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Black Panther as neo-Tarzanism

February 25, 2018

Hollywood films should always come with a consumer health warning to people of African descent: “Beware of ‘The Ideology of the Aesthetic,’ as Terry Eagleton would put it.” With all the hype, “Black Panther: Long Live the King” falls under this manipulative ideological warfare genre and should have been subtitled, “Down With the King,” for subscribing to what Wole Soyinka would dismiss as the pseudo tradition of neo-Tarzanism.

The water and the wind, a song for Dedon

September 30, 2015

Some heroes will be forever unsung — But I met one, when my consciousness was young — You helped a brotha out when he wasn’t solid — Guided me on my political path, introduced me to Dr. Khallid — When me and my queen arrived on the scene — Rocking boots and jeans, looking clean and mean — You told us you dig us doing our thing — And appreciated the things we would rap and sing

Martin, money and movies: ‘Django’ and ‘Lincoln’ remind us reparations should not be ‘Gone With the Wind’

January 21, 2013

On the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it comes to mind that from day one our society and culture have been heavily influenced by film. The recent slavery-related films, “Lincoln,” directed by Steven Spielberg, and “Django Unchained,” directed by Quentin Tarantino, will have a social, economic and psychological impact.

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The African origin of heroes, super and otherwise

July 7, 2011

Historically, heroes – super-powered or not – come in all shapes and sizes. But what about colors? If we allow your standard history book and Hollywood small and silver screen productions to answer that question, the overall answer would be that the color is only one – white. Black heroes, it seems, do not exist.

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