Leroy Johnson was not a punk, and he could prove it.
What happens when a musical genius is not nurtured, neglected a classical education, raised in abject poverty by someone other than his biological parents, criminally inclined, chemically altered, and battered by tragic circumstance? You get a man whose music was able to nurture not one genre but four, feed the creativity of four generations of musicians, provide a comfortable life for himself and his family, politically charge a nation, and rise out of bleak obscurity to become known as The Godfather of Soul. James Brown lived a full and tumultuous life, one that mirrors his era, and reflects the struggle of the African-American male in the twentieth century. Brown’s songs examine the pain and realism found in living as a black man in the United States during a time when the status quo of segregation was being challenged. His songs “It’s A Man’s World”, “Say It Loud”, and “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” became the anthems of the poor man, the black man, the lover and the fighter.
What we predicted has come true: Disney, with its unlimited resources, has created the Callback Masterpiece in Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker. This film’s callback game is so deep, it calls back other franchises. It is like Scary Movie, only with Star Wars. There is a callback to Avengers that makes me cringe. This being the last film in a trilogy of trilogies, Rise calls back to every film in the series, bringing together eight movies into one. It could come off as the Remember When? Reel if not so brilliantly realized by JJ Abrams. The trick here is to refer to the callbacks without spoiling any details from Rise. That’s easy, as long as we avoid any mention of new material, of which there is a considerable amount. I will attempt to mention any callback that occurs in chronological order, starting from New Hope, Empire and Return, then Menace, Clones and Revenge, and finally Awakens and Last Jedi. Let us use the Episode numbers to keep track. And in case you are wondering, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker follows the Yellow Flick Road like a zealot.
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