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Eboni Boykin

Freelance writer focused on entertainment media

Los Angeles, CA

Eboni Boykin

Eboni Boykin is an opinion and cultural analysis writer from the southern United States. She combines her extensive knowledge of genre films with her critical thinking training from the English BA program at Columbia University in the City of New York.

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Living Single on Hulu: The Cultural Importance of Making Black Sitcoms Available to Stream

My vision for my life was changed when I discovered Susan Fales Hill’s popular 80s-90s sitcom, A Different World. Never had I seen any entertainment content that made me so happy and proud to be black. For the first time, I saw young black people my age living, loving, and laughing in a context that I could relate to.
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Why Are We Ignoring Female-Centric Horror Films?

the majority of horror films in existence today are insulting to all female and female-identifying humans, with their hyper emphasis on feminine “purity,” and protagonists whose incompetency is only cured by the killing of the viable male hero. But what other genre has it embedded within itself to regularly feature an independent female character who has to save herself?
Women and Hollywood Link to Story
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‘Love Is__’ Episode 2 Recap: Nuri Grinds To Secure A Seat At The Table

Episode two of Mara Brock Akil’s autobiographical romantic series Love Is opens with a prayer. Yasir (Will Catlett), bows the morning prayers of his Muslim faith, undoubtedly looking for resilience and hope during this crossroads in his life as he is on the verge of being a homeless aspiring director.
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Lena Waithe Weighs In On the Impact of Jordans in Powerful Documentary ‘Unbanner: The Legend of AJ1’

Powerhouse writer-actor-producer Lena Waithe weighs in on the influence of the AJ1 sneaker in the powerful documentary Unbanner: The Legend of AJ1. The doc focuses on the cultural phenomenon attached to the ever-popular shoe, and how that phenomenon transcends every walk of life. It gives the whole story from beginning to end, starting with Michael Jordan’s monumental career and the controversy surrounding the then-rookie’s decision to wear red and black shoes on the NBA court.
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Nia DaCosta’s Feature Debut ‘Little Woods’ is a Fresh Take on the Modern Western

Nia DaCosta’s feature debut Little Woods is a take on life as a single woman in a rural town ravaged by drugs, desolace, and desperation. Tessa Thompson plays half the powerful duo starring in this flick, as the resourceful Ollie. Ollie is just about to finish her probation period for running pills across the Canadian border, a criminal act she must engage in to order to support her ill mother.
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The Re-Imagining of the Real-Life Female Warriors in ‘Black Panther’

One of the most important praises for Marvel’s Black Panther film is for the movie’s inclusion and focus on the king’s army of warrior women–the Dora Milaje. These women are sworn to celibacy, as they are technically the king’s wives, whose sole duty and purpose is to protect king and kingdom. As rare as the image of black female warriors are, it is not surprising that the actual existence of such a troop of female warriors is lost on many–a fact only now rectified by their reference in Black Panther.
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EXCLUSIVE: ‘The Quad’ Co-Creator Felicia D. Henderson on How Black Lives Matter has Influenced the Series

HBR had the opportunity to speak with the co-creator of the hit BET drama The Quad, Felicia D. Henderson, who has been dubbed as “TV-writing-and-producing royalty.”. Upon being asked what she thinks of that title, she says only that she is happy she’s blessed enough to do exactly what she wants to do.
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Lights Out (2016) : Geek Movie Review

After having received a lot of attention from it’s humble start as a short film on YouTube, little budget horror flick, Lights Out turned into a big budget production that was being financed and oversaught by horror film big-wig James Wan.. Unfortunately, Lights Out only measures up to its own three minute predecessor in scares and story--which is not great for a feature length film.
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Israel-Palestine doc captures conflict with deft camera, character work

The new film The Green Prince tells the story of the Israeli internal security services top informant, who turned against his father, a top Hamas leader, when he was just 17. The films use of documentary and re-enactment makes it compelling. The number one source for Israel's internal security service, the Shin Bet, was just 17 when he began his career as a spy.
Columbia Daily Spectator, Columbia University Link to Story
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'Carrie' remake fresh, relevant

The newest adaptation of "Carrie," released on Oct. 18, seeks to be a new interpretation of the 1976 classic based on Stephen King's book, rather than just another stale Hollywood remake. “Carrie” offers an fresh re-imagining of the 1976 classic, delivering plenty of gore and thrills for today's blood-loving horror fan.
Columbia Daily Spectator, Columbia University Link to Story
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Wiseman discusses new film at Italian Academy

Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman is no stranger to college campuses. Wiseman, renowned for showing the inner workings of American life through his documentaries about public institutions, was at the Italian Academy on Tuesday to show segments of his new film, “At Berkeley,” for which he shot 250 hours of film.
Columbia Daily Spectator, Columbia University Link to Story
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‘Insidious’ sequel as scary as its predecessor

The team behind the 2011 horror film “Insidious” has returned to haunt movie theaters with a sequel that delivers laughs and a few good frights. “Insidious: Chapter 2” features Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne in a film directed by James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell—both responsible for “Saw.”. The sequel is virtually as bloodless as the first, which is surprising considering the torture-porn aesthetic associated with the “Saw” franchise.
Columbia Daily Spectator, Columbia University Link to Story

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