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The E.A.R.: Knee Jerk Reactions to Black Panther

 

1. Every single one of those women slayed both in looks, and in combat.

2. I love how the movie spends a lot of time taking jabs at how the rest of the world perceives Africa, particularly those who pass judgement based on that one “feed the children” advert they saw one evening when they had nothing better to do.

3. We of the Beaubrun family would like to adopt Shuri as our honorary sister. We will accept no trade offers at this time.

4. This movie was a pretty accurate reflection of the rift between native Africans and, diaspora Africans.

5. Killmonger is a great villain, but nothing will ever top Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker.

6. Why does Killmonger look like he beat the shit out of Vegeta, took his armor and screamed, Who’s the greatest Saiyan now?

7. Michael B. Jordan can get you pregnant just by looking at you. If you ain’t ready for kids, i suggest you don’t make eye contact with him.

8. After nearly getting murdered at the hands of a white family obsessed with stealing the gifts, and talents of talented black people; Daniel Kaluuya has found his way back home to the wonderful land of Wakanda where he has found himself a Wakandian beauty.

9. I’ve learned that barking is an appropriate response to people speaking out of turn on matters that are beyond them.

10. The musical score impressed me way more than I thought it would. It was a nice mix of typical movie style score with touches of African music and hip hop.

11. The costume designers for this film better win a damn Oscar. The wardrobes of many African countries were beautifully represented throughout the movie.

12. We should handle all successions of power via combat on giant waterfalls.

13. If anyone wants to buy me a shock absorbent suit made of vibranium, that would be wonderful.

14. It still humors me to this day that people are still leaving Marvel movies before the damn credits are over. I’m so much of an avid Marvel movie watcher that I stayed past the credits of Logan even after the guys who just desperately wanted to clean the theater told us five times that there wasn’t a post credits sequence. I thought they were just being dicks.

A fantastic movie overall. My only complaint is that I want more!

10/10

 

Flemmings Beaubrun is an avid gamer and lover of music. When not working, Flemmings likes to spend his time whipping up dank beats for the masses. He also spends his weekends thrift shopping for rare video games and obscure electronics. Other times he’s in front of a TV with a giant bowl of cereal enjoying shows from the 90s.

 

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The E.A.R.: My Panther is Black

 

My Peeps of Color

I totally understand the hype surrounding Black Panther and its importance to our culture, but can we not use this as an excuse to be obnoxious–even toxic–especially towards white people?

There will undoubtedly be white people who are confused and don’t get our excitement, but you can still explain it in a way that doesn’t insult their intelligence or belittle them. This movie shouldn’t be an excuse to gate others either. Don’t let me catch y’all telling white people they are not allowed to watch this movie. EVERYONE needs to see this movie and I think we can all agree that this movie needs to outsell Fifty Shades Freed.

Fifty Shades Freed will have an extra weekend on this movie so y’all need to go to the movie in droves as well as encouraging our white allies to join us. Also, Please don’t insult the comic readers because they will rip you a new one. You really don’t want it with a comic nerd.

This unfortunately brings me to another sad thing about this movie’s increased popularity. I may sound like a Debbie Downer with this next part, but hear me out because this maybe the realest truth I drop in a while.

The Black Panther comic character has been around since the 60;s. The sad irony about this many people of color getting excited about The Black Panther is y’all would’ve kicked someone’s ass back in the 90’s just for reading the damn comics.

As I’ve mentioned in many of my posts, being nerdy (comics, video games, trading cards, sci fi, fantasy novels and table top games) in my day was severely frowned upon. Being both black and nerdy was grounds for getting ousted by your own. Being nerdy was considered a white thing even though I know plenty of white people who endured bullying. I’ve been bullied more often by my own than I was by non-blacks for enjoying the stuff above. I’ve moved past it, but the irony is pretty sad. A lot of us old school nerds have to deal with this bittersweet feeling of non nerds finally loving the shit out of the stuff we enjoyed back in the day and endured bullying for enjoying.

To My Non Nerds

I’m glad your finally discovering what we’ve loved for years, but never forget our troubled history and the messed up irony of this movie’s wide spread popularity within our community.

To My Nerds of Color

You wear that nerd badge proudly and never forget our origins. It’s an unfortunate trend we have to deal with, but, lets bask in the fact that their enjoyment hopefully one day will make them sit back and realize how dumb it was to make fun of people for enjoying this stuff.

Things Non-Nerds Have Been Eating Up Since The 80-90’s

1. A Song of Ice and Fire (y’all are obsessed with Game of Thrones now).

2. Star Wars (Y’all are eating up these new slew of movies).

3. Pokémon (“Pokémon Go” was pretty dope wasn’t it?)

4. Star Trek (JJ Abrams has y’all hooked)

5. Dragon Ball Z made anime accessible for an entire generation of black youth. The whole hood has DBZ Super on smash.

You’re welcome. There’s a wealth of material to dive into if you’re willing to not care what people think.

Stay classy.

 

Flemmings Beaubrun is an avid gamer and lover of music. When not working, Flemmings likes to spend his time whipping up dank beats for the masses. He also spends his weekends thrift shopping for rare video games and obscure electronics. Other times he’s in front of a TV with a giant bowl of cereal enjoying shows from the 90s.