Dear HBO: About that Alt-Reality “Confederate” Show.

I like Michael Twitty’s “alternate history” ideas. HBO’s show is taking the easy (lazy) way out, IMHO. Time for some fresh stories that center around people other than white guys.

Afroculinaria

Ok. HBO has created tremendous buzz about a show that has everybody talking, even me. It’s a show called “Confederate,” the South won, time moved on, slavery and abolitionist sentiments and battles over freedom evolved through our own day.

To put it in Entertainment Weekly’s words:

But wait, isn’t that already the reality we essentially live in micro form now?

Not knocking you HBO, seriously, it reminds me of the mockumentary “CSA: Confederate States of America” in which the most salient feature were television advertisements for enslaved Black people and “Cops” reimagined as a show about slave catching. It’s interesting that a show is being produced in the twilight of “Underground,” a show that gave Obama era passion and swag to the abolitionist movement…of course, not your show not your channel, not your problem. And yet, a whole new generation of people were tuned in to learn about slavery and…

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The Heroine’s Journey: The Monomyth with a Female Perspective Part I.

I always wondered if Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey” applied to heroines. This is a very good analysis, with good examples. Although, I must admit, I never thought of Harley Quinn in this way.

Dave's Corner of the Universe

In the 1940’s the academic Joseph Campbell created a theory called the Hero’s Journey or the Mono-Myth.  It basically breaks down almost all myths in to 14 easily identifiable points.  Modern story tellers have used it as a connect the dots instructions to write genre classics from Star Wars and to The Matrix.  It’s basically the blue print for how a young man to becomes a hero. But the Hero’s Journey is almost always a masculine undertaking. Recently I have been wondering if it applies to females too, I am not surprised that it is also a perfect template for a heroine story.

JC Joseph Campbell father of hero’s journey

Joseph Campbell devised 17 points, in 3 parts, that define the Hero’s Journey. Later academics have often condensed these points. It makes the Journey easier to understand and also allows us  to apply it to more stories. In this post…

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Denali hikers escape bear

If you’re wondering what this has to do with pop culture, keep in mind that the average person won’t encounter a bear. Really, what most people know about what to do when encountering a bear, they probably learned from watching TV or movies. But this may lead to misinformation, as noted in the article. And the photos are great — simultaneously fascinating and terrifying.

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DSC_4735 Young problem bear/Betty Snyder

As the hunt continues for a sub-adult grizzly bear with an attitude that has been threatening people near the Savage River in Denali National Park and Preserve, photos have emerged of rangers saving hikers from the troublesome animal.

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Patty Jenkins Developing ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE) — Variety

Riding on the critical and commercial success of “Wonder Woman,” director Patty Jenkins is already working on a script for the sequel. Variety revealed the news in an exclusive interview with Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, who oversee the DC film universe for Warner Bros. “Patty and I are writing the treatment right now,” Johns said. “The……

via Patty Jenkins Developing ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE) — Variety

My Son has a New YouTube Channel!

My son (nom de blog Blue Striker) has a new YouTube Channel, TheBattingEmperor. He asked me to write a short blurb about it, and is looking for subscribers. TheBattingEmperor is gamer focused (right now, there’s a video on the all-ages MMORPG Wizard101), with a few odds and ends, such as short videos and animations, thrown in. Check it out, and please subscribe!

Happy Birthday (to Me)!

On the occasion of my upcoming birthday (and the fact that I haven’t posted anything in months), I would like to present to you, in no particular order some of the most famous (real and imaginary) birthday parties ever.

“Happy Birthday, Mr. President”

Fifty-five years ago on May 19, 1962, Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to then-U. S. President John F. Kennedy at a celebration for his 45th birthday (his actual birthday was on May 29). Monroe’s sultry performance helped fuel an even now persistent (but unverified) rumor that she and JFK were having an affair.

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By Eureka Humboldt Standard – page 3 via Newspaperarchive.com, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57973181

The Birth of Hip Hop

August 11, 1973 is considered to be the “birthdate” of hip hop. On that date, Clive Campbell, better known now as DJ Kool Herc, was the DJ for his sister’s birthday party in the recreation room of a apartment building at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the west Bronx, NY. According to history.com, by that time, DJ Kool Herc had been working on refining his “break beat” style for a year. At that successful party, he used his most powerful sound system ever, before his largest crowd to that point. That party started a movement that resonates to this day.

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The original invitation to the legendary party. Source: the BBC. 

Paris Hilton’s 21st Birthday Party

Once upon a time (at the beginning of the 21st century), hotel heiress Paris Hilton was probably the world’s most famous young woman. In 2002, Hilton threw herself five birthday parties over three continents – in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, London and Tokyo. It’s estimated that she spent $75,000 per guest. Although it would have been hard to believe back then, but now Paris Hilton spends her life out of the limelight. Hilton did speak up, approvingly, in a rare appearance regarding Kendall Jenner’s 21st birthday party — where Jenner (sister of Hilton’s still omnipresent BFF, Kim Kardashian) wore a dress that copied Hilton’s infamous chain mail dress that she wore during her birthday parties.

Paris Hilton 2nd bday

Photo by Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/~/article-3900102/index.html#i-99c41c3841942714

A Hobbit Birthday Party

Hobbit Day, as devotees of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books call (and celebrate) it, is the occasion of Bilbo Baggins’ 111th (or “eleventy first“) birthday, and Frodo’s 33rd birthday. The Fellowship of the Ring opens with the birthday celebrations. In the book, the celebration included much food (three meals worth), a whole lot of drink (folks being carted away in wheelbarrows), and fireworks honoring the events of The Hobbit, courtesy of Gandalf. Instead of the birthday honorees getting presents, per Hobbit custom, the guests got presents.

[Spoiler alert] 

There was also a family supper (consisting of 144 people) at the end of the celebration days. At the end of the supper, Bilbo gave a speech, slipped on the One Ring, and vanished…

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Shot from The Fellowship of the Ring (movie). Source: Wedding Inspiration: Bilbo Baggins’ Birthday. From apracticalwedding.com

 

Quick Thoughts on the Fourth Season Premiere of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

(Promotional image above courtesy of ABC.)

After months of my son asking me when is the premiere of (his favorite TV show) Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we finally got to watch it. Just a few thoughts I had:

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Brett Dalton + a 10:00 pm starting time = me feeling some kind of way. Sleepy, for one.
  • I like Agent Coulson more than Director Coulson.
  • FitzSimmons are much more attractive now that they’ve gotten together. They should have done this a long time ago!
  • Note to Agent May: You really looked like such a hater when you were talking to Gemma. Not a good look for you.
  • Wonder how Mack will use his exploding pen…
  • Who’s faster — Yo Yo or Quicksilver? I hate Quicksilver, so I hope it’s Yo Yo. But I think The Flash is faster than both.
  • I like Gabriel Luna as Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider. Even if he does look like the IT guy at my job. (The flaming skull would be appropriate after the IT guy tells someone for the fifth time to make sure the computer is on!)
  • So, just as I’ve gotten used to calling Skye Daisy, now I have to call her Quake?!? Sigh!
  • Note to self: Sliding Doors (starring John Hannah, who plays Dr. Radcliffe) is now on Netflix. Watch it!
  • If she was on, I missed her, but I heard that Parminder Nagra is on the show now. As an aside, I think she’d make an awesome Doctor Who.
  • This single episode was more racially/ethnically diverse than many networks’ entire schedules (I’m looking at you, CBS).

Looking forward to watching more episodes this season, even if the 10:00 start means a later bedtime for my son (and me).