Category Archives: RANTS & RAVES

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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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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