Be a KND

I was inspired by someone special to write this blog post…..

“I wanna be a kid forever”. It’s a phrase that has slipped off most of our tongues. Back when he had no responsibilities, our imaginations ran wild and everything in the world felt fresh and new. Unfortunately, we all grew up and the beauty of childhood was stripped away. Santa no longer existed, the tooth fairy didn’t place dollars underneath our pillows, and monsters no longer loomed in our closets. The thing is, no one explicitly told us to stop believing these things, it’s just one of those unsaid requirements that becoming an adult entails. With age came more responsibilities, our imaginations became restricted to the whatever a textbook or office paper suggested, a new day was no longer a new adventure but instead a mundane repeat of the last. Of course we all have responsibilities. Jobs to keep, families to support, taxes to pay, etcetera. But why not keep the kid in us? Write outlandish stories, swing on swingsets, or go on spontaneous adventures? Why not be a little more like the Kids Next Door?

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Fictitious Future Fridays #2

If you haven’t already, feel free to read the last Fictitious Future Friday in order to participate in this week’s

The magic pink spark has taken you to the place you wished for last week. Not only does it have the ability to transport you across reality, space, and time but it also can tap into your conscious. In order to explore wherever it has taken you, the spark has selected someone that you know/knew to be your guide in this journey. Who is this person? Why do you think you have selected them.

My answer: I think it would be my late grandmother. I have slept with one of her bed sheets almost everyday since her passing (it’s been 7 years) and her spirit is somewhat a form of protection. She would be the perfect person to guide me in this journey….

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Fictitous Future Fridays

A spark of light falls from the sky and lands in some grounds near you. It turns out to be a glowing magic rock that has the ability to transport you across reality, space and time. You reach down and grab it. Where does it take you? Why have you chosen this place?

My answer: The spark takes me to a snowy park at nighttime. I think I have chosen this place as I’ve recently played in the snow without seeing it for years and realized how much I loved it. As for why in a park, it’s the perfect place to have fun in the snow.

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The +116 Films I Watched This Year

In 2016 I watched 116 movies, possibly more, making it the most amount of movies that I have watched in a single year (beating 2015 by 30+ films). This year, last year I should say now, I revisited some favorites, watched a few classics, rewatched some films that I loved as a kid and saw them in an entirely new light as an adolescent, and watched a bunch a movies for the very first time- some I loved, some I hated. I explored a handful of French films and got a glimpse of a couple indies. This list is truly diverse and filled with a bunch of gems that some may or may not know.  So fill free to explore my 2016 film watchlist……

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My Favorite Television Shows of 2016

2016 is over, finally, and although the year was universally crummy it did produce some outstanding television. Film and TV, as frequent viewers here may know, is a form of escapism for me. A way to leave whatever troubles me in the real world and get lost in some fictitious ones. This year there were a couple of shows, both new and returning, that I would return to week after week, or day after day if they were on Netflix, to get my dose of immersion. Going in fresh into 2017 I wanted to reflect on these shows and write about what I loved so much about them. So here are my favorite shows of 2016 (unranked)!

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My Mystery Blogger Award!

This will be my 80th post on 4therace and I would like to thank Michael J. Miller at My Comic Relief for helping me create it by nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award.! This award is labeled as one, “…….for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts.  Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates.  They are one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they get.  This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.” I am truly humbled by this nomination and thank Michael, a frequent visitor and supporter of my site, for selecting me as one of his 10-20 bloggers! Please do check out his site My Comic Relief  which often includes interesting, in depth analysis on comic books and film! Michael has asked me 5 questions which I have to answer, but before doing so let me explain the rules of the award…

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Chirrut Imwe- Now One of My Favorite Star Wars Characters [Spoilers]

When reading/watching most reviews of Rogue One, Donnie Yen’s Chirrut Imwe is always referenced as the standout character. Be it how he elegantly uses his staff to disarm enemy troops or the fact that he does so as a blind man, Chirrut is an extremely unique character.But what made him a standout to me was not his fighting skills, but his connection with the spiritual. Chirrut wields no lightsaber, nor can he use mind tricks yet he is as strong with the force as any Jedi Knight.

*Heavy spoilers of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story follow

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Review [No Spoilers]

Rogue One (dir. Gareth Edwards) is the very first entry in the Star Wars franchise’s slated three film anthology series. Many fans, including myself ,were highly skeptical about how necessary it was to tell the story of how the schematics for the first Death Star found its way into Rebellion hands. Rogue One had to prove that its story was worth telling, it not only had to serve as a successful prequel but it had to be a strong stand alone film that could differentiate itself from what are now known as the “Episodes” as well. It had to introduce, for the very first time, non-Skywalker/Jedi affiliated characters whilst concluding their stories without the benefit of proceeding projects. Miraculously, against the immense amount of pressure and obscenely high expectations, Disney, Edwards and the cast of Rogue One fulfilled these requirements and then some.

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Embrace Yourself, Love Yourself [My Reaction to the 2016 Election]

As an 18 year old Black American man, I feel nothing but utter fear that Donald Trump will be the next Commander in Chief of the UNITED States of America. Knowing that a blatant xenophobic, misogynistic, bigot is leading a nation where nearly 60 million think his character is acceptable terrifies me (in my opinion if you voted for Trump you voted for division and segregation, no argument). But instead of thinking flight, which I thought earlier last night, I’m now thinking fight (with my voice of course). My fleeing will only result in the nation continuing to operate in this unacceptable backwards thinking. As a young, open-minded, colored man who stands with all minorities and marginalized people in America, I believe it’s my social responsibility, a civic duty of mine to continue to exercise my freedom of speech and fight for what I believe in.

Currently, I feel as if I am in a nation that does not accept who I am (and I’m fairly certain most people reading this are feeling like this as well). But instead of being scared to show who or what you are to the face of society, embrace it. Love yourself. Love all those around you regardless of their race, nationality, sexual orientation, age, gender or political ideologies. If we can continue to do this I promise you that one day this nation will officially one day be UNITED.

Embrace Yourself, Love Yourself 

I do this 4therace……..

 

Star Wars Rogue One [THE LAST TRAILER]

Star Wars: Rogue One will prove to be a great addition into one of the most beloved franchises in cinematic history. What I believe separates Rogue One from the rest of the Star Wars films is not that it is the first addition into the anthology series but how different it looks visually from its predecessors. The second and most likely the last trailer of Rogue One has completely shown off the clean, clean, so very clean special effects by Industrial Light and Magic. To show my appreciation of the endless amount of effort put in by the VFX team, and director Gareth Edwards, I have created a compilation of gifs and stills of the most gorgeous moments of the trailer!

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