Christopher Judge: Elevating Black Voices in Sci-Fi is a panel discussion on where we’ve come from and where we’re going next.
This ambitious, no-holds-barred roundtable sees Judge joined by a panel of fellow actors, producers, and creatives to talk about the opprobrium that greeted Deep Space Nine’s Benjamin Sisko, the backlash against cosplaying traditionally white characters, and why everyone needs to read N.K. Jemisin.
A bonafide geek icon, Judge joined the core cast of Stargate SG-1 in 1997 as the Jaffa freedom fighter Teal’c, going on to appear in 211 episodes of SG-1, two episodes of Stargate Atlantis, and the movies Stargate: The Ark of Truth (2008), and Stargate: Continuum (2008). He also wrote five episodes of the show: ‘The Warrior’ (S5, Ep11), ‘The Changeling’ (S6, Ep19), ‘Birthright’ (S7, Ep10), and ‘Sacrifices’ (S8, Ep9).
More recently, Judge has won the devotion of an entire new fandom, voicing and motion capturing Kratos in the video games God of War (2018) and God of War Ragnarök, and voicing Black Panther in the War for Wakanda expansion for Marvel’s Avengers (2020).
Joining Christopher Judge is…
Krystina Arielle is an actor and cosplayer. She is known for her work in several RPG web series and is the host of The High Republic Show on StarWars.com and the official Star Wars YouTube channel. Living every fan’s dream, Arielle also cameoed in Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+.
David Bianchi is actor, writer, and producer most recently seen in Syfy’s Resident Alien. He’s also appeared in Westworld and Agents of SHIELD. Bianchi is the founder and executive producer of the production company Exertion3, currently working towards the release of a science fiction thriller called Catalyst.
James David Powell is a cosplayer and esports professional.
MJ Slide is a writer and filmmaker. Their work includes the science fiction short films Ghost Works Grey and Somni, the drama Sightlines, and the horror comedy Fame Fatale.
Joelle Monique is an award-winning pop culture critic, executive producer, and host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour and Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach Braff and Donald Faison. In 2021, she co-hosted Warner Brothers’ first digital red carpet alongside Kevin Smith for the release of the Justice League: Snyder Cut.