America’s Lies: I Am Not Your NEGRO

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Last Friday (February 3, 2017), I was privileged to watch the documentary called, I am not your Negro featuring James Baldwin and directed by Raoul Peck.  Baldwin was just getting into a new book titled, Remember This House in 1979 on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. and how it affected him during that time.  He was very close friends with each of them and their deaths were particularly hard on him as a black man.  Unfortunately, James Baldwin dies in 1987 and wasn’t able to finish his work…but Raoul Peck decided to bring it alive in 2017.  Thank you, Raoul!  Here are my thoughts on this film.

America’s Lies

America has been lying to all of us for years.  In the film, there was an image of Doris Day with perfect coiffed hair, small waist, beautiful outfit, creamy skin with rosy cheeks…

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I step back in time to explore my roots

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My Random Musings

The waves crash in the distance as my friend and I board the train to Jaffna. Still half asleep at 5 am, we settle into our seats for the 8-hour train ride.

I am anxious and excited about this trip for many reasons. I have never visited this part of Sri Lanka due to the civil war that was on for more than 20 years. However I am excited because I have heard so many stories of this area from my mother who was originally from there.

The Northern and Eastern  part of the country was out-of-bounds for many years because of the war. The Tamil Tigers, the terrorist organization was fighting for a separate state claiming discrimination. Most often the heavy fighting was confined to that part making it hard or almost impossible for anyone to get their. While the rest of the country did their best to carry…

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The Circle of Life (BLW Contributor)

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The Circle of Life

“Who has mastered time to avoid decay, to grow without fear of the grave? To age and gauge their full potential, preserving their physical and their mental. Life propels everything that dwells within the binds of time to excel, in order to find soils of new truths where it may dwell. We as seeds must grow to a root, which in time, will stretch forth becoming the foundation, the force and source of a new lineage, a family tree, birthed through the cycle of eternity. Finally when the root has given its last bit of energy, it is then reincarnated in the first fruits and their seeds, generations may generate eternally. All life has the right to sovereign living, to receive the time they have been given and to grieve, when the time comes, to watch the tears of the ones they love, as their soul…

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February: Affirming a Smart Legacy

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arturo_alfonso_schomburg Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, born and raised in Puerto Rico and grew to prove that African Americans and African Carribeans have a history, a relevance, and have unleashed countless contributions to their adoptive societies. A great collector of historical documents. Established the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York.

tubman-on-slaves Soldiering, spying, and slave resistance in a time without technology. A wonder.

By:  E. R. Smith

In our early history there was no Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn;

Facebook was church.

Social media was all religions and therein movements grew; after decades became televised.

Tweets; kept everyone off the city bus one year.

Instant Message; was the Jim Crow signs in our neighborhoods.

Ping back by reminding everybody; “What preacher said Sunday?”

james-weldon-johnson-poet-quote-as-yet-the-negroes-themselves-do-notLinkedIn was a community barber; or hair salon.

eHarmony was socials, bible study, and family picnics.

What is now thought of as soft, old, corny; schooled the toughest and most tenacious fighters.

Call it dull…

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The History of the Zombie (BLW Contributor)

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“When I first began looking into a creature I love, zombies, I thought I knew quite a bit.  I thought I’d read and watched enough that I had my bases covered.  Ha!  Boy was I mistaken.  Not only did I learn that there are different types of zombies, but there are tons of zombie myths and legends around the world.

During the Middle Ages in Europe, zombies as we know them now were called revenants.  Revenants were believed to be the souls of people who had died and returned to haunt folks.  They rose from the dead and wreaked havoc on the community typically in the way of murder.  It looked like the zombies we know today, a rawboned, withered away corpse.

In Germany and the surrounding areas, the Nachzehrer was an awkward combination of multiple undead creatures.  They feed on dead bodies, they feed on the living, they even…

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This is your Chance to Post on BLW!!! – Share your Thoughts, Ideas & Stories with us!!!

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The Rabbit Wears Prada (BLW Contributor)

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It really does fascinate me sometimes as to what kind of troublesome, awkward, weird, unusual, abnormal, and just plain strange situations that present themselves to me. The only thing I could say is stranger, is how I go about dealing with them, and the most obvious is usually the end result of the matter. I resign myself sometimes constantly wondering. “How did things turn out like this?” Personally, I wonder if it is because of my desire to escape the monotony of “an ordinary every day”, but I suppose “Even troubles without warning are better than boredom, day by day”. I really did love that first opening to Magic Kaito. Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is X, Mr.X, and once again I have another ridiculous tale outlining the random situations I find myself in. Although, in this case, I may have willingly put myself into the thick…

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Star Wars Comic Review (BLW Contributor)

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Title Star Wars #27

Story by Jason Aaron

Art by Salvador Larroca, Edgar Delgado

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Release Date: 1/25/17

Coming off of the last issue we knew that this next book will revolve around Yoda solely. I for one was excited as this allowed for Yoda to go on an exciting solo journey seldom seen. I was glad that my trust in this saga seems to be warranted for the moment. I had to review this as Star Wars VIII announced the title of The Last Jedi raising the hype level.

In the latest saga in the Star Wars comics, Obi-Wan details a flashback of Yoda is drawn to a signal in a far off planet inhabited mostly by children. These children gain their life source from the mountains giving off a force like quality. Yoda first encounters the Muckwhackers a group of child warriors who details the events that happened upon the planet. The world was at peace living off the planet until warring factions got power hungry and claimed mountains destroying them in the process. The Muckwhackers were on the losing side and live in exile off the power of a single piece of the mountain hunted by the Rockhawkers, more child warriors. Yoda goes off to investigate the stones and try to broker a truce. However, things quickly go bad for him as he is captured and told to go into the mountains alone. 

There was only an outline of a story here as Aaron pulls us in without going into depth only offering slight hints leading the reader to fill in the blanks. This will be resolved as the next issue will most likely plunge into background information as Yoda makes his way up the mountain.  I would also like to see more about Obi-Wan in the next arc although a solo Yoda adventure seems to be good so far. 

The art was mostly good despite a few glitches here and there. The backdrop was gorgeous with the perfect combination of penciling and coloring by Larroca and Delgado especially in the mountains. There was much detail put into the supporting characters allowing the feel of a dystopian planet.  However, the cohesion between Larroca and Delgado stopped in the background as I personally thought Yoda could’ve been drawn better. Also, paneling was also quite standard despite good art within the borders. 

While this issue might have fallen short (get it Yoda) there is still promise that the next few issues will pick up both from the writing side and the art aspect. Yoda is in a vulnerable state and will have to do some soul searching in the next issue on his way to the Heart of the Mountain. 
Rating: 7.5/10

Motivation Monday – Undefeated 

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