Marvel’s highly anticipated Black Panther is like the Bible, every message applicable to the world we live in today.
The African King that transforms into the first black superhero in mainstream American comic books is just the bait they use to reel you in before you are left flailing in air until you realize you can breathe outside of the water.
In summary, the film is about a son who becomes a king, loses his way, saves his kingdom and then the world. Yet that puny sentence does nothing to reveal all of the charismatic, intense fire that explodes in this film.
The all black award winning cast starring characters that my grandmother and I can connect with, referring to Forrest Whitaker (oldie) and Jordan Peele (newer guy), just add flavor to this already addictive potion of black power!
I have never experienced a more liberating film that produced physical happiness within my soul and not the usual regret or anger I experience when leaving a ‘black film.’ This film depicts black struggle and black unity as they merge in the most epic battle between what is right and what is real.
Everyone left the theater happy — every ethnicity.
You experience every relationship pattern known to man and get so entangled into the characters lives that you feel every word and every message personally. This film explores heritage, identity and friendship. Most importantly, it acknowledges the crises that occur daily even though we have learned to ignore it, desensitized by the culture of destruction we have created.
It makes us understand that it is something we ALL created.
Black Panther is too good for me to sit here and ruin the roller coaster of emotions this film will put you through. The beginning scenes only set up the constant and consistent breakdown of the broken mentality we have all built up living in this world of hate and death.
The beginning battle scenes follow, if not exceed, the usual fun and provocative Marvel flow. Yet, the entire second half of the inner battle reduced me to tears.
A movie where all the main characters are black, but the message is not about gangs, money and tomfoolery is exactly what we needed this Black History Month.
Black Panther is a movie that revolves around the most talked about, ridiculed, richest continent in the world, Africa, with its Afrocentric vibe, body art, language and people. I will watch it at least five more times this week.
I am urging everyone to please go and experience this thought-provoking beauty that Marvel has produced and know that they have way more in store, because once you go black … well hopefully you already know the rest of that statement.
After all, the film reminds us that we were here first.
UC San Diego Refuses to Cancel Course on Woody Allen Films
University of California, San Diego refused to cancel a course on Woody Allen films despite a petition with over 20,000 signatures.
The University of California, San Diego is refusing to cancel a course on “The Films of Woody Allen” despite a petition with more than 20,000 signatures.
The UC San Diego Academic Senate announced that they “conclude that canceling or removing this or any other course for the reason that it contains the study of controversial material, or even material widely regarded as morally problematic, would undermine both the value of free inquiry and the associated rights of faculty to engage in such inquiry by choosing their course content” in a press release.
The Senate also defined the subject of the press release as “Academic Freedom at UCSD”.
The petition, which currently has 21,895, was created by theater student Savanah Lyon, who said she “emailed all of the people in charge in an attempt to appeal to their sense of reason, humanity, and morality to stop this class and take it off the books so that no one can teach this class again.” Lyon’s emails have been met with dismissal, unprofessionalism, and dehumanizing rhetoric, according to the petition.
“They believe they have a right to teach this class due to academic freedom. They do not care about the statement it makes to survivors everywhere. They do not care that Woody Allen is on his way out of Hollywood,” Lyon also said in the petition.
“They do not care that the class is less than 1/3 full, making it an unpopular class that has no reason to be taught. They do not care that there are thousands of other directors who could teach the same film basics that they use Woody Allen to teach, directors who haven’t raped seven-year-old girls.”
Dylan Farrow, Woody Allen’s adoptive daughter with Mia Farrow, had accused him of molesting her when she was a seven year old. Allen is currently married to Mia Farrrow’s other adoptive daughter Soon-Yi Previn. He claims the affair with Previn started when she was 21 years old.
In a Facebook post Lyon said she tried as hard as she could but the odds were stacked up against her from the beginning.
I tried, I tried as hard as I could, and the people around me and across the globe tried as well. The odds were stacked…
“It’s hard to believe what would’ve been enough to get them to remove it from the books. Over 3,700 emails weren’t enough. Over 14,500 signatures weren’t enough. Various news clips and articles weren’t enough. The students weren’t enough, but the way the system works, I have a hard time believing we ever will,” she said.
“I don’t know if free speech and academic freedom will ever stop protecting oppressors. But, we can keep trying. Trying is radical and it will make them jump back every time. You get enough people pushing for change, it’ll start to happen. Don’t be discouraged by this.”
The Best Tweets About Fergie’s National Anthem
That was a really, um, interesting version.
Fergie sang the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game Sunday and it was, um, a different version.
— Jason Herron (@Jherron84) February 19, 2018
This All Star opening is confusing me. WTF is going on? Anyone?
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) February 19, 2018
Her notifications have got to be a damn disaster. #fergienationalanthem
— Mrs. Saukko🕊 (@firesepticeye) February 19, 2018
That’s all. pic.twitter.com/asSm7xPbxO
— Matt Griffiths (@Griffyboy93) February 19, 2018
— BuckInTennessee (@BuckInTennessee) February 19, 2018
On a positive note, peeing her pants on stage in 2005 is no longer Fergie’s most embarrassing performance. #fergienationalanthem
— Joey W (@snarkyjomama) February 19, 2018
The TRUE heroes of the night? The basketball players who kept straight faces #fergienationalanthem
— Chelsea (@CDallas921) February 19, 2018
— Carey Elizabeth (@itsmeclawry) February 19, 2018
— Dru Gatsby (@AStandUpGuy) February 19, 2018
— Ä̤ℓ вσω⚓️ (@BowersAllie) February 19, 2018
— Shelby Guillory (@ShelbyGuillory1) February 19, 2018
Man Who Tricked Emory University Into Paying for Fake Migos Concert Faces Charges
Emory paid $37,500 to a man who had no connection to the hip hop trio.
26-year-old Octaveon Woods has been arraigned by federal officials for falsely claiming to represent musicians and entertainers, and collecting thousands of dollars for events that never took place. Both Emory University and the University of Missouri fell victim to the scheme.
A U.S. District Court in Georgia handed down five counts of wire fraud and six counts of money laundering.
The Emory Wheel reports that the school paid $37,500 to and organization Woods fronted for a Migos concert last spring. Shortly before the show was to take place, the university realized it had fallen victim to a scam and scrambled to book Ty Dolla Sign as a last-minute replacement.
— HYPEBEAST (@HYPEBEAST) February 17, 2018
According to the indictment, Woods claimed “he was a booking agent for famous musicians such as Migos, Lil Yachty, and Lil Uzi Vert.”
“Woods allegedly convinced others to pay him thousands of dollars to ‘book’ these artists for concerts and festivals—when he had no relationship with the artists at all,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “Woods immediately laundered the money to try and conceal his fraud.”
Much of the $66,250 Woods fraudulently collected came from Emory.
Woods pleaded not guilty to all charges and posted a $10,000 bond earlier this week. His fate will decided at a trial later this year. If found guilty, he could face up to 20 years in prison and substantial fines.
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