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Black Panther Movie Themes Review Series



Over the past two weeks, I have written 10 blog posts which review a number of themes from the Disney-Marvel Studios movie, Black Panther, which just released on February 16, 2018.

This 10-part review collection is called, Wakanda Forever! Below are the links to each post so you can easily access them all in one place.

Feel free to share your thoughts and insights on the film and how they relate to these posts.

Wakanda Forever: Part 1: What Our Generation Needs

Wakanda Forever: Part 2: Black is Beautiful

Wakanda Forever: Part 3: The Tragedy of Disconnection

Wakanda Forever: Part 4: What Could Have Been…

Wakanda Forever: Part 5: Strong Women

Wakanda Forever: Part 6: Ancestor Worship and the Bible

Wakanda Forever: Part 7: Systemic Oppression in America

The Loss of Dwayne McDuffie

I mentioned on my Facebook page that I recently “accidentally” found out about the untimely loss of writer, artist, producer Dwayne McDuffie – one of the founders of Milestone Media. He was only 49 years old.  Even though he has worked in various capacities for Marvel and DC comics, I mention Milestone Media first because that’s when I discovered him.


NY Comic Con’09


I was blessed to be able to attend the NY Comic Con ’09 convention at the Jacob Javits Center, this past weekend February 6-8.  It was an awesome time, with attendence in the thousands.

My primary reason for attending was to seek out artists and illustrators to work with me on my new book, SpeedSuit Powers.  My secondary reason was because I love comic books.  The outcome of the weekend proved to be extremely beneficial (despite my being physically exhausted from walking around for three days); providing contacts with artists, illustrators, writers, novelists and a noteable television personality.  I even hired artist/illustrator Shawn Alleyne to drawn his version of the main character from my novel, based on my concept drawings.  They came out great!


When I wasn’t networking or sitting in on panel discussions and performances, I walked around and observed my surroundings.  Here are a few of my observations:

Two Historic Weeks in Comics

The last two weeks have been historic in the world of comics (at least to me they have).  Before I tell you why, let me give you a very brief history.


I grew up on comic books.  But, as much as I enjoyed them (a lot) I noticed that there weren’t many characters who looked like me and stood for truth and justice. 

Fast forward to 1993 where Milestone Media, owned and operated by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis and Derek T. Dingle made history by launching four comic book titles which had African American and other ethnic characters (Icon, Hardware, Static, and Blood Syndicate).  DC Comics was their distributor and eventually, additional character storylines were created as well (Shadow Cabinet, Xombi, Heroes, etc…)

ComicCon Interview 2008

I had a chance to do an audio interview with my friend – Demetrius Veasy II – at the 2008 NY ComicCon Convention, back in April. Demetrius is the creator of the Lions 12 comic book series. I’ve added music and visuals to the interview, which you can watch below. Demetrius and his manager are the ones who ‘twisted my arm’ and forced me into My BIG PROJECT Challenge . 🙂


Hey Everybody,

Do you have one of those projects that you’ve been thinking about for a long time? Maybe you’ve been saying for years that you would get around to it and now it seems like forever? I remember a quote I read a while back, "Most people talk about their dreams, very few actually go out and do them."

I’ve got some projects that I’ve been holding onto for several years, but there’s one in particular that I’ve carried around with me for at least 10 years. I would always talk about it and even did some illustrations and technical schematics. But all I did was talk.

Well, back in April, a friend of mine finally called me on it! He looked at my illustrations and said, "Allen this is some good stuff! When are you going to do something with this?"

Iron Man DVD is Here!

FINALLY!  The Iron Man DVD is here!  Just released today!  I’ve been waiting for the DVD since Opening Day back in May.  I’ve been saving my change for months and picked it up on my lunch break.  It helps when there’s a Bestbuy right across the street. 🙂 (Although it takes a lot of discipline to stay away from those un-necessary purchases.  But I”m making it, thanks for asking.)

If you haven’t already sensed my excitement – I’m excited.  (Trying to look serious in the photo, instead of grinning from ear to ear!)  This has become my favorite Superhero movie to date.  Excitement aside, there’s a lot of good scenes in the movie and you gotta love the Iron Man armor!  At first, when I found out that Robert Downey Jr. was going to play Tony Stark, I was extremely upset.  I couldn’t see him as the character.  But once I saw the movie – he pulled it off very nicely.