How the writing of Spider-Man: Miles Morales ultimately fails Black girls.

(This, obviously, contains major spoilers for Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Come back and read it once you’ve finished the game. Or read it anyway, if you don’t care about spoilers.)

When the first trailer dropped for Spider-Man: Miles Morales, I was over-the-moon excited. Not only was there an upcoming game directly connected to one of my favorite games from the last few years (literally the only game in which I have a platinum trophy), but it would be focused on Miles exclusively. He wouldn’t be sidelined into side missions or DLC. Instead, Miles would get his own game as a flagship…

Or: Musings of a tired Black fan

I love comics.

Or rather, I love comic book paraphernalia. Movies, shows, figures, collectibles, you name it. I’ve spent more money on them than I ever have (or will) on comic books proper. Most of my comic book reading experience took place after my late teens and early 20s. That’s neither here nor there, though. Such is the case for many comic book fans, especially in the age of digital comics (and the variety of avenues to read said comics).

The point is, I was a little late to the party. And, as such, I was a little late to…

How the contradictory writing of HBO’s Watchmen undercuts its messages about power and trauma.

Friends and family, both online and in real life, know that I am very critical and suspicious of visual media that attempts to engage in social commentary. Whether the attempt is through poorly-executed allegory (e.g. Supergirl), outdated conversations ripped from social justice twitter timelines circa 2015 (e.g. Dear White People), respectability-laden slogs clearly written by and for Black men of a very specific age and generation(e.g. Luke Cage), or callous and flippant engagements with real Black trauma (e.g. Queen and Slim), they always fell short. Superhero shows/movies, a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine, were especially adept at dropping the ball on…

On Donald Glover, The Abuse of Black Trauma, and the Failing Politics of Representation

Donald Glover is undeniably talented, and probably always has been. He has shown a considerable range of skill writing, comedy, rapping, singing, dancing, acting, and producing. His meteoric rise to fame over the last decade is likely due in part to this.

Donald Glover is also a dangerous sociopath, and it has never been more evident than this past Sunday.

This is America; This is Exploitation

In the middle of the night following his appearance on Saturday Night Live, he released the music video for This is America. In the video, a greasy shirtless Glover prances around from scene to scene, with goofy and almost effeminate…

A budding black leftist’s thoughts on empathy, cruelty, and avoiding white sociopathy

I’ll be the first to admit: I’m brand new to this whole leftist thing. Moving my politics and praxis out of the neoliberal #staywoke #resistence whirlpool where most of us get into political education has been tough. A work in progress, where every step in the learning process has been uncomfortable to varying degrees. So I cannot speak with the authority of someone who has more experience, knowledge, and graceful speech words. So I’ll preface this by saying that this is where my activism/advocacy stands currently. …

Jay-Z, The Footnotes, and Performative Vulnerability

When 4:44 dropped at midnight on June 30th, the buzz was immediate surrounding. Particularly, the attention focused on Jay-Z’s admission of cheating on Beyonce. The reactions were shock, awe, and the inevitable “duh, she JUST released Lemonade.” It was a late night talking-point

And then the details came out. In 4:44 (the track)itself reveals the cause of Beyonce’s rumored miscarriages: His repeated infidelity. A man who could have been a father of four, five, or six children vicariously killed them because he did not care enough about their mother. So while 4:44 is supposed to read like a grandiose apology…

As we prepare for what may be Marvel Studios’ first major critical misstep, are we ready to admit that its last Netflix entry was… just okay? In the almost six months, none of Netflix’s Marvel series have gained as much positive critical attention as Luke Cage. For the most part, I agree that it is warranted. However, the show has shortcomings that are not only problems on their own, but also indication of Marvel’s larger struggle with including people of color in their cinematic productions.

I want to preface this by saying that I don’t hate the show. I legitimately…

“So I just finished watching @moonlightmov. Amazing. Powerful without forcing itself to be. Fearfully and wonderfully made.

This is what I tweeted as I sat in my seat during the end credits of Moonlight, the incredible brainchild of Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney. I invoked Biblical language because for me it was spiritual experience. Rarely does a movie stay with me long after I leave the theater. Even less likely that it stays with me for reasons other than containing overtly shocking or triggering content. The very next day I pre-ordered the home release of the movie, something I…

Nate Parker was born on November 18th,1979. He is a graduate of Penn State Unversity, and former collegiate-level wrestler. Nate Parker, actor. Nate Parker, writer. Nate Parker, producer, director, all-around filmographer. Activist. Born-Again Christian. Husband. Father. Homophobe. Rapist. Murderer.

I write in such explicit terms because of noticed that past few weeks that the conversation around Nate Parker been deliberately moved into vague non-specific territory. Rather than talk about the specific victimization of this woman, we instead are pushed to talk about rape culture and toxic masculinity in abstract. Nate Parker leading the charge to do so, and his own…

Saki Benibo

Bachelor of the Arts in Sociology from Rice University. Master of the Arts in Sociology from UNCC. Social justice is my passion. Empathy is my foundation.

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