Showing posts from February, 2018

TV Review - Altered Carbon Season 1

Available on NetFlix

Synopsis (from IMDB): Set in a future where consciousness is digitized and stored, a prisoner returns to life in a new body and must solve a mind-bending murder to win his freedom.

So I tend to like sci-fi action thrillers and this show is a very interesting viewing experience for me. I'm getting better with my binging habits so that's why it has taken so long for me to do this review. As far as the acting is concerned I thought that it was good. If you watch a lot of sci-fi there are a few actors you will recognize and in all honesty, I think they did a good job here. The special effects are great and for the most part look good in the world that is set up. The story itself starts off kind of slow but does pick up and I was thoroughly enjoying the mysteries that were going on throughout the season. Admittedly I am not the biggest Joel Kinnaman fan but honestly, he wasn't bad in this show. There is also a lot of action and violence in this show. From a …

Film Review - Black Panther Review (Spoiler Free)

Synopsis (from IMDB):  T' Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed the throne and take his rightful place as king.

Let me just say this, the hype was met. In my opinion, it is in my top five Marvel movies. Honestly, this movie just made me proud as a geek/comic nerd. Wakanda was brought to life in such a way that made it feel alive and real. The characters and their different tribes all looked unique. A quick shoutout to the costume designer Ruth Carter, she did an amazing job. There is one scene, it's in the trailer so it's not a spoiler, where the right to challenge is taking place and you see the different tribes gathered together in there ceremonial garb. It is a truly beautiful scene and one of my favorites in the movie. The cast is superb in this movie. I have to give it to Michael B. Jordan, Leticia Wright, and Winston Duke as they were my absolute favorites. Michael …

African Historical Figures - The Dahomain Female Army

With Black Panther releasing on Friday and the Dora Milaje set to make their big screen debut I thought it would be a good idea to share this little piece of African history with you. First, a little comic book background, the Dora Milaje in the Black Panther comics are an all-female group that protects the royal family of Wakanda and are the kings' personal bodyguards. Now you may be asking yourself what does the Dahomain Female Army have to do with fictional characters? Well, while I was doing some research for another project I am working on I came across the kingdom of Dahomey. Dahomey was a kingdom in Western Africa that sits along the Ivory Coast. It is where present-day Benin is located. It's important to note that the regiment itself was only 5000 women strong. Some historians estimate that the Dahomain Army itself numbered between 20000 and 25000. Which made the female unit an elite core. These women were responsible for protecting the king and at times acting as pol…

First Impressions - Dragonball FighterZ

Available on PS4, XBONE, & PC

Initial Thoughts
If you are a fan of the Dragonball series or if you are a fan of fighting games I think that you will like this title from Namco Bandai and Arc System Works. The game is a 3 on 3 Tag battle system that plays a lot like the 3DS game Dragonball Extreme Butoden. This game, however, looks great and is in full 1080 resolution and the gameplay is fluid. From a visual standpoint, the game looks like playable anime. The cel-shaded characters and environments really work in my opinion and give some visuals that are right up there with the Naruto Ultimate Ninja series. There is a good mix of characters from the series and they were even kind enough to throw in a few from Dragonball Super (you should be watching that anime by the way). There are plenty of modes to choose from but to me, the story mode is where it is at, it's a new story written by Akira Toriyama himself the story revolves around the return on Android 16 and the mysterious And…

African Heroes - A Look at Dandara

Thanks for taking the time to check out this post. I wanted to do something to promote figures from history of African descent that have made their mark or that I feel their stories are amazing and need more exposure. I will be leaving sources at the end of these posts so you may read up on the individual more in your spare time. Hopefully, this will enlighten those, who like me, are interested in learning more about their heritage and not just about the same stories that have been told over and over again. With that being said please enjoy this look at the following African Hero.

Historically little is known about the Afro-Brazilian hero known as Dandara. What is known about her is that she was a skilled warrior, hunter, and farmer. She was proficient in Capoeira as well as various other weapons and weapon-based fighting styles. She was an integral member of a free slave community known as Palmares. Palmares was a place where runaway slaves could find refuge. According to historical…