This was tough for me to come up with a selected number of black prominent figures in the course of history, pioneers and ground breakers, who not only had a positive influence on the black community, but as well as the rest of the world. Even as an African-American sits in powerful positions at more than any other time during the history of our nation, we have to ask ourselves, are we still in a crisis?
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.
“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.
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”
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.
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”
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.
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”
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.