Comic Book films-Black Heroes,White Wealth(Part 1 of 2)

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There’s been a lot of hype about the upcoming Black Panther film. The film is set to be released worldwide on February 16,2018. Which is convenient since February is Black History Month right?  Anyone who follows my blog knows I have mentioned I grew up reading comic books as a child.  I read a lot of DC and Marvel comic books.  I used to read Spider Man,Batman,Superman,The Hulk,X Men and The Fantastic Four. Over the years I have collected hundreds of comic books.  But I was always fascinated by the black comic book characters.  Some of my favorites were Storm,Black Lightning,Steel,Misty Knight and Luke Cage.  But my favorite was probably Black Panther. Panther first appeared in Fantastic Four issue #52 back in 1966.  That issue of Fantastic Four is selling for $400-$800 on the internet.  Although after the Panther film comes out I’m sure the price will skyrocket.  I always thought Black Panther was a cool character.  Panther’s birth name is T’Challa. T’Challa’s senses and physical attributes have been enhanced to superhuman levels by the heart-shaped herb.  T’Challa is a brilliant tactician, strategist, scientist, tracker and a master of all forms of unarmed combat whose unique hybrid fighting style incorporates acrobatics and aspects of animal mimicry. T’Challa being a royal descendent of a warrior race is also a master of armed combat, able to use a variety of weapons but prefers unarmed combat. He is a master planner who always thinks several steps ahead and will go to extreme measures to achieve his goals and protect the fictional kingdom of Wakanda.  Wakanda is not a real African country.  But it could just as well be Kenya,Nigeria,Tanzania or Ghana.  And this is one of my conerns about the film.  I have covered great African civilizations on this blog many times. Most of us know about The Mali empire as well as ancient Kemet(Egypt),Ghana and Kingdom of Kush. So why is Hollywood making films about fictional African empires when real ones exist?  Of course you know why right?

 

I will admit that the trailer looks really good.  The visuals are nice and it looks to be action packed.  I have watched the reaction from many black film goers on the internet.  I would say that 85% of the reaction has been positive.  And I can see why.  Talented actor Chadwick Boseman  plays the title character.  The cast has some pretty big names. The cast includes Angela Bassett,Forest Whitaker,Danai Gurira,Michael B. Jordan,Lupita Nyongo(my favorite),Daniel Kaluuya and Letitia Wright. It’s a majority black cast.  Even the director Ryan Coogler is a black man.  So is this a black film? It seems like it.  But of course the film is being made by Marvel Studios.  Marvel Studios was bought by the Walt Disney Company back in 2009 for 4.24 billion dollars. I did a post in the past about the wicked and racist Disney company.  The Disney president and CEO is a white man named Robert Iger.  So the Black Panther film is basically a Disney film with a black cast.

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I have done many posts on racist Hollywood and their negative stereotypes. Many black people are excited about this film.  And it’s because we want to see ourselves in a positive light.  We want to see ourselves looking glorious and majestic.  We want to see black people as kings and queens on the big screen. Hollywood has given the masses films about Roman empires for years.  Films like Ben Hur,Julius Caesar,Spartacus and Gladiator.  Not to mention fictional films/tv shows like Lord of The Rings and Game of Thrones.  They give us hundreds of films showing them as powerful kings and queens.  Then when they want to show African royalty…we get a fictional country??  That is white supremacy at it’s best.  The film looks good but I know how Hollywood operates.  I will be looking for any type of anti-blackness in this film.  And I’m sure there will be some type of black degradation in it.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some interracial love going on . Maybe they’ll slip in some lesbian/homosexual scene.  Or possibly showing African traitors in which to instill black people to not trust each other.  I could be wrong…but I doubt it.

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Wakanda is fictional but the Kingdom of Kush was real. Don’t get me wrong,I have nothing against fictional stories.  I grew up enjoying films and television shows like Star Trek and Star Wars.  I think they can be fun and entertaining.  I just think we have to be mindful who is getting our money when we pay for these films.  Black Panther looks like it will be a big blockbuster.  And I’m glad the mostly black cast is getting paid.  But the white owned Disney/Marvel company will be getting the majority of the money. We will be giving our money right back  to racist Hollywood.  They are just doing this film to throw black people a bone! But there are many black comic book artists and writers that could use our support.  That’s what I’ll address in part two.

 

Why I will not be seeing Wonder Woman

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I almost did it. I selected a theatre and even looked up showtimes. As I began to mentally assemble my outfit and rework my schedule to accommodate viewing the film, I realized that I was all too familiar with this story.

Wonder Woman is yet another page in the consistent white female narrative designed to portray white beauty intertwined with an earthly anglicism. I need not see this film to know that it will portray the white Woman as the catalyst for all things good in a “bad” world.

Contrary to the ideally nurtured in the western world, the bad is seldom blatant. Both the individual and the collective have a fair chance at combatting that which they can see. The true “bad” in the world lies in Wonder Woman-like figures, whose embedded message seeks to uplift through depicting the very exclusivity that dominates the western hemisphere.

Wonder Women debuts in a climate that veils this exclusivity with the implication of “change.” Seemingly every film and television series has adopted the feminist agenda, avidly if not aggressively, feeding this fictive utopia to the masses. The film exists to promote feminism as the cure to all worldly evils, omitting of course that feminism is a worldly evil. Clad in a form-fitting costume with long and silky dark hair, Wonder Woman encompasses the conventional sexiness of a blonde with the rarity of a red head to project feminism as the height of femininity. Wonder Woman is a dark haired, dark- eyed white Woman–the pseudo “every woman” in seeming to encompass lightness and darkness simultaneously. What the casual gaze may fail to see, is that Wonder Woman resembles her target audience, and encompasses all her acquired audience wishes to become.  Her dark hair provides a strategic contrast to her fair skin, painting the “Wonder” of wonder woman as encompassing the figurative light to societal conflict or darkness.

The wonder in Wonder Woman is that she embodies the antidote to all the world’s problems. She’s Helen of Troy mixed with Hilary Clinton–a savior to white women but a mortal enemy to the woman of a darker hue.

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Western childhood functions similar to this film, painting the white Woman as Wonder Woman in far less attractive variants. From the abundant white female school teachers, to the tooth fairy, Mrs. Claus, every princess from Cinderella to Snow White, the white female body is a consistent figure of humanity to the western gaze.  These figures function to embed into the black female psyche what “Superman” and “Batman” seek to implement into the general western psyche–that if you are white, anything is possible.

But as the young girl who reads these stories, attends these schools and watches these figures on television grows up, the fantasy of Wonder Woman vanishes into reality.  Instead the harsh world eventually prompts the once naive black body to wonder what was ever wonderful about these pristine figures of their childhood. Although portrayed as the hero in fictive and real scenarios, the white woman is gradually unveiled as an inevitable villain to the black female body.

So, as a black woman, I know this film functions as erasure. I know this film functions to seduce me into a amnesiac state where I falsely separate white female action and intention from white male supremacists. From the white women who chase our black men than scream rape when it goes sour, or objectify our wealthy black men as cash registers, or reduce the quotidian black man to his genitals, to the white women who abrasively target black women at work, back to the very white women who tormented the black female slaves—this movie functions to force the black psyche to accept a white hero, despite centuries of white female villainy.

White heroes, whether male, female, trans, or what have you, are never capable of saving anyone but themselves. For healing is incompatible to the autocrat, who decorates their lives with the blood of the oppressed.

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Therefore, the true wonder woman will never occupy a leading role in mainstream film. She probably will never make six figures and is unlikely to rouse a shallow gaze on the street.

The true wonder woman has probably yet to arrive home from her twelve-hour work-day, her twenty-four hour job as a mother, or full- time victim of white supremacy. The true Wonder Woman sleeps at night with a six-figure debt heavy on her conscious from daring to dream outside of the confines of systemic oppression. She walks through a neighborhood of businesses owned by any and everyone but those who look like her. She faces ridicule for her skin tone, her nose, and curvy body and faces countless queries if her beauty or attributes are deemed outside the scope of blackness.  The true wonder woman is literally and figuratively raped, never respected, or rewarded. She is frozen in time, pieces of her flesh still floating throughout the Atlantic Ocean, or concealed in an unmarked grave beneath a skyscraper. She is dismembered by a system who uses her limbs to assemble their privilege and writes their laws in her blood.

She is the unspoken gospel of this poached land—the original statue of liberty—the feminine mold to which every race, ethnicity, and creed stealthy covets.

The Wonder Woman film exists to place the “wonder” into the woman concept. As a being excluded from this concept, I replace wonder with “black.” For the black woman does not need wonder, she is wonder. Furthermore, members of the black female collective need not go to the movies to view this fictive wonder woman—they must simply look in the mirror.

Article by CC Saunders

Luke Cage: Hero for Black boys?

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Last week I heard some co-workers talking about a new Netflix show,Luke Cage. It was two black co-workers going on about how it’s a show with a black superhero kicking ass.  I already knew about the character because I used to read the Luke cage comic book as a kid. I don’t have Netflix but I’ve seen the show advertised on television a few times. For those that don’t know,Luke Cage first appeared in Marvel Comics back in 1972. He was also known as Power Man. The basic story on him is he is a black man living in Harlem.  He was  wrongly convicted and unjustly imprisoned, was altered in a failed prison experiment that granted him unbreakable skin and superhuman strength. His skin can resist high-caliber bullets, puncture wounds, corrosives, biological attacks, and extreme temperatures and pressures without sustaining damage. With his street smarts, and unending determination to do right.  Luke was also a member of The Avengers and the Leader of Thunderbolts for a time.

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I’ve always said that white superheroes were an extension of white supremacy.  Which is why white Hollywood finds it important to give the masses heroes like Superman,Batman,Iron Man,Captain America and Thor.  They all represent white power and authority.  Which is why they always win in the end.  It’s also to show white dominance over other races.  So as teenager I liked reading comic books like the Black Panther and Luke Cage.  Most children like to see an image of themselves in a strong and powerful position.  But we have to be mindful of the image that Hollywood gives us of black people. There’s a few reasons why I don’t think this is a positive character for little black boys to admire.

The  show stars actor Mike Colter as Luke Cage.  As well as actors Alfre Woodard,Mahershala Ali,Rosario Dawson and Simone Missick.  The trailer looks pretty good.  It has some nice action scenes and a cool hip hop soundtrack. But one of the things that always disturbed me was Luke Cage was always fighting in the hood.  That’s nice that he was fighting all the drug dealers and gang leaders.  But he was using all that super strength and bullet proof melanin skin against other black people.  Why not use all that power against the racist power structure?  Why not expose the racist cops that kill black men,women and children?  I know that drug abuse and crime is a problem in many of our neighborhoods.  But it seems like they’re giving us an image of a powerful black man but he doesn’t really use it to free his people from racism and oppression.  It’s almost like he’s just doing the dirty work for the powers that be but doing nothing for his people in a poor community.

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And of course he must have a white girlfriend right?  I will admit they did keep it true to the comic book.  In the comic book his girlfriend is superhero Jessica Jones. They have a daughter together. She has her own show on Netflix as well. Jones is played by actress Krysten Ritter.  Many of the sex scenes between them  are quite graphic. But this theme goes in line with the Hollywood agenda I have covered many times before.  Hollywood is scared of black love. They don’t like to promote it at all.  They rather show a big strong dark skinned black man race mixing with a white woman and make biracial babies.  The thought of two black people procreating scares the hell out of the white power elite.  The want us to dilute our beautiful melanin and black genetics. It’s obvious with by all the rap music in the soundtrack they want to market this to young black boys.  But this is not a show for black children.   We want black superheroes that are proud of their African heritage and culture.  We want heroes that marry black women and use their powers to protect their communities.  What good is all that power if it’s not used for the good of your people? It would be better if Luke Cage went after  people like Donald Trump,Hillary Clinton or Bill Gates.  Or used his power to fight the European and Asian power groups.  Taking out small time drug dealers is not making a big impact.   A black superhero should represent Black Power.

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But we shouldn’t be surprised after  looking at Mike Colter’s real life wife(above).  I guess that’s why he was perfect for the role.  It shows the type of mentality he already has. Black people are so desperate for a hero many will accept a hero in any form. It doesn’t matter if the image or message is not productive for our people. The bottom line is this show is giving us the same old big Black Buck stereotype.  Just a Buck for hire.  Nothing more…nothing less.  I would advise black boys to go read about real black heroes like Nat Turner,Marcus Garvey or Malcolm X.  This show has nothing to offer you.

Superman vs Batman(Black Man vs White Man) Metaphorical Lesson

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When I was growing up I used to love comic books.  I read most books from the Marvel or DC Comics.  I used to read Spiderman,The Hulk,Fantastic Four,Auqa Man,Wolverine,The Flash,Iron Man,Thor,Captain America and of course…The Black Panther.  As a young kid I was fascinated by this make believe world of heroes with super human strength.  As a nine year old kid it was kind of an escape from reality. I really felt like I knew the superheroes in many ways.  But two of the biggest superheroes were Superman and Batman.  They are by far the two biggest characters in the DC universe.  They both have had successful comic books and solo films. But lately there has been a lot of hype about their new film coming out on March 25,2016.

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The entire comic book world has been waiting for his match up a very long time. There’s supposed to be a great fight between them in the film.  And many comic fans are picking sides. As a kid I always believed that the X Men seemed very familiar to me.  They were mutants with super powers and the world hated them.  It seems as though the whole premise was based off the struggle of black people. It seems my instincts were right.  X men creator Stan Lee admitted a few years back that they were based off of the Civil Rights movement of the sixties. It always seems quite obvious to me. Which brings me to Superman and Batman. There’s been many debates  about this but I think Superman represents the  black man. And Batman is supposed to be a white man. I did a post in the past about Superman.

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This post showed how Superman was based off of an African God.  Even the term “hero” comes from the ancient God Heru or Horus.   But anyway I wanted to go a little deeper on this subject.  For starters anytime Superman loses his strength in a battle he goes to the Sun.  The Sun rejuvenates his strength.  Considering that black/African people need vitamin D from the Sun this coincidence seems obvious to me.  Due to our dark melanin we need more vitamin D than other races.  Too much sunlight can cause skin cancer among whites. As author Carol Barnes once said,

“Melanin is responsible for the existence of civilization, philosophy, religion, truth, justice, and righteousness. Individuals (whites) containing low levels of Melanin will behave in a barbaric manner.” Melanin gives humans the ability to FEEL because it is the absorber of all frequencies of energy. Since whites have the least amount of Melanin, this is why they are perceived by People of Color as generally being rigid, unfeeling (heartless), cold, calculating, mental, and “unspiritual.”

The central role that melanin plays in the body has been “suppressed” to maintain the mythological lie that Blacks are “inferior” thus promote’n the “clinging” to whiteness and the lie that white is “better.”

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Other facts on melanin:

Melanin refines the nervous system in such a way that messages from the
brain reach other areas of the body most rapidly in Black people, the
Original People. Black infants sit, stand, crawl and walk sooner than
whites, and demonstarte more advanced cognitive skills than their white
counterparts because of their abundance of Melanin. Carol Barnes writes
“…your mental processes (brain power) are controlled by the same
chemical that gives Black humans their superior physical (atheltics,
rhythmic dancing) abilities. This chemical… is Melanin!” The
abundance of Melanin in Black humans produces a superior organism
physically, mentally and spiritiually. This why all the founders of the
world’s great religions are Black. Melanin is the neuro-chemical basis
for what is called SOUL in Black people. In the same way Blacks excel in
athletics, they can excel in all other areas as well (like they did in
the past!) once the road blocks are removed! After considering Melanin to be a “waste” product of body-metabolism which
“served no useful function,” Western (white) science has now discovered
that Melanin is the chemical key to life and the brain itself! All
studies and facts about Melanin suggest that after 400 years of
attempting to inferiorize the Black race, “Western science is facing the
sobering reality that, by its own self-defined standards, Black people
are probably superior to whites in both intellectual potential and muscle
coordination. The central role Melanin
plays in the body has been “suppressed to maintain the mythological
inferiority of blacks…and the defensive clinging to whiteness as some
token of superiority.” (Dr. Richard King) The “superiority complex” of
white people is a defense mechanism and a mas for their deepset
inferiority complex which they project onto people of color.
Psychologists say insistent denial means readlity in the opposite way.

In this video(below) is a great breakdown from Mentellect TV. He breaks down how even the Superman symbol is an ancient African symbol. As you can see the powers that be steal everything from African people then claim it as their invention. Stealing ideas is something they have been doing for hundreds of years.

Superman is also from another planet.  He is not from Earth.  Much like black people are seen as foreigners in America. But I noticed that in the comic book he always lost when he fought Batman.  As a kid I never could understand it.  Superman had super speed,super strength and was made of steel. Batman was just a man in a batsuit with a utility belt. But he always tricked Superman somehow. He would set up traps or get some Kryptonite(Superman weakness) and make him lose his power. That’s when I started to think that Batman was the White man. In a metaphorical sense they’re telling us that Superman has awesome brute strength but he’s not very intelligence. It’s like when they say that black men are superior athletes in most sports. Be it basketball,baseball,boxing and football BUT he’s not as intelligence as the white man.  This is where Batman comes in. I remember an old episode of Batman from the sixties that had Bruce Wayne(Batman) talking about his father Thomas Wayne. He spoke about how his father was a member of the secret society known as Skull and Bones.

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It’s a secret society at Yale university started way back in 1832.  I thought that was interesting that the Batman creators made this a part of his history.  We all know that Europeans are behind these secret societies we always here about.
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In the comic book Batman would hide out in his “batcave ” a lot. Living in caves is clearly a European thing! Living in caves is not a part of African history.  Whites are always showing us movies and cartoons of them as Neanderthals living in caves.  Even in cartoons like the Flintstones, so Batman hiding out in a cave should not be too shocking.

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Anyone that’s done some research knows that homosexuality was normal in ancient Greece. It was socially accepted to have sex with young teenage boys. Now we know where the term “Greek freaks” comes from. I mention this because I always got a gay vibe from Batman’s sidekick Robin. Who was known as the “boy wonder”.

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Makes me wonder what he and Robin were doing in that “dark cave”.  It’s clear to me that Robin is a nod to the ancient Greek and Roman practice of having sex with young boys.  So in conclusion,I believe that Superman is supposed to be a black man and Batman represents the white man and European culture at large.   Just a little observation I’ve always had. Some of you may disagree. But I think the signs are there if…..your third eye is open.

Judy Pace (Old School Edition)

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Actress Judy Pace Flood was born Judy Pace on June 15, 1942, in Los Angeles, California. Attending Marvin Avenue Elementary School, and Louis Pastuer Junior High School, Pace graduated from Dorsey High School in 1960. Trained in modeling by her sister, Betty, Pace auditioned for the Ebony Fashion Fair and became the youngest model for the show’s 1961 to 1962 national tour.

In 1963 Pace auditioned for Columbia Pictures and was cast in William Castle’s horror film The Candyweb. Pace played a regular role in the 1969 season of Peyton Place and went on to appear in many other shows, including Batman, Bewitched, The Flying Nun, I Spy, The Young Lawyers, The Mod Squad, That’s My Mama, Sanford and Son, What’s Happening?, Good Times, and Sucker Free City.. Cast in Billy Wilder’s The Fortune Cookie in 1966, Pace also played roles in the movies Three in the Attic, The Thomas Crown Affair, and the acclaimed TV movie Brian’s Song. In 1970, Pace won acclaim for her role as Iris in the Ossie Davis directed Cotton Comes to Harlem; in 1973, she played Adelaide in a Las Vegas production of Guys and Dolls.

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Pace married Ironsides actor Don Mitchell in 1972 and took time out for civic duties and to raise her two children during the 1980s. Divorced from Mitchell in 1986, Pace then married baseball’s Curt Flood. Since Flood’s death in 1997, Pace acted as a major spokesperson for his role in establishing free agency in professional sports. Pace founded the Kwanzaa Foundation with Nichelle Nichols.

Full Disclosure- Films with Symbolism and Hidden Messages

This film was created by Hollywood Insiders. It shows how Hollywood retells the same stories over and over again. They just use different characters but it’s the same story. It also shows how Hollywood uses ancient Kemetic symbolism and mythology for their films.