Why Power Girl Deserves a TV Show before Supergirl

I truly like Supergirl as a character, she’s young playful, cute and very likeable. She’s basically every young blonde girl on T.V. The majority of American primetime shows have had the same formula, or at least had some of the same consistent elements, since the dawn of television; a “perfect” protagonist; young, very attractive, blonde, with that something that makes her dynamic.

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On Friday, September 19, Berlanti Productions (same guys responsible for production of Arrow and upcoming show The Flash) in association with Warner Bros officially announced that they would be producing a Supergirl television series for CBS. The show already has some established people working on it, which is evidence of a good foundation. It will most likely have an origin story and many supporting comic book characters to flesh out Kara Zor-el’s character. The show will aim to stay as close to the comics as it can, with the following premise:

Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-el escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

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I truly like Supergirl as a character, she’s young playful, cute and very likeable. She’s basically every young blonde girl on T.V. The majority of American primetime shows have had the same formula, or at least had some of the same consistent elements, since the dawn of television; a “perfect” protagonist; young, very attractive, blonde, with that something that makes her dynamic. The something is that she is silly or fits the stereotype of a “dumb blonde”, she’s a heartthrob or in rare cases she’s empowering like Emily on Revenge. There’s always some sort of a love story (Richard Malverne) and an identity crisis (living in the shadow of being Big Blue’s cousin). Moral of the story, I think it was a safe choice for NBC to take on Supergirl. They are jumping into the comic book adaptation rat race just like 94% of Hollywood and using a very well known character. Even if you don’t know anything about Supergirl, you know the famous red and blue outfit. It seems to be a common thread for DC to give popular or well-known characters many different opportunities, (like the slew of Batman movies and shows) and leave lesser know fascinating characters underutilized. Just think, how interesting would a suspense-mystery show based on The Question be? They broke that tradition when they decided to give Green Arrow a chance and it’s proved to be a huge payoff. One of the best elements of the Arrow is that he is flawed. We watched Oliver Queen make many mistakes but more importantly, we saw his evolution, which added weight to how we perceived his future endeavors.

Power Girl is a character with that same potential for growth, but what is special about her is that she matures into one hell of a woman. Karen Starr’s whole identity is to mock sexism, embrace female sexuality and independence. Unlike Wonder-Woman, she isn’t the ambassador of all women and peace; she is just a typical girl dealing with obstacles that every woman tends to face. The only difference is that she has powers and decides to use them to be a hero. She demonstrates that a woman can be “just one of the guys” as well as sexy. Like Iron-Man, there really isn’t too much of a divide between Karen Starr and Power Girl. She often forgets about her secret identity and has a tendency to walk through the front door of her apartment in her costume.

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She’s has a strong presence in every aspect of her life, but is still very self-aware. She has hang ups about relationship problems and debates with herself about wearing sweatpants to the office.

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Power Girl is very certain of herself in a society that can be cruel, especially towards women. Her stories acknowledge that we live in a patriarchal society and draw attention to the sad fact that men only find her attractive because of her physique and not her self-sufficiency. She confronts everyday sexism and makes a mockery of those who perform it. While fighting a villain she often questions whether or not she can win, but she shakes off the doubtful thoughts and reminds herself how great she really is. She pulls herself up when she’s down. Power Girl is an empowering heroine, a type of super-hero character we’ve never seen on screen before.

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Feminism is lacking in mainstream media. Power Girl embodies the ideals of feminism and equality but would also be a great choice for fulfilling the female super hero in media fix everyone is asking for. Power Girl would be more of an appropriate choice to show the levels of an everyday woman, but most importantly, to show that women can be flawed while remaining every bit still as “Powerful”.

Wallpaper of the Day- Deadpool

In honor of last week’s news of Deadpool finally getting his own movie, here’s a new wallpaper to brighten your day. Here’s to Ryan Reynolds hopefully signing on!

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P.S. If you have been living under a rock, here’s the test footage of a possible Deadpool movie that could have been. Reynolds provides the voice and nails it!

The Curious Case of Limo Rivera

After reading this, ask yourself how much has changed? Look at this case side by side with that of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown. Do you see a trend? Nearly 100 years later, you can identify that this case is an early example of a model of racial violence that is reconditioned throughout the 20th century in America.

   It’s mid afternoon in Harlem on March 19, 1935. A 16 year old Puerto Rican/ Black boy by the name of Limo Rivera enters E.H. Kress and Company’s nickel and dime store on 125th Street. After a few minutes of wandering around the store, Rivera is spotted pilfering a ten cent pocketknife. The white storeowner and manager begin to subdue the boy by wrestling him to ground. Amidst the scuffle, the frightened young boy bites the manager’s hand and knocks over one of the store columns closest to the entrance. The noise from the altercation attracts the attention of bystanders and a crowd of begins to form around them. Eventually Rivera calms down and the police are called. A Mounted Patrolman arrives on the scene and asks the store manager if charges were going to be pressed, but he, as he has done many times before, advised the Patrolman to let the shoplifter go. To avoid the crowd or any questioning, the officer took the boy through the basement out the back exit and released him on 124th Street behind the store. While there was no information of the events that ensued, a hysterical black woman within the crowd cried out that “the boy was taken to the basement to be beaten up”.

   Within moments an ambulance pulls up outside the store front to tend to the wounds of the store manager. Almost immediately, the rumor of Rivera’s death became viral. Minutes later, through sheer coincidence, a hearse pulls into a parking space across from the store. The driver was the store manager’s brother- in law. But to the perspective of the already agitated crowd of blacks, it was conformation of the rumor that Rivera was dead. Soon after, another upset woman within the crowd screamed “just like down south where they lynch us!”

 

    The crowd began to grow increasingly more impatient and demanded to know what happened to the teenager. Police that arrived on the scene insisted that situation was none of the crowd’s business. The police began to try to navigate the crowd away from the store. After many unsuccessful attempts to disperse the crowd, the nickel and dime store closed it doors early at 5:30pm but by that time, the crowds were beginning to double. When a man tried to climb a lamppost to address the crowd, the police hauled him off and arrested him. This only further agitated the people that were gathered to take action. A rock was hurled through the window of Kress’s.

   The police’s use of force and lack of information only provoked the crowd. Whenever police had success dispersing the crowds, they would reassemble further down the street. As hours passed, several thousand black people became were gathered and began to riot. Mayor Fioerllo LaGuardia commissioned a team to investigate the riot. Documents from that night read “From 125th Street crowds spread to Seventh Avenue and Lenox Avenue and the smashing of windows and looting of shops gathered momentum as the evening and night came on”. The Commission also stated “By the end of the night 697 (white owned) business establishments were shattered at a cost to insurance companies of $147,315, the police had detained 121 people, and 57 civilians and 7 police (officers) had been injured. And most tragically, Lloyd Hobbs, a black schoolboy on his way home from the cinema, had been shot and killed by the police”. The total record of damage was 2 million dollars.

 

      A New York Times Reporter reported wrote “thousands of curious white visitors thronged Harlem’s sidewalks” Many of the “white visitors” wanted to see for themselves the evidence of what happened the previous night, they wanted the opportunity to experience what the New York Times described as “ (being) alive with resentful Negroes”. Just three days after, The New York Times reported that black leaders were trying to determine what caused the riot. They all established it was much more than just a young boy’s desire for a cheap knife. The collective explained “the basic cause (of the riot) is economic maladjustment segregating and discriminating against Negroes in the matter of employment”. In 1935, the height of the Great Depression, residents of Harlem experienced an unemployment rate of 50%. Money that was granted to cities for aid ultimately wound up in the pockets of white shop owners known for refusing to hire black workers.

    Moreover, it was commonly known that the cost of rent and various goods were more expensive in black communities. Many black families had to double and triple up on apartment space. On average, one block contained as many as 3,000 to 4,000 residents. As a result, disease became a major issue. With a community of 200,000 people, Harlem Hospital was ill equipped with only 273 beds and 50 bassinets. These were the problems minorities were facing in 1935, they were tired, scared, malnourished and in poor health. They needed change.

 

    The case of Limo Rivera was simply “straw that broke the camel’s back”. The Mayor’s committee went on to report “ The Negro in Harlem: A Report on Social and Economic Conditions Responsible for the Outbreak of March 19, 1935” in their last report they identify “injustices of discrimination in employment, the aggressions of the police and the racial segregation” as the main catalyst of racial tension in Harlem.

    After reading this, ask yourself how much has changed? Look at this case side by side with that of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown. Do you see a trend? Nearly 100 years later, you can identify that this case is an early example of a model of racial violence that is reconditioned throughout the 20th century in America. This brand of institutional racism is deep rooted. It will go on to become a new form of war, not completely centered on interracial attacks but deflected at property and the police, but ultimately quarantined in black communities.

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Officials have called for a state of emergency, and the president has pleaded for cessation, yet the Missouri city is still in chaos.
You might ask why? The answer is very simple; people are angry but more importantly, they are afraid.

Last weekend I visited Washington D.C. and got the opportunity to make my first visit to MLK memorial. It was a beautiful sight to behold; it was bold, towering and shimmering in the sunlight. Visiting the monument at this time held great relevance to me, not only because I am a black man in the 21st century, but also because I understand the racial obstacles my ancestors conquered in order for me to have a better future. What hurts is that while they achieved so much, it still wasn’t enough.
Eleven days ago, an unarmed teenager by the name of Michael Brown was fatally shot in Ferguson, Missouri by a police officer. Since that day the nation has witnessed the civil unrest as a result of this horrible event. Citizens in Ferguson have been tirelessly protesting and rioting their local police force. In some cases, people are showing their anger with acts of destruction and looting. Their actions have been met with military force; police have used tear gas, attack dogs, flash bangs, rubber bullets and other forms of excessive force on protestors. Journalists covering the scene in Ferguson have also sustained injury and unlawful imprisonment. It has become a battle of “us” versus “them”, a battle with no middle ground. Officials have called for a state of emergency, and the president has pleaded for cessation, yet the Missouri city is still in chaos.
You might ask why? The answer is very simple; people are angry but more importantly, they are afraid. There is a long history of seemingly unjustified violence against unarmed black men. Within the month alone there have been five unarmed black men killed at the hands of the police, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Michael Brown, Ezell Ford and Dante Parker. People around the country are manifesting the pain and fear that blacks have been internalizing for many years.
Do people have every right to be angry? Yes. Are their actions towards change effective? No, not really. Their actions of violence will only be met with more violence; police will continue to believe that blacks are only capable of senseless acts of anarchy and chaos. This will not make them understand how deeply discrimination is embedded into America’s backbone. They will not see the criticisms of systematic discrimination, classism and white privilege through the broken windows.
An organized diplomatic approach can be taken to protect the people of Ferguson. What if there was someone of great influence to set an example? To, dare I say, lead the fight of systematic injustice? What if, St. Louis native Nelly pulled a James Brown and threw a free concert in Missouri, instead of criticizing the speed and fashion in which protestors took to the streets? It could ease tensions and let people know his stance on these issues. More would be done effectively if this fight had an organized approach with an influential leader and a clear, concise list of reasonable demands.
There have been many people in NYC applying pressure for the NYPD to require police officers to wear body cams. The justifications were clear and overwhelming. Some reasons included the opportunity for citizens to issue legitimate grievances against the NYPD in more of a decisive way, transparency into the city’s dealings between officers and residents and on the flipside, giving police officers visual proof of why and how they needed to use excessive force in certain situations. The request has made its way to the Civilian Compliant Review Board, and the Board is pushing for its progress.
It’s not reasonable to expect the nation’s police force to surrender; no one would know what to do if they did. These changes have to start small, begin at a state level, gain traction and spread to every corner of the nation in a natural way. It may take years, but with unity, perseverance and patience the fight can be won. We must stay steadfast to the notion that this is an American problem, not just a black problem. We are all connected. If we follow the methods of our forefathers, like Dr. King, that fought this battle before us, a change can be made. Now with the abilities of social media, more people can be reached, swayed and educated. With far less technology at their disposal, civil rights activists of the 1960’s made some amazing, everlasting changes. Now it’s our job to take it a step further.
Hopefully the death of Michael Brown will motivate people be social agents of change. Hopefully we cam band together with people of all ages, credence and races to breathe life into a movement with organized ideas for change and work with lawmakers to keep its heart beating.

An article published in Time by Kareem Abdul- Jabbar (yes the basketball player) further illustrates the ideas and theories I have explained. Read it here.

“To live, to live would be an awfully big adventure” – A Few Words about Robin Williams

If there was one actor that singlehandedly brought joy into my life during my childhood, it was Robin Williams. I believe that anyone who had the opportunity to see any of his work, could undoubtly agree that he entertained and touched all of us hearts. Either it is the fan favorite Mrs. Doubtfire, the inspirational Good Will Hunting, the classic Disney movie Aladdin, the heart wrenching, Jack or my personal favorite, Hook, it reminded me to never forget to remain a child at heart. Upon hearing of his death, my heart sank into my stomach and at that moment, the world felt a little bit colder. Robin Williams usually chose movie roles that reflected his personality; he used comedy and professional acting as a tool to promote positivity and inspiration. From stories of those closest to him, he exuded happiness and positivity.

 

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When I read about his relationship with Christopher Reeve, it gave me an opportunity to understand his caliber as man. The two met in Julliard College. They remained friends for years. In 1996, after Christopher Reeve’s unfortunate accident that left him paralyzed, he suffered extreme depression and even contemplated suicide.

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Then one night before undergoing surgery, Reeves recalls hunchbacked man rushing into his hospital room dressed with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses shouting in a Russian accent. The man announced that he was present to perform his rectal exam. It was Robin Williams channeling his role from the movie 9 months. Reeve stated that “For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay”. After countless medical procedures, Reeve couldn’t afford the bills, Robin Williams then nobly elected to pay for all of his medical expenses. Williams took up as many acting roles in the late 1990’s to earn enough money to keep his promise to his friend. Even though I never got the opportunity to meet him, I felt like Robin Williams was apart of my family. His movies made me laugh, cry and everything in between. They resonated with me and will always be a huge part of my upbringing. Ironically a man so notoriously known from bring joy to people, died alone and sad. That’s what is most heartbreaking to people, when you love someone, you want them to go peacefully. I believe that everyone that has witnessed Robin Williams in some form genuinely loved him and his contributions to the world. He made us remember that comedy is a form a love that can be universal. And if you stay in touch with your inner child, your accomplishments can be boundless.

Alan Moore’s Rant about Adult Superhero Comic book fans being “Emotionally Subnormal”

All learning has an emotional base.”
— Plato

 

Any Guy who writes comic books and dresses like this, shouldn’t get the right to claim what’s normal.

 

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Recently, Alan Moore, Legendary writer behind such works of art such as The Watchmen and V for Vendetta, went on a rant about how adults between the ages of 30-60 years of age are “Emotionally Subnormal” -Whatever that means? Here’s what he had to say:

“I haven’t read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen. I hate superheroes. I think they’re abominations. They don’t mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine- to 13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently. These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine to 13, it’s nothing to do with them. It’s an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year old men, usually men. Someone came up with the term graphic novel. These readers latched on to it; they were simply interested in a way that could validate their continued love of Green Lantern or Spider-Man without appearing in some way emotionally subnormal. This is a significant rump of the superhero-addicted, mainstream-addicted audience.”

OK, Now while i understand his defense on the exploitation of comic books and the culture, He ideas not only categorize fans of the genre but also he criticizes what people take away from it. He also makes up a fictitious disorder. I took the time and tried my best to look up what “Emotionally Subnormal” could possibly mean. My search lead me to the study of emotional intelligence and emotional competence. Emotional Intelligence is defined as the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions, while, emotional competence is basically the study of self efficacy and caliber of a one’s morals. These two studies usually go hand and hand. Moore also says:

I don’t think the superhero stands for anything good. I think it’s a rather alarming sign if we’ve got audiences of adults going to see the Avengers movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s.”

A psychologist could prescribe comic books to a emotionally unbalanced child in order to give strong examples of moral support, something a child can identify with. A parent could encourage a child to read in order to reinforce wholesome ethics. From early ages, people have connected superheroes with an infinite symbol of good in the world. Comic books represented that righteousness could always triumph in a world wasn’t always a very friendly place. As a person ages, certain subjects become more of an inevitable reality such as our relationships, jobs, bills, unkind people and even death. But to have the ability to go to the movies and see something that you are not only emotionally attached to, but also entertained by, it could be considered a blessing.

Final Fantasy X HD and X-2 HD to PS3 and Vita

Square Enix has confirmed that Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 are coming to PlayStation 3 and Vita remastered in HD. X and X-2 will be packaged on a single disc for PlayStation 3 players but will be sold separately on Vita.

Interesting that Square Enix waited till the tail end of the PS3s life cycle, but good news all the same. Being that Final Fantasy X is a fan favorite this will not only draw in the hardcore Final Fantasy fans, It will also open up a whole new world to newcomers as well.

The official announcement trailer for both games will be available next week on Monday, March 25th, Checkout some of the official screen shots.