29 Days of Black Folks Kicking Butt In Sci-Fi: Day 4

Written by Robert Jeffrey

February 5, 2020

It doesn’t get anymore deeper than the title suggests. We love #blackhistorymonth here at BlackSci-Fi.com. So for the month of February, I’m going to focus on scenes of black folks kicking all the a#! in your favorite sci-fi/ fantasy/ action tv, web, and film series.

3. Selena vs. Some Dude Who Gets Bit By “Zombies”/ 28 Days Later (2003)

I love zombie movies. Bad ones. Good ones. Great ones. I love them all. There’s something especially captivating about the sense of terror, isolation, and hopelessness that comes hand in hand with these flicks, and I watch as many as I can whenever possible. I especially like zombie movies when black folks don’t die first and take control of the situation. Enter stage left, Selena in 28 Days Later, played by the talented Naomie Harris. From the film’s summary, “Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.”

Though technically the infected humans in this movie are on the “kinda/ sorta” side of being zombies, either way, they attack “normal” humans and try to kill them. In one tense scene, in particular, Selena and a survivor she has teamed up with, are attacked by the infected humans. Her friend gets bitten after the attack, is possibly infected, and pleads for Selena to spare his life.

Selena promptly says “F&^% that noise. I’m not about to be the dead Women of Color in this horror flick,” and kills the heck out of that guy. I cheer every time I watch this scene.

Note: The scene is not suitable for all audiences.


Robert Jeffrey II is an Atlanta based freelance writer who has worked for such clients as DC Comicsthe Centers for Disease Control, and Nitto Tires. He is the co-writer of Radio Free Amerika, the writer of RET: CON, the creator/ writer of the Glyph Comics Award winning/ nominated Route 3: Vol 1, and the creator/writer of Mine To Avenge: The Book of Layla. He’s contributed to the Dark Universe: The Bright Empire and The Scribes of Nyota prose anthologies. He is a graduate of the 2017 DC Comics New Talent Writers Workshop. You can reach him at www.robertkjeffrey.com

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