Category Archives: RANTS & RAVES

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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Playing Around with Oppression and Omission (a.k.a. How Something as Simple as a Doll Can Reinforce Racial Ideology)

Saw a video on Facebook this morning by a young woman I don’t know, but somehow it still managed to catch my eye. The video was made back in December 2013, and you can watch it HERE. If for some … Continue reading

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Sidekick-ism, Part 2: Oh, What a Difference Race Makes (a.k.a. A Tale of Two Felix Leiters)

After the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I wrote a piece about the supporting character Falcon and something called Sidekick-ism. Race and racial ideology was at the heart and soul of what I wrote about, which of course … Continue reading

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Does Anyone REALLY Care About Diversity in Comics? (a.k.a Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothin’)

I’m starting to feel like I’m going crazy—as if there is something seriously wrong with me—when the sad truth of the matter is that it is not me at all. It is you. And by “you” I don’t necessarily mean … Continue reading

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BECOMING BLACK – an excerpt

Here is an excerpt from my collection of essays, Becoming Black: Personal Ramblings on Racial Identification, Racism, and Popular Culture. This the first paragraph from an essay entitled “Racism 2.0.” After the election of Barack Obama in 2008, racism went … Continue reading

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Sidekick-ism (a.k.a. Tokens of My Affection)

There was that moment in 2008’s Iron Man, when Rhodey (Terrence Howard) eyeballs one of Tony Stark’s suits and says, “Next time.” Hardcore comic fans went nuts, because we knew that meant Rhodey would most likely return in a sequel, … Continue reading

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Marvel is Disney, DC is Warner Brothers, and We All Need to Stop Working for Them for Free

As anyone who knows me, or knows my work can tell you, I’m something of a pop culture nut. I love movies and comic books and television…okay, not so much television these days…but you get my point. I’m eagerly awaiting … Continue reading

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Casting Outside the Box (a.k.a. I’d Rather Have Jean Claude Van Damme Play Luke Cage Over Tyler Perry Any Day)

Well, it seems plenty of people are upset about my last two posts regarding Micheal B. Jordan being cast as Human Torch in the reboot of Fantastic Four. Most of irrate folks are comic books fans, bemoaning the fact that … Continue reading

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Why An African American Human Torch is Important (a.k.a. Comic Fans are Racist and Kinda Unimportant)

Wake up world, Black actor Michael B. Jordan has been cast as Johnny Storm (a.k.a. the Human Torch) in the upcoming reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise. The hurricane of controversy, and all the requisite ridiculous and racist comments have … Continue reading

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