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Vox Populi / The Blacker The Berry...
« on: January 09, 2009, 08:23:16 am »
...The Sweeter The Juice!

So I'm hearing on the news that Mr. Obama possessing one of those Blackberry devices poses a security risk as president.  I'm poor so I can't afford one but looking over the shoulder of a friend, wanting to know how HEF looks on a Blackberry, I was like...    sweet! :-*  Now I see why he[Obama] doesn't want to give up his!  This is on some ol' star trek schitt! All I wanna know is, can you hear music on this thing? ...and what can the Blackberry NOT do?

An excerpt with John Harwood, CNBC host.

HARWOOD: Speaking of trying to avoid the dangers of the bubble, you still got one of these in your pocket?

Pres.-elect OBAMA: You know, I actually took it out as a consequence of this interview, but I'm still clinging to my BlackBerry. They're going to pry it out of my hands.

HARWOOD: Well, are you, in fact, going to overcome this idea as anachronistic that presidents can't use the most modern...

Pres.-elect OBAMA: Well, here's what I think I can get. I think I'm going to be able to get access to a computer somewhere. It may not be right in the Oval Office. The second thing I'm hoping to do is to see if there's someway that we can arrange for me to continue to have access to a BlackBerry. I know that...

HARWOOD: As of this moment, you still have your BlackBerry.

Pres.-elect OBAMA: As of this moment, I still do. This is a concern, I should add, not just of Secret Service, but also lawyers. You know, this town's full of lawyers. I don't know if you've noticed...


Pres.-elect OBAMA: ...and they have a lot of opinions. And so I'm still in a scuffle around that, but it--look, it's the hardest thing about being president.

Vox Populi / ROLLIN'
« on: January 07, 2009, 09:02:04 am »

Obama to ride in style in GM limo
WASHINGTON --- General Motors Corp. recently delivered to the U.S. Secret Service a brand new presidential limousine, replacing the 2006 model Cadillac DTS presidential limousine that President George W. Bush has used.

Read on, reader...
The new limousine, dubbed the 2009 Cadillac Presidential Limousine, makes its debut on Inauguration Day

Cars Ride By With The Boomin' System...

If it were me, I would have my own personal mechanic inspect what's under the hood.   Twice.  Daily.

Vox Populi / RSVP
« on: November 12, 2008, 08:09:18 am »

"I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this house and all that shall hereafter inhabit it... May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof."

John Adams, second president of the United States. Letter to Abigail. November 2, 1800  on moving into the Executive Mansion.
January  20th,  2009
Hudlin Entertainment Forums
proudly present
A special event where you are all
cordially invited to bear witness
the traditional
Grand Ceremony
celebrating the
Inauguration of President-Elect
Barack  H.  Obama
44th  President of the United States
of America
at  the
Executive Mansion*
1600 Pennsyvania Avenue
Washington, DC

*formerly known as The White House
Edit: Oh,  I forgot the date! Fixed.

General Discussion / If I could speak to the animals...
« on: July 28, 2008, 10:24:24 am »
In 1977 Irene Pepperberg,  a recent graduate of Harvard University, did something very bold.  At a time when animals were still considered automatons, she set out to find out what was on another creature's mind by talking to it.  She brought a one year old African gray parrot she named Alex into her lab to teach him to reproduce the sounds of the English language.

"I thought if he learned to communicate, I could ask him questions about how he sees the world."

When Pepperberg began her dialogue with Alex, who died last September at the age of 31, many scientists believed animals were incapable of any thought.  They were simply machines, robots programmed to react to stimuli but lacking the ability to think or feel. Any pet owner would disagree.

How, then, does a scientist prove that an animal is capable of thinking---that it is able to acquire information about the world and act on it? 

"That's why I started my studies with Alex,"  Pepperberg said. They were seated --- she at her desk, he on top of his cage --- in her lab, a windowless room about the size of a boxcar, at Brandeis University.

"Don't be a smart aleck," Pepperberg said, shaking her head at him.  "He knows all this, and he gets bored, so he interrupts the others or he gives the wrong answer just to be obstinate.  At this stage, he's like a teenage son; he's moody, and I'm never sure what he'll do."

"Wanna go tree,"  Alex said in a tiny voice.

Alex had lived his entire life in captivity, but he knew that beyond the lab's door, there was a hallway and a tall window framing a leafy elm tree.  He liked to see the tree, so Pepperberg put her hand out for him to climb aboard. She walked him down the hall into the tree's green light.

"Good boy!  Good birdie,"  Alex said, bobbing on her hand.
"Yes, you're a good boy.  You're a good birdie."  And she kissed his feathered head.

He was a good birdie until the end, and Pepperberg was happy to report that when he died he had finally mastered "seven."

Please note: A very condensed version of the article.
Morell, Virginia. "Mind Of Thier Own" National Geographic (2008): 36-61.


In the letters page of the July 2008 issue of National Geographic, Maggie Raczek from Portland, Oregon writes:

How incredibly sad. Irene Pepperberg spends 30 years trying to communicate with Alex, an African gray parrot, so she can ask "how he sees the world."  When she succeeds and hears,
"Wanna go tree,"
she denies what appears to be a plea for freedom. We need to find a way to study these amazing animals and allow them to live the lives that nature intended.

In The News / Oh Uh...!
« on: July 18, 2008, 08:52:47 am »
Beginning earlier today, YouTube is now available on TiVo.

Just more signs of digital online entertainment merging with television before the official date next year.
Check it...

Feel The Funk / Hip Hop Atlantic Sister of Soul
« on: June 23, 2008, 07:09:57 am »
Is there a message in my music?
If I can do it, you can do it!

---Can You Dig It?,  MC LYTE

Before Lil' Kim and Missy Elliot, MC LYTE became the first African American female rapper signed to Atlantic records in 1988.

If anyone isn't aware of Atlantic records' importance in American music should know that the label has embraced almost every genre of popular Black music in the 20th century since 1947:  Blues, Soul, Rock & Roll, Rythm & Blues, Jazz, Disco...and even Hip Hop.
The label was notoriously once known as the 'race records' of the 50's and 60's mostly heard by male performers that can croon soul, equally endearing to listeners were its female performers.

MC LYTE became a multi-platinum selling sensation which is not bad for Atlantic records first foray into Hip Hop.  Today, she has a NEW GROUP, NEW HEAT, NEW FLAVOR...



This month, take 'time-out' to recognize the legendary MC LYTE, the first Hip Hop Sister of Soul for Black Music Month.

She took 'time-out' from her busy schedule to chat online w/ me:

1. Atlantic records founder, Ahmet Ertegun discovered Aretha Franklin...Who discovered you?


2. You're a legendary recording artist in a music genre  most folks believed to be just a 'fad'. Twenty years later, you're still here.  Do you have anything more to prove?


3. 'Almost September' is available on iTunes and the song that stuck out for me was 'Beautiful'  especially the chorus,
~~~'Everyone knows, up under them clothes, goosebumps from your head to your  toes
'That's just the way la-la love goes...'~~~
How did you know I was going through all that stuff in your song?


4. Everyone I talk to about your new show on BET,  'The Boot' loves it!  I kid you not. I hear, "It's funny!!!"   In my opinion, this is the kind of show I've always wanted to see:
A layed back, date/elimination game show w/ young, black folks.
I like your attention to detail and the things you say during the show.
Are you having fun doing voice-over on the 'The Boot'?

5. What's your favorite color?


« on: May 21, 2008, 09:02:10 am »
If anyone was reading comic books 20 years ago  right about the time I stopped reading, you might have noticed in the Marvel books, inside the infamous Bullpen Bulletins, a survey-series filled out by a certain maestro. A pretty HEF-ty resume, wouldn't you say?

Assistant Editor on: Special projects like the Marvel press posters, movie and TV adaptations, including INDIANA JONES & THE LAST CRUSADE, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? THE X-MEN  cartoon graphic novel, the Punisher movie, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Custom comics, toy tie-ins and anything that isn't a regular monthly comic.

Marvel freelance credits (present): Writer on the DAMAGE CONTROL Limited Series; the DEATHLOK Bookshelf Limited Series; a CAPTAIN MARVEL serial for SOLO AVENGERS; a SHE-HULK Graphic Novel; a GIANT MAN serial for Marvel Comics Presents; and the upcoming MORTON DOWNEY JR. black-and-white comic (you think I'm kidding, don't you?)

My hobbies are: Physics, reading, scowling, pushing my luck, spiraling into depression, getting and losing unsual jobs, sneaking past the "Guardian  Angels" who won't let me into my apartment building (and what's the deal w/ those hats they wear?  Are they supposed to be members of the Racoon Lodge, or what?) watching movies, whining.

The single work which I am most proud of is: All things considered, pretty disappointing.

My pet peeves are: Dead.

My place of birth is: Detroit, Michigan

My greatest accomplishment outside the comics field is: Really quite impressive, remind me to tell you about it sometime.

The oddest habit is: Approved by the comics code authority.

If they were making a movie of my life, I'd like to see my part played by: Albert Brooks or was that Avery Brooks?

The reason I got into comics was: So I could hit Wolverine in the face w/ a pie.

People who knew me in high school thought I was: Probably just joking.

My favorite performers are: Miles Davis, Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Billie Holiday, Oscar Peterson, Ornette Coleman, Katherine Hepburn, Peter O' Toole, George Clinton, The Smothers Brothers, Return to Forever and the Firesign Theater.

The last good book I read was: Satan: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr. Kessler,   J.S.P.S. by Jeremy Levin,
I'm in the midde of Tip O' Neil's   Man of the House  and it's good, too.

The last good movie I saw was: Another Woman   ...well, I liked it.

The biggest influences on my work include: Ralph Ellison, Paddy Cheyefsky, Woody Allen, Fran Lebowitz, Toni Morrison, Robert Altman, Preston Sturges, Harold Ramis and the Lee Brothers, Stan & Spike.

My greatest unfulfilled ambition in the comics field is: To write The Fantastic Four.

The worst part of my job is: Telling people what I do for a living and listening to them tell me, "Really?!  I just love Superman."

When nobody's looking I like to:  That's none of your business.  Besides, all us kids do it.  It didn't stunt my growth, either.

The one thing I really want the world to know about me is: That deep down, I'm every bit as terrifying as I look.

General Discussion / Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle!
« on: April 28, 2008, 09:14:44 am »
Move over Google! Step aside, Yahoo!   Excuse me, Netscape!

Headed by CEO Johnny Taylor...An all new search engine with Black specific layers (issues that really matter to the Black community),

Take it for a test drive! 8)

In The News / Attack of the Clones!
« on: April 28, 2008, 07:07:16 am »
CLONED DOGS from a single skilled drug-sniffing canine.

Incheon, South Korea, the country that created the world's first cloned dog unveiled seven new Labrador retrievers.

Check it...

Article provided by International Herald Tribune

« on: March 26, 2008, 08:01:45 am »
All aboard!

Every year around spring-time, School of Visual Arts would put out a off-campus publication for the graduating cartooning class. In the early 80s, much of the material submitted by the students was so irreverent it was hard to imagine anyone of them actually becoming professionals. Because there were hardly any  people of color in any of those classes, the theme of many of these cartoons were at that time immature, sexist and downright racist.
In all that garbage printed in Instructor Harvey Kurtzman’s Kar-Tunz  no. 9 – April 1982 was an exceptional student who didn’t go that route named Joe Quesada who eventually made his debut at as a penciler in Marvel’s  X-Factor  #87, a story written by Peter David.
Today he’s Marvel’s Editor in Chief. Ta-Da!
Several years later, another Instructor Will Eisner’s Gallery no. 16 – April 1989 featured a more diverse graduating class with much more socially consciousness themed subject matter in the strips.
I  personally remember a truly gifted and talented fellow by the name of Roderick Delgado, a black guy head and shoulders above the rest. [Think… Lebron James when he was ballin’ in high school.]
In the late 80s, DC comics initiated a program called BONUS BOOK, an amateur one-shot feature that added 16 pages as a supplement to a high-end title like Batman. I can’t remember what no. it was but I can certainly remember Mr. Delgado pencilling the supplement in Batman. His professional work looked completely different [read: worse] from his amateur work…why? Because many of the editors at DC were giving him a hard time.  A very hard time.
Simutaneously, another little known amateur entered the BONUS BOOK program named Rob Liefeld who had no formal art training at all. His work appeared in The Warlord  #131, the main section drawn by my favorite artist, Jan Duursema who is a prolific artist for the Star Wars series put out by Dark Horse.
Now, I’m sure there are several reasons why a young educated savant genius like Mr. Delgado failed to make it big and guy like Mr. Liefeld with no formal training succeeded. Maybe it had something to do with how the package was being sold to its readers during comic book conventions…?  Did it have something to do with color…? What I do know is that one of the reasons why those that work hard  stay in place while others advance almost always have something to do with relationships.  It was at that point I realized that DC or Marvel was not putting on many people of color.  Sure, you got catz like Denys Cowan, McDee and Kyle Baker kickin’ hind-part but man… I really would’ve enjoyed buying a comic book drawn by Mr. Delgado or a comic book written by Joe Illidge. So I stopped reading those books.

Ironically,  Mr. Liefeld had the advantage to leverage his career by also participating in a Levi’s jean commercial directed by Spike Lee.

Watch the closing doors…

----I said it before and I'll say it again...this is why I am loving Black Panther written by Reginald Hudlin!

EDIT: A couple of minor changes here & there.

Hudlin TV / Second Season for...
« on: July 17, 2007, 07:22:12 am »
I remember seeing promotional TV ads on Cartoon Network around last Fall for 'Class of 3000' co-produced  by Andre  "3000" Benjamin of OUTKAST.  I haven't seen it yet, save for a 10 second promo ad. It must be doing well because the show was approved for a second season.

Is it just coincidence that the sista in the cast, 'Tamika',  looks a little like Lauryn Hill?

Latest Flicks / The World's Greatest...
« on: June 06, 2007, 09:06:43 am »
...Comic Book DVD! ;D

Just picked up Fantastic 4 Extended Edition. Also on display  was a new Daredevil Director's Cut DVD packaged with a Fantastic Four comic book reprint, the Electra special edition DVD was packaged with a Fantastic Four comic book

Finally, commentary by Tim Story along with Avi Arad and Kevin Feige and screenwriters Micheal France and mark Frost. Finally, the extended scenes that really round out certain sequences that didn't read clear the first time in and adds a whole new dimension to the entire movie.

On disc two:
Heroes are Born: The Making of Fantastic Four documentary
The Baxter Building: Declassified featurette
The World's Greatest Comic Magazine documentary
Jack Kirby: Storyteller documentary
Visiting the Stately Ross Museum featurette
From Comic Book to Film featurette
Multi-angle scene studies
Still galleries

...this DVD has no comic book reprint,  instead enclosed with a movie ticket up to $8.50 (U.S.) off which is a good time to start a countdown to 'Rise of The Silver Surfer'!

Finally, all the good stuff the first DVD left out!

Hudlin TV / Speech impediment? accent? or just plain....
« on: May 19, 2007, 07:37:15 am »

Some interesting discussion over at Youtube.
Of course, Black folks are the center of attention in FOX's thinly veiled 'minstrel show' of a teacher attempting 'some good'.

Who's showing thier ass more? Black folks or people who make fun of Black folks? ...or maybe Black folks making fun of others that are secretly making fun of them?

Here's a quote from the comments page (which spans 8 threads long):

LOL dont be AXIN' me quethtions about my bidnith! ---KingFisher420

Other Comics / FREE COMICBOOK DAY ...and other stuff---!
« on: May 02, 2007, 09:59:28 am »
I think releasing Spider-Man 3 on the same weekend that Free Comicbook Day, this Saturday May 5th, falls on is nothing short of...genius. This is an event that all comic shops must honor (Hey, it's for the kids folks!) So I thought I'd open up a thread a few days before the movie weekend asking everyone what titles did they get and why for Free Comicbook Day, which should be the following Monday, right?
Me? Reading all the discussion threads on this forum in the last few years about all the various titles in comics has gotten me back into it again... (sigh) ...and taking a break from some of the finer things in life...

Some books to keep me occupied for a while and my initial impressions:

  • Essential Luke Cage, Power Man. vol. 2
I was curious and thought I'd see the writing style of Don McGregor and how he handled Luke Cage in the seventies compared to how he's done today and just on the few issues I've read so far, it holds up well. There are some funny moments with Luke Cage that remind me of the comedic Martin Lawrence's (or a Jamie Foxx) trademark 'hand-in-the-face' dis when a former employer and a small claims lawyer attempting to sue for assault...during an unannounced visit at Cage's apartment!
There's interesting commentary where Cage can observe the ironies in life sitting in a waiting room of a current employer where a woman is in the role of a low level position whilst reading a magazine glamorizing the liberation of women. The only thing that bugged me was how Cage was treated like a veritable crash-test dummy for endurance constantly getting shot at (c'mon!a six-barreled shotgun?!?), thrown off buildings, bound at a drawbridge to be split in just goes on an' on an' on...  I just can't wait to get to the sections where he and Iron Fist meet...

  • Essential Spider-Woman. vol. 1
I havent' gotten far into this collection because it's a tonnage of material; Before the run even starts, Spider-Woman made an apperance in Marvel Spotlight (basically a Nick Fury/S.H.I.E.L.D. story) and Marvel Two-in-One (The Thing and Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu) So I'll post initial impressions later...

  • Essential Fantastic Four. vol. 3
In Newsweek April 2, 2007 an inset article Walter Mosley (author of "Devil in a Blue Dress" and I'm also reading a few chapters of his latest, "Killing Johnny Fry") on page 15 lists his five most important books
---5. "The Fantastic Four, Issues 1-100"
...and he's right. Volume 3 covers a sizable chunk of this 100 issue milestone (#41-#63 and 2 annuals) where Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduces the Inhumans, Silver Surfer, Galactus, Wyatt Wingfoot and of course the sensational Black Panther. I started this digest and did not put this down until Black Panther shows up...When you guys said that Black Panther beat the F.F. to a standstill---you weren't kidding! BP was totally rocking the F.F.!

  • Black Panther
A few years back I remember picking up Black Panther #1 and #2 written by Chistopher Priest, was impressed and wanted to read further into the run particularly after reading the comments in the "What if Priest was still writing Panther" thread so I picked up issues #2-#16, #26, #27. I intend to snag more in the future but after reading the first exciting arc, it just seems that Priest's version (although very innovative and faithful to Stan and Jack's original vision) doesn't carry the potential Black Panther carries now...the writing style is very funny and very entertaining in the begining then issue after kinda goes dismal. I don't know...let me read further into the series and I'll post later about this.

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Someone let me borrow the Buffy the Vampire Slayer 7 disc (or was it 8?) DVDs where Ashanti was a guest star so watching that season drew me in as a fan. In order to enjoy the comic and 'get it' you'd have to know the TV show. If you haven't watched any episodes of Buffy but you happen to check out issues #1 and #2 (like I have 'cause I liked Joe Chen's covers) I wonder if you'd understand monologues from Buffy when training an army of watchers (sweaty, pubescent girls) in Scotland saying things like,

"One slayer fighting alone is formidable. Two is formidabler. or... Three? Mega-formidable. And after mega. It goes to mondo, then super, hyper, beaucoup d', crazy, stupid... it gets exponentially prefixy."

To understand characters like Xander, Dawn and the gang you'd have to check out an entire season DVD set. Seriously.

To understand Joss Whedon's genuine brand of infantile, nerdy macabre story-telling (with occasional doses of brilliance ), you'd really have to tap into your inner-geek coming into this comicbook series.
  • Supernatural Law 101
Waayyy-y-y back in 1987, when superhero books were really, really bad I was trying out some indie stuff, and Attorneys Alanna Wolff and Jeff Byrd for scary creatures was something different. I saw this book and it's a prequel told from the POV of the professor who taught Supernatural Law 101 in college where the two would-be lawyers meet for the first time. I only read one page, so I can't comment too much about it except I have all the confidence in the world that creator Batton lash will not disappoint.

Well...that's all I'm ramblin' about for now. I'm gonna be taking my nieces and nephews to the movies to see Spider-Man 3 then after that, a visit to the comics shop. Here's hoping you post your findings next week from Free Comics Day!

Enjoy the movie!

Other Comics / Earliest Black Cartoonists
« on: April 04, 2007, 12:00:16 pm »
Was reading the archives in the Spring 2006 edition of American Legacy: Magazine of African American History and Culture and discovered that around 1890 an African American named Henry Jackson Lewis was considered the earliest published black cartoonist who worked for the Indianapolis newspaper The Freeman, along with another---Oliver Wendell Harrington, attended Yale's School of Fine Arts in 1940, who was the creator of Bootsie, the most popular black cartoon character of the 20th Century. The article written by Martha Davidson "Drawing Lessons".

These two cartoonist, in different eras, made powerful statements about American society through thier art.
After reading this, realized that socialist humor from an African American view isn't entirely new---what is new is how the environment  has changed around African-Americans since then. Lewis was doing his thing around Reconstruction.  Harrington was doing it around Jim Crow. Hudlin is doing his thing in post- Civil Rights. What we are seeing in Black Panther is practically the same thing, which is why I love the series.

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