REVIEWS OF MILESTONE MEDIA ON BLERD CORE
Static Season One #3: Black Fathers Matter
Virgil is experiencing a multitude of bio-psychosocial changes, as a result there of he finds himself seeking guidance and who does he turn to? His father, there’s a brilliant simplicity to this interaction between father and son; in that we see a Black man who’s present for his son in a time of need. An image which is often obscure and rarely promulgated, by that very fact it is a radical image.
This is a poignantly indelible image, one I can relate to as my father is my best friend and he consistently instilled wisdom in me through conversations akin to this one. We need more imagery that counteracts the absent Black father as a fixture of the Black experience, as all of our father’s aren’t negligent and absent. This scene provoked a range of happiness, pride, and gratitude for a positive image of a Black father and son with a close kinship. Milestone Media LLC I’m loving the imagery and Vita Ayala did an awesome job writing it.
Icon Season One #2 Augustus Freeman Liberates Black Folk From Slavery
In this second issue Hudlin takes on a polarizing issue of chattel slavery in a flashback, which is the inception of Icon’s a.k.a. Augustus Freeman’s entrance into history. A situation which contends with the idea of a Black person with the ability to jettison slavery, and stifle it’s debilitating grasp on Black existence.
To see Icon take an authoritative stance which personified the notion “none of us are free until all of us are free”, was an action which underlined the importance of community and collectivism. Icon in a very Afrocentric manner, repudiated the eurocentric notion of of “individualism” and wasn’t content with freeing himself but freed his people as well. This is a salient ethno socio-racial political message, that echoes the importance of the Swahili term “Ujima”; which represents collective consciousness. Icon typified freedom as his people being free, a message we should uphold as a principle.
Icon reflected the radically resolute audacity of the likes of Nat Turner, Toussaint Louverture, & Gabriel Prosser who are real life historical figures who lead revolts to subvert slavery. I loved the image of Augustus engulfed by flames while holding the head of real life confederacy president Jefferson Davis; that is a revolutionary image which modern day Black superheroes aren’t shown doing.
Below are a list African American Slavery rebellions to be aware of: