1. Here are some police arresting a reporter in Ferguson, Mo.

    Notice anything missing? That’s right, they took off their badges and name tags that had their ID numbers on them.

    This is not an isolated incident. When Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post were arrested last week for failing to leave a McDonald’s quickly enough, no badges or name tags were visible on the officers who arrested them. Additionally, they were denied that information even though they repeatedly asked for it.

    This way the police can act with near impunity and have zero accountability to the people they purportedly protect. The fact that these men are claiming the powers of the police without a shred of the accountability we demand of those in power is terrifying.

    White reporters have gotten just a taste of what that is like. Imagine how the black residents who live there — far away from the glare of the cameras — feel, day after day.

     
  2. I think the reason Robin Williams death hit many of us so hard is that he got us all through so many sad times. He cheered us up or inspired us over and over again, and when he needed us most — when he was the one who needed inspiration, or a laugh to break the darkness that had enveloped his heart — it feels like we somehow let him down.

    I’m sorry, Robin.

     
  3. deantrippe:

    heavy gang activity reported in #ferguson.

    (Source: twitter.com)

     

  4. "

    Luke Cage was created in 1972.

    Four years earlier, in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed.

    Five years before that, in 1963, Medgar Evers was shot and killed.

    Eight years before that, in 1955, a young Black man named Emmett Till was tortured, then shot and killed.

    These events, and numerous others with frightening similarity, happened in a line, and in the early years of the first decade to reap the social benefits of the Civil Rights Movement, Marvel Comics gives the fans (and the world) a Black male superhero whose primary superhuman aspect… is that he’s bulletproof.

    Not flight, or super speed, or a power ring.

    The superhuman ability of being impervious to bullets.

    Superheroes. Action heroes. Fantasy heroes.

    Power fantasies.

    Is there any doubt the power fantasy of the Black man in the years following multiple assassinations of his leaders and children by way of the gun would be superhuman resistance to bullets?

    In American society, the Black man has come a long way from the terrors of the past handful of centuries, only to crash right into the terrors of the 21st century. Some of those terrors being the same exact ones their grandparents had to face and survive — or not.

    There are Black men who are wealthy, powerful, formidable and/or dangerous. They can affect change undreamt of by their parents, and their parents’ parents. Their children will be able to change the world in ways we can intuit and others we can barely begin to try and predict.

    But a bullet can rip through their flesh and their future with no effort whatsoever.

    And so we look at Luke Cage, a man who gets shot on a regular basis, whose body language is such that he is expecting to be shot at, prepared for the impact — because he knows he can take it.

    And maybe, in the subconscious of the uni-mind of Marvel Comics, is the understanding that Luke Cage may unfortunately always be a relevant fantasy idea for the Black man.

    2012 – Trayvon Martin is shot and killed.

    2013 – Jonathan Ferrell is shot and killed.

    2014 – Michael Brown is shot and killed.

    2015/2016 – Luke Cage premieres on Netflix.

    I look forward to seeing if the Luke Cage of that show will have a true understanding of his power and what he symbolizes.

    "
    — 

    Real Life Proves Why Luke Cage Endures (via comicberks)

    Reading that was like getting kicked in the gut. And yet it feels like that’s not enough.

    (Source: fyeahlilbit3point0, via deantrippe)

     
  5. I’ll give you a hint: It’s the one you were too scared to show on television.

     

  6. Stella in New York

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    Stella: Daddy, is New York another country?
    Me: No, it’s a state; and in that state is New York City. People call it New York, too.
    Stella: So it’s real?
    Me: Yes.
    Stella: I want to go there.
    Me: Why?
    Stella: Because there will be billboards with Marvel superheroes everywhere and I can meet Captain Marvel and Stan Lee.
    Me: Sounds like a plan.

     
  7. They leaked some Han Solo concept art from the new Star Wars movie.

    Now where have I seen that before?

     
  8. litsketch:

    Looking forward to the Sin CIty: A Dame to Kill For preview on Monday.  Tried to talk a friend who hadn’t seen the first, or read the comics, into coming with me.

    HIM:  Do I need to see sin city 1?

    ME:  Yes.  Because a reasonable person might HATE it.

    HIM:  Wait.  Hate it?

    ME:  It’s polarizing.  Not to everyone’s taste.  Have you ever wished you could watch a Jim Thompson novel while quitting heroin cold turkey?  That’s kind of the aesthetic.  But with more misogyny.

    He declined to join me, and suggested I not take up a career in sales.  The tragic thing (in multiple ways) is, my day job is marketing.  But if the movie is great at being what it wants to be, I don’t want to come out and deal with someone who’s just not willing to appreciate that.

    How could anyone trust your judgment after your Guardians of the Galaxy review?

     
  9. Lauren Bacall in Dark Passage (1947)

    (Source: haroldlloyds, via anniewu)

     
  10. Stay classy, ABC.