Welcome to my blog! This site has gone through many iterations since 2006, but at its heart is me sharing observations about my journey through life: whether it’s real-life situations, movies, music, theology, comedy or a host of other areas and interests…
Ultimately, it’s Just me… a guy who loves Jesus, and seeks to love my neighbor as myself. My hope is that what you find here will help you in your pursuit of your purpose! God has placed some dreams within you. The fulfillment of those dreams begin with knowing Him.
LIFE IS an ADVENTURE! Are you ready for the journey? Let’s go!
Wakanda Forever: Part 5 – Strong Women
I’ll be honest, after seeing #BlackPanther with my wife, I was ready to buy her a spear and the Dora Milaje warrior outfit! Shaving her hair is optional, but the elite warriors surely made an impression.
SOMEBODY HELP ME!
There are no “damsels in distress” in this movie. It was refreshing to see women acting from a position of strength rather than weakness. Many of these female characters did what we would stereotypically reserve for men. This movie demonstrated what many of us already know, but rarely see celebrated on the big screen: a woman can be emotionally, intellectually, physically and spiritually strong! A woman can have honor and loyalty to self, family, nation and world. And not just any woman… but a Black woman. And not only were they strong in the film, but the men in their lives had no major problems deferring to their counsel! Read more... (788 words, 1 image, estimated 3:09 mins reading time)
Wakanda Forever: Part 4 – What Could Have Been…
It’s Sunday night: At the time of this writing, I’ve just come back from seeing Black Panther for the 3rd time since its opening two days ago. The first time I went with my wife and godmother. The second with some friends from church. The third with my parents. Each time has been a great and unique experience, primarily because each audience has been different and responds slightly different. Also, with each viewing, I notice more of the story by picking up dialogue I previously missed and by paying attention to what is happening in the background of a scene instead of the foreground.
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Wakanda Forever: Part 3 – The Tragedy of Disconnection
Click here to read Part 2 or Part 1 of this multi-part movie review.
WARNING: there is a minor spoiler in this particular review.
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther movie is a treasure chest of a story. One gem in particular which is at the heart of this treasury is a cautionary tale about what can happen when a person is disconnected from their heritage and the relationships which help to define it.
TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN
Both T’Challa (protagonist) and Erik Killmonger (antagonist) have been disconnected from their fathers (and by extension their heritage). However, T’Challa has a community and an entire nation which helps him reconnect to who he is and who he is destined to become. On the other hand, Erik Killmonger, who grew up in the ‘hood, has no one and nothing to fall back on but himself. He has a piece of his heritage, but he grows in isolation, warping what he does know into something else entirely. Read more... (1110 words, 1 image, estimated 4:26 mins reading time)
Wakanda Forever: Part 2 – Black Is Beautiful
Click here to read Part 1 of my multi-part Black Panther Movie Review. More to share in the coming weeks!
AN UNEXPECTED THOUGHT
And so it hits me as I’m watching #BlackPanther for the 2nd time on opening day. Sitting in a packed theater with friends & people of all ethnicities, watching T’Challa and Nakia sit on the side of a mountain. They are sharing intimately about a subject matter that’s usually reserved for white characters. At that moment, they both became more beautiful to me. The entire movie became more beautiful to me with its vast array of ebony characters. Africa became more beautiful. Read more... (288 words, 1 image, estimated 1:09 mins reading time)
Wakanda Forever: Part 1 – What Our Generation Needs
Black Panther is the movie that our generation needs right now. It is a movie of historic proportions. I am not going to give away any spoilers in this review. But before I get into the film, let me share an experience:
A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
In 2003 I visited Ghana, West Africa. Actually, it was my very first time on the continent and when my feet left the airplane steps and touched African soil, I suddenly had a feeling I couldn’t explain… I was “home.” How could I feel “home” in a place I had never physically visited before? I still don’t know how to explain it. Perhaps there’s something in the collective consciousness of a people who were stripped from their motherland. But, while sitting in the theater watching Black Panther, there were scenes which caused me to have a feeling very similar to that first visit to Ghana. Read more... (727 words, 1 image, estimated 2:54 mins reading time)
IF MY PEOPLE…
18 school shootings in less than two months… 17 lives lost in Parkland, Florida. Within the past month in my community, a 16 year old girl was stabbed to death by another 16 year old girl. And a boy was stabbed by another boy. Just months ago, an 81 year old man was killed by another over a drink.
We hear constantly about the loss of life and the lower value placed on human life. Everyday people are attacked, assaulted and killed by thieves, thugs and even corrupt police officers. Many of us are afraid. Everyone is asking, “What is going on with the world? What is going on with our youth? What is going on in our communities?”
GOD’S PROMISE TO US
There is a Bible verse which comes to mind as we try to seek answers. Here is what God says in 2 Chronicles 7: 14-15: Read more... (293 words, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)