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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 EDT

A helluva a treat this week as we are joined not only by the editor in chief of The MTR Network, Kriss, but we also have the first appearance of the voice of The MTR Network, Jaxx. He talks about his new show on the Network, Ratchet and Drank, and drops some deep cut MTR trivia. We talk about all the sports matters of the day, focusing on Colin Kaepernick and the continued hypocrisy of the NFL. Plus we discuss Jon Jones, Beyonce, The Summer of Hugh and get ready for #PodcastWeek.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:37am EDT

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:

 

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

Brandon and Ashley review the latest film from Halle Berry (that feels like its happened before), Kidnap

A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:53am EDT

Brandon and Ashley review Step.

STEP documents the senior year of a girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:10am EDT

On this Super Tuesday Special, Shanna and The Doctor are joined by friend of the show, Ejiro from Project Fandom to discuss the new Netflix movie, The Incredible Jessica James starring Jessica Williams. We also talk about the Supergirl news coming out of San Diego Comic Con.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:06pm EDT

Rich Fann is back on the show, but not talking pro wrestling this time. Well, I mean pro wrestling comes up, but he joins us on a whip around the world of sports as the Summer of Hugh rolls on. We talk about Kyrie taking shots, NCAA transfer nonsense, Kaepernick still being unemployed, and the NFL shorting concussion research $16 million. Plus, after 2 and a half years of talking, Daniel Cormier has to take these Ls.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:29am EDT

Detroit is a film that is well made, well acted but ultimately leaves you wondering who exactly this film was made for and why. We left the theater angry at what was shown in this film and while on the surface that might be viewed as the purpose of the film, that’s not good enough. The film is basically black torture porn where the villains (white cops) win in the end. There aren’t any moments where the past is tied to the present or a reflective call to arms for the audience. Instead it does what Kathryn Bigelow does best which is humanize white men who are terrible individuals while using black and brown people as punching bags. There are a lot of ways this film could have been made to address the tough subject matter without making it feel like an empty, deflating snuff film but that’s not what happened. The film makes a point to mention that there is debate over exactly what happened at the Algiers Motel that night yet it has no problem going into gory details drummed up from the filmmaker’s own mind.

Again, I have no problem with films that involve our (African Americans) history and the brutality that we’ve had to endure. I’m even one of the few who is on the fence about HBO’s Confederate (Granted, I have little faith in show runners who it took 5 seasons to finally figure out what rape is to do this right). But the problem with Detroit is that its really a film that treats black pain and death as a spectator sport with zero push back or fight. There's plenty of talk about the looters during the riot but none about WHY the people had been pushed over the edge. For 120 minutes we watch black people treated like animals. At one point early on in the film its implied that a little black girl is killed by the 50 caliber machine gun on the back of a tank rolling through the streets of Detroit. All of that is shown but when its time for the trials of the officers involved in the Algiers Motel murders, we get the abridged version in 10 minutes.

You can listen to our full review and why we can’t recommend this film. I honestly don’t know why anyone would want to see it.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:47am EDT

Atomic Blonde is a film with great action and a great cast that will ultimately leave audiences feeling underwhelmed due to misleading promotion and a poor script. First off, the promotion of Atomic Blonde as the “First Female Bond” is not only misleading but doesn’t do the type of film Atomic Blonde is trying to be justice. Atomic Blonde is attempting to be a dark, gritty spy thriller set in the late 80’s with a more realistic feel to it. None of that describes any film starring James Bond. Trailers focused on the action in addition to David Leitch as director, may give audiences the impression that this is in the same vein as John Wick but that would also be a mistake. The John Wick movies are usually light on story and focused mostly on action. Atomic Blonde attempts to do more with its story, it just doesn’t do it well. And that’s a shame. With actors like Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Toby Jones and others, the potential is there for an amazing story. Sadly, it’s just wasted potential. The acting is good, but that’s just because the raw talent in this film compensates for the script they were given.

Atomic Blonde isn’t a bad film. Anyone who wanted to see this film, definitely should. The action scenes are brutal and fantastic. Theron and McAvoy are great. But when the credits roll, there’s a good chance audiences might feel a little empty inside wishing there had been a more robust story.

Listen to Kriss & Phenom give their full review above and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:27am EDT

These were supposed to be the quiet days of summer. The days where I finally watch Rick and Morty (loved it!) and ignore baseball with the greatest of ease, but no one told the rest of the sports world. The NBA, NFL and college football all had hot stories this week, and we had to cover them. Kyrie's asking for a trade, the Cowboys keep embarrassing themselves and of course, we have the Balled of Hugh Freeze.

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  • Somehow, there are still a billion baseball games left in this season.
  • The Ballad of Hugh Freeze.
  • Houston Nutt might not be done?
  • 13 million of y'all watched a parole hearing? Really?
  • Jerry better be right.
  • Not so Lucky Whitehead. I'm sorry.
  • Lonzo Ball might be a thing here.
  • Kyrie want's to be a headliner.

 

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:20am EDT