Where Have All the Child Soldiers Gone?

Video games consistently get a bad rap for violence and inappropriate content, but how often are they recognized for sending positive messages?  In Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, creator Hideo Kojima stirs our souls by dramatizing the plight of child soldiers in Africa, and urging us to do something about it. Continue reading “Where Have All the Child Soldiers Gone?”


Top Five Favorite Dred-Hedz

Well it’s the end of the year, and what blog would be complete without a countdown!  Indulge me while I run down a few of my favorite dred-hedz of all time! Peek this list and leave me a comment. Do you agree? Did I leave out your favorite dred-hed? Let me know! Continue reading “Top Five Favorite Dred-Hedz”

Fargo Season 2 and the Violent Eloquence of Mike Milligan

Mike Milligan

A strangely pensive yet strikingly verbose Bokeem Woodbine brings a slick 70’s blaxploitation vibe to the sophomore season of Fargo on FX.  Set in 1979, Noah Hawley‘s tightly connected plot explores the end of an era in surprising ways.  Perhaps the most surprising of these is Woodbine’s portrayal of Mike Milligan, an articulate gangster who wields a thesaurus to deadly effect. Continue reading “Fargo Season 2 and the Violent Eloquence of Mike Milligan”

Finn the Emasculated Storm Trooper

Actor John Boyega plays Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Man, I really wanted to love the character of Finn, I really did.  When I saw the trailer, I said to myself, “Hell, Yeah, a Black Storm Trooper!”  I mean, I was all jazzed at the idea of seeing a brotha straight stomping some Rebel scum, then turning away from the Dark Side to redeem himself.  Unfortunately, the Finn I wanted to see was not the Finn I got.  J.J. Abrams and the new crew at Disney nerfed the poor guy and turned him into a sniveling caricature. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!)

Now I acknowledge that Star Wars is a fantasy, and the platform isn’t necessarily supposed to push a social agenda, but Finn’s story arc left me frustrated to say the least.  It’s as if Disney was afraid that a gritty, heroic, fully realized black character would scare away their audiences. As a result, poor Finn spent most of the film being rescued, getting his ass kicked, helplessly shrugging his shoulders, and shuffling through this tired retread of a plot from 1977. Continue reading “Finn the Emasculated Storm Trooper”

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