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.Continue reading “Watch the Trailer to New Animated movie, ‘Bilal: A New Breed of Hero’ Inspired By True Events.”
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.
Directed by the Russo Brothers, the film will host the biggest ensemble of superheroes to ever been cast in film history. The buildup to Infinity War has been over a decade in the making, with the first Iron Man film setting the stage for things to come. From the looks of things in the Infinity War trailer, I have a feeling that all the fun and cheerfulness that was present in Thor: Ragnarok, will be nonexistent in this film. Things appear to be grim and futile for our heroes as Thanos shows up in style with a grin on his face and some prophetically, ill-boding words: “In time, you will know what it’s like to lose.”Continue reading “Here’s 13 Hints and Details In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’s’ Stellar New Trailer”
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, but I felt that it’s flaws were outweighed by it’s terrific direction, decent dialogue and excellent casting, acting, score, visual effects and editing. As you read further into the review, I just want to give you a heads up that there are some spoilers. As long as it’s not an inconvenience to you, continue to read on!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.
Watching it for the 100th time now, I’m still blown away by the action sequences, the costume designs and the music choices. Have you noticed the cast?! This could be the most talented (and beautiful) group of people pulled together for a Marvel film! Besides acting standouts Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o, there’s The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira (fellow fighter Okoye), Angela Bassett (T’Challa’s mother, Ramonda), Michael B. Jordan (T’Challa’s Wakandan rival Erik Killmonger), Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya (T’Challa’s second-in-command, W’Kabi), recent Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown (the mysterious N’Jobu), Forest Whitaker (warrior Zuri), and Marvel returnees Martin Freeman (Everett K. Ross) and Andy Serkis (Ulysses Klaue/Klaw).Continue reading “In Case You Missed It, Marvel Has Blessed Us With A New ‘Black Panther’ Trailer”
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.I took some time to post some photos and put together a video, capturing some amazing cosplay, artwork, geek stuff and random moments from NYCC 2017, in which I hope that many of you will appreciate. Just check them out below. Special thanks to the staff, security and crew who made sure the event was organized, lines were orderly and that fans were moved through the lines with respect, care and safety for each other. Thank you for bringing the incredible to the show at the Javits Center. Enjoy the video and the photos, and don’t forget to let me know what you think. Stay #WERKSpired!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.
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”
“I am not a gangster and never have been. I’m not the thief who grabs your purse. I’m not the guy who jacks your car. I’m not down with people who steal and hurt others. I’m just a brother who fights back. I’m not some violent closet psycho. I’ve got a job. I’m an artist.” — Tupac Shakur
Prophet. Poet. Gangster. Thug. Hip hop icon. During the life and times of Tupac Shakur, he was labeled many things, but after his death, the polarizing, legendary rap artist was universally accepted as an extraordinary and influential talent. Personally, whenever someone asks me about Tupac Shakur, the immediate thought that comes to mind is “tortured soul.”Continue reading “Reflecting On Hip Hop Legend Tupac Shakur On the 21st Anniversary of His Death”