IF I COULD MAKE A SEQUEL TO “HANCOCK”…

Will Smith is one of my favorite actors but, to be blunt, I did not really like Hancock. You can read my full review HERE. But the TL/DR version is that I thought the film should have stuck with the original premise of an action/comedy about a down-on-his-luck superhero who gets a PR makeover and…

Lucy Vs. Hercules

So that new superhero movie, Lucy, came out this past weekend and shocked everyone by coming in at #1, beating the new Hercules movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. It should be noted that this is strictly via the domestic American box office. Lucy’s $43,899,340 beats Hercules’ $29,800,263, but Hercules also made $28,700,000 overseas, giving…

New Money #1

Created by Phillip Buchanon Written by Hannibal Tabu Drawn by N. Steven Harris Colored by Alejandro Sanchez Published by Canon Comics When I bought The Supernals Experiment #1 last night, I noticed the publisher, Canon Comics, had one other title available on Comixology. And since I mostly enjoyed Supernals and it was also only .99…

Why I Oppose “Hate Crimes” Laws

Here’s one of my opinions that often has people falsely assuming that I’m a Conservative Republican. It’s that I don’t believe in the concept of “Hate Crimes.” Specifically the idea that certain crimes committed against someone specifically because of their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc. deserve extra punishment under the law. To me that…

The Supernals Experiment #1

Created by Phillip Buchanon Written by David F. Walker Drawn by Ramon F. Bachs Inked by Raul Fernandez Colors by Santiago Arcas Published by Canon Comics Robert Jeffrey (y’know, the bloke who wrote Route 3, Radio Free Amerika, and other stuff) told me to buy this tonight. So I did. I’d never heard of it,…

MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND

Written by Don Payne Directed by Ivan Reitman 20th Century Fox Released July 2006 I just finished watching this film on HBO. I always enjoyed it, I think I may even have it on DVD somewhere. It’s a superhero romantic comedy. Luke Wilson plays Matt, who starts dating a seemingly shy woman named Jenny, played…

I FEEL LIKE A BLACK REPUBLICAN. . .

I am not a Republican, nor do I consider myself a “Conservative,” yet I’ve noticed that I’ve gotten several “follows” on Twitter from several self-described Republicans and Conservatives, particularly Black Republican spokespeople and groups. And I’ve actually been accused of being a Republican, by people who mean that as an insult, several times online. They…

HAVING HIGH STANDARDS

Driving to work today I almost hit a young man. It wasn’t my fault, I had the right of way. I was driving down a street when the man had parked his car on the side of the street I was driving on and just got out of it and quickly ran across the street,…

SAGGIN = NIGGAS

This is a topic that I’ve meant to write about many times, but always put it off because I wasn’t sure I could write it without offending people. But you know what, to heck with it. If you get offended by anything that I’m about to say then you (yes, YOU) are part of the…

SYMMETRY by Stacy Clark

My favorite singer, Stacy Clark, released her latest album yesterday on Harbour Records. This album has 14 songs, 9 of which had been previously released on earlier recordings, the songs from her independent release PATTERNS plus the songs from her e.p. DAYS INTO NIGHT, which I have of course. But for those of you still…

SAVAGE DRAGON #196

Writer and artist: Erik Larsen Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Nikos Koutis Publisher: Image Comics PREVIOUSLY: SAVAGE DRAGON #195 And here we have the latest issue of my favorite Black (okay, half-Black, but that’s good enough for me) teenage superhero (okay, he’s not technically a “superhero”, either…), Malcolm Dragon. Dang, I don’t know what it is…

“BLACK” OR “AFRICAN-AMERICAN”?

Image taken from Black vs Black: Divided as “One” This is a topic that I thought about a couple of months ago, when one of my friends on Facebook was talking about some book that she says disparaged Black women, and another Black woman joined in the discussion to say that she preferred being called…

STORM #1

Written by Greg Pak Drawn by Victor Ibanez Colored by Ruth Redmond Published by Marvel Comics I picked this book up out of sheer curiosity. I haven’t read any of the X-books regularly since Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men, so I’m going into this book pretty blind. To his credit, Greg Pak writes this story in…

SAVAGE DRAGON #195

Writer and artist: Erik Larsen Publisher: Image Comics Previously: SAVAGE DRAGON #194 Just read this latest issue and, dang, Erik Larsen sure seems to like putting my new favorite teenage (half-)Black superhero, Malcolm Dragon, through the ringer. In these three issues since Malcolm officially became the lead character, the poor kid barely has had time…

SAVAGE DRAGON #194

Writer/Artist: Erik Larsen Publisher: Image Comics Previously: SAVAGE DRAGON #193 This is a pretty action-packed issue, which fits the new status quo of Malcolm Dragon’s life. He’s trying his best to support himself (by working “off the books” for the police, catching super freaks) and go to school, but he can barely catch his breath…

FEAR OF A WHITE RAPPER

I recently watched Ice T’s documentary Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap, and I found it to be a very informative and entertaining piece on hip-hop. I definitely recommend that you (yes, YOU) check it out, if you haven’t seen it. I was particularly interested when they featured Eminem. Ice T and the other…

Actor Spotlight: ROCHELLE AYTES

Ever since it started airing last summer I’ve been watching and reviewing each episode of Mistresses on ABC. As I said from the beginning, the primary reason I started watching was for the chance to see Alyssa Milano, my childhood celebrity crush, on TV again every week. And she’s still the main attraction of the…

Actor Spotlight: DAMON WAYANS JR.

This is Damon Wayans Jr. The Wayans Family has produced a bunch of talented people, both in front of and behind the camera. Damon here is part of the 2nd generation of Wayans. He’s the son of Damon Wayans, whom he looks just like. I first discovered him on the TV series HAPPY ENDINGS, which ran…

RAPPIN’ (the movie)

Written by Adam Friedman, & Robert Jay Litz Directed by Joel Silberg You know the phrase so bad it’s good? That’s sort of how I feel about this film. Released in 1985 by Cannon Films, the same studio that released Breakin’ (also directed by Joel Silberg) and Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo (which this film shares…

BLACK PANTHER: BAD MUTHA

Written by Reginald Hudlin Drawn by Scot Eaton Inked by Klaus Johnson Published by Marvel Comics Previously: X-MEN/BLACK PANTHER: WILD KINGDOM This is the 2nd full series arc, which ran through Black Panther #10-13. The main premise is Black Panther teaming up with Luke Cage. It opens with a recap of Cage’s origin as we…

X-MEN/BLACK PANTHER: WILD KINGDOM

Written by Reginald Hudlin and Peter Milligan Drawn by Salvador Larroca and David Yardin Inked by Danny Miki, Allen Martinez, and Jay Leisten Published by Marvel Comics PREVIOUSLY: BLACK PANTHER #7 by Reginald Hudlin & Trevor Hairsine “Wild Kingdom” is a 4-part crossover between X-Men and Black Panther. I’ll try to keep spoilers to a…

“I’M REAL” by James Brown

Legendary Soul Brother Number One James Brown experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1980’s. This was due to the fact that a lot of rappers and rap groups began using samples of his music and voice in various songs. And in 1985 in appeared in the hit film Rocky IV, performing the song “Living…

MILES AWAY #1

Writers Anthony Montgomery and Brandon Easton Artist Jeff Stokely and Jey Odin Cover art by Brian Denhem Colors by Dawnsen Chen and Rashad Doucet Letters by Adam Pruett Published by Antarctic Press This is an interesting project that I picked up awhile ago. It’s an original graphic novel, based on character created by Anthony Montgomery,…

“RADIO” by LL Cool J

Released November 18,1985 Def Jam Recordings Just about two months shy of his 18th birthday, LL Cool J exploded on the hip-hop scene like an atomic bomb when he released his debut album on Def Jam Recordings. There was nothing like him before this. I remember an early interview with Run, of Run-DMC, where he…

MIDNIGHT TIGER #1

Written by DeWayne Feenstra Art by Ray-Anthony Height Colors by Paul Little Letters by Erica Shultz Published by Action Lab Entertainment PREVIOUSLY: MIDNIGHT TIGER #0 We open in a bad section of town, a bum walks into a bar (that sounds like the set-up to a joke, but it isn’t) and burns the place to…

MIDNIGHT TIGER #0

Written by DeWayne Feenstra Art by Ray-Anthony Height Colors by Paul Little Letters by Erica Shultz Published by Action Lab Entertainment “THE ORIGIN OF MIDNIGHT TIGER” The title says it all. This is an origin story. Gavin Shaw is a young Black teenager, living in Los Angeles. This appears to be set in a traditional…

WATSON AND HOLMES: A STUDY IN BLACK

Written by Karl Bollers Drawn by Rick Leonardi & Larry Stroman Published by New Paradigm Studios I’ve always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes, my mother had all the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the house as I was growing up. Last year New Paradigm Studios took advantage of the fact that…

MUSE-SICK-N-HOUR-MESS-AGE by PUBLIC ENEMY

The year was 1994, Rap Music was taking a turn (some would say for the worse, but that’s a matter of opinion), as the West Coast was beginning to take over with the rise of Death Row records, and it’s G-Funk style was ensuring Gangsta Rap’s dominance. This was the year Snoop Doggy Dogg rapped…

Best Movies You’ve Never Seen: KEEP THE FAITH, BABY

Directed by Doug McHenry Written by Art Washington Released 2002 This made-for-cable film originally aired on Showtime and stars Harry Lennix as legendary Harlem congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. The film begins near the end of Powell’s congressional career, where a young reporter for a Black newspaper (Russell Hornsby) visits Powell in the home Powell…

MY AMERICAN JOURNEY BY COLIN POWELL

Colin Powell has been one of my personal role models and heroes since the 1990’s. I remember being excited when he was considering running for President in 1996, and I still think he would make an excellent President, better than any one that we’ve had during my lifetime (including the current one). This autobiography, My…

CHUCK D: AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISTACHUCK

In 1996 after a decade as the front man for the legendary rap group Public Enemy, Chuck D released his first, and to date only, solo album. The thing about PE is that Chuck D was never known as being a particularly inventive lyricist, especially compared to the other great rappers of his era, such…

SQUADRON SUPREME: HYPERION VS. NIGHTHAWK

Writer: Marc Guggenheim, Artist: Paul Gulacy, Publisher: Marvel Comics. After having enjoyed the first Nighthawk miniseries, I was happy to see him re-appear in this new miniseries. Since the previous series, the original series that it spun-off from, SUPREME POWER, had ended and been relaunched as SQUADRON SUPREME, now under the regular Marvel Comics umbrella,…

SUPREME POWER: NIGHTHAWK

Writer: Daniel Way. Artist: Steve Dillon, Publisher: Marvel Comics (Max Imprint) Stop me if this comic-book plot sounds familiar: A rich man whose parents were killed when he was a boy has dedicated his life to training to become a masked vigilante and fight crime, and he now faces his biggest threat, an insane mass…

Loki: Ragnarok and Roll #4

Written Eric M. Esquivel Drawn by Jerry Gaylord Inked by Jerry and Penelope Gaylord Colored by Gabriel Cassata Published by Boom! Studios PREVIOUSLY: Loki: Ragnarok and Roll #3 Well, this is it, the exciting conclusion to this miniseries. Loki is now the most powerful God in all of existence. And he has revealed himself to…

Loki: Ragnarok and Roll #3

Written Eric M. Esquivel Drawn by Jerry Gaylord Inked by Jerry and Penelope Gaylord Colored by Gabriel Cassata Published by Boom! Studios PREVIOUSLY: Loki: Ragnarok and Roll #2 Okay, I’ve been trying my best to review this series, and make clear how awesome it is, without spoiling it. Well, things are reaching their climax here,…

Loki: Ragnarok and Roll #2

Written Eric M. Esquivel Drawn by Jerry Gaylord Colored by Gabriel Cassata Published by Boom! Studios PREVIOUSLY: Loki: Ragnarok and Roll #1 It’s 6 months since Loki has been banished to Earth. During that time he’s became a famous rock star. He’s got a guy named David as his drummer, a and two women, Masumi…

Loki: Ragnarok and Roll #1

Written Eric M. Esquivel Drawn by Jerry Gaylord Colored by Gabriel Cassata Published by Boom! Studios While I was underwhelmed by Eric M. Esquivel’s BLACKEST TERROR, I was more more impressed with his THOR: UNKILLABLE THUNDER CHRIST, and had hoped for further adventures of his version of Thor. This isn’t that sequel, but once again…

SUPERCROOKS by Mark Millar and Leinil Yu

Written by Mark Millar (co-plotted by Nacho Vigalondo) Drawn by Leinil Yu Inked by Gerry Alanguilan Colored by Sunny Gho Published by Marvel Comics/Icon Imprint While I may not have been impressed with NEMESIS, I still decided to check out Mark Millar’s other fairly recent creator-owned series that I originally missed, Supercrooks. And I am…

MILLAR & MCNIVEN’S NEMESIS

Written by Mark Millar Art by Steve McNiven Published by Marvel Comics/Icon After having given up on Mark Millar after his miniseries SUPERIOR, which I found underwhelming, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by his latest creator-owned titles, Starlight, Jupiter’s Legacy, and MPH. I also read his Marvel 1985 miniseries earlier this year, and liked that too.…

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