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One of my goals at Awesome Con this year was to find and highlight creatives of color who were engaged in inspiring and interesting pursuits.  There were so many individuals at the convention this year involved in outreach and development.  I was able to sit down with two representatives from a few of these organizations.

PBS Media Creative Director Naseed Gifted talked to me about the organization and their new graphic novel PB Soldier, which Gifted created.  The novel is drawn and colored by Abel Garcia.

PB Soldier follows Nat Cummings, a hacker turned government operative who finds himself in the middle of an intrigue he must extract himself from before it is too late.  Billed as The Bourne Identity meets V is for Vendetta, Cummings' adventures takes him and the reader all over the world.  We also discuss the importance of representation and connecting youth with the material that they are interested in by cultivating their interest in creating art.  Find out more about their graphic novel and their outreach efforts by visiting their website at www.pbsmediastudios.com.

Art Way Alliance Communications Director Sierra Dangerfield-Harris sat down with me to discuss the mission of the nonprofit, it's diverse artist staff, and the importance of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) to the K-12 educational system and how their organization seeks to promote this creativity in youth of the D.C. area.  If you would like to assist or have their artists visit your venue, information is available at their website at www.artwayalliance.org.

I hope you enjoy the interviews with these engaged and talented individuals.


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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:25am EST

We're back from the two week break! We took some time off for San Diego Comic-Con but we're back now and here with a great episode you're not going to miss. Kriss is joined by the host of Unanimous Decision, Dpalm and...right out the gate things get out of hand. We mix the funny (Men taping their dick tips as an alternative to condoms) to the serious (Addressing and calling out transphobia) and finishing off with a recap of news out of San Diego Comic-Con. You're not going to want to miss this episode.

Topics:

  • Dpalm Strikes Back
  • American Vandal - #WhoDrewTheDicks
  • Jiftips - For the idiots who want raw sex and think scotch taping their dicks is smart
  • Being Transphobic isn't funny
    • Dave Chappelle opens with 20 minutes of transphobic jokes
  • The danger that Transgender men & women face from just admitting they're transgender
  • You can't #NotAllChristians the history of transphobia/homophobia away
  • Profiles in Courage
  • SDCC News
    • What's DC doing this time?
    • Will Ben Affleck stay on as Batman?
    • Is Flashpoint going to happen?
    • The Defenders and Inhumans
    • SKRULLS!!!!
    • Thor Ragnarok, Black Panther, Infinity War
  • Black Trans/Non-Gender Conforming Shoutout

This is a list that I got from Leslie from SafetyPinBox of transgender individuals and groups you can donate to. You can also sign up for the Marsha P Johnson Safety Pin Box for a list of ally tasks:

 

Guest:

Dpalm - @Dpalm66 - UDPod

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:01pm EST

I know I know, we weren't supposed to have any more Insanity Check episodes this month. But then Buzzfeed dropped an article about what one of America's most infamous serial pedophiles is up to currently and well, fuckery happened. It's no secret that R Kelly is a pedophile but the way he's able to not only get away with it but thrive financially from it is sickening. And I'm tired of it. I'm tired of the defenses of him. I'm tired of him being able to get away with it. I'm tired of the blame going solely to black women. I'm tired of people acting like R Kelly is able to be a sexual predator because of the enablers around him.

So that's why there's a show. Its just me (Kriss) with a bit of a rant. But I needed to get this shit out of my head before I fly out to San Diego. Don't need this bullshit to follow me to the West Coast.

For those that can stomach it, the Village Voice article on all the claims against R Kelly.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:06pm EST

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Last Insanity Check before the break and it's a good one. We've been avoiding the politics talk for the last few episodes but its back this week with guest L Joy Williams. We spend most of this episode talking to L Joy about her new show, #SundayCivics and what's needed to change the discussion around getting involved in politics. So much of our politics has become binary and marked in terms of "winners and losers". But the reality is, we need to get back to basics and talk about how the educational system in this country, has eroded our foundation. People don't know what it means to be involved with civic action or how to even begin.

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We're back. Kriss is joined in studio by Jaxx (@JaxxDynamite). Jaxx will be bringing his new podcast to the MTR Network and we need your help to decide on the name: Boom Goes the Dynamite or Ratchet & Drank. There will be a poll on Twitter soon and you can also email us what you think.

As for topics, we're able to avoid politics (for the most part) for the second week in the row. We talk about killing Nazis (in the virtual video game world), the word Blerd and the negativity sometimes surrounding it, nerds using being bullied to justify being terrible people, self driving cars and more.

Topics:

  • The Wolfenstein games are great (Plus you get kill Nazis)
  • The problem with "Blerds"
  • Smart black people who turn on other black people because they got picked on
  • Black male nerds who parrot the same problematic views of white nerds
  • Fox suspends Charles Payne for sexual harassment claims
    • That time Charles Payne whined about the black community to Glenn Beck
  • The Breakfast Club gets space for Dr Wesley Muhammed's idiocy
  • Do You Even Sci-Fi Bro
  • Great Moments In White Privilege
  • Black Woman Shoutout

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:24pm EST

We’re back for part 2 of our Character Corner series on the history of Peter Parker as Spider-Man. Our first part covered the teenage years of Peter Parker, the death of Gwen Stacy and the original Clone Saga. This second part covers even more as Peter grows up and as Marvel increases the Spider-Man brand. By this time there are now four ongoing Spider-Man titles:

  • Amazing Spider-Man
  • Marvel Team-Up (1972)
  • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
  • Web of Spider-Man (1985)

This episode will take us through the Death of Jean Dewolff, The Hobgoblin Saga, Kraven's Last Hunt, all the way up to the first appearance of Venom.

Issues:

  • Peter’s Love Life
    • Black Cat
      • Amazing Spider-Man  #194
    • MJ
      • Amazing Spider-Man #183 – first proposal to MJ
      • Amazing Spider-Man #290 - Second proposal to MJ
      • Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 - marriage
  • The Owl/Octopus War
    • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #73-79
  • The Death of Jean DeWolff - 
    • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man 107-110
    • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #134 - 136
  • The Hobgoblin saga
    • Amazing Spider-Man  #238-239 - First Appearance of Hobgoblin
    • Amazing Spider-Man #244-245 - Sets up Lefty Donovan & gets Hobgoblin Osborn's formula
    • Amazing Spider-Man #249-251
    • Gang War
      • Amazing Spider-Man #284 - 289
    • Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives
  • Kraven's Last Hunt
    • Web of Spider-Man #31-32
    • Amazing Spider-Man #293-294
    • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #131 -132
  • The Alien/Black Costume
    • Amazing Spider-Man #252 - First appearance
    • Secret Wars #8 - origin
    • Amazing Spider-Man #258 - Gets it removed with help of the FF4
    • Spectacular Spider-Man #99 - Black Cat makes a black costume for Spider-Man
    • Web of Spider-Man #1 - Symbiote tricks Peter into putting it back on
    • Amazing Spider-Man #299 - Venom Cameo
    • Amazing Spider-Man #300 - Venom full appearance
  • Random issues
    • Amazing Spider-Man #229-230 - Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut
    • Amazing Sppider-Man #248 - The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man

 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:22am EST

This week Kriss is joined by Rich Jones (@RichJones15) to talk about the craziness that happens in the world. Rich has gives his unique perspective as a 7th generation black man from Canada. He talks about how America looks from those outside the country as we're led down a deep dark hole with an idiot as President.

A large portion of this show talks about this video from the NRA and Dana Loesch. It's very clear that the NRA is a terrorist organization that pretends to "fight for the 2nd Amendment" but in reality is nothing more than funding and promoting white supremacy. We break down how the NRA handles acts of violence and how their responses always differ when it comes to the victims being black and the perpetrators being law enforcement. The NRA is the reason why gun violence in America won't go down and their violent and ridiculous rhetoric is why. The NRA for years has acted like a terrorist organization while trying to claim to be victims. Yet they actively work to provide cover for white supremacists that end up being domestic terrorists and never attempt o change. Listen to the whole show to find out why.

Topics:

  • Joe & Mika only care about Trump now because they're the victims
  • Hannibal Burress sends an imposter to the Spider-Man: Homecoming red carpet premiere
  • Dana Loesch claims her video doesn't incite violence against the left (it does)
  • Ten white supremacist terrorist attacks the NRA and Right don't address
  • Coon...I mean Colion...Noir says the NRA doesn't need to speak up about Philando Castile because they...hired him
  • Who funds the NRA?
  • That time the NRA boycotted Smith & Wessen for developing a smart gun
  • Do You Even Sci-Fi Bro
  • Black Woman Shoutout
    • Xandra Jackson - Portraits, paintings and photography. Check out her Instagram Page @XandraJackson

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:09pm EST

We're BACK! We took a week off to pull of NegroCon 2017 and it was a huge success. Thanks to Rod & Karen from The Black Guy Who Tips as well as Phenom, Twan & Deirdre from Where's My 40acres. And a special thanks to all the fans who made it possible.

But onto the show! This week Kriss is joined by Dpalm from the Unanimous Decision and we have a lot to talk about. From why you shouldn't make your own whipped cream to hotep action figures, we cover a lot. You're not going to want to miss it.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 3:41pm EST

Listen to Kriss & Dpalm talk about the teenage years of Peter Parker on their latest Character Corner for more details on the first 150 issues of Amazing Spider-Man as we talk about why teenage Peter Parker is so important. Also check out the Rogue War Part 2 Character Corner for more details on Spider-Man's villains.

Key Issues:

  • Amazing Fantasy #15 - First Appearance
  • Amazing Spider-Man
    • #1 - First appearance of Chameleon
    • #2 - First appearance of Vulture
    • #3 - First appearance of Doctor Octopus
    • #4 - First appearance  of Sandman
    • #6 - First appearance of Lizard
    • #9 - First appearance of Electro
    • #14 - First appearance of Green Goblin
    • #15 First appearance of Kraven
    • #31 - 33 - If This Be My Destiny (First appearance of Gwen Stacy & Harry Osborn)
    • #39 - 40 - Norman Osborn revealed as Green Goblin
    • #42 - First appearance of Mary Jane Watson
    • #50 - Spider-Man No More, first appearance of Kingpin
    • #90 - Death of Captain Stacy
    • #121 - 122 -The Death of Gwen Stacy (and Norman Osborn)
    • #129 - First appearance of The Punisher & Jackal
    • #139 - 150 - The Original Clone Saga

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We have a lot to discuss this week and thankfully, we didn't touch on Donald Trump's fuckery at all. Kriss is joined by John from the Decepticomics and Non-Productive Comedy Show. We touch on a lot of hilarious topics but the big one is, Marvel dropped the teaser trailer for Black Panther during Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Show Topics:

  • Humans need natural predators to thin out traffic
  • Remembering Adam West
  • The Black Panther trailer is LIT!
  • Why now is the perfect time for Black Panther
  • Hoteps (fake Africans) are mad that Black Panther trailer has actual Africans/African culture
  • Kriss gets irrationally upset at a Hotep for calling a jet a spaceship
  • The perfect idea to keep sex robots from becoming a thing
  • US Company is working to reanimate the dead
  • Ice Cube confronts Bill Maher (Maher is still racist though)
  • Great Moments In White Privilege
  • Black Woman Shoutout
    • Shanita Hubbard - I want to partner with writers looking for assistance with finding their "voice". I provide one-on-one coaching to help scribes break down guards and develop a more intimate writing style.  I can also be booked for speaking events that center social justice, media or prison reform.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:36pm EST