Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bat-Family Challenge: Who would be the first member of the Bat-Family to get their identities discovered if they existed in real life and why?

Dick.
He's too friendly, too well-known, and too identifiable: being one of the few gymnasts in the world that can do a quadruple somersault as well as having a very distinctive personality. Even more than Superman/Clark Kent;  I really have no understanding of how people can meet Robin I or Night Wing or Batman III and then meet Dick Grayson and not know that these are the same person. It honestly boggles the mind.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

" I DIDN’T GO OUTSIDE UNTIL I WAS A MAN"... THAT’S WHAT BANE SAID.


Oh you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark, I was molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was but a man, and by then it was nothing to me but blinding. The shadows betray you, because they BELONG TO ME!”
So, from all the stories told about The Child, Batman *should* have known that The Child wasn’t Bane. He might not known that it was Miranda Tate, but he *should* have known that there was another major player that had yet to reveal themselves.
But wait, sorry, I forgot. Nolan’s Batman can’t deduce himself out of a paper bag.
EVERY TIME I GO OVER THIS MOVIE I GET MORE PISSED.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Bat-FamilyChallenge: If there was a movie about the Bat-Family what would be the basic plot?


Wow another hard one! (But now you can see why I took so long to post it LOL)

There are too many stories that I would love to make into a movie but my like I've said before, my favorite graphic novel is the Elseworlds title Superman & Batman: Generations and I think that would make a great live action film series.

Now, if I'm creating the plot myself...
The movie would be a trilogy at least, I don't think there's really a such thing as an effective standalone Batman movie.
Movie 1 would depict the death of Dick Grayson's parent and his introduction to vigilante life after Bruce has been Batman for a few years (3 or so years after The Dark Knight). It would a serious drama and Dick would be about 12 (I know in canon he's much younger but that's a lot of belief to suspend for film). Bruce would really see himself in Dick and would in his follow up after the parent's death would realize that the boy was claiming that his parent's death wasn't an accident and was being ignored by the police. Thus the villain of the movie would be Tony Zucco. It would probably center on how Dick makes Bruce confront some of his own issues and disturbs plateau that I think Batman tends to fall into (another case, another day: crime-fighting get's a little boring to me without some good ol' interpersonal conflict). Superman would be an established character and might also make a few appearances, expressing his concern for Dick and how he doesn't agree with Bruce taking a child out into the night. Obviously Dick would prove himself in the field, secretly following Batman as he executes justice and actually saving Batman in a crucial moment and also have that moment of truth where he has to choose between getting revenge and turning Zucco over to the police.

Movie 2
(At some point before Movie 2 I expect a Superman movie will have already come out and Clark and Lois's relationship will have been established.)
The next movie would reintroduce the Joker, Harley Quinn, and Catwoman as both criminal and love interest. Her neutral nature would be established in that she assists Batman in taking down the Joker and Harley Quinn and her support of women’s shelters from the proceeds of her... acquisitions. My Catwoman would be extremely intelligent middle class scholarship student who went to Excelsior but whose parents died when she was in high school and ended up getting into art thievery to pay for college and making a name for herself both as an jewelry thief and art/fashion historian. Dick would be 17 and still Robin, though this would be about the time that Bruce and Dick were having friction in their relationship, which will show in the film.

Wow this is getting long so I won't elaborate anymore :)

The Dark Knight Rises Review: An Addendum


Please read My First Review

Addendum
     I've been thinking and reading listening to other reviews over that past few weeks to find out what people thought about the movie and to clarify my own feelings, and I've come to a new(ish) conclusion.
     To me, the biggest flaw in this third Batman film is that TDKR is not actually a Batman movie. Sure there is a character named Batman/Bruce Wayne in the movie. He (Nolan) got the names, place, and a few of the plot points right. The movie itself wasn't bad. But the man we actually observe in TDKR is not Batman.

Friday, April 12, 2013

THE BAT-FAMILY CHALLENGE

By April 3rd-Your favorite member of the Bat-Family, and why.

By April 6th-The series that best showcases the Family.

By April 9th-Your new addition to the Bat-Family (i.e. Supergirl, Swamp Thing)

By April 12th-If the Bat-Family were to fight it out like in Marvel Civil War, what would the sides be? (i.e. Nightwing, Red Hood and Barbara Gordon vs. Batman, Damian and Tim)

By April 15th-If there was a movie about the Bat-Family what would be the basic plot?

By April 18th-Who would be the first member of the Bat-Family to get their identities discovered if they existed in real life and why?

By April 21st-Does Catwoman belong in the Bat-Family, why or why not?

By April 24th-If you could rewrite the stories in which Dick got to take up the mantle who would you say becomes Batman?

By April 27th-It's the Zombie Apocalypse! What has become of the Bat-Family? Are they survivors? Is the world counting on them to help with the undead?

Wow I have some catching up to do! #Bat-FamilyChallenge


Your favorite member of the Bat-Family, and why.

Wow this is actually one of the hardest questions; at least I'm getting out of the way first right? Wow, okay... Well my first impulse is to say Bruce Wayne; main character, most Bat-stories center around him and he is the reason I am drawn to Batman stories in the first place.As a child I had this deep abiding sense of justice and an awareness that the world and the systems of the world weren't inherently just. And Batman understood that. He understood that sometimes you had to step in and set things right because the people that were supposed to do so wouldn't or couldn't. Even though I disagreed with his no kill policy I respected it because it showed that Batman wasn't out to destroy or undermine the system as much as he wanted to support it, rehabilitate it. Get it on the right track.


But I think I'm going to go with Cassandra Cain: I have loved every single one of the additions to the Bat family, Dick grayons, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, and Damien Wayne (who I must admit I wasn't too sure about at first). But Cassandra Cain is the 2nd girl on the team and the first person of color and her story is so poignant. Plus her ability to read people purely through body language is something that I've always wanted; it's almost like telepathy :)


What series best showcases the family?


I'm going to focus on the movies/television series as that is the way I generally consume my Bat-media. I would say the series that best showcases the family was The New Batman Adventures, simply because it has the most characters in it and that was satisfying for me. I always wanted to see more of Dick as Nightwing and Tim as Robin as well as outlying characters like Renee Montoya, Lucius Fox, and Kara Zor El.

Your new addition to the Bat-Family (i.e. Supergirl, Swamp Thing)
I think my favorite additions to the Bat-Family have already been made and they are Terry and Matt McGinnis and Damian Wayne.  Technically the first canon biological children of Bruce Wayne (even if it is in the future) there is soooooo much story potential that was never mined except in fan fiction and we all know how hit-or-miss that can be. Then Damian came along and at first I was really skeptical  especially with the then-recent "death" of Bruce, but he got under my skin and I am more than pissed that he's been killed off so quickly. There's a lot to be explored about Bruce Wayne's psyche when introducing biological children  I don't think it can be overstated that for such a loner, Batman has managed to gather around himself an effing huge family and my favorite stories are the ones that explore the Bat-Family dynamics. I even have a community called Bat Family Chronicles on FFN, so if you come across a good fic PLEASE message me on G+ so I can add it. Good writing is hard to find even in the comics much less fanfic.

If the Bat-Family were to fight it out like in Marvel Civil War, what would the sides be?


It would really depend on the situation. Off the top of my head I'm pretty sure that Cassandra would go where ever Bruce goes and Damien might be torn between Bruce and Dick if they are on opposite sides  Jason is his own man in every way so he would probably end up creating some third faction that no one is happy with and if Dick and Barbara aren't together then Oracle might end up on Jason's team.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

What It Means to Be Healthy II: New Years Waaaay Late

Wow it looks like I'll be starting another series this year, which will be awesome because that means I'll *hopefully* be posting at least twice a month: once on race issues (Black Girl, Light World) and once on my physical, mental, and spiritual health journey (What It Means to Be Healthy), yay!

So even though it's rather late to be talking about New Year's Resolutions, a friend and I started the 1*1*1 challenge to drink one gallon of water, walk one mile, and make one smoothie a day. I haven't yet had a day that I've been able to do all three but I'm still seeing the benefits of pursuing those goals.
On top of that I'm tackling my messy disorganized room as I get ready to move on to grad school and move out for the 1st time:


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Black Girl, Light World XI: Black History Month 2013 Recap

Well, let it suffice to say that this February was very eventful for me, social media-wise. It seems that some people get really uncomfortable with some of the personal changes I've been making and the way that they are reflected in my Facebook posts.

My cousin had some good advice for me after the fact; that is, "Don't show everybody everything. Not everyone will understand this ...consciousness you're coming into, and not everyone has your best interests at heart. Also you gotta get a job at some point so be careful what is and isn't public." Most of my Facebook isn't accessible to the public so I'm not really concerned on that point but it is "hilarious" how a few Facebook posts on black history and black empowerment/consciousness bring the latent white supremacists and racism apologists out of the woodwork.


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Me
Hi *****, not to just message you out of the blue like this but I was really intrigued by your status post this morning and I guess I just wanted to ask what that (Christian first that just happens to be _whatever you are_) looks like to you? That's definitely something I've been thinking about a lot lately so i wanted to ask.


Childhood Friend
Hey *****!!!! How are you?!! I guess what I was saying is that in Christ we are to see everyone no matter what nationality, political stance, or social status we are to walk in love and see the big picture. Does that make any sense?


Me
That makes a lot of sense. How do you think the Church will get to that place?


Childhood Friend
The church? It definately have to come individually first through leaders to rightly aline themselves with truth and effectively communicate / disciple their congregations. People have to commit to it know truth for truth and not just knowing truth according to how they have been raised or their spheres of influence.



Me
Sorry for taking so long to respond, *****I got tied up in the beginning of my work week. I think I get what you're saying. I do believe that there is something missing and that is renewing the mind. No that you yourself didn't include that in being committed to truth, but I believe that renewing the mind has to be taken almost as a separate step, because otherwise people's blinders are still up, their glasses are still on. They look for truth and are committed to it, but can't actually see it because the haven't changed the way they think in the first place.

I say this as someone has experienced the worst kind of racism in the church. Not the "I hate your guts and will not associate with you people" kind of racism though, believe me, that's bad too, but the "I'm your friend yet I constantly belittle you mistreat and disrespect you in ways I don't even realize because I'm just doing what I've always done what's always been done" And again I'm not talking about hatred or indifference. I'm talking about well-meaning people who love the Lord and are trying to live for Him yet cannot see what is right in front of them. Because, when it came to racism, unlike other sins, they didn't think it necessary to completely renew their minds completely reshape their thinking, completely police their environment for such influences, unlike the way people do or say they do with lust or gossip or idolatry,etc.

That's when people say things like "Christian first that just happens to be _whatever you are_" my... feelers go up.

_whatever you are_ matters because we are taught by the world ways to interact with each other on the basis of _whatever you are_ and if we as believers don't take that as seriously as we do being raised in a household where anger was always present or where lying and manipulation were acceptable, isn't it just as likely that people will continue to interact the way they learned to interact with each other in the world?

Which means we have to actively acknowledge race/ethnicity/culture, and not just treat it as something that we just so happen to be but as something that informs our intraChurch relationships and address it accordingly, right? We have to acknowledge the lessons the world teaches and actively label them as lies. We have to individually take captive those thoughts and refute them and teach other believers these same things, right?

I hope my *manifesto* lol isn't a bother and again I'm sorry for the **way** out of the blue message. I'm just seeking to talk with other Believers who are actually willing to talk about these things (which is rare) and I guess see where we all are, you know? Hope you have a good evening.

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After which there was no response, *shrug*

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Black Girl, Light World XV: Racism in the Church


So I haven't really spoken much about ^this^ since my first Black Girl, Light World post, and I'm probably going to rehash a little of what I said in that post but it's worth it.

So far in the Black Girl, Light World series I've talked about racism and white supremacy but I haven't necessarily applied it in a Christian perspective. There is very much a disconnect with most white people about the reality of race relations, and this is not any different in the Body of Christ, especially in the Western Hemisphere as far as I can see.

This is most unfortunate because the Church is supposed to be the entity that shows the love of God to the world by loving Jesus and each other in astounding and inhuman ways. Instead we are very much fractured along the lines of race and class, the same as the rest of the world. Until minds and hearts are changed the Church will be a very poor witness to the world of God's transforming power because we have not allowed ourselves to be fully transformed. White supremacy is as much a part of the history of the Western Church as it is the Western world and often the Church has been used by different countries and empires to spread the idea that some people 9these particular people) are better than others. Please understand that I am not denouncing the good that has been done by missionaries seeking to spread the Gospel, but the evil that has been done by the ideas that they brought along with them: that non-white people are less intelligent, more criminial, more sinful and not really apart of the same fold or on the same level of humanitySuch ideas are directly contradictory to the scripture.

So often when examined the Church, Christians act absolutely no differently from the World and it became more and more stark for as I looked for Christian anti-racist blogs. There were none. (There are some now, at least there are some Christian bloggers that talk about anti-racism; and I'll follow up this post with links later).

Maybe that's a bit of hyperbole and there are a few isolated ones that I've missed, I don't claim to be the most completely versed in the anti-racism movement but I think with the searching I would have found something a lead anything. And it tells me that Christians are in the same place as the rest of the world, Christians have conformed to the image of the world in yet another way. Eurocentric Christianity goes unquestioned, White Jesus is the standard, and the reality of "Manifest Destiny" (rape; murder; physical, mental, and social genocide) is purposefully unrecognized. The fact that 25% of Americans during the 18th c. were slaveholders and that includes many of the founding fathers. And because the past is quickly being erased from public memory, the results of the past AND the ways the past is being reiterated are ignored today.

A look at most so-called multicultural churches reveals that women of color are routinely shuffled off to positions of childcare and told that that's their place of ministry, and that the senior pastors/elders are almost always white. youth pastors on college campuses that actually have said that Black people don't worship the same Jesus. And are supposed to be the ministers for the local HBCU. When marriage season comes around in the local youth/college group the woman who are left at the end are almost always Hispanic or Black. Even though these are the same guys who claim that they are wonderful friends, women of God, beautiful sisters in Christ who will make great wives. But not for these men or their families. They're good for a back pew roll  but marriage? Kids routinely make racist jokes that they originally heard at home. Young women of color ostracized when they become pregnant, but the transgression of those in the majority go unnoticed because abortion was chosen instead.

I'm young I know, but I've watched this all happen in my short 23 years in the Church. I've watched girls treat my sisters and I with snotty condescending attitudes and not know why until months later. We were those kind of people that they "just couldn't relate to." Nothing about People walking up to me offering dap and talking "ghetto", assuming that my cousins or god-sisters are my children, the list goes on. Everything from simple ignorance to actual malicious racism, exactly the same as the world.

And for some reason Christians don't see this as sin. 
They don't see it as hatred of their brethren, they don't see it as thinking of themselves more highly than they ought, they don't see it as divisiveness, and they don't see it as having an unrenewed mind. 

They pay lip service to being sorry about slavery but are completely unwilling to part with the results of racism in the present day. Unlike Zaccheus who didn't just apologize for his past wrongs but actively sought to make retribution for those wrongs, the White Christians on the whole want to pretend that they aren't doing anything wrong and they aren't a part of the problem.

And I don't know why. Actually I do. I didn't used to know why but I think I'm starting to get an idea.


You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist? And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it.
Junot Diaz




The girl I am and the girl you want me to be

---you can't stand to see me that way---
---no matter what I do, no matter what I say---

The Woman I Am and the Womyn I Be

"Come on, come on let's take a chance; we could fall in love"
"I want to live a pure life; I think that it's about time"

Well why is it called Manic Pixie Colored Girl? It's... I know that the media trope isn't seen as very feminist but you have to understand that-to reference Kerry Washington- it's not often that we as Black women get to be seen as beautiful, delicate, eccentric, otherworldly, and fey, even when we have those traits! So it's a step up for me to even be considered a MPDG, you know?

Seeing this thing that everyone appreciates in myself, but realizing that no one else sees it in me and also seeing this ideal and conforming myself to it. Trying erase/massage away the aspects of myself that stopped others from seeing the manic pixie dream girl in me. And I remember being 25 and walking in this park in my town after I'd gotten off work and it was the perfect place to do a photo shoot and I was seeing myself in different dresses and poses and honestly it was a lot of stuff that, at the time I felt would never happen and even if it did it wouldn't look the way I planned and would basically be an utter failure. and it just dropped into my mind that I never got the chance to be the girl I wanted to be you know I have the recurring phrase " the girl I am and the girl you want me to be" and between the girl I am and the girl you, whoever you is at the time- want me to be I never got to be the girl I wanted to be and... 

That was a hard revelation, you know? I'm 25 I never got to be the girl I wanted to be and now that chance is completely gone. Then I just thought, "well, what about the woman you want to be?" And I had to resign myself, you know, and about face. That point in my life is gone and it hurts that I felt so unfulfilled. But. I can still be the woman I have in mind, the woman I really am. And that's what this poetry collection is about; that transition from half-finished girl to a woman who is knows herself or is at least comfortable with the process of getting to know and love herself, to know and love others, and also feels free to express herself. Settling within myself that these ideals, these tropes, these expectations and the fulfillment of those expectations will never look the same on me as they do on those real or *imaginary* white girls. And that's OK.  They way I express my manic pixie carefree dreaminess is still legitimate and perfectly OK. And that journey is what this book is.