human scourge is<br />

to be held a few days. Trustingly, the<br />

people of this country will respond<br />

vigorously by VOTING to make this<br />

happen.<br />

There is no doubt that Trump’s<br />

tyranny and the Covid19 Pandemic<br />

has created a new reality in our society<br />

and the world at large. The challenge<br />

will be to<br />

acknowledge and adjust to this<br />

new reality and to make substantial<br />

and lasting changes that will be cause<br />

for an improved order of human rights<br />

equality to<br />

remedy the past four years of<br />

autocratic hate and repression.<br />

The repression of art, especially,<br />

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Azerbaijan, with its Muslim<br />

majority population, responded<br />

by declaring war against the<br />

Christian Armenians. After a bloody<br />

and destructive conflict resulting<br />

in 30,000 deaths, a cease-fire<br />

agreement was signed in 1994.<br />

Year after year, however, serious,<br />

and deadly violations by Azerbaijan<br />

increased in frequency until the<br />

April 2016 escalation into a major<br />

confrontation involving large-scale<br />

attacks by Azeri forces along the<br />

entire border of Azerbaijan with<br />

Artsakh and Armenia.<br />

Then on September 27, Azerbaijan<br />

unleashed a genocidal war on<br />

Artsakh with help from its close ally,<br />

Turkey. Confirmed reports indicate<br />

that the two countries had been<br />

preparing for this attack for about<br />

a year. Azerbaijan, an oil rich<br />

country, purchased weapons from<br />

various countries and hired ISIS,<br />

Syrian, Libyan, and Pakistani jihadist<br />

mercenaries and brought them to<br />

attack the Armenians of Artsakh.<br />

Meanwhile, Azerbaijan ramped<br />

up its public relations campaign,<br />

employing not one but six of K<br />

Street’s heavy-hitting firms, including<br />

the Livingston Group, Stellar Jay<br />

Communications, BGR, the Podesta<br />

Group, and DLA Piper. Last year<br />

the country spent $1.3 million on<br />

lobbying.<br />

In an attempt “to whitewash its<br />

dictatorial image…the autocratic<br />

government of Ilham Aliyev has<br />

unleashed spin-doctors, duped<br />

reporters, and led one of the most<br />

brazen pushes to abuse American<br />

lobbying loopholes of any foreign<br />

government,” wrote Casey<br />

Michel, reported by The American<br />

Conservative.<br />

In an interview by Jackie Abramian<br />

for Forbes magazine, Marina<br />

Simonyan, Chief Specialist,<br />

Republic of Artsakh Human Rights<br />

Ombudsman’s Office said, “Since<br />

September 27, indiscriminate<br />

airstrikes and artillery assaults<br />

against the Republic of Artsakh,<br />

Azerbaijan has consistently<br />

perpetrated gross violations<br />

of customary international<br />

humanitarian law–targeting<br />

civilians, residential areas, civilian<br />

infrastructure, public and industrial<br />

facilities, churches, cultural centers<br />

and hospitals where civilians were<br />

being treated.”<br />

“Because of the Azerbaijani<br />

hostilities and indiscriminate,<br />

targeted, and systematic strikes,<br />

tens of thousands of people have<br />

fled their homes, sheltering at<br />

safer places in other settlements of<br />

the country or in the Republic of<br />

Armenia. Children, women, elderly,<br />

persons with disabilities and other<br />

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vulnerable groups live with constant<br />

security threats and psychological<br />

terror, deprived of basic rights<br />

and conditions, such as food,<br />

healthcare, education, and others.”<br />

“90,000 Artsakh residents, nearly 60<br />

percent have fled the bombings.”<br />

Genocide Watch’s “GENOCIDE<br />

EMERGENCY: Azerbaijan in Artsakh”<br />

report states: “Due to its denial of<br />

past genocide against Armenians,<br />

its official use of hate speech, and<br />

the current targeting of civilians<br />

in Artsakh, Genocide Watch<br />

considers Azerbaijan to be at Stage<br />

9: Extermination and Stage 10:<br />

Denial.” It concluded, Azerbaijani<br />

military offensives, using “laser<br />

guided drones supplied by Turkey<br />

and Israel,” against Artsakh civilians<br />

are “war crimes under the Geneva<br />

Conventions.”<br />

The U.S. Department of State<br />

announced on Oct.25, the third<br />

attempted ceasefire in the Artsakh<br />

war. The first two ceasefires were<br />

violated by Azerbaijan and Turkey<br />

within minutes of going into effect.<br />

The new ceasefire announcement<br />

was made after the foreign ministers<br />

of Armenia and Azerbaijan flew to<br />

Washington, D.C. and separately<br />

met with Secretary of State Mike<br />

Pompeo on Oct 23.<br />

Vic Gerami<br />

Editor & Publisher<br />

The Blunt Post<br />

310.880.8563<br />

vic@thebluntpost.com<br />

Facebook.com/thebluntpost<br />

@thebluntpost<br />

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Misha Green<br />

Lovecraft Country is an<br />

American horror drama<br />

television series developed by<br />

Misha Green based on and<br />

serving as a continuation of the<br />

2016 novel of the same name.<br />

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Q&A: Misha Green On All Things<br />


Interview provided by HBO<br />

Lovecraft Country<br />

Misha Green is showrunner, writer,<br />

executive producer and director of<br />


When were you first acquainted<br />

with Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel on which<br />

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY is based?<br />

What inspired you to adapt it for<br />

television?<br />

Misha Green “I was working on<br />

season two of ‘Underground’ and<br />

my agents at CAA said, ‘There’s this<br />

book you may want to adapt.’ I was<br />

blown away. I thought, ‘I want to<br />

explore these characters and their<br />

journeys.’ I was also really into the<br />

idea of reclaiming the genre space<br />

for those who’ve typically been left<br />

out of it. I said, I’m ready to make<br />

this into an epic television show.’<br />

Ruff’s novel draws heavily from<br />

the work of famed science-fiction<br />

author H.P. Lovecraft, who passed<br />

away in 1937 at age 46. He was<br />

and remains controversial for both<br />

the racist themes in his writing and<br />

his own well-documented bigotry.<br />

To what degree did you have to<br />

become an expert in his cannon as<br />

well?<br />

Green “I’d read a bit of Lovecraft;<br />

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his influence in horror-fan culture is<br />

huge. And you can definitely tell<br />

he was a racist from his work. It’s<br />

hard to miss those troubling themes.<br />

So when I was reading Matt’s<br />

book, I understood the Lovecraft<br />

references, but didn’t feel it was<br />

crucial to dive fully into that canon in<br />

order to write the series.”<br />

nods in the series to 1980’s<br />

adventure movies like “Goonies,”<br />

contemporary blood-and-guts<br />

horror films, classic 1930’s monster<br />

movies – all of which are incredibly<br />

familiar to audiences, yet we’ve<br />

never seen Black characters inhabit<br />

these narratives as robustly as they<br />

do here.<br />

What was your approach to<br />

adapting Ruff’s novel? How much<br />

freedom did you feel to reinvent and<br />

expand upon it?<br />

Green “We essentially used the book<br />

as a beautiful jumping-off point. My<br />

strategy was to take all of its dope,<br />

cool stuff and write new dope, cool<br />

stuff. (Laughs) There was a never a<br />

sense of ‘Let’s bank this for later.’<br />

When you have 10 people in a room,<br />

you’re always able to come up with<br />

new ideas. The goal was to deepen<br />

the characters and the stories. I told<br />

our writers,<br />

Green “Yes and what drew me<br />

to adapting the book for TV, as<br />

opposed to film, was the chance to<br />

do a “Goonies”-style episode, then<br />

sci-fi, then mystery, then a ghost<br />

story; go bananas and reclaim<br />

all of those storytelling styles for<br />

characters who’ve typically died at<br />

the beginning of those stories. One<br />

of the reasons I love horror so much<br />

is— when it’s done well – you can<br />

keep peeling away the layers and<br />

see something new every time.”<br />

Jordan Peele, who serves as an<br />

executive producer on LOVECRAFT<br />

COUNTRY, has similarly reinvented<br />

horror as a space for telling layered,<br />

socially conscious stories. How did<br />

you first meet?<br />

Be prepared for therapy because<br />

we’re gonna excavate all of it in<br />

here.’ At its core the show is a family<br />

drama. We had to dig into stuff that<br />

made us uncomfortable. We also Green “My agents said, ‘We think<br />

had our lists of movies, novels and you’d would get along really well.’<br />

tropes that exemplified genre. How And I was like, ‘Why? I don’t like<br />

did we want to play off of those? The to laugh.’ (Laughs) ‘No, no, he’s a<br />

idea of creating a hybrid experience huge horror fan and he’s working on<br />

was exciting for everyone.”<br />

a movie right now.’ And we vibed<br />

right away.<br />

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Then Jordan said, ‘I want you to<br />

watch Get Out.’ I saw it and went,<br />

‘Phew!’ We’d gotten along so<br />

well that I didn’t want to watch it<br />

and be like, ‘Oh, man.’ But it was<br />

amazing. Then when we were<br />

working on Lovecraft – he was<br />

doing the film Us at the time – we<br />

talked a lot about our shared belief<br />

regarding horror, which is: You<br />

need the metaphor. I’d played<br />

with that on ‘Underground’; that it<br />

was a heist movie but set in slavery<br />

times. That the people pursuing the<br />

heist happened to be enslaved<br />

people trying to steal back their<br />

most precious possession: their lives.<br />

I used the heist genre to appeal to<br />

people who thought, ‘Ugh, I don’t<br />

want to watch a slavery show.’<br />

But you did want to watch this<br />

one because we used genre as a<br />

doorway into something deeper.”<br />

Speaking of “Underground,”<br />

making LOVECRAFT has reunited<br />

you with actress Jurnee Smollett.<br />

What made her the perfect choice<br />

to play Letitia Lewis?<br />

very close friends, but also have a<br />

beautiful artistic partnership based<br />

on energy, commitment and a<br />

shared desire to go deeper and<br />

challenge ourselves. She brings truth<br />

to every role and is so ferocious.<br />

But a lot of what we talked about<br />

on Underground we continued<br />

in Lovecraft Country. What’s<br />

the vulnerability underneath this<br />

woman’s strength? Let’s see both<br />

sides of her.”<br />

Arguably the heart and soul of the<br />

series is Atticus Freeman played<br />

by actor Jonathan Majors. What<br />

inspired you to cast him?<br />

Green “When we were casting,<br />

Yann Demange said ‘There’s this<br />

amazing cat Jonathan who was<br />

in my movie White Boy Rick.’ He<br />

walked into the room and I was<br />

like, ‘Oh my God, you’re Atticus.<br />

I believe you’re the soldier, the<br />

geeky kid, the black nerd.’ Halfway<br />

through shooting Lovecraft, I saw<br />

Jonathan’s film [a24’s] ‘The Last<br />

Black Man in San Francisco.’ I told<br />

him on set ‘Holy f*** dude!’ There<br />

wasn’t an inch of Atticus in the<br />

character of Monty. He was like,<br />

‘That’s the biggest compliment you<br />

could give me.’ He was a revelation<br />

the entire time we were shooting. I<br />

was like, ‘How have you not been in<br />

everything?’”<br />

Green “I generally don’t think of<br />

prospective actors when I write. But<br />

Jurnee kept asking, ‘So, how’s that<br />

script going?’ I was like, ‘Good!’<br />

When I was done, I asked, ‘Do you<br />

want to read it?’ She said, ‘What<br />

can I say? It’s f***ing amazing. So<br />

when are you gonna say you want<br />

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me to be in this?’(Laughs) We’re<br />

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LOVECRAFT is the most visualeffects<br />

heavy project you’ve<br />

undertaken as a show creator. How<br />

did you approach those elements<br />

of storytelling during the writing<br />

process and what most excited you<br />

when it came to executing them<br />

during production?<br />

principal photography. Then we<br />

have the second unit, which shot<br />

all the stunts and pickups. Then the<br />

effects are added and we turn the<br />

actors into 20 different ghosts. To be<br />

working with people who are at the<br />

top of their crafts game…I was a kid<br />

in a candy store.”<br />

Green “We worked with KNB, an Much like “Underground,”<br />

incredible special effects and LOVECRAFT COUNTRY is as much<br />

makeup house. Knowing I’d an auditory experience as a visual<br />

have their tools to tell the story one as the soundtrack boasts a<br />

made it feel like an amazing genre-busting mix of 1950’s-era<br />

playground. Initially I just wrote music, contemporary hip-hop,<br />

down my ideas like, ‘Ok, what spoken-word poetry and other<br />

craziness is in my head?’ Then works by Black artists. Did you write<br />

we’d talk. For example, there’s with specific audio cues in mind,<br />

an amazing exorcism scene. The discover them during production or<br />

effects team asked me, ‘What is make those choices in post?<br />

each of these ghosts?’ I was like,<br />

‘Well, there should be one that Green “A bit of all three. Joe<br />

has a baby head.’ (Laughs) So Pokaski and I used to talk about:<br />

the artists designed 10 different How do we pull the slavery portrait<br />

baby heads. ‘Ok, I like that baby off the museum wall and evolve<br />

head mixed with that baby head.’ the story beyond, ‘Look at how<br />

Then we get to set. ‘Okay, here bad slavery was’? One way was<br />

are seven different levels the wallshakes<br />

by using more vibrant camera<br />

effects are set to.’ I think, movements; the other was through<br />

‘I get seven levels of wall shakes using modern music. I wanted to<br />

to choose from?’ Then the actors build on that in Lovecraft and also<br />

come in. Jurnee exorcises her full integrate ‘found audio’ into the<br />

self while getting a ghost out of score. For example, in the opening<br />

her. I’m like, ‘I need nothing else we use voiceover from the [1950<br />

in this scene but that!’ Then the film] ‘The Jackie Robinson Story.’<br />

ghosts come in with all of their Later we have [Ntozake Shange’s<br />

special-effects makeup. ‘Wow, this 1975 poem] For Colored Girls and<br />

looks really scary. I need nothing [poet Gil Scott-Heron’s] Whitey on<br />

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I love the idea of taking our show<br />

‘out of time.’ It’s the past, present<br />

and future. How do we wrap all of<br />

that into a unique soundscape? We<br />

want the show to be full-sensory,<br />

engaging and have people learn<br />

from it without having to learn from<br />

it. My favorite learning experiences<br />

are immersive; those that make me<br />

re-think what I know as opposed<br />

to ‘Here’s some bad history.’<br />

How can we immerse the viewer<br />

even further? I love when I have<br />

revelations two weeks after the fact<br />

where I’m like, ‘Oh wow, ok.’”<br />


particular resonant as Hollywood<br />

– and our country at large – face<br />

ongoing, painful reckonings<br />

about race. How does it feel to be<br />

sharing a show like this at a time<br />

when boundary-pushing narratives<br />

centered on Black Americans<br />

have arguably never been more<br />

important?<br />

mean? I’m honored that our show<br />

can be part of that very important<br />

conversation.”<br />

The shows website also provides<br />

resources, information and support<br />

regarding racial justice, mental<br />

health and more, please refer to the<br />

following organizations.<br />

The Emmett Till Legacy Foundation’s<br />

(ETLF) mission is to bring truth,<br />

justice and healing, which can<br />

mean a full accounting of crimes<br />

and exhaustive investigations, for<br />

the families of victims of unsolved<br />

murders committed during the civil<br />

rights era.<br />

The 1921 Tulsa Massacre Centennial<br />

Commission leverages the rich<br />

history surround the 1921 Tulsa<br />

Race Massacre by facilitating<br />

actions, activities, and events that<br />

commemorate and educate all<br />

citizens.<br />

National Black Justice Coalition<br />

(NBJC) is America’s leading<br />

national Black LGBTQ/SGL civil rights<br />

organization focused on federal<br />

public policy. It has accepted<br />

the charge to lead Black families<br />

in strengthening the bonds and<br />

bridging the gaps between the<br />

movements for racial justice and<br />

LGBTQ/SGL equality.<br />

See more at<br />

Green “If your art is speaking to<br />

the moment, that’s all you can<br />

hope for. It’s exciting to know that<br />

people will be engaging in the<br />

show during this time, especially on<br />

the platform that HBO has given<br />

it. And in many ways, LOVECRAFT<br />

is the continuation of the same<br />

themes and questions we explored<br />

in ‘Underground’: What are we<br />

willing to do for our freedom? hbo.com/lovecraft-country<br />

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