The Enduring Relevance of the Black Panther

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As the Black Panther has become an increasingly more prominent character, especially now that the movie has been released I’ve been thinking. Thinking about why this character has been so important to me personally, to the community of black writers, nerds, actresses, and podcasters that I interact with, and ultimately to many in the African diaspora. My conclusion is that T’Challa matters because of the world he connects us to, what he embodies as a character, and the questions that his existence forces us to ponder.

The fictional nation of Wakanda connects us to the idea of what Africa nations could have become without intervention from the West. The African continent has been plagued by the legacy of the triangle slave trade and colonialism.  Those two events and their continuing legacy have hampered the development of African nations, forced Western beliefs and ideology upon them without their consent.  The descendants…

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So what exactly is this VERO thing?

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So today I awoke and as I was checking my social media feeds, I noticed that a few of my friends were posting new profiles from something called Vero. So, of course being the good little lemming I am and hoping for something that could be an alternative to Facebook and Instagram, I decided to look into it.

After kicking the tires and checking out the app, this is my first impression of this latest addition to social media.

What is it?

Vero is a company that has been around already since 2013 but it’s been active since 2015. Vero strives to be different from Facebook by providing the balance that Facebook and other social media apps have lost by bringing us closer to our friends and associates via this app. The app itself can be found in the Apple or Android store, takes moments to set up and…

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Harry’s Anime Picks: The Shutdown Edition

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If you are a government worker, the next few days (we hope it’s not longer??) will suck because some of you will be stuck at home waiting for word to go back. Also if you aren’t an NFL fan, you may be looking for stuff to watch until the Super Series…or is it the World Bowl** is done and dusted.

I got a few recommendations but before I get started, let’s clear a few things up!

  • I want to thank everyone who chimed in with a few of their own suggestions last week. I will do my best to try and watch a few of your pick and even give shout outs when I do so keep up with the responses!
  • I can’t promise that you guys will get these weekly because, ya know…ADULTING!
  • While I will do my best to recommend some of the newest anime out there, there…

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 brings hilarity and the franchise to new heights

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When you go to see a sequel, there is usually a lot of concern. Most sequels can’t stand up to their progenitors, ranging anywhere from decent to horrible. On occasion, however, you not only find one that’s equal but alsosurpasses the original. The Godfather: Part II, The Empire Strikes Back, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Addams Family Values; and now we can add James Gunn’s space-superhero bonanza to this revered list.

While I enjoyed the originalGuardians of the Galaxy, I felt it played it safe at times. That movie was a lot of fun and humorous, but it never pushed me over the top. In Vol. 2, they finally gave me that “oomph,” and that was mostly thanks to the comedy. The laughs never seem to stop, and they reach new levels of hilarity, with Drax the MVP of this aspect. Dave…

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TV Talk – The Defenders Trailer Hits!

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The Defenders trailer dropped and, not going to lie, I literally started bouncing when I heard Misty Knight‘s voice. We see her interrogating Jessica Jones, following, what we assume, is a botched investigation.  And then….and this is the point that Ron lost all hearing, Matt Murdock walks in as Jessica’s attorney (much to Jessica’s surprise) and I screamed so loud I scared the neighbors.

After two years of build up The Defenders are finally together and it is everything I hoped for and more. From Matt and Jessica’s witty banter, Luke‘s deadpan snark and Danny‘s childlike enthusiasm at the idea of a superhero team up. On top of everything else we see Stick come to whip, in some cases literally, our four heroes and their allies into shape as The Hand and Sigourney Weaver’s mysterious and clearly dangerous Alexandria bring war to New York on a mental and physical…

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