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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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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Star Wars The Last Jedi Review – Spoiler Free

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The cast and crew of “The Last Jedi” deserve to be congratulated, they do something that hasn’t happened since “The Empire Strikes Back.”They made a movie that’s almost as rewarding, soul uplifting, and unique as the original Star Wars. I walked into the film expecting a “Empire Strikes Back” retread. Instead I was given a film that adds to the Star Wars universe, was thoughtful and touched on issues of war profiteering, economic inequality, and the treatment of animals, while never failing to visually dazzle through the whole film. This year has had some amazing films but “The Last Jedi” clearly stands above them all.

Rian Johnson as the director of “The Last Jedi” proves to be the equal of Irvin Kershner (director of Empire). Empire set the standard for a generation of what fans expect from the second film…

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Comics and Their Reflection on Society

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One of the best parts about being a comic book lover is the escapism they sometimes provide. Comics have told stories about mere mortals who can fly, swing from building to building, as well as garnering other breathtaking abilities. What has always been somewhat confounding, though, is that when issues facing the world become front and center in the headlines, there have been a few comic book fans that fully expect that these issues stay out of comics. For some, comics is their safe space and issues of the world should not affect the latest installment of Superman’s fight against Zod, or Spider-man trying to foil Doc Ock’s latest plot.

The problem is, many comic book fans seem to forget that comics, as well as nearly all forms of entertainment from gaming to movies, have at some point or another been a mirror of the sociopolitical climate that we live…

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