Black Game of Thrones Fans Have Built Their Own Universe Around Westeros (HBO)

On Sunday night a record 17 million people tuned in for the premiere of Game of Thrones’s eighth and final season, making it one of the last examples of a collective viewing experience in American culture. And while we all enjoy the same show about feuding kingdoms and flying dragons, black fans have built their own universe out of Westeros.

They’ve taken a show with more magical creatures than recurring characters of color, and have somehow turned it into something unapologetically black.

Rod Morrow and his wife, Karen, are the hosts of the podcast called “The Black Guy Who Tips,” and they’ve popularized the hashtag #DemThrones, where black viewers put their own lens on the shows dramatic twists and turns.

“Moments that resonate with black people I think are a little bit different than just the major moments of the series,” Morrow said. The hashtag has everything from explicit, black humor to deep analyses of elements of race, class, and enslavement in the show.

VICE News went to Charlotte, North Carolina to watch “The Black Guy Who Tips” in action and then attended a premiere night cookout in Brooklyn.

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Karen Pence shows off VP residence decorations

(19 Dec 2018) Christmas at Vice President Mike Pence’s official residence literally jumps out of the pages of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Pence’s wife, Karen, recently gave The Associated Press an exclusive tour of their holiday decorations. (Dec. 19)

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Pence tours Ga. towns hit by Hurricane Michael

(16 Oct 2018) Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen toured farms affected by Hurricane Michael on Tuesday. (Oct. 16)

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President Trump Attends Funeral For Billy Graham

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended the funeral for the Rev. Billy Graham along with Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen. The service was held in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Mar. 2)

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Montenegro: Pence lands in Podgorica

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen land in Podgorica during a tour of Eastern Europe aimed at reassuring US allies rattled over Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and backing for a bloody separatist rebellion in Ukraine. IMAGES