Month: February 2020

African Gods in American Pop Culture

The African god that arguably stands out and is the most memorable is Anansi, played so beautifully and skillfully by Orlando Jones. I do not have the extensive vocabulary to describe just how perfect of a character he plays. You know how people say someone was created for a role and you so truly believe it that is this portrayal.

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Michael Jai White

The 52 year old actor, director, writer, producer and martial artist (he knows 8 different art forms!) was the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the titular character in the 1997 film Spawn.

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Ja’net Dubois

Day 18:  Today was actually going to be about something completely different but then news came of the passing of Jeanette Dubois better known by her stage name Ja’net Dubois.  Most of us know her as the ever fashionable Willona Woods, the best of Florida Evans, adopted mother to arm burn Penny aka Janet Jackson,…

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Naomi

Seventeen seconds. That’s how long Superman’s fight with Mongol was in the small town Naomi was living. Seventeen seconds is what it took for all that was within Naomi to be sparked on another level. No, not any superpowers, her search for herself. Naomi, like Superman, was adopted and knew little to nothing about her…

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Black Love

Since it’s Valentines Day, we’re celebrating black love. Thanks to my parents’ VHS tape, my first introduction to black couples in love was seeing Eddie Anderson & Ethel Waters in Cabin in the Sky. Like our complexion, our love comes in many forms.

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Icon (Milestone Comics)

Top 5 Reasons Why Icon should be on your list.

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Kevin Peter Hall

Day 12: 29 Days of Blackness We may all remember Kevin Peter Hall for his contribution to the movie industry without actually recognizing his face. However, his larger than life size (7’4″) is unforgettable. He went toe to toe with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Glover as the menacing creature in the first two films in…

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Black

Day 11: 29 Days of Blackness Black was originally published by Black Mask Studios in 2016 as a 6 issue series. It was written and created by Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3. I originally copped it as a trade at NYCC. After giving it a shot I became immediately engrossed in the story. Part…

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Greg Anderson Elysee

Greg Anderson Elysee is Black History in literature personified.

In all fairness, he may be a Brooklyn Renaissance man.

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A Nod to Action Jackson

Day 3: 29 Days of Blackness “Who you tryna be, Action Jackson?” I have to give a nod to the old school movie Action Jackson due to Carl Weathers. He’s in one of my favorite shows right now, the Mandalorian, but he’s been around for a long time. He’s been in a lot of hits,…

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