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The fact we do not collectively practice group economics is our fault as Blacks- all parents are responsible to teach their offspring about how America destroyed our businesses in multiple southern cities like Wilmington NC, E St Louis IL, Knoxville TN, Tulsa OK and Florida.

We are owed reparations for the bombing, looting of multiple Black Wall Street business districts and the absolute horror of chattel slavery too.

And we owe all youth the truth - even the part we have to dig up about our history- ignorance is no excuse when you claim to be civilized.

Latest Flicks / Re: New Mutants
« on: May 30, 2020, 01:48:29 am »
As a long term reader of XMen books going back to early 80s this movie is all over the place. Have seen multiple pre views and seen its delays too.

Not surprised they misrepresented Sun Spot as a Caucasian when heís a dark skinned mixed race guy who dates Caucasians.

Hudlin TV / AppleTV ďThe BankerĒ
« on: May 05, 2020, 09:40:18 pm »
Just saw this one and was impressed with solid performances from Anthony Mackie and Nia Long about smart Black men who created opportunities in real estate and banking using their wits.

Samuel Jackson brought some star power and comedy in every scene.  Worth the long wait to see this project.

Good script, solid directing and memorable performances.

Hudlin TV / Re: (Netflix) Self-Made: Madame C.J. Walker series
« on: May 05, 2020, 09:29:11 pm »
Saw this one weeks ago and was underwhelmed by the narratives against Black men and actually a lot of what it portrayed for Walker wasnít even true.

Somewhat of a disappointment because it fails to make Walker into the dynamic women she was and falsely portrayed her life with her daughter who actually did have children and was not a lesbian.  Haddish was also miscast in the role she played.

Hudlin TV / Re: First look at CW's Black Lightning
« on: April 03, 2020, 07:06:44 pm »
Agree after watching all 3 seasons- make Black Lightning front and center again and stop with all the over the top and annoying woke stuff especially with his eldest daughter.  Jefferson should definitely be the focal point each season and then bring his daughters in to support him- not challenge his authority.

If that were true, that would be Unfortunate. There needs to be a separation, not more connection to Coates run

Just read Giant Sized XMen featuring Storm and it does place her front and center and clearly in support of The Black Panther down to her soul.  Sets up a different angle for how committed she is to Wakanda and will definitely set up new tensions with UXM and their new home Krakoa.

Hickman has thrown a dynamic plot twist into the Black Panther/ Storm relationship and pulled in Cyclops, Jean Grey, Emma Frost and Wolverine for full effect.  Didnít see this one coming and excited to see it play out!

Latest Flicks / Re: The Photograph
« on: March 04, 2020, 06:26:56 pm »
Love and Basketball was good too- like a coming of age type movie whereas Love Jones was purely adult oriented with a lot of nuances and thematic.

Like Issa Raye’s Character in the film and her romance with Keith’s character was grounded, funny and believable.  Liked the twist too- good character moments and good representation of Black love for a change.  Willing to see it again!

Latest Flicks / Re: Invisible Man
« on: March 04, 2020, 06:14:13 pm »
Actually it was inferred that Aldis Hodge played a character who was a childhood friend to Moss and I respected the fact this movie did not force a swirling agenda and he could be a male friend in one of the best thriller movies around- not that many are this good.

Moss basically carried most scenes and gave a tour de force performance.

And look - real actors dominate with nuances.

Black Panther / Re: COATES' RUN ENDS IN JUNE
« on: March 04, 2020, 10:47:49 am »
Priest should return as writer of The Black Panther- he is the one with the skills, knowledge of Black Panther and a name in the comic industry that brings old readers back and with marketing it can bring new ones.

Latest Flicks / Invisible Man
« on: March 04, 2020, 10:32:17 am »
One of the very best thriller movies released in a while- unexpected.  A remake that is easily the best movie this year thus far from mainstream. Top notch acting, superior directing skills, tight screenplay, good editing and good cinematography.

A must see movie if you love staying on the edge of your seat- a few jarring scenes.  This one hits on all four cylinders from start to finish like an old Hitchcock film.

Latest Flicks / The Photograph
« on: March 04, 2020, 10:26:48 am »
Thought this movie was a departure from most Black movies recently released and thatís a positive thing.  Better than the majority of film in mainstream with very good performances from all involved, solid script and good directing skills.

Would compare this movie to Love Jones from the 90s because most Black romance films just arenít this satisfying or intellectually sound.  Comedy drove a few scenes and possibly some ad libbing to a better effect overall.  Pleasantly surprised here and would see this one a second time. Rare.

Latest Flicks / Re: Doctor Sleep
« on: March 04, 2020, 10:20:41 am »
Saw this one months ago and it was very good and obviously a sequel to The Shining with Jack Nicholson.  Hard to beat the thriller aspects of the first one however this movie is more science fiction and action and has its own clear motives that make it unique and similar to more modern day action movies.

Good acting, solid screenplay and good directing!

Black Panther / Re: The moderator Marvelous has died
« on: January 12, 2020, 10:58:04 am »
Rest in power.

Latest Flicks / Re: Chadwick Boseman/Russo Brothers film
« on: November 28, 2019, 09:31:38 am »
Saw 21 Bridges and thought it was good with impressive acting, directing and a solid plot.  Chadwick is a good lead and everyone shines in this thriller/action project.

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