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Watch the Trailer to New Animated movie, ‘Bilal: A New Breed of Hero’ Inspired By True Events.

For now, I won’t get into the politics on why this animated film wasn’t more heavily promoted, but the trailer to this movie looks fantastic! The first fully Middle Eastern-funded and produced CGI-animation film, Bilal is inspired by the life of Hazrat Bilal bin Rabah, the Ethiopian slave and companion of the Prophet Muhammad “Peace Be Upon Him” (PBUH), whose valor was considered nothing short of legendary.

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Official Movie Poster Courtesy of Barajoun Entertainment

The film tells story of an authentic hero who has earned his place in time and history. It follows a young boy with dreams of becoming a great warrior who along with his sister is abducted and taken to a land far away from home. Catapulted into a world where greed and injustice runs rampant, Bilal searches for the courage to allow his voice to be heard, while showing the resolve to make a change for equality.

Personally, I haven’t seen or heard about any film that accurately depicted any major Islamic historical events, but this animated film about the life of Hazrat Bilal bin Rabah certainly looks insightful and noteworthy.  I think the biggest challenge for the film is that it is undeniably a religion-based movie; however, how much of it’s religious aspects will be toned down to appeal to a broader audience outside of the Middle East, while making film-goers aware of it’s existence.

The orignal storyline is by Ayman Jammal and the screen play is by Alex Kronemer, Michael Wolfe, Yassin Kamel and Khurram H. Alavi.  The voice action of the hero is done by Jacob Latimore and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.  The film is scheduled to premiere in the United States on February 2nd.

A new American trailer was released for the film this week.  Check it out below and share your thoughts!

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MLK Day 2018: 15 Unforgettable Full-Color Pictures of Martin Luther King Jr.

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Even though we’ve made great strides history when it comes to completely abolishing racism, bigotry, and YES, slavery—which unbelievably continues to exist in this day and age, there’s insurmountable evidence that we have so much work left to do.  I want to thank you Dr. King for your dedication and sacrifice to help humanity continue to rise and inspire the next generation of people for the greater good.  It is truly up to us to set an example as greatly as possible so that our children won’t be lost.

In honor of MLK Day, I took some time and effort to share some of my favorite full-color photos of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in hopes of inspiring some of you out there to not only do better for our own lives, but as well as for our loved ones and the less fortunate.  I hope you enjoy.

Rest in power always and forever Dr. King,

— R

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Chicago’s City Hall on July 10, 1966. | Courtesy of Bernard Kleina
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Birmingham, Alabama | Courtesy of AP Photos
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and leaders of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom link arms on Aug. 28, 1963.  The march provided the setting for King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. | Courtesy of Robert W. Kelley / Getty Images
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leading the second Selma to Montgomery civil rights march in Selma, Alabama, on March 9, 1965. | Courtesy of Frank Dandridge / Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. surrounded by reporters during a public address in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1962. | Courtesy of Ernst Haas / Getty Images
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holding up photos of three young civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi, during a press conference on Dec. 4, 1964. | Courtesy of Bettmann / Bettmann Archive
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Circa 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sitting for a portrait at Atlanta University. | Courtesy of Howard Sochurek Getty Images
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. giving his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. | Courtesy of Francis Miller Getty Images
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a demonstration against police treatment of voter rights demonstrators in Montgomery, Alabama, on March 17, 1965. | Courtesy of Chicago History Museum / Getty Images
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View of the balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed on April 4, 1968. | Courtesy of Art Shay / Getty Images
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leads a prayer in a church before the second Selma to Montgomery civil rights march. | Courtesy of Frank Dandridge | Getty Images
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Overview image in front of the Lincoln Memorial during Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963. | Courtesy of Bob Gomel | Getty Images
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Image of President Lyndon B. Johnson and advisers after learning of the assassination Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. | Courtesy of Historical / Getty Images
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Streets were set ablaze from rioters after learning of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. | Courtesy of Lee Balterman / Getty Images

What does Martin Luther King Jr. Day mean to you? How has Dr. King impacted your life? How would you think the world would be if he was alive today? I would love to read your thoughts and comments.

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Happy New Year 2018: Renewal of Faith, Purpose and Resolve

Happy New Year everyone!  2017 was equally an incredible and trying year for me.  Not just for the high moments, but more so for the low; the challenges, confusion, struggle, loss, fear, doubt and a slew of other emotions and obstacles that seemingly never ended. Continue reading “Happy New Year 2018: Renewal of Faith, Purpose and Resolve”

Here’s 13 Hints and Details In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’s’ Stellar New Trailer

In case you missed it, the first trailer to Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War has arrived and it looks spectacular.  The trailer to the upcoming Marvel blockbuster has set a new record for the most trailer views in a single day, racking up more than 200 million views in 24 hours.  If you ask me, that’s absolutely incredible.

Continue reading “Here’s 13 Hints and Details In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’s’ Stellar New Trailer”

Review: ‘Justice League’ Heroes Rises To the Challenge, But Not Without It’s Flaws

Hey good people!  Your boy Ralph (The Perennial Aesthete) is here!  First and foremost, I hope that everyone who is reading this had a blessed and joyous Thanksgiving holiday.  A movie for Justice League has seemingly been on the horizon forever and finally we get to witness it.  I can’t express enough how lucky I am to be living in these times where comic book characters we loved as a kid, are being brought from the comic books to the big screen.  I had the opportunity to watch the Justice League film twice and I appreciated it even more the second time around.  I found it to be delightful and entertaining, but not without it’s missteps, sort of speak.  By far, the film is not flawless, Continue reading “Review: ‘Justice League’ Heroes Rises To the Challenge, But Not Without It’s Flaws”

In Case You Missed It, Marvel Has Blessed Us With A New ‘Black Panther’ Trailer

I can’t say this enough.  It’s a wonderful time to be either a comic book creative, a fan or a little of both.  Technology has caught up and continues to advance at a rapid pace.  The things you can do with cinematography and filmmaking nowadays is incredible.  You can literally create stunning, virtual worlds on the movie screen, where it’s only limits is the extent of the creator’s imagination.  That concept alone, brings us to the world of Wakanda, which is an Afrofuturist fantasy land.  By the looks of the trailer, Black Panther is shaping up to be Marvel’s most ambitious, breathtaking film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Continue reading “In Case You Missed It, Marvel Has Blessed Us With A New ‘Black Panther’ Trailer”

New York Comic Con 2017: Amazing Photo Gallery and Video Highlights From NYCC

I hope everyone’s experience at New York Comic Con 2017 was as awesome as mine was! It gets bigger and better each and every year.  Being a creative, I couldn’t help but feel enormously inspired to keep pushing myself forward as an artist, writer, graphic designer, entrepreneur and simply an aesthetically-driven individual who wants to make his mark and hopefully, make the world a little more pleasant.  Events such as these, makes you want to do more and BE MORE than what you already are.  My enthusiasm to create is flying high and despite some of the issues that we are dealing with in society right now, I remain optimistic that somehow we’ll find a way to make a little more beautiful, and a little less chaotic. Continue reading “New York Comic Con 2017: Amazing Photo Gallery and Video Highlights From NYCC”

Superman Honored In New ‘Justice League’ “Heroes” Trailer Unveiled At New York Comic Con 2017

Are you ready for more Justice League awesomeness?  Maybe that’s not the main question that most fans have been chattering about.  When are we going to get a glimpse of Superman, along with his black suit in Warner Bros. movie, based on the DC Comics?  Personally, I think Warner Bros. is doing a masterful job with how Superman is being handled.  I thought the dream sequence in the latest trailer that debuted at NYCC (New York Comic Con) yesterday was simple, but brilliant.

Continue reading “Superman Honored In New ‘Justice League’ “Heroes” Trailer Unveiled At New York Comic Con 2017″

Please Support My Pledge To Aid Relief Efforts In Puerto Rico

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Sometimes a thought or an idea is birthed from unexpected places.  For the past couple of days, my heart and my mind has been on all those who’ve suffered in Mexico City, Houston, Tanzania’s refugee camps, Syria, the Caribbean islands and most recently, the island of Puerto Rico.  Whenever natural disasters occurred or someone asks me for a donation to a charitable cause, I’ve always gave what I could and did my best to help out.  Continue reading “Please Support My Pledge To Aid Relief Efforts In Puerto Rico”

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