Duane Jones is born in New York City in 1937. Though he only appeared in a handful of films, he made cinematic history as the first African-American star of a horror movie in 1968’s Night of the Living Dead. A role that also made no acknowledgment of the lead character’s race. He later became a respected teacher and director, running New York’s Richard Allen Center for Culture and Art and creating English-language training programs for the Peace Corps. He died in 1988.

 

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A lifelong horror fan and longtime journalist, Jessica Peralta began her horror education in the womb – when her mom read Stephen King's "Salem's Lot." A few years later, she found her first monster idol – Freddy Krueger – and the world just kept getting better.

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