Lara Croft is arguably the most iconic female video game character in existence. Even if it is due to a bug in the original Tomb Raider code that gave her pointy boobs. My Tomb Raider knowledge is fairly limited, with most of it coming from my friend's love of the 2013 rebooted game. In fact, I probably would not have gone to see the movie if she hadn't asked me to go. [ 500 more words ]
How many of these have you tried yet?
There is nothing more upsetting than seeing months of hard work undone in a couple of days. Imagine my surprise when I jumped on the scale to see a gain of six pounds in just two weeks. That’s three months of hard work down the drain. It’s enough to make someone want to give up and dive head-first into a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. [ 1,371 more word ]
If you're on my mailing list, you probably got the update that i'm in the process of moving. From the land of Steve Rogers (Brooklyn) to the land of Kamala Khan (Jersey City)
Blog updates may have a bit of a lull for a while but I'll still be here. Also, I felt the need to share with you something I clearly need for my new apartment. (this is my Amazon associate link btw.)
Fortunately for my macros, there was no hamantaschen. #purimsameach #purim
My costume is me being a functioning adult.
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You know how some people get really intense about the Super Bowl or the World Series? I get really intense about the Oscars. (“How Far I’ll Go” was superior to any song that came out of La La Land. Lin Manuel Miranda was robbed. Fight me.) My mother has always been a big fan of film and has been keen on making sure my brother and I are up on our film education. [ 1,205 more word ]
Confession: I think I’m about to join a Crossfit gym. I’ve dropped in on a few functional fitness classes at Bad Ass Academy in my neighborhood, but my only true Crossfit experiences have been through OutWOD. Right now, my workout routine is the Charlie Mike program on Bodybuilding.com, which is a great mix of compound lifts and metabolic conditioning circuits, but I’m about to make my big move to Jersey City and I think I’m ready to take my workouts up a notch. [ 1,159 more word ]
I’m sure you know by this point that Black Panther is opening in the US this weekend. That also means that we’re 11 weeks out from Avengers: Infinity War. As you may (or may not) know, outside of running Superpowers Sold Separately, I’m one of the hosts on the Dueling Genre podcast Countdown to Infinity: An Avengers Initiative. Since January 1st, my co-hosts Chris and Becca and I have been recapping one Marvel Cinematic Universe film a week as we gear up for this epic cinematic adventure. [ 582 more words ]
I got three inbox messages encouraging me to post this again. I had no idea that people are actually confusing the revolutionary Black Panther Party (formed in ...October 1966) with the upcoming Marvel film. We are doing ourselves and our youth a disservice if we do not distinguish the difference between the two for education purposes. Plus, it may be good for some people to have the background story before you see the film. Please read, repost, & share:
So why is Marvel's "Black Panther" really such an important film?
* As of today, the movie has pre-sold more tickets than any other superhero film in history.
* It currently carries a critics rating of 95% positive, which is almost unheard of.
* It is also the first big-budget superhero film to feature black heroes (Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o), black villains (Michael B. Jordan, Winston Duke), a black filmmaker (Coogler also gave us the brilliant film "Fruitvale Station" and the electrifying "Creed") black screenwriters (Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, of American Crime Story), a black executive producer (Captain America: Civil War‘s Nate Moore) and an overwhelmingly black supporting cast and crew.
* 90% of advance ticket buyers, regardless of race, said they are looking forward to a "different kind of superhero film" and to the movies "positive imagery and messages" (source: Fandango)
I've had recent conversations with a number of people who, though willing and excited to support the movie, really don't have much idea about it aside from the pre-release hype and information.
So, being that I am a Black Panther and comic book fan (cool nerd), here is an abbreviated cheat sheet for those who may need it:
1) The Black Panther (real name:T'Challa) is the first mainstream black superhero ever. He was created by Marvel Comics and the team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the same two responsible for heroes like Thor, the Fantastic Four, and Captain America.
2) Created in 1966 during the turbulent Civil Rights era, he is the first black superhero not created as an "token", a dependent, or a sidekick. This was considered extremely controversial for the time period. He predates Captain America's Falcon (1969) and Luke Cage (1971). He also preceded the revolutionary activist group the Black Panther Party by 3 months (he was introduced in July of 1966, and the Black Panther Party in October of 1966. They were not connected)
3) T'challa ( his real name), is also the ruler of a fictional african kingdom called Wakanda (population 6,000,000). Wakanda is considered one of the wealthiest nations on Earth as well as one of the most technologically- advanced. Imagine if Disney World's Tomorrowland and the Rainforest Cafe merged.
4) Wakanda's wealth is the result of a meteorite that crashed on to the continent 10,000 years ago. Composed of a rare alien material called Vibranium, the metal is sought by many in the world for its scientific applications and its military capabilities. It is only available in Wakanda, thus the country keeps itself closed and shielded from the outside world. IVibranium basically absorbs any energy directed towards it and holds it like a sponge. Imagine buildings that wouldn't crumble under the force of an earthquake, or soldiers protected against explosions from grenades and other explosive devices. Wakanda does export other commodities such as coal, diamonds, and technology, which contributes to its worth.
5) Wakanda has tons of vibranium in underground storage. One gram of vibranium is worth $10,000. That means Captain America's 12-pound shield, which is composed of the material, is worth just over $54 million dollars.
6) Being the monarch of the world's richest nation also makes you rich. T'Challa's net worth is $90.7 trillion dollars, which makes him richer than Batman's Bruce Wayne (9.2 billion) or fellow Marvel running mate Tony "Iron Man" Stark (12.4 billion). By a lot.
7) In the comics, the Black Panther is also one of the most well-respected men in the world. He is a combination of nobility (Thor), patriotism (Captain America), and superior intellect (Iron Man). He is also an Oxford graduate with a PhD in physics and is considered one of the top- 5 minds on the planet.
8) The Black Panther is more than the special costume he wears. He is also a world-class athlete who was trained in martial arts, judo, wresling (a popular Wakandan sport), and all forms of hand-to-hand combat. He also has enhanced healing properties, strength, speed, agility, and tracking senses. This is the result of ingesting a special heart-shaped herb that grows only around the site of the crashed vibranium meteorite. The radiation from the meteorite produces the plant which, once ingested, gives the recipient the aforementioned special abilities. Only those in the royal hierarchy and heirs to the panther mantle are eligible to use it. This means that the Black Panther has absolutely no problem going toe-to-toe with Captain America, who is considered the world's best hand-to-hand combatant and fighter.
9) Steeped deep in African tradition, Wakandans worship Bast, a female deity known also as the Panther God. The symbolic mythology here is also directly connected to ancient Egypt. She is revered as a protector and defender of the nation. This makes the Black Panther her agent outside the spirit realm, and thus more than a hero, but a true mythical figure. Imagine if the Pope wore a costume, had superhuman abilities, and defended the Vatican from its enemies both foreign and domestic.
10) Because of Bast, Wakandan women are highly- respected. The king's personal guard, the Dora Milaje, are an elite female fighting force. T'Challa's younger sister Shuri is a genius level intellect and considered one of the smartest women on the planet. Not only does she give the Black Panthers technologically-advanced suit & tech superior upgrades , but also other inventions to help further her country's technological dominance. While Tony Stark, who is considered one of the smartest men on the planet, graduated from MIT at age 17, he did not invent the Iron Man suit until age 42. By contrast, Shuri is only 16 years old.
11) In the comic books, the Black Panther was briefly married to Storm of the X-Men (remember Halle Berry?). Storm was from Wakanda's african neighbor Kenya (but grew up in Cairo, Egypt).
Enjoy, and see you on February 16th
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“Oh wow, you look amazing!” I get this comment a lot – from coworkers whose cubicles got moved to other buildings, relatives from far flung states who I only see at weddings and funerals, college friends who lingered in Massachusetts after graduation. I don’t fault people who comment on my body – losing over a quarter of your body mass in pure fat has an effect on your appearance. [ 1,242 more word ]