Disney fans are some of the most dedicated fans in all of Hollywood. Maybe it’s because we start watching Disney movies at such a young age, whether it was princesses or animated cars, which builds our relationship with the brand essentially from birth. Regardless, people are extremely loyal to the franchise that started with a mouse.
The movie Harriet was supposed to be a historical biopic documentary film that was publicized as an homage to the great pioneer of the underground railroad Harriet Tubman, but was portrayed as something else. The movie was co-written by Kasi Lemmons and Gregory Allen Howard, but the way the movie was written ticked off people in the black community for several reasons. Harriet was portrayed as a female sex slave of her slave master "that was giving up the goodies up and down the underground railroad." Well, first off, British actress Cynthia Erivo (who does not like black Americans and is outspoken about it) was selected to play the lead role in the portrayal of Harriet Tubman. Erivo being selected as the lead did stir up a negative buzz because of her negative thoughts and remarks about black Americans that she has stated in interviews and posted on her social media. Erivo is a stage actress who had a debut role in the Broadway classic The Color Purple alongside Jennifer Hudson, who portrayed singer Shug Avery. Erivo is also a Tony Award-winning actress. Black America was trying to figure out how and why the directors and writers of the movie chose Erivo to play Harriet Tubman? Erivo is an accomplished stage actress, but seems to look out of place on the silver screen. Also, the black community wanted to see Harriet Tubman portrayed by a black American actress that respected the culture.
It's Morphin Time! Greetings, Vocal readers. The month of November has arrived and it's also my birthday month. In fact, my birthday is coming up in about a week. So I'm looking forward to seeing another year. In this article, I'm talking about Power Rangers, specifically #MorphinMonday. This hashtag, which has well over 1,000 posts on Instagram, holds true to Power Rangers fans everywhere. About two months ago, I attended Arkansas Comic Con and Jason David Frank was one of the guests during that weekend. I was fortunate enough to not only do a photo op with him, but also shook his hand and said it was nice to meet him. Before attending this con, I've never met any Power Rangers star, but I did just that and knocked off an item from my bucket list. It was an exciting experience, because this was a guy that I grew up watching. In case you haven't seen my Arkansas Comic Con review and how my meeting with Jason David Frank went, I'll post a link to it at the end of this article so you can read it yourself. I'll be meeting David Yost, who played the Blue Ranger, at Galaxycon in Louisville, Kentucky two and a half weeks from now. I'll have my Legacy Blue Ranger figure with me for him to sign and going as Lord Gyaradrakkon.
With every major Hollywood blockbuster release, there’s a group of loyal fans who will devote themselves entirely to the franchise. These groups consist of the most dedicated fans who know absolutely everything about the plot and the characters.
Just recently, acclaimed and legendary director Martin Scorsese came out against the money-making juggernaut that is comic book movies, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe bearing most of the brunt, going so far as to compare them to theme parks and say that they're not, "real cinema." Francis Ford Coppola joined him in calling the genre "despicable" and ever since folks on both sides of the aisle have been deriding each other on the annals of the internet over which side is right.
Visual media are a huge part of our lives, and here I want to share with you several that have shaped my youth, most of which are Concerned Children's Advertisers' public service announcements. Please note that I'm only discussing the ones I've seen.
Tomura Shigaraki is a terrible villain. But here’s the thing: What I love about him is his terribleness is it’s completely by design, and that’s what makes his arc so fascinating.
Now when I say Tomura is a terrible villain, I mean that not in the sense that he’s a bad guy who does terrible things. No, he is terrible in the sense that he’s not very good at being a villain.
Friends is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, from pop-ups and clothes inspired by Rachel, to other articles talking about how dated they think it is. So, with all this going on, I felt it was timely to talk about how conflicted this show made me feel when I was younger. I would tell people that, when they would ask what my favorite show was, usually those my age at the time. At first, I would get "Oh that's cool" responses. Then, the older I got it, turned into "Oh, really? Why?" turned-up-nose responses. I also got the "How is that your favorite show? You're black." responses. So, I just stopped talking about it as much, and enjoyed it alone. I thought at that time, people were just teasing me back then, or trying to make me feel like a sellout in some way.
For my 25th birthday last year, I did a video on 25 lessons I have learnt from Disney Characters. I decided to share the list here as well, so here it is:
It is 2019, and my Twilight obsession has come back with a vengeance. The obsession began in 2008 for me. I read all four books in the month of December, I distinctly remember finishing New Moon the day before Christmas Eve and asking my mom to please take me to the bookstore I need to read the next book. This when she turned around, went into her room, and came out with an early Christmas gift, Eclipse. I spent the remainder of Christmas break that year reading the next two books in the series. In the following months my older sister would borrow the books without telling me, and I almost had a panic attack because I thought my books went missing.
Spoiler and trigger warning: If you are sensitive to suicide, rape, or sexual assault, please do not read this. Also, if you have not finished season one, please be advised that this blog will contain spoilers.
I did this backwards because I didn't have a Vocal account when season one came to be. Look through my profile for my season two recap. Before I get started, if you are triggered by sexual assault or suicide, please be careful with this post and the show. Also, spoilers ahead, so if you haven't watched this show, please do so and come back later. So here is what we learned in season one.