This just in (Or not) – Boondocks is Back

 

No joke people, the greatest version of African American action anime has returned to TV last month on Adult Swim. The season opening episode, Pretty Boy Flizzy, was a bold move to focus on the secondary character Tom and his client; a trouble making musical artist named, you guessed it, Pretty Boy Flizzy. I watched it and I like it, though some didn’t; I believe this season will be like ‘Agents of S.H.I.L.E.D.’ a long, well-told story over multiple episodes. Though I was saddened that the show’s creator Aaron McGruder would not have any part of this season; this sort of things happens all the time in entertainment and Community is a perfect example of this. And regardless those Dan Harmon-less seasons weren’t bad at all so I have hope for Boondocks. Click on the link here and watch the latest episode while the watching is good; let the video keep playing at the link page and you’ll get there (unless they changed it in which case sorry).

 

 

 

 

Characters of Color: Numbuh 5

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Abigail “Abby” Lincoln, Numbuh 5, closes out of Characters of Color for 2014. Now she may look like some normal kid but in reality she a highly trained ‘Kids Next Door’ agent, where she is the 2nd in command (by her choice) of Sector V. Their mission is to preserve and protect the freedom of all kids everywhere from adult tyrant; ranging from recovering stolen deserts, brings back recess to schools, and even crazier stuff. Numbuh 5 is the glue that hold sector V together, her coolness is legendary as she keep the other agents on task when things don’t go to plan. Also despite being just a kid she shows more wisdom than most adults, know what’s important in life, but not being a know-it-all about it. She would later become leader of Sector V and all of KND during her time, as well as an adult KND operative – an opportunity not given to many. So as Numbuh 5 is a perfect example, you don’t have to be an adult to be an awesome Character of Color, just to ride the awesome ride at your local amusement park.

 

 

 

 

 

     

Characters of Color: Samuel L. Jackson

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I was a square for so long and it totally amazes me that people think I am cool.

 

 

‘Samuel L. Jackson usually played bad guys and drug addicts before becoming an action hero’ is what a small part in the IMDb Mini Biography by Wladimir van Heemst says about him. That’s both pretty accurate and testament to actor’s range and skill. Samuel L can pretty much do anything; he has no type, no standard, no median. Sure characters like ‘Jules Winnfield’ and ‘The Octopus’ would fit his no nonsense, authoritative style; however taking that same style and applying to a CG stunt-loving snail and you think that wouldn’t mesh – but it totally does! Same applies to ‘Mace Windu’; Jedi are suppose to be peaceful, uniform, and unforgiving, but when Sam L plays one he’s the most militant Jedi ever – he even got a purple lightsaber (at his request) which at the time Blue, Red, and Green was the standard. Samuel L. Jackson varied roles combined with his direct attitude always make for an enjoyable experience – and the more unconventional the better. Even stinkers like Snakes on a Plane, when added with a little S.L.J., can create memes of epic proportions. He’s the king of cool people; just don’t confuse him with Laurence Fishburne, that never ends well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Characters of Color – Storm

 

Ah the legendary X-Men, a group devoted to the peaceful understanding between Mutants (or Homo Superiors – really…) and normal humans; while at the same time protect the world from evil Mutants who misuse their powers. The group has changed in many ways since its origins but the face of the X-Men still remain strong – and Storm is one member you could never forget. Her real name is Ororo Idaqi T’Challa and she was orphaned after her parents died in a plane crash. Storm who had to become a thief to survive until met (or rather trying to pickpocket) a 20 something Charles Xavier. He stopped her with his abilities but didn’t relive himself (or her at that matter) as a mutant until years later where circumstances forced Xavier to recruit mutants to save the Original X-Men (Cyclops, Angel, Havok, Iceman, Marvel Girl/Jean Grey and Polaris).The rest was history; Ororo got the name Storm (because of her abilities – which I’ll explain in a minute) and within the group she gained a new family, a life, and through them a future as the Queen of Wakanda married to Black Panther (another cool character of color). As one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel universe, Storm has the ability to control the weather (tornados, snow storms, earthquakes, etc.) but choose to use her massive abilities to defend people. Over time Storm has led the X-Men herself against Juggernaut, Magneto, and freaken Dracula! Was considered (and almost made into) a Goddess in many parts of the world and thanks her marriage with Black Panther (a non-mutant mind you) she was considered the most important mutant alive because if there was an example of mutants co-existing with humans their marriage is it. So that’s Storm, all powerful, goddess, queen of an extremely advanced country, the virtual face of the X-Men, and the single hope for unity for all of mankind.

 

 

 

 

Characters of Color – Mr. T

 

 

 

Geez… How did I miss this last year, how did I almost miss this – this year? Ladies and gentlemen, I truly apologize for my lack of vigilance and total ineptness for not featuring this guy the first thing out. He is quite possibly the most famous (and awesome) character of color ever, the one, the only: Mr. T. His real name is Laurence Tureaud and despite his hard luck beginnings he rose to prominence then to a full fledged icon. No one man has done as much as he has over his 60 years of life, don’t think so, here is a short list of his accomplishments (note: this info comes from both Wikipedia and IMDB):

 

 

Seriously this guy is no joke cool; he was the personal body guard to Muhammad Ali, has a photographic memory,  in his life he was in court 200 times for lawsuits and won all of them, voted the fourth most influential American in history, and was diagnosed with cancer in 1995 and beat it like a rented mule six years later. If I couldn’t convince you all that Mr. T is a living legend and the embodiment of the American dream all rolled into one then check out the Original Mr. T fact generator for more information. I swear I couldn’t tell you who would win in a fight between Chuck Norris and Mr. T, but the conflict could tear the fabric of space and time apart – and if that happens you know the Armada would cover it live.

 

(Oh yes, thank you Linkara for your video last week (and this week as well). It reminded me how BA B.A. Baracus is)

 

 

 

 

Characters of Color – James Rhodes a.k.a. War Machine

 

Comic books, admittedly this is the form of entertain I am the least knowledgeable; I’ve watched many shows (and movies) based on superheroes but never read any literature the characters came from. Despite this handicap the Characters of Color month continues on and I would be remissed if I didn’t talk about James ‘The War Machine’ Rhodes. Now back in the day when superhero cartoons were plentiful and good in the 90’s ‘Iron Man’ was always my favorite. What’s not to like? He had kick arse armor, a multi-billion dollar company and all the resources it brought (or bought), and even his own superhero strike team (Force Works) for a time. However in the comic book continuity Anthony “Tony” Stark, the creator and general user of the Iron Man Armor, had more problems than the old show portrayed. His mortally wounded heart needs a sophisticated pacemaker he created (that doubles as his Armor’s power source) to live, living a very fast life caused him to develop alcoholism, and of course that same devil may care attitude even caused him to quit being Iron Man over periods of time. So who picked up the slack? His best (and possibility his only as times) friend; James Rhodes who will later become the War Machine.

 

 

An accomplished United States Marine and skilled pilot Lieutenant James Rhodes and Tony were fast friends ever since the beginning. Rhodes’ helicopter was downed in the jungle, and he was trying to get his bird back in the air when Iron Man appeared, ironically escaping from the same forces that shot Rhodes down. They decided to work together in order to survive, so after recharging Iron Man armor with the helicopter’s battery, they trekked through the jungle until they discovered an OpFor rocket base. One destroyed base later they steal an enemy vehicle, get to an American base and the rest was history. Since then not only has he become Tony’s closest confidant, moral conscience and the superhero War Machine in his own right; but he actually was Iron Man for a number of years. Facing down threats such as Thunderball, Radioactive Man, the Mandarin, and once the entire Skrull armada (no relation) Rhodes is truly a War Machine and a hero for good. I’m not sure if he’s going to be in the latest event comic, Avengers vs. X-Men (due out in April – better not be April’s fool joke I can tell you that), but with his resume I wouldn’t want anyone else on my side in that rumble.

 

 

 

Characters of Color – The Brown M & M

 

YES! FINALLY! The race line in candy treats has finally been erased! M & Ms are quite possibly the most delicious, easy to eat, candies ever. The tagline, ‘melts in your month, not in your hand’, is true because the thin candy shell keeps the precious chocolate from spilling out due to hot weather or the like. It’s not perfect, but what is really? Anyway to add to the appeal, the candy shells were colored red, yellow, blue (added in the 90’s), green, orange (also a newbie color), and even the color of the chocolate itself – brown. Over time each one of the colors became mascots for different types of M &Ms like peanut butter or almonds, even having their own personalities – except for, you guessed it, the black M & M (or rather the brown M & M if you want to be technical). For years this injustice was unaddressed, until yesterday on the Superbowl. The whole world was witnessed to the final lost M & M in one of the best commercial of the night; Ms. Brown turned out to be intelligent, worldly, and sets the record straight on a common misconception about her. But please I can only tell you readers so much, watch the awesome commercial yourself and see why she’s today’s  Characters of Color.