Category Archives: RANTS & RAVES

A Thing or Two About THE WIZ (or, Some People Just Don’t Get It)

Last night, NBC aired a live broadcast of the musical, The Wiz, based on the all-black Broadway play that first debuted on Broadway in the 1970s. The Wiz had been an adaptation of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, … Continue reading

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Black Superheroes in Film (and TV): An Almost Complete Guide

Yesterday, the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War dropped, and people went nuts—especially for the brief footage of Black Panther. Now, this isn’t the first time we’ve had a black character in a superhero movie, but you wouldn’t know … Continue reading

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FEAR THE WALKING DEAD? No, More Like F**K THE WALKING DEAD!

Okay, so we’re only two episodes in to Fear the Walking Dead, the prequel to The Walking Dead, and I’m already done with this show. There are plenty of reasons to skip this show, but at the end of the … Continue reading

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An Open Letter Regarding SHAFT

Numerous people have reached out to me about my thoughts on the new Shaft movie, which New Line Cinema recently announced would be more comedic in tone. Here are my thoughts… Dear New Line Cinema (and producer John Davis), Let … Continue reading

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Why GONE WITH THE WIND is a Dangerous Movie

There’s been a lot of talk about banning the Confederate flag recently, due in large part to horrific massacre that occurred last week in Charleston, SC. Many discussions have arisen, including one critic’s call to ban Gone with the Wind. … 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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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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The Invisible World of Black Comic Creators

Okay, so I got back from the San Diego Comic Con a few days ago, and I really wanted to share some of my experiences and thoughts, before they are lost in the jumbled mess of my mind. Let me … Continue reading

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Black Captain America vs. Black Jesus (a.k.a. Don’t Mind Me, I’m Just Going to Vomit in the Corner)

Once again, I find myself on the slippery slope of pop culture commentary, in a position that requires full disclosure. Recently, I wrote a piece about Marvel’s announcement that Sam Wilson, a black man better known as Falcon, will be … Continue reading

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Marvel Launches Diversity & Representation 2014 (a.k.a. Don’t Piss on My Head and Tell Me It’s Raining)

Let me start by saying a few things. First, I’m trying to write less about companies like Marvel (Disney) and DC (Warner Brothers), because I’m not paid to do publicity for them. Second, although we are not close friends, I … Continue reading

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