As we enter Black History Month, Digital Spy magazine issue 3 on Apple News+ is dedicated to Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther and the rise of the Black superhero.
We tragically lost Chadwick at the end of August following his four-year battle with colon cancer. The man, the legend, brought real-life Black heroes to the big screen and finally proved to Hollywood that diversity isn’t a trend by shaking the world as King T’Challa with the cultural juggernaut that was Black Panther.
Our cover feature, written by our Picture and Multimedia Editor, Shyvonne Thomas and designed by illustrator Kingsley Nebechi, charts Black superheroes’ long journey to the silver screen, especially Black Panther, which, as Shyvonne explains, “provided a cultural haven for Black audiences”.
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Earlier this year, I decided to publish our statement as a brand, explaining our support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and as the world faces a reckoning with racism, we’ve committed to doing our part to help. To elevate Black voices and fight systemic racism in our industry. To do the work, and to do better. To be a champion for change in an entertainment industry that simply isn’t diverse enough. I’m delighted to tell you some of that work has come to fruition in this issue. And we’re just getting started.
We’ve launched our new franchise, Digital Spy Rising, which champions emerging talent, beginning with ’30 Black British actors of tomorrow’. This includes the key films and TV shows you need to watch them in, as well as their reactions to being selected by an esteemed panel of Black entertainment experts; including Lennie James, Susan Wokoma, Lolly Adefope, Levi David Addai, Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo and Jo Johnson.
Lennie James et al. posing for the camera: EMBARGOED 30/09/20 Digital Spy Rising panel – Evicka Dang (Lennie James), Getty Images, Shutterstock© Evicka Dang (Lennie James), Getty Images, Shutterstock EMBARGOED 30/09/20 Digital Spy Rising panel – Evicka Dang (Lennie James), Getty Images, Shutterstock
But that’s not all, we also have all the times TV finally did Black History justice, as well as an explainer on Wonder Woman’s Black twin sister, Nubia. Wouldn’t it be a great time to bring her to the big screen, eh DC?
Beyond our coverage on Black entertainment, we’ve got an exclusive interview with Harry Lloyd ahead of Sky Atlantic and NOW TV’s futuristic dystopian series, Brave New World. Then, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are talking dirty (roads) as they hop back on their bikes for The Long Way Up on Apple TV+.
Next we’ve got a full timeline of The Walking Dead universe explained ahead of the season 10 finale, the start of spin-off show, World Beyond, and return of Fear the Walking Dead this October, including an incredible illustration by Kenneth J. Franklin.
Speaking of spooky things, we also have a massive Halloween Watch This special, charting all the best horror movies on every streaming platform, and where to watch the classics. Meanwhile our Movies Editor, Ian Sandwell covers the new faces of horror in his 2020 preview, featuring two of the best releases of this year, Saint Maud and Relic.
But wait, there’s more! We’ve also explained how every single season of American Horror Story is connected to celebrate the show’s 9th anniversary, along with a stunning illustration from Pearl Ivy.
a close up of text on a black background: EMBARGOED 30/09/20 American Horror Story – how all the seasons are connected – Pearl Ivy© Digital Spy / FX / Pearl Ivy EMBARGOED 30/09/20 American Horror Story – how all the seasons are connected – Pearl Ivy
And don’t worry, Soaps fans, we’ve got you covered too, thanks to the our most shocking moments, the biggest storylines impacted by lockdown, and the details of our brand new Soap Scoop podcast.
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FINALLY take a trip to Time Jump, where we have a comprehensive oral history of The Only Way Is Essex from the cast and crew to celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary. Plus, we go Back to the Future with producer Bob Gale on the movie’s 30th anniversary, and chat about Tara’s tragic death in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And that’s just for starters.
20 Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Tara and Willow – by Camilla Ru / Digital Spy
For now, I’ll leave the last word to T’Challa and the late Chadwick Bosman, a real-life hero: