By Aaron LaRoche

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Horror movies are finally part of the zeitgeist. The genre has catapulted from seasonal niche to taking awards like Jordan Peele’s best original screenplay Oscar win for Get Out (2017), containing some of the highest-rated/watched media like American Horror Story (2011-present), and being valued as social commentary. At its finest, horror holds a mirror up to society exposing the fears and anxieties we each hold within. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, what is in the mirror looks nothing like you if you’re Black.

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Jordan Peele wins the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award on March 4, 2018, becoming the first Black screenwriter to do so.

After the release of Get Out, there has been a new surge of socio-political horrors putting the lens on people of color (POC). Some may have the idea that it was Jordan Peele who started the trend, but it’s been going on since the creation of the genre. While progress has been made, one of the ways horror still finds itself lacking is in its POC representation. This isn’t to say there haven’t been movies before Get Out that included POC actors, but more often than not these roles were auxiliary at best and sacrificial at worst. …

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