I got a chance to take a load off this weekend for some long overdue TV binge-watching, so I was able to finally sink my teeth into the first few episodes of Epix's new original series, Godfather Of Harlem. The series is three episodes in, and it's already one of the best things I've seen on television in 2019. Let's start with some of the all-world cast that's heading up this project:
Before I really pour my thoughts into this topic, I'd like to clarify a few things:
If you're from the Mid-Atlantic area of the US and you're an HBCU football fan, then you know that the landscape there is chock full of colorful and storied institutions and rivalries. The CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) and the MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) reign supreme in these parts, and they both have a rich and vibrant brand of sports culture. Hampton University's recent jump to the Big South Conference may have officially removed them from the MEAC as an athletic program, but they're still a huge part of the HBCU tradition that exists in the Virginia Corridor that's part of the footprint of both leagues. The long-standing 'Battle Of The Bay' rivalry of Hampton vs. Norfolk State has gotten most of the visibility over the years, but HU's conference move has put that on a bit of a hiatus. It's also allowed an older rivalry to be renewed. Virginia Union University is a small, private HBCU that's located in the state capital of Richmond, Virginia. The school is part of the CIAA and already has a nationally-recognized championship pedigree when it comes to hoops (they've got more National Championships at the NCAA Division II level than any other HBCU, at ANY level), but the match-ups on the gridiron with the then Hampton Institute back in the golden age of CIAA football were must-see attractions for the HBCU football head.
August is always a really great time to be a football fan. Training camps and the anticipation of the upcoming season alone are enough to really get the juices flowing, whether you're a fan of pro football, big-time college football, or otherwise. HBCU football games, in particular, could be considered home to some of the most unique and enjoyable fan experiences imaginable for the sport. Black College Football holds a special place in my heart in terms of an overall game day experience. I'm an alum of the Alabama State University "Mighty Marching Hornets" band program, so I've been blessed to view the HBCU game day experience as both a game day participant, and as an old-fashioned fan. There may not be a spectacle more representative of the unique nature of the Black College Football fan experience than one of the oldest HBCU Football Classics in existence, The Magic City Classic.With the organized version of the event starting in 1945, it's considered one of the oldest and most venerable of the HBCU Football Classics in existence today. The Bayou Classic (Southern vs. Grambling State), The Florida Classic (Florida A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman University), and the Southern Heritage Classic have all had a TON of visibility over the years, but the MCC has a fan and overall game day experience that rivals some of the best in the nation. The typical MCC festivities start almost a week in advance of game day with a myriad of parties, social events, and student recruitment efforts. Performances by major R&B recording artists, Stepshows and related events, and a "Battle of the Bands" face off between the MMW (Marching Maroon & White) of AAMU and the MMH (Mighty Marching Hornets) of ASU really make the entire week an exhilarating experience for any fan. Sensory overload is a REAL thing for this event prior to any turf in venerable Legion Stadium being disrupted by cleats and pigskin.Then, there's Magic City Classic game day...
If you live in the United States and own a smartphone, odds are that you fall into one of two camps: Apple or Android.
DC is reviving one of the dopest, most underrated comic superhero teams out there, and I want all of the smoke that comes with it. Jim Lee deciding to bring WildC.A.T.S. out of mothballs to spearhead a re-imagining of the entire WildStorm Comic Universe in a limited collection got me thinking about how the original Image iteration of the WildC.A.T.S. would translate to the big screen. A couple of things need to be clarified before we explore this fan topic any further.1) THIS cheesy representation of the comic CANNOT be the first thing in folks minds IF a movie re-make is thought about (the show opening IS pretty dope, though).