Blogging 101: A Personal Awakening

I just realized something: blogs change. They grow, adapt, expand, become more focused, and sometimes drift off course.  It’s such a pleasant and liberating experience, one that I’ve been anticipating for a long time.

Now that I’m in the game, I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog. I definitely love it.  And thank you so much to everyone for all your support so far.  I hope you will bear with me while I clarify a few ideas and let the blog expand and grow as I do.  I’ll be tweaking things here and there along the way, and will do my best to keep you posted on all these new insights that are flooding through my being.

I suddenly realized that I needed to make an important distinction about the title of my blog.  I am sharing “my” black experience, not necessarily “the” black experience.  I don’t presume to speak for everyone who resonates with being black or who considers themselves a person of color.  And I’m certainly not trying to be the “black interpreter”, you know, that one guy who tries to explain stuff to white people.  Yeah, that’s not me.  What I’m striving for is a connection.  A chance to honestly and openly discuss this lens that sharpens my view of the world.  I hope my thoughts resonate, and I hope it gets you thinking also. Then maybe we can compare ideas, share insights, and build a more nuanced and complex vision of this journey called life.

Whew! Confession is good for the soul. So once again, thanks for all the follows and the wonderful support.  Tweaks are coming and everything’s up for grabs: the title, my about page, the visual layout, etcetera, etcetera.  It’s an exciting time for me!  As always, your suggestions, feedback and ideas are much appreciated.




Want to Feel Like the Ultimate Bad Ass?!? Then Play EVOLVE!!

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PARNELL: Image Copyright Turtle Rock Studios

If you want to experience what it’s like to be the ultimate monster-hunting bad ass, then you’ve got to play as Parnell in Turtle Rock Studios’ asymmetrical shooter, EVOLVE.

EVOLVE is a truly innovative sci-fi action video game set on a futuristic planet called Shear.  Earthlings have settled here to mine the planet for its valuable minerals.  Unfortunately, Shear is plagued by giant monsters that wreak havok all over this fragile human outpost.  In response, the settlers of Shear have commissioned a group of intergalactic mercenaries to hunt and destroy the monsters.  You can play as the monster or as one of the hunters.  Enter Parnell and his supercharged arsenal of kick-ass monster-crushing weaponry.

As this video shows, Evolve delivers big on the sci-fi power fantasy.  Who wouldn’t want to strap on a jet pack, don an armored suit, and track down a slavering beast with a multi-shot rocket launcher? I know I do!

Parnell brings the swagger of Carl Weathers in Predator, mixed with the intense cat-and-mouse monster hunting of Aliens. In this game, the tide can turn at any time.  One minute, you’ve got the monster on the run, the next, you’re getting your face smashed in by a well-timed ambush.

The next time you fire up your PS4, XBoxOne or PC, do yourself a favor and give this one a try.  You’ll be glad you did!

Hello World! It’s Blogging 101!

Well, here I am, finally tuning in to the Blogging 101 course on WordPress to really get things kick-started.  As you’ll see below, I’ve got a few posts already, but I’m happy to plug in to Blogging 101 and get connected.

My main reasons for blogging are pretty simple:  I want to enlighten my readers and share my personal reflections on the black experience.  I don’t necessarily want to get political, because I’m not looking for death threats and hateful retaliation.  I am looking for healthy dialogue, and I feel that a safe place to start exploring my ideas is by commenting on portrayals of African-Americans and people of color in film, television, pop-culture and video games.  I’m purposefully avoiding the music industry for starters, as this seems to be a topic all to itself, and I’m way more of a film buff and gamer than a music fan.

That being said, my second goal would be to build an audience for my fiction.  I’m writing short stories in the horror and weird fiction genres.  I will also write some historical fiction.

My third goal is to eventually make a full-time living as a writer.

On a personal note, I am an African-American male. I’m in my forties, married to my wonderful wife of 21 years, and raising two amazing teen-aged boys.  I’m an educator and activist (I’ve been a public school English teacher for over twenty years) and I am finally realizing my dream of becoming a full-time writer.

Whew! That felt good.  Thanks for all your support and welcome to my blog!