I know I promised some of you an installment of ITVR solely devoted to the depressing and curious failure of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, but the research necessary to undo the mental scaffolding I’d built up to numb myself from the worst TNA has offered its audiences was just not something I wanted to do. I love you all, but I just am not ready to revisit any iteration of Slammiversary. I just fucking cannot right now with a company like TNA. Maybe soon, but not now. Rather than pick apart the bones of the soon-to-be past, I wanted to explore some of professional wrestling’s future.

Specifically, the next class of WWE NXT.

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Everyone was right! It’s sooooo so so good!!

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“When I started this column, I put together something of a shortlist of titles I wanted to revisit or explore for the first time, and the first one I remember writing down was The Spook Who Sat By The Door. Having never seen it previously, my desire to cover the film for Deadshirt came from some combination of my love of spies, blaxploitation and triple-entendre laden titles. You may have noticed I skipped a week with this entry, largely because I just couldn’t find myself in the right mindset to sit through this film and write about it. Over the last several days, with everything going on in St. Louis and the mainstream media’s coverage of black strife, it was all I wanted to watch. Having seen the film now, I want nothing more than to make everyone in the world do the same.”

With everything going on in Ferguson and the media, I decided to cover a truly ferocious and bold piece of black cinema for my Dark Gable column. Whether or not you read this piece, PLEASE seek this film out. It’s vital, transformative filmmaking.

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At the center of the geopolitical anti-colonialism metaphor of Wakandan independence rests a bold SF explanation and expression of blackness embodied by Black Panther and his Wakandan homeland. The Black Panther comic  (re)imagined fixed concepts of black identity and history by having an African nation written as the source of technological wonders far advanced in comparison to any other Western nation. Steeped in mysterious African lore yet cloaked in the signature features of modernism, science and progress, The Black Panther stood out as completely different from previous attempts to represent Black Africans.
Yet  the  super-science that is a signature feature of Wakanda is also fused with the supernatural. The Black Panther as leader of the Panther Clan is granted the tribute of ingesting a special herb that enhances his sense and physical abilities along with linking him to their Panther god. In this sense, Black Panther embodies a syncretic impulse, and although syncretism has been a cultural calling card for black folk in America (where various cultural traditions and historical experiences are combined to express a unique form of black cultural expression and way of performing black racial identity), Black Panther expresses this impulse as the convergence of African tradition with advanced science and technology. In doing so, Black Panther presents a politically provocative and wildly imaginative representation of blackness with a science fiction flare.
As a result, the Black Panther character and comic book series is made more significant  and compelling as one of the most mainstream, yet radical (re)imaginations and representations of blackness. Both the character and the comic book work as a grand vision of Afrofuturist blackness where black folk are no longer overdetermined by racism and colonialism.  
- pg 12 Introduction: The Black Imagination and the Genres: Science Fiction, Futurism and the Speculative by Sandra Jackson and Julie Moody-Freeman. 

blackscientistsandinventors:

At the center of the geopolitical anti-colonialism metaphor of Wakandan independence rests a bold SF explanation and expression of blackness embodied by Black Panther and his Wakandan homeland. The Black Panther comic  (re)imagined fixed concepts of black identity and history by having an African nation written as the source of technological wonders far advanced in comparison to any other Western nation. Steeped in mysterious African lore yet cloaked in the signature features of modernism, science and progress, The Black Panther stood out as completely different from previous attempts to represent Black Africans.

Yet  the  super-science that is a signature feature of Wakanda is also fused with the supernatural. The Black Panther as leader of the Panther Clan is granted the tribute of ingesting a special herb that enhances his sense and physical abilities along with linking him to their Panther god. In this sense, Black Panther embodies a syncretic impulse, and although syncretism has been a cultural calling card for black folk in America (where various cultural traditions and historical experiences are combined to express a unique form of black cultural expression and way of performing black racial identity), Black Panther expresses this impulse as the convergence of African tradition with advanced science and technology. In doing so, Black Panther presents a politically provocative and wildly imaginative representation of blackness with a science fiction flare.

As a result, the Black Panther character and comic book series is made more significant  and compelling as one of the most mainstream, yet radical (re)imaginations and representations of blackness. Both the character and the comic book work as a grand vision of Afrofuturist blackness where black folk are no longer overdetermined by racism and colonialism.  

- pg 12 Introduction: The Black Imagination and the Genres: Science Fiction, Futurism and the Speculative by Sandra Jackson and Julie Moody-Freeman. 

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Cutting a record nevver:

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Cutting a record

I’m trying to raise some money to save all my Earthly possessions. I put some rewards in this time so as not to be as much of a beggar. If you have a minute, please read or share.

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There’s just too goddamn much 80s going on here.

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