Michael B. Always Causing Problems
Standing Against Racism
Since his role of The Human Torch in Fantastic 4, Michael B Jordan continues to be the center of controversy. Being a Black actor ast in a role written for a blonde hair blue eyed hero MBJ was anything but what fans expected of the classic reboot. Critics felt that it was done just because Obama was President, an attempt to meet some affirmative action quota or an attempt to be more politically correct.
All of those assumptions were just dead wrong. The director Josh Trank said he wanted to create something more true to the life you would see if you opened your front door and walked out side. He went on to say the world is a bit more diverse than the 60s when the original comic book series was released. Nevertheless Michael B. was forced to weather the storm. In the end however, Mr. Jordan stated "he hopes to be a game-changer for Hollywood’s portrayal of comic book superheroes in the future." Was he right?
No one was complaining that Wolverine is taller than the original character but infuse the instance of race and it instantly becomes and issue. Michael's early role as Wallace in the HBO critically acclaimed series "The Wire" where he played a playful school kid naive to the drug game. In the end he was tragically murdered by his friends, for as Brody said, having heart that pumped Kool-Aid. But no one complained then about a kid being murdered on television. Nope that wasn't a concern. Was it because it was realistic to the notion of Black youth today? If that's the popular thought then there lies that tragedy.
More Rumors: New Bae Ashlyn Castro
But now there has been rumor that Michael B. has received criticism for staring in the predominately Black cast of the Epic film The Black Panther while have the audacity to be dating a Hispanic (Non-Black) model at the same time. Rumor has it that it's the sistah's up in arms about this one but there are also rumors that it is just an attempt to hurt the release of the film. Now if the ladies are up in arms I can understand. I can understand them being all up in they feelings about a handsome young man like B who is also stacking that paper. Believe me I can understand. I might feel the same way if Beyonce rolled up with a Red Hot Chilli Pepper under her arm. But in the end it's their choice. You have to give the man props though. The spicy latina is easy on the eyes, no doubt. You can't hate on his taste though. Not in the least. But for the sistahs out there instead of complaining, if you're within close range, shoot your shot. You might land a brothah. You'll never know until you try.
More Rumors: Not the Black Panther Party
But the rumors don't stop there. Now there's rumor that Right Wing Christians are boycotting The Black Panther movie as they believe that it promotes The racist Black Panther movement of the 60s. There is a whole of things wrong with this boycott but I will start with this one. First. The Black Panther comic predates the founding of the 1966 founding of The Black Panther party. As a matter of act it's original working name was the Coal Tiger given to it by White artist Jack Kirby. Co-creator Stan Lee recounted that the name was inspired by a pulp adventure hero who has a black panther as a helper. But while we are on the subject lets correct some misconceptions about the Black Panther Party. At its inception on October 15, 1966, the Black Panther Party's core practice was its armed citizens' patrols to monitor the behavior of officers of the Oakland Police Department and challenge police brutality in Oakland, California. In 1969, community social programs became a core activity of party members. The Black Panther Party instituted a variety of community social programs, most extensively the Free Breakfast for ChildrenPrograms, and community health clinics to address issues like food injustice.
A Lesson in Pantherism
Once again while we are on the subject. The Black Panthers were also the 761st Tank Battalion was an independent tank battalion of the United States Army during World War II. The 761st was made up primarily of African-American soldiers, who by federal law were not permitted to serve alongside white troops; the military did not officially desegregate until after World War II. They were known as the "Black Panthers" after their unit's distinctive insignia; their motto was "Come out fighting". The battalion received a Presidential Unit Citation for its actions. In addition, a large number of individual members also received medals, including one Medal of Honor, 11 Silver Stars and about 300 Purple Hearts. They have been called "one of the most effective tank battalions in World War II".
So as you can see it's not Michael B causing the problems. It's the world around him. But you also see he continues to rise despite of and strives to keep getting better because of.
Written By Roger L. Hooks, Jr