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Hudlin TV / See Wakanda and Die…
« on: July 20, 2021, 06:24:40 pm »
Re-watching Reg’s animated ”Who is the Black Panther,” so dope; voice acting, the unique animation, and the music — man! I started thinking I would love to see Aaron’s ”See Wakanda and Die” done the same way. It would be a great follow up to the original, Marvel Knights classic! What say you Reg…HEF!?!

My Two Cents!

Peace,

Mont

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Black Panther / T'Challa and the Disposable Black Male
« on: March 06, 2021, 08:38:06 am »
Chadwick Boseman, T'Challa and George Floyd, what do they have in common? Ostensibly not much more than being variations of Black male archetypes. This started out as a plea to Marvel/Disney not to kill off T'Challa, the Black Panther as a sympathetic reaction to the untimely, intensely grievous passing of Chadwick Boseman. As one of hundreds, thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of Black boys who thrilled to the comic book adventures of the first superhero who actually looked like us, I know there are many more T'Challa stories worth telling. While I mourn the loss of the phenomenal Chadwick Boseman like so many of his fans, Black or not, male or not, nerd or not, the prospect of losing T'Challa as well feels like a compound trauma and however deferential to Chadwick, may inadvertently feed a larger narrative as to the disposability of the Black male in our society.

Our Black mothers, sisters and aunties are killing it; heading single-parent households, bread-winners raising our young men and women while consuming Higher Education and reforming corporate America. We owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be adequately reimbursed. They rightly assume the spotlight as educators, law enforcers, doctors and politicians. But surely as every coin has two sides, no people can fully flourish or persist halved of itself. Black men are not disposable.

Despite the best efforts of an unequal and unjust justice system that incarcerates and kills us disproportionately, an education system that under and often mis-represents our historical contributions, despite an economic system that excludes many of us out of hand frequently pitting us against one another for opportunities, Black men still matter. We are needed as husbands, fathers, wage earners and role models. Our perspectives, talents and gifts are important contributions for raising our families and communities. Many Black men, often outside of any media focus, are fulfilling their roles well, despite a government that has waged war on us, saddled us with debt and hindered our efforts in deliberate exclusion, limiting our access to the American Dream. The subversive, unwritten narrative of the disposable Black male, festering amid a climate of white supremacy, has facilitated these efforts even since the end of slavery.

Wanting to see T'Challa, the Black Panther persist despite the loss of Chadwick who was the first to fully bring the character to life, does not in any way diminish my appreciation for what he's given us nor my grief over his passing. After all, to borrow a profoundly poignant statement on love and loss from the wildly popular Marvel show WandaVision, "...what is grief if not love persevering?" I hope Marvel will heed it's own words as I feel an unintended consequence of removing T'Challa from its hugely successful cinematic universe will be adding to the larger universal narrative alluding to a disposability of the Black male.

My two cents.

Peace,

Mont

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Comic Reviews and Spoilers / Spider-Man Noir March 2020
« on: March 07, 2020, 02:49:27 pm »
The latest Spider-Man Noir is off to an incredible start! Margaret Stohl's dialogue is engaging and Juan Ferreyra's art is gorgeous, sumptuously depicting 1930's New York, streets, buildings, clothing, vehicles and characters!

I'm going along for this ride!

My Two Cents,

Mont

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Feel The Funk / New Music - Young Singer-Songwriter
« on: May 09, 2018, 07:03:04 am »
Dear fellow HEFers:

This is a link to my daughter's debut EP "Memoirs" which she wrote, performed and produced for her
Senior project in college.  I am so proud of her!  If any are so inclined, we'd greatly appreciate your support, however you may choose?

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_22?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=arianna+nicole+memoirs&sprefix=Memoirs+Arianna+Nicole%2Caps%2C190&crid=GYE17E3G0JYK

Also available on iTunes, Tidal, Spotify, etc.

Peace,

Mont

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Black Panther / Good or Bad for Black Panther Film
« on: December 02, 2017, 02:37:39 pm »
How good or bad are the scenes of Wakanda from Avengers Infinity War trailer for the Black Panther film? With BP not yet out, there can be no doubt/suspense (not that there really was) that Black Panther survives his own feature none the worse for wear.  However, the heavy Wakandan presence led by BP, Cap, Bucky should give the BP solo a shot in the arm, right?  Any precedent?

Peace,

Mont

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Hudlin TV / Superstition
« on: November 14, 2017, 06:56:50 pm »
Mario Van Peebles latest is creepy cool and Robinne Lee is the hottest Funeral Home director/paranormal avenger ever!!!

http://www.syfy.com/superstition

My Two cents!

Peace,

Mont

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Other Comics / Son of Shaolin
« on: September 20, 2017, 07:40:49 pm »
It's about damn time!  Don't sleep HEFers!

Peace,

Mont

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There are several conventions commonly associated with good storytelling; three acts - a beginning, middle and end, good vs evil, drama/action and a satisfactory conclusion.  I've been thinking about this for a while but watching the film Logan really frustrated me and brought the issue back to the surface.

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I read the comments in the film section for Logan, and comments by Kip and Triple X echoed my thoughts exactly.  Storytellers seem to be selfishly, sometimes egotistically satisfied with their own interpretation of a satisfactory conclusion, which I've personally found in a number of cases, most recently Logan to be unsatisfactory. It seems that many storytellers today and frustratingly those in comics/films/tv are quick to use characters death as the preferred third act trope?  Superhero comics have been publishing monthly adventures for over half a century but for some reason today films based on superheroes can't come up with more than three or four iterations of adventures without killing somebody off!?!  And, as with Logan, to give fans a film with a watered down, handicapped version of a beloved character who can't even come close to exhibiting the prowess that made him beloved and stoked the imaginations of fans and newcomers alike, feels like a short changing of the fan base at a time when technology makes it possible to exhibit so much more.  There is a serious lack of imagination IMO, going into storytelling at all levels.

Please pardon my rant, but my frustration over Coates continuation of a lackluster BP met immense disappointment over the needlessly nihilistic Logan and I had to vent.  Interested in your thoughts?

Peace,

Mont

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Comic Reviews and Spoilers / IDW's Star Trek: TNG - Mirror Broken
« on: August 01, 2017, 07:29:13 pm »
Bada&$ rendition of the classic which would never have been green lit as a movie or show!

Sumptuous art, compelling vision, tight action,

Picard, LaForge, Riker...awesome!!!

Peace,

Mont

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Other Comics / BP vs the White Tiger God?
« on: July 20, 2017, 02:37:46 pm »
In the Necropolis, Ultimates #9.

Promise or tease?

How much of this fight will we see on panel in Ultimates 10 or whatever the successive issue will be numbered?

Peace,

Mont

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Other Comics / Mosaic
« on: June 11, 2017, 11:27:41 am »
Still digging Mosaic!  Issue #8 was another good read and the return of Randolph brought the art back up to par for what IMHO has been an impressive run!

Kudos Redjack!  I hope there's more to come!?!

Peace,

Mont

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Black Panther / Coates has T'Challa all wrong!
« on: January 26, 2017, 01:37:47 pm »
Coates' latest Twitter broadcast, #BlackPanther: A Nation Under Our Feet reveals the Panther's latest scribe has misinterpreted T'Challa's character.   In the podcast Coates describes Shuri as more "pragmatic" and T'Challa as "much more emotional."  This interpretation is in direct opposition to everything that has been established of the two characters prior to Hickman's run.  Most of us agree that T'Challa's emotional breakdown in TRO was a gross mischaracterization.  It seems Coates who admitted to admiring Hickman's take, has now determined that T'Challa, once Marvel's ultimate poker face, is a very emotional, second-guesser anxious to escape his hereditary responsibility to Wakanda and it's people!?!  How this take is approved by Marvel editorial is hard to understand???

Peace,

Mont

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Black Panther / Finally an Honorary Wakandan!
« on: November 25, 2016, 10:04:39 am »
Thank you all for putting up with me!  8)

Best wishes for a Blessed and Happy Holidays!

Peace,

Mont

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Other Comics / Cloak and Dagger in ASM #6-8
« on: February 23, 2016, 09:32:54 pm »
Anybody catch this arc?  The covers and interior art were straight fire!

S P O I L E R S ! ! !



Thanks to Mr. Negative, reverse Cloak and Dagger were visually stunning!
The visuals were strong enough to carry the story which was decent in its
own right.

Peace,

Mont

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Black Panther / Hickman Oscars
« on: January 31, 2016, 12:05:58 pm »
Which characters would you say deserve the nod in each of the following categories for their performances in Hickman's four-year "Everything Dies" odyssey:

Best Actor/Actress:

Best Supporting Actor/Actress:

Most Dastardly Villian:

Best Performance in Overly Drawn Out Dystopian Circle Jerk:

Feel free to contribute additional categories if you like, i.e., Best Artist in a...

Peace,

Mont

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