Category Archives: Sociology

Wakanda Forever: Part 4

Wakanda Forever: Part 4 – What Could Have Been…

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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.

A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE

Wakanda Forever: Part 2

Wakanda Forever: Part 2 – Black Is Beautiful

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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.

Wakanda Forever: Part 1

Wakanda Forever: Part 1 – What Our Generation Needs

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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.

Birth of the Dragon: My Review of the Movie

birth_of_the_dragonThe new movie entitled, Birth of the Dragon, released today. I know there has been a bit of controversy between the filmmakers and Linda and Shannon Lee over the portrayal of Bruce. I must admit, I was a bit troubled by the first trailer of the film which seemed to focus on a supporting character, who was caucasian, rather than on Bruce Lee.

But I was still excited because it’s been years since a “Bruce Lee movie” had been made. (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, 1993 – which I really enjoyed).

So, as fan/admirer of Bruce Lee, I decided to go see Birth of the Dragon so I could make up my own mind, rather than merely listening to the critics. Here is the movie’s synopsis:

MUSINGS On A King’s Impact

Here are some of my musings on King’s impact. This is not polished and not complete, but they are my thoughts.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

Today is a federal holiday – more than a day off from work – but a celebration of the life, work and impact of Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a preacher/teacher/speaker, civil rights leader, author, father and husband who helped to change the course of American society at a volatile time in our history. As I sit here thinking about his life and looking at my 15 month-old son playing on the floor, King’s legacy comes to mind. It’s been 44 years since King’s assassination in 1968, and we as a national and international community are still talking about his ability to galvanize and polarize a nation around civil rights issues and the true meaning of humanity, equality and justice.

FROM BULLYING TO BULLYCIDE

October is National Bullying Prevention and Awareness month and we must use this time to raise awareness about what happens all year longevery yearin our schools. Asher Brown and Phoebe Prince lost their lives to bullying. Because of the increased frequency of this type of tragic outcome, the official term is bullycide: when a person commits suicide because of bullying.

WAKE UP!
Im sure Asher and Phoebe are not the only youth to die within the past year, but their stories were covered by national media. So in a sense, they are the faces of a growing epidemic in our country. And their deaths beg the question: How many children have to die before we take bullying seriously?

The Death of Michael Jackson

THE DEATH OF A LEGEND

Some people are already tired of hearing about the death of Michael Jackson and the subsequent drama to determine what happened, who gets what, the state of his kids, etc… I don’t follow the news on Michael, every waking moment, but this is the price we pay when someone who’s rich and extremely famous suddenly dies. After all, Michael is one of the greatest – if not the greatest musical entertainer of this generation – who affected the lives of millions of people, with his music and life, across the globe. He wasn’t called the “King of Pop” just because he needed a title. He was undeniably the “King of Pop” (now people are asking who’ll be the next), so why would some think the news coverage to be too heavy? Anyway, I do want to share my point of view about Michael – now that things have simmered down just a bit.