Thursday, January 18, 2018

Offset's Homophobia Controversy (Again)

Migos member Offset has once again found himself embroiled in drama with the LGBTQ community and its supporters after the being featured as a guest on YFN Lucci new single "Boss life" in which Offset raps the line "I can not vibe with queers." This makes for the fourth instance where the rapper has been linked to homophobia since he and his group  became mainstream artists in 2017. First there were the comments refusing to perform at a gay club, then came disparaging comments during an interview regarding fellow rapper Makonnen coming out, before finally being accused of not wanting to work with drag queens during a performance on Saturday Night Live.

For the interview the group collectively apologized and issued a statement that their words were misconstrued. While they denied altogether any drama unfolding with the SNL appearance. As skeptical as one was left feeling towards the group, it could not be denied that there was a level of growth attempting to be reached so we forgave and forgot.

Now that there has been collective backlash against Offset's latest lyrics he finds himself once again having to apologize. Taking to Instagram the rapper wrote:

His apology is hard to accept especially given that over the years the term queer has evolved into a slur against those who fall into the LGBTQ community. In fact if there was no ill intent behind the lyric there wouldn't be a need for an apology or explanation of usage. If it colloquially was still a synonym for weird then there would be no backlash at all.

Whatever the case, as a man engaged to a bisexual woman whose sister is a lesbian and fans are predominantly gay men, here's hoping that Offset has finally learned his lesson when dealing (not dealing) with the LGBTQ community. Maybe then the groups stylist will finally stop taking out his/her anger on their wardrobes.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Year of the Black Superhero

2018 is shaping up to be another monumental year for readers of comics and fans of its televised and cinematic counterparts. This is especially true in the instance of Black characters. After 10 years ( 17 marvel films, 5 DC films) African American comic characters and superheroes are finally being brought to the forefront and leading their own films and series. Thanks to the critical success of the Netflix series Luke Cage, the Marvel execs may have finally realized that they can draw in Black viewers without the act of race bending characters in an effort to reflect "diversity" (i.e. raise ticket sales) and as a result 2018 will be the biggest year for African American superheroes to date.

Marvel is pushing fufther into its 'diversity' frontier preparing for the company's first feature starring an African American male as the lead with 2018's Black Panther. Completely stealing the show in Captain America: Civil war, Chadwick Bossman' s Black Panther is one of the most recognized and beloved Avergers surpassing Stark's technology, Banner's intellect, Thor's honor, and Roger's leadership. Premiering in February, the movie will follow his return to Wakanda, as he deals with the aftermath of the death of his father and his own ascension to the throne.

While it's no surprise that Luke Cage will return to Netflix with a second season next year, it isn't the only streaming service getting in on comic adaptations with Hulu also throwing its hat into the ring this November. The adaptation of the Marvel comic The Runaways will feature African American team leader Alex Wilder, a genius who learns that his parents are actually super villains.
And on the small screen things are growing even bigger for the CW as the network prepares for the premier of its new series Black lightning, based on the DC character, which will feature television's first primetime black superhero family. (

Although there continues to be a lack of Black female super characters on television and film, this list will also grow with the inclusion of Black Lightning's daughters Thunder and Lightning, while The Legends of Tomorrow continues to brilliantly highlight the DC character Vixen, and Luke Cage will transition Misty Knight towards her heroic calling.
With each of these shows 2018 will be the year with the most black superheroes in movies and television, and if this is any indication of what's to come in the future then we are in for a spectacular ride. (Honorable mention to Arrow's John Diggle and Mr. Terrific, Guardian from Supergirl and the Flash's Wally West).