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.

Black Superheroes..

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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.

 

Black Snake(1973)- I Miss feel good films like this!

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This is a clip from the film Black Snake back in 1973.  It was made during the Blaxploitation era.   It was a black film subgenre very popular back in the seventies.  Most of the acting wasn’t always very good but they had some interesting plotlines.  Many of theme dealt with fighting drug dealers,pimps and getting revenge on the “white man”.  I stumbled upon this clip about two years ago and thought it was interesting.  I thought the ending was great.  This was better than Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave.  They don’t make endings like this in Hollywood too much anymore. Although there is a lot of hype over the upcoming film about Nat Turner’s slave revolt.

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In Black Snake a racist white man is stabbed to death.  And a white female slave master is burned alive!  I don’t know if the Nat Turner film can top that. It has a lot to live up to.  Enjoy the clip.  Just a little something to brighten your day! 🙂

The Deception of Django Unchained

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Please don’t be deceived by this film getting much praise from Hollywood. This film uses slavery as a back drop to tell a so called “western revenge” story. Give me a break! First of all,any film that deals with slavery and a white man like Quentin Tarantino directs it–you must watch with caution. Tarantino is in love with the “n word”. He says it in almost all of his films. Even films that have very few black characters. I think he has always wanted to do a film that dealt with slavery so he could have excuse to have nigger said over and over again. The most brutally violent scenes involve black people. There’s a mandingo fight that is very bloody and sick as well as a slave being eaten by dogs.Even a black slave being brutally whipped.It’s very hard to watch. And you have ignorant black people that are applauding this garbage! Why you ask?? I think it’s because we are so starved to see some type of retribution for all the suffering our people have been through. That’s why we will accept any film that even looks like it uplifts the black man and woman. To many black people it was nice to see a black man going to rescue his black woman.I know a lot of sistas probably liked seeing that. I can understand that. But you have to look at the total picture. The “cons” outweigh the “pros” in this film. If you go to this film thinking it will be “The Nat Turner Story”,you will be very disappointed. After seeing this film I realized that black people need our own film studios and production companies. We can no longer rely on white people to tell the story of our holocaust. They will never get it right. They don’t have the sensibilities to tell our stories correctly.We have to speak with our wallets and no longer support such trash. We shouldn’t spend any more money on films that degrade and dehumanize black men,women and children. This film didn’t deal with any type of freedom or liberation at all. Calling it a feel good revenge film is a JOKE! This slave fantasy will not make you feel pride after viewing it. You will realize that you were tricked. And I must also add that this insults the memory of our ancestors. It’s simple math. Tarantino+Slavery= Slave fantasy garbage!

King Lo breaks down his opinion of Django Unchained.He doesn’t hold back at all! He goes into detail how black people are easily fooled by the media. This was an excellent review on the racism and bigotry of the film. One of his best!
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Hollywood’s favorite House Negro Samuel L. Jackson. He was able to play the evil House Negro in the film so well because he was playing himself.That’s why he gets roles in all the blockbuster films. Next to him is his “massa”,the racist demon known as Quentin Tarantino.
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Do you remember Jamie Foxx as Wanda on the show In Living Color? Does this look like the face of a hero? They picked Jamie for the role in Django because they know he’s a weak punk! He’s just a closet homosexual that stands for nothing! He doesn’t give a damn about black people.Just like most of the people in Hollyweird. They will take any role for a paycheck. No matter how degrading it may be. They will sell their people out in a heartbeat!

Say what you want about Katt Williams,but I agree with what he says in this video.He spoke nothing but the truth. He makes it very plain what he wants to do to Quentin Tarantino. Nuff said!