Month: July 2014

BIGGER AND DEFFER by LL Cool J

Released June 2, 1987 Def Jam Records A little under 2 years after his debut album RADIO, a now 19-year old LL Cool J released his 2nd album, Bigger And Deffer (BAD, get it?). By this time producer Rick Rubin had left Def Jam to go off and form his own new company, so LL…

Ted Cruz For President?

By the time of their inauguration, the President and Vice President must be: natural born citizens (including naturalization passed from parents). At least thirty-five years old. Inhabitants of the United States for at least fourteen years. Article Two of the United States Constitution Ted Cruz is a Republican Senator from Texas, elected in 2012, and…

Yeah, I Watched “Dating Naked”

This is the latest “reality” show on VH1. On the surface it’s a typical TV dating show. Two strangers, a man and a woman (I wonder if they’ll ever do same-gender?) fly to an exotic island for 4 days where the first three days they go on a “date” with a different person, including each…

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 have always enjoyed it, I think I may even have it on DVD somewhere. It’s a superhero romantic comedy. Luke Wilson plays a man named Matt who starts dating a seemingly shy…

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…