Bee D’ Vine Ayele Solomon | Ethiopian Wine

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Ethiopia has had a long history of great mead and wine. In early Aksumite times, possibly during 1st century AD; there has been clues leading to Ethiopians creating their own wine. An early definitive finding of mead, wine and beer appeared during the 4th century, where King E’zana allowed 4,400 captured prisoners to be given wine, beer, mead and water.

http://www.jstor.org/stable/41966169?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Ethiopia is becoming a wine country in the global market. 

Bee D’ Vine

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While driving through the last remaining parts of Ethiopia’s Kafa rainforest in 2009, conservationist Ayele Solomon had an idea that might help save them.  Why not find a way to make trees more valuable to local residents so that they had an incentive to protect them – not cut them down.  Inspired by his country’s national beverage t’ej (honey wine), Ayele realized that these flowering trees were an ideal source of nectar and pollen that bees use to make valuable honey.  This set Ayele on a quest to better understand the art and business of creating honey wine. He evaluating production in Ethiopia and South Africa, but settled on the world-class wine region of Sonoma – not far from where he grew up – using California honey for the first varietals.

Support this business, because the product is quality, the packaging is beautiful and the prices are reasonable for such great quality. 

Bee D’ Vine’s Website http://www.beedvine.com/

Bee D’ Vine’s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BeeDvine/

Bee D’ Vine’s Twitter https://twitter.com/@beeDvine/

Miles Davis Miles Ahead Trailer | Directed by Don Cheadle

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Miles Davis is a legendary icon, who has inspired and influenced various musical genres/artists. His innovative approach and philosophy towards his craft also made him a target, but his tenacity and wit would keep the haters in check. Miles Davis also had a short fuse, when it came to ignorance; you can see that with how he handled many interviewers and media personalities. Miles Davis is one of the original O.G’s. 

Raising Dion | Sincere Delight

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Raising Dion is an amazing tale from the perspective of the parent; how does one raise a child who is different, unique and have powers not seen from our species before?

  • PREMISE: Nicole, raises her 7 year old son, Dion, who has superpowers. Life was hard enough keeping up with the bills, let alone trying to keep track of her son’s invisibility, plasma powers, and telekinesis. In order to study his progress, Nicole films her son 24/7 with the help of her friend, Pat, who is an aspiring filmmaker. But when Nicole starts to notice mysterious men tailing her, and with Dion’s developing abilities constantly changing and becoming more powerful and possibly evil, she must find the courage deep within herself that she can raise Dion on her own.”

http://www.dennis-liu.com/

Is’nana The Were-Spider | by Greg Anderson-Elysee

THE STORY

IS’NANA: THE WERE-SPIDER: FORGOTTEN STORIES is the first comic book of an on-going series of one-shots of the son of ANANSI the Spider-God of Stories from West African lore.

Anansi has been a part of West African lore for centuries, but let’s take a look at this re-envisioned masterpiece.

Is’nana The Were-Spider – How does one become a man of his own when his father is Anansi the Spider God of Stories? – http://kck.st/1OX9BnD

Meet the Tuskegee Heirs!

Race: New Biographical Film About Jesse Owens

For me Jesse Owens is a hero, he was that inspiring symbol that one could persevere above any obstacle if they had a will that couldn’t be broken. He was self-sacrificing, determined and a visionary within a world many think we had left behind. Like many visionaries, society’s appreciative boaster of Jesse was short lived and even during the height of his Olympic win against Nazi Germany; president Franklin D. Roosevelt, never acknowledge Jesse. In Jesse’s own words

Hitler didn’t snub me—it was our president who snubbed me,” he said months after the Games. “The president didn’t even send me a telegram.

The trailer gives off a feeling that this film will give Jesse’s accomplishments the lenses/story-telling it deserves. Historical figures like Mr. Owens is desperately needed, to remind us that seemingly ordinary people can be extraordinary outside of the comic-book pages.

Wondaland: Roman GianArthur

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In Hindsight: Dear White People

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Dear White People is not a bad film by any means. It kept my attention, the cinematography is beautiful, and the film has it’s moments. But, I felt that the film we got was not the film that was hyped up to be, in more ways than one.

3 Problems I had with Dear White People

1: Misleading Ad Campaign

The ads portray a film where the main focus is discussing white ignorance on the matter of racism. The whole “racial Halloween party” plot hyped up in the ads also didn’t come in until the last 30 minutes of the movie, so it misled views about that controversial plot-line being the main focus. Instead, it’s a “find your place” film. Where you have characters struggling with racial and even sexual identity. Which is fine, but this wasn’t by coincidence, this was more than likely done purposely, which will be explained latter.

2: Poor characters

I didn’t like any of the characters. None. I couldn’t even relate to them because I found their plights to be so petty and asinine. One can’t find a middle ground between extremism and inaction/hypocrisy concerning combating racism and racial prejudice. One thinks they can’t fit in with black people because black people are more homophobic than white people. One is convinced that white people want to be like black people (because they get tans) and that makes it okay for them to do and say racist shit.

Yeah, there’s more to it, but that what you get out of it. I hardly remember some of the character’s names. But let’s focus on the main two protagonists, if you can call them that.

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Sam = Black Revolutionary

This archetype can be done and done well. It was done in the form of Huey Freeman, who, in the boondocks comic strip is actually fairly fleshed out as a character.

But here, it’s done. There’s not revolutionary about her. During the film, she plays a movie meant to represent Obama paranoia. So the people kill themselves. Her ideology is so goofy and extreme, it can’t be taken seriously. Huey was realistic enough for you to understand the seriousness. In Sam’s case, it’s so over the top, you see her points as complaining rather than valid commentary.

Lionel = Black Nerd

Was not interesting. In the slightest. Typical, “unpopular geek” type who’s only distinguishing traits is a giant fro and the fact he’s gay.

He’s supposed, but the film makes the suggestion that black people have more of a problem with homosexuality than whites. Which is fucking insane. It seems like the typical excuse gay African Americans use. Homophobes are homophobes, race has nothing to do with whether you have a problem with gay people. The film does almost nothing to try to correct this point, but it’s whatever.

3: It wasn’t funny.

It didn’t make me laugh, and the above reasons had nothing to do with it. If something’s funny, it’s funny. But this film was hardly that, it relied on through dialogue that the writers believe to be clever, but come off as pretentious.

This movie does nothing to advance the conversation concerning racism, racial identity. In all honesty, it seems moreso like an outlet for the author. Which is absolutely fine, I have no issues with that, but can we not pretend a memoir in disguise about your confusion concerning race is a biting commentary on race in America? Please? Because you think black people may have an issue with interracial relationships, homophobia, and because you want white people to understand, doesn’t make it so.

The following below are articles discussing the intent of the film, using words from the director and cast themselves.

Read More:

http://www.npr.org/2014/10/16/356494289/dear-white-people-is-a-satire-addressed-to-everyone

http://thinkprogress.org/culture/2014/10/15/3580250/dear-white-people-justin-simien-interview/

https://thedissolve.com/features/emerging/798-justin-simien-on-the-calculated-risks-of-dear-whit/

The Boondocks: In Hindsight

Season 4 of the Boondocks was probably one of the best examples of Seasonal Rot, where a show gets progressively worse with each season. Which is sad, because the show had some of the cleverest writing, most beautiful animation, and likable characters I’ve seen in a long time.

For me, seasons 1 and 2 are perfection of comedic satire. While season 2 was more outlandish and less grounded in reality than Season 1, it captured the feel of the comic strip perfectly. The show constantly caused controvery from having Dr. King say the N-word to directly calling out BET in two episodes. Season 3 lost the social commentary, but not the humor.

Season 4, neither profound nor funny, was panned.

Aaron McGruder, the creator of the season had suddenly left. And once season 4 was announced, his lack of involvement was announced soon after:

“As the world now knows, The Boondocks will be returning for a fourth season, but I will not be returning with it. I’d like to extend my gratitude to Sony and Adult Swim for three great seasons”.

“I created The Boondocks two decades ago in college, did the daily comic for six years, and was showrunner on the animated series for the first three seasons. The Boondocks pretty much represents my life’s work to this point. Huey, Riley, and Granddad are not just property to me. They are my fictional blood relatives. Nothing is more painful than to leave them behind”.

“To quote a great white man, ‘Hollywood is a business’. And to quote another great white man, “Don’t hold grudges”.

“What has never been lost on me is the enormous responsibility that came with The Boondocks – particularly the television show and it’s relatively young audience. It was important to offend, but equally important to offend for the right reasons. For three seasons I personally navigated this show through the minefields of controversy. It was not perfect. And it definitely was not quick. But it was always done with a keen sense of duty, history, culture, and love. Anything less would have been simply unacceptable”.

“As for me, I’m finally putting a life of controversy and troublemaking behind me with my upcoming Adult Swim show, BLACK JESUS”. –

Source

In my opinion, either 1 of 2 things happened:

1: He lost the rights in a dispute.

2: He sold the Boondocks to move on to other projects.

Either one is unfortunate, but based on his “don’t hold grudges” comment, I’m guessing he lost the rights to his show.

The Boondocks was a property that could’ve been handed down to the right people, and could’ve gone in so many different directions.

Take the concept is that Huey is in love for example. Whether it’s with Jasmine or another cynical radical revolutionary remains to be seen. Perhaps, never to be seen. There are probably hundreds of writers slamming their heads on the keyboard. A show that had so much more to dive into.

There were entire arcs from the comics that could’ve made great material for the show, yet were completely abandoned. Like when Huey and Caesar (who was never introduced in the TV show) tried to create an alternative media outlet.

Or Jasmine’s struggle with racial identity.

Or day to day racial prejudice.

I haven’t even bother to watch Black Jesus, not because I think it’s bad. But because it truly seems like this one gag of “how funny would a black Jesus be?”. Same with Black Dynamite, while hilarious, it’s often void of the social consciousness that the Boondocks has (or had). And because it’s a period piece, you don’t get to see much outside 70’s African American culture. Whereas the Boondocks is the something where you can comment on African American culture, history, and progression as a whole.

This is why, personally, I’m always wary when people of color decide to sell off their ideas and brands. Like when the natural hair company and African American owned Carol’s Daughter was bought by L’Oreal Monpolizes and cooperate is something that can screw over anyone of any ethnic background, but in a country where minorities already own so little, for once, I’d like to see this trend end. Something becoming mainstream and then taken over.

On the bright side, these rights can be bought back,

But for now, the Boondocks has become a parody of itself.

Sources

http://colorlines.com/archives/2014/03/aaron_mcgruder_sorta_explains_why_he_left_the_boondocks.html

http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/aaron-mcgruder-finally-explains-why-he-left-the-boondocks

http://www.okayplayer.com/news/aaron-mcgruder-not-involved-boondocks-fourth-season.html

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/10/24/358263731/a-black-cosmetic-company-sells-or-sells-out

Almighty Street Team Movie

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Hello everyone! First off, I would like to say simply, “Thank You!” Since we first announced this concept of “The Street Team” years ago, the support from everyone has been explosive and humbling. Street Team Studio is the umbrella company that unites four production studios and affiliate “members”. It is a multi-media company that focuses on putting out quality stories in a variety of formats, whether it be comics, video games or more. The founders are Shawn Alleyne, Joseph Currie, James Mason and Stanley Weaver, each possessing the added advantage of being creators themselves. 

The Almighty Street Team (Urban Shogun) embraces street/urban culture in the most brilliant way.

Urban Shogun: The Evolution of Combat
Follow the exciting adventures of students of an inner-city martial arts school and their Kung Fu Style wars on the streets of Atlanta. Specializing in updated forms of Five Animal Kung Fu, Tiger, Crane, Phoenix, Mantis and Cheetah protect the streets from criminals and their dangerous martial arts rivals – the Venom Clan!

The Movie

http://www.afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/feature-the-almighty-streetteam-how-we-created-our-own-comic-book

The Store

http://urbanshogun.com/streetteam/

The Game

https://sincereignorance.com/2014/11/28/the-almighty-street-team-the-game/

https://www.facebook.com/thealmightystreetteam

Urban Shogun Site

http://www.urbanshogun.com/

This is why it is important to work with people who are as passionate as you, dedicated, hardworking, material oriented and make no excuses for failure.  To Black people or anyone else period, make sure you work with people who are about their work and have a common goal as well; never sell yourself short. 

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