A full plus year well after the February release of this film, featuring a ‘Black Actor’ Daniel Kaluuya, as the star, continues to enjoy its value & success. It was written, produced & directed by Jordan Peele, who’s also ‘Black’. I didn’t like the film. I preferred Kaluuya’s role in the movie ‘Black Panther’ because he played an African Leader of his own tribal domain. Historically in racist horror films & other genres, the Black character is often killed off early in the film. First of all, a Black person, unlike a Caucasian, wouldn’t be involved in, or be doing certain things, or going to certain places pondering/wondering to wind up dead or have a crazy situation happen on them. It’s not our nature. And that’s why those past Hollywood films didn’t make any sense to us & many of those films would have been much better scenically & conceptually, had they left the Black character out. So to play off that motif, we see again in this movie, a dumb Black guy, not racially conscious enough, dating a racist White female trying to lure him to his enslavement & death. If not for his occasional flash photography, talking to the hypnotized negro servants on the plantation, snooping & noticing strange stuff & MOST OF ALL, his continual cellphone communications with his Pro-Black friend assessing his situation & letting him know what time it was & for him to GET OUT, our hero of the story would have failed to retain his life & freedom. He ended up doing what we never saw ever in any previous horror films by a Black character, except for comedy skits & the movie ‘Django,’ where the oppressed Black character rise to victory. That was the moment of the movie I liked, when our fool ‘woke up’ & saw the light for what those people really were & smite them. A simple film that Jordan Peele felt he needed to put out there. I don’t think a sequel is necessary. The Film received nominations from SAG, Golden Globe, Critic’s Choice Awards, & NAACP, however, it won for best foreign international film, at the British Independent Film Awards. Who else would be that open minded to appreciate the latent messages behind it all & not be offended? Well, not to be topped, in 2018 the film had a few Oscars nominations, but won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Jordan Peele graciously accepted the award making history as the First Black to win in that category.

~ Lhisa Mrklon

 

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The struggle for respect, peace & equality for women all over the world continues this month & everyday as we March on for our rights.

 

Here Are Some Highlights………

 

 

 

 

 

I LOVED THE MOVIE ~~~ It is true. By far the best Marvel Comics Movie Ever. The cinematography is like Star Wars/Star Trek meets any kind of African-based film. So I’ll try to tell you something without revealing TOO much if you didn’t see it yet because there are some surprises. FIRST, you must see the movie using the 3D glasses, you’ll cheapen the experience if you don’t. Oh, & I love the war cry of the Man-Ape Leader, M’Baku and his crew, The Jabari Tribe. And some territorial parts of the movie is reminiscent of the 80s cartoon Thundercats. The movie captures Blackness. There are comical moments breaking up the seriousness of the moment & everybody’s acting was impeccable.

Two familial rivals at war with one another in any fictional story doesn’t get old when these types of conflicts are real. I was feeling the character Erik Killmonger’s argument about using the advanced African technology to usurp the rest of the White controlled World, & it would have been interesting to see it pop off, but the traditions of a humble people retaining their culture in a quiet & secret enclave of the continent, is the other side of the preservation argument. What I got from the movie is a dialog between The African & The African-American. The tragic colonizing & slavery experience of Blacks by another people & how it affects us today & what to do about it. So we have a dead king named T’Chaka & his son T’Challa takes over as The Black Panther, & without revealing much, he’s poised with being a leader one expects in his region, keeping all that Wakanda technology private, or deciding whether or not to be concerned with other Blacks about the globe living in our present condition as a globally persecuted people & claim us. There are definite historical issues here discussed in the film between characters & it’s authentic. You’re not being schooled or talked down to, it’s just straight-up conversation between rival characters motivated by different things.

The film shows the power of Women. In history, African women battled White colonialists on the battle field & WON. The narrative in this movie deals with an Outsider, representing ‘The Black Experience’ of the African-American, who returns to Africa with a lot of anger & vengeance in his heart. While King T’Challa, is the authentic African at peace with himself, with all his wealth & culture intact. So what you have is a rivalry. The tribal divisions that was already in the land was still peaceful compared to the racial torture one lives, & the backstory of the injustice of one brother to another. So it causes greater division amongst the Blacks in Wakanda. Well, what do you expect? In real life it would. Who do you follow? As usual, there would be the presence of a government Agent, representing The White People, let’s be real BUT see how all that affects him in the movie.

A lot of people like the movie & interpret it their way, while others have a problem, I leave the experience to you. And let’s not forget the power of The Black Panthers of the 1960s as they fought for the rights of our people to be self-determined & we see glimpses of the Black Power fist in the movie in honor of them. The film could have been made way back in the day (the 1990s) when the actor Wesley Snipes was hot, but he ended up doing ‘Blade’. The timing of movies can be an art itself. A piece of movie magic happens when something pops up at the right time with the right cast amidst a period when people need to see it while history unfolds a certain way where it becomes more meaningful. ~~ Lhisa  Ungelis  Mrklon

It’s wonderful that the cycle has come around again where WOMEN have woken up to their real problems in the world by organizing a global movement about it, during the era of President Trump, BUT how real is it & can it sustain itself? The reason why I’m skeptical is because I know women. The only ones that aren’t complaining are the ones who benefit from a Sporting Lifestyle. Many of them get ahead by throwing themselves on men. You could be a damaged goods, under-educated, no skills, druggie girl that hangs out in places & pick up a guy with money & end up doing better in life servicing him as a Floozy, side-chick, girlfriend, or wife, than the female who lived her life being “proper” “lady-like” a “good girl” that did all the right things, but yet her society fails to reward her with the right sociological status & accoutrements she deserves. So what’s the real problem here? Is it realistic to expect a little woman’s movement to some how GROW & change millennia’s of historic sexism when THEY went along with it in the first place? I’m a woman, so I’ve seen what REALLY goes on. Yes, there are victims of live sexual assault & their cases deserve professional handling, but I’m talking about the majority of things that society grooms & allows. How are you going to change that without compromising the OTHER RIGHTS a woman should have. Do you really want to go back to the olden ways where you were taught your place for your own good because back then, those people would look at these womens’ cases and laugh at her. You voluntarily went into a man’s abode ignoring obvious signs of his intent from being around him amongst people. How could you not know? If you are working amongst men or in some social setting with them, you can tell if they like you or desire you by their behavior. The cues are there. Men are easy to read, even the ones pretending they don’t like you. Many of them are lecherous. Men can also tell if a woman wants him too. So you may have to go back to religious dressing, stay in your house, need a man’s permission for something, go through the proper courtship methods, & so forth for respect & isn’t this something women fought to be where we are today. Why digress? All a sexist law-maker needs to do is to start rolling-back your rights because he is so concerned about your chastity to protect you from your own stupidity. Why are you out in public amongst men? What are you doing? If there wasn’t some immorality in you in the first place, you wouldn’t have enticed that man? This is old-school sexist logic. Many of these women’ cases I’m hearing on TV wouldn’t stand up in court, so the safest place to say it, is out here in the public where it can take off. Why not ruin someone’s job & life prospects in general. You don’t need to prove anything. And I commend some of the men being targeted, for fighting back the false allegations. For the cases that ARE legitimate, more power to you women, because a judicial court system doesn’t always work in your favor & getting the truth out there in the court of public opinion, is the best option.

The alternative argument is for the women who benefit from being trashy. They live a lucrative sex-filled lifestyle dating & playing men. There was a time when it was common knowledge to only bother those women. When you are a guy bringing your sexually wayward, mentally-ill self to a Lady, Noble Woman, Woman of Respect, or anyone of the like, you needed a good ass-kicking. Today’s men doing that are STUPID. That’s why they got in trouble & I don’t feel sorry for them. Women are not objects. They lacked the finesse, charm, & skill set to obtain the right female. That’s why even the women of ‘ill-repute’ themselves treat them like SHIT because they are connoisseurs of men to tell a good one. You aren’t hearing certain mens’ names getting targeted by the Feminist Witch Hunt because they obviously have a good rapport with the women they mess with & they obviously possess the Lady’s Man Gentleman Persona so even if the relationship ends, the woman doesn’t feel she needs to lash out & tear up his life. We’ll see how long this Women’s rally of movements last, because there is a mistrust & divide amongst women anyway. If I were to go to a woman in charge of something to obtain a proper job, service, favor to something I’m qualified for & entitled to, I would be given a hard time, but if I turned to a man, it would be easier for me to gain. Women are petty & jealous. Men are more practical. I’m not trying to see a bunch of Bitches all of a sudden controlling the industries world-wide, because that would be a Tyranny. Many of them are incompetent & stupid. Being a wise female, regularly dealing with treachery from other females, I have to look at men & their rights too, especially being amongst women & their vileness. Did you know that many of these criminal cases involve women simply marrying men to get their life insurance & they end up killing them to claim it? You know you don’t like the guy, but he pays your way through life because he’s so obsessed with you, but you fail to reciprocate. You know some guy wants your pussy, but you are repulsed by him, yet you still walk by or hang out there in close proximity. How is he suppose to interpret that? You feel uncomfortable on the date, you don’t trust the guy, yet you go back. You know you’re just using this guy, it won’t go any further, yet you are surprised when he gets mad for being played by you. You sense the infidelity, yet you pretend it isn’t happening & you stay. YOU’RE THE WOMAN, you’re in control. YOU go as far as YOU want to. Stop leaving the responsibility to them.

Ooooh here we go again. Trump on the Immigration thing. He claims to have never used the derogatory term referring to African & Caribbean nations as “Shithole” countries that the U.S. are accepting immigrants from & that they should let in more people from places like Norway. Well…………people from well developed wealthier European countries would NOT want to relocate to America because that would be a drop in their standard of living. The point that Trump missed is the whole propaganda effect; promoting the lie that life is better in America. So when poorer immigrants come here thinking life is better, they quickly learn that the only real value is struggling amidst the stresses of life to earn the American dollar is the only strong suit here, because in reality, what they left behind was a better way of life, & THAT is the real sacrifice.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

 

 

 

HAPPY HOLIDAY’S Y’ALL

Highlighting special performances this year from both Steve Harvey’s Apollo Christmas Special & Taraji P Henson’s White Hot Holidays.

Here’s DMX’s Performance…………….

And 5th Harmony…………………………

CIARA…………………………………………………

 

FERGIE………………………………………….

 

FERGIE & JUSSIE SMOLLET……………..

The Melisizwe Brothers at the Apollo………