Category Archives: Life & Times

Regarding the Cover to SHAFT #2 (a.k.a. Dedicated to Darrien Hunt)

No doubt, there will be people debating over the meaning and motivation behind Sanford Greene’s cover to Shaft #2, which came out today. For the record, the idea for the cover came to me long before the grand jury hearing … Continue reading

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Blaxploitation 2.0 (a.k.a. The Return of the BAMF)

If you’ve been following my career for any length of time, you know that blaxploitation is my thing. Hell, my career as a writer really started with my fascination with blaxploitation, starting nearly twenty years ago when I decided to … Continue reading

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Hanging My Head in Shame (a.k.a. Apology with a Capital A)

Not that long ago, I wrote about an experience I’d had with a woman, where I felt my blackness (among other things) was being called into question. The piece that I wrote was an immediate response to the moment, while … Continue reading

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Happy 4th Re-Birthday To Me

This weekend is the 4th anniversary of my almost dying. That’s an anniversary not many people get to claim, but for me it is one of great significance. I’ve already written about my near-fatal bout with pneumonia on several occasions … Continue reading

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Calling Blackness Into Question (or Being Black, With a Capital B)

Honestly, I’m tired of talking about these things. I’ve been dealing with race and racism my entire life, and now that I’m closer to 50 than I am to 40, I’m really tired of explaining myself and issues surround race … Continue reading

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A Veteran’s Day Tale

About a month ago, I was in New York City. When I was much younger, I lived in the city, and over the years, I’ve had plenty of amazing, surreal, and terrifying experiences in the Big Apple. But something that … Continue reading

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John Shaft vs. Sam Wilson (a.k.a. It’s Time to Re-write the History of Black Characters in Comics)

I’m about to stir it up. I’m about to talk some shit, ruffle some feathers, and remind those that know me, how I break it down. Some of you will get pissed off, and that’s okay. Righteous indignation is a … Continue reading

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I’m Not Mike Brown

I am not Mike Brown. I’m not Darrien Hunt. I’m not Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, or Yuseff Hawkins, or Emmett Till, or one of the Central Park Five, or one of the Scottsboro Boys. In fact, when push comes to … Continue reading

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I’m Just Talkin’ ‘Bout Shaft.

For months now, I’ve been talking about a top secret project that I couldn’t actually talk about. Well, now I can talk about it. I’m writing Shaft for Dynamite Entertainment. This has been a project long in development, and definitely … Continue reading

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Rose City Comic Con 2015 Schedule

Okay, boys and girls, I’ll be at the Rose City Comic Con in Portland, Oregon, Sept. 20-21. And guess what? I have an actual schedule. SATURDAY Monkeybrain Comics: The Collaborative Process – Room: Panel Room 2, Time: 1:00PM – 1:50PM … Continue reading

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