Category Archives: Life & Times

The Lack of Diversity in Comics: What’re You Doing About It?

It seems like every day I read something, somewhere, about the lack of diversity in comics (not to mention various other pop culture mediums). Sometimes these pieces focus on gender, other times on people of color, and sometimes both. At … Continue reading

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Run Run Shaw and the Impact of Kung Fu Movies on Black America

Earlier this week, Run Run Shaw, co-founder of the legendary Shaw Brothers Studios, died at the age of 106. Shaw Brothers was responsible for some of the greatest kung fu movies of all time, and introduced the genre to American … Continue reading

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Thinking of a Friend

I meant to write this last week, but I didn’t. Maybe I was too busy. Or maybe I forgot. Or maybe I just didn’t feel like dealing with the emotions. I could, I suppose, offer any number of reasons that … Continue reading

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Fighting the Good Fight (or How I Was Too Stupid to Take a “Real” Job In Order to Pursue My Dreams

In the winter of 1995, I was facing dire circumstances. I had no regular job, aside from the occasional temp job here and there, occasionally working the front desk at a tattoo shop, and even more occasionally landing work as … Continue reading

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Happy Re-Birthday (or, What Happens When You Don’t Die)

“Mr. Walker, you’ve had a heart attack,” said the emergency room doctor. “There must be some kind of mistake,” I said to her, setting off an argument I’d be having for the next two days. As it turned out, I … Continue reading

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BECOMING BLACK – an excerpt, part 2

I have a new book out, a collection of essays entitled Becoming Black: Personal Ramblings on Racial Identification, Racism, and Popular Culture. Here’s an excerpt from the essay “Evolutionary Being.” I take no pride in admitting that I have prejudices. … Continue reading

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My First Book Report

At some point in life, pretty much every kid has to write a book report—those dreaded essays that prove we read a book, in which we need to recap the plot, offer character descriptions and, worst of all, provide some … Continue reading

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On My Father’s Birthday

I don’t recall thinking about my father that much when I was a younger. There were those obvious times when I missed not having a dad—like little league baseball games, or birthdays, or learning how to ride a bike without … Continue reading

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Small Business Saturday

Yesterday was Black Friday, that rather disgusting day of consumerism where people lose their minds over saving money on toasters. Today is Small Business Saturday, the day following Black Friday, in which owners of small businesses hope that consumers have … Continue reading

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Coming Soon…

Most of you that know me, know of my obsession with blaxploitation. This very website was born from the pages of the ‘zine BadAzz MoFo, which was launched back in the 1996. BadAzz MoFo itself was an offshoot of a … Continue reading

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