So, Childish Gambino dropped a wonderful video for his song, “This Is America” (that you can find a dope ass piece about the video on this very site) and Black America lost its collective mind. There have been plenty of comments, videos, and articles breaking down the myriad of messages in Donald Glover’s brilliant work. Some people don’t care much for the song (I don’t think it holds up very well without the accompanying video), but the adoration for the music video appears to be unanimous. Or at least it appeared to be unanimous.
SUMMON THE HOTEPS!!!
Of course the Hoteps came through like an aggressive, angry, cocoa butter flood, and brought up the fact that he has a white girlfriend and due to this he is not worthy of being “woke”. The narrative soon shifted to what it means to be black enough to deliver positive messages and subtext for your people. I’ll just put it out there now: F**k anybody who believes that bulls**t. It makes no sense to dismiss someone because of the skin color of who they love. That essentially turns you into the thing that you hate and that pattern of thought should not serve as a means to disqualify a person’s opinion or position in their community. Something interesting happened over the course of the 2,000th Great Social Media Ragnarok that dramatically shifted the argument. Some people adopted the theory that black women don’t want the black male geek.
I immediately called bulls**t.
As a dark-skinned big fella who loves himself some Spider-Man, I checked off all of the boxes that would prevent me from getting play according to a popular perception of the world during the 90’s and most of the 00’s. For a while I did hide the geek that lied beneath. Think of it in the way the Bruce Banner tries to hide The Hulk, but with WAY more success and WAY less rage. The biggest things I had going for me growing up was that I knew how to hold a conversation and I had black knowledge on my side.
Then “Iron Man” dropped. Then “The Incredible Hulk” dropped. Then “Thor” dropped.
All of a sudden, a lot of black women were interested in super heroes, but they didn’t know a lot about it.
BLACK MALE GEEKS WERE FINALLY A F*****G THING!!! Keep in mind that this was around the time Rick Ross, a dark skinned big man with a beard, had ebony queens seeking out dark skinned big men with beards. It was my opportunity to be my ENTIRE self when talking to women about the things I liked. I didn’t have to end my description of myself at “…and I like sports, of course.” Now I could end with “… and I’m a huge comic book, God of War, Dragon Ball Z, Samurai Jack, and wrestling fan.” The paradigm had shifted dramatically and we had inherited the Earth.
Because of my experience with this, I couldn’t grasp the notion that black women wouldn’t go for a black geek in 20-f*****ng-got damn-18. My wife wasn’t into all of this Marvel/DC s**t until my web-slinging, tombstone piledriver using, Kamehameha throwing ass introduced her to that universe. Dating is hard, especially for millennials, but not to the point where I had to hide my geek level. It’s something that just wasn’t my reality. I originally came into writing this piece thinking that I was just going to roast geeks who still couldn’t get with some Ebony Ecstasy and blamed their geekiness for their lack of game.
Hell I posted a meme on the NJL FB page kinda-sorda pointing to the fact that people who believed that ish couldn’t close the deal because they weren’t attractive enough to the target demographic.
Then you see testimonials like this and think there’s no way in hell black geeks aren’t getting it in:
“It was like 4am and I was with my cousin. We’d gone out to Nitelyfe of all places and some dude she was seeing at the time wanted to go to iHop, I just wanted to go home so my attitude was hella salty. He invited a friend to, I guess, keep me calm but I was pretty much ignoring the poor fool. I was drunk, tired, he wasn’t attractive to me at all and I’m not nice enough for small talk. Pretty much sat there on mute while we waited for our food. I can’t remember what happened but I remember chuckling and saying, “OK Quinn Blackwood.” Under my breath. He kinda leaned back and looked at me and said, “What you know about Anne Rice?” Now I’m pretty much looking at him the same way asking the same question. We start geeking out because she’s apparently our favorite author. Everybody at the table is giving us that look non-geeky people give when two of us unexpectedly find each other in public and start having a conversation they can’t follow. I think I decided I was going to screw this unicorn of a man the moment Anne’s name exited his mouth because how many dudes do you know that go to Nitelyfe AND read shit like Anne f*****g Rice?”- M
Dawg if Anne f*****g Rice out here getting people *insert long-ass inappropriate, graphic, COUNTRY descriptions of sex* then just imagine what Batman and Iron Man are getting ninjas out here! When being a black geek and dating, confidence is definitely a key trait. Without it, you ain’t s**t. There are black, strong, smart, THICK geeky women who want to talk to you about the end of the Dragon Ball Super Tournament of Power or why the Nintendo Switch is an abomination in the presence of Odin.
YOU JUST NEED TO BE BETTER!!!
Or do you? The more I researched this topic, the more I learned about the other side of this coin. Apparently some people are trash enough to still tease and roast others because of the things that they like.
I didn’t expect to write this much about this topic, but I guess I have to split it up. Come back for Part 2!!!
J2 remembers the first time he was disrespected. The event occurred when one of his friends tried to tell him that Barney was a better show the Batman: The Animated Series. Legend has it, they’re still in the Shadow Realm singing that damn Barney song.
Here we have Aggo (Chuku) staring threateningly at the back of Daenery’s head. Game of Thrones, Season 6
Chuku Modu is a cute little something you may have caught a glimpse of on the sixth season of Game of Thrones where he played Aggo, one of Daenerys’s blood riders. To be honest, I didn’t really pay much attention to him on there. Part of that is because some of the importance of the blood riders is lost in the book to screen translation, so Aggo’s really just a background character. Mostly though, it’s because they put a big curly wig and a wild looking beard on him. Some men can pull of the filthy, scruffy, Dothraki look (we’ll get to Jason in another post), but baby-faced Chuku does a whole lot better when they clean him up.
Speaking of which, you can currently catch him on ABC’s, The Good Doctor, where he plays Dr. Jared Kalu; a fine young surgeon making his way through his residency. The first half of the first season has already aired, and it’s really good, so go check that out. And if you like your eye candy a little more seasoned, Nicholas Gonzales and Hill Harper are on there, too.
If y’all catch me in the midst of a medical emergency, this is who you call. The Good Doctor, Season 1
Chuku (short for Chukuma) is only 27 years old, but what he lacks in age, he makes up in height. Standing at a strong six foot three inches, his ancestry has been described as Nigerian, German, English, and Irish. Plus, he was born and raised in London, so he has a nice accent.
Some fun facts are that he plays the guitar, and he’s an avid boxing fan. He began training at age 12, so... muscles.
If you’re looking to follow him on social media, you can find him on Twitter and Instagram @chuksta. He’s not super active, but he’s worth the follow.
From Virginia, loves food, petty, and all things Michael B. Jordan.
So a week before we officially got word that Disney buying 21st Century Fox was a thing, it was a really hot rumor. So hot, that my fellow geeks and I couldn’t wait to talk about what the world would look like if Wolverine was sent on a mission to kill a target, only to find out that target was Hulk. If Mr. Fantastic was consulted by Peter Parker on how to stop his mutation into an actual Man-Spider. If the Shi’ar Empire appeared in a Guardians of the Galaxy film. So many awesome suggestions were thrown out there, and with each new or classic story that was brought up, the enthusiasm grew. And then, out of freakin’ nowhere, one guy says:
“Man… I sure hope that they don’t mess up Deadpool with all this PG stuff!”
Admittedly, I was slightly annoyed. Deadpool is funny character who found real prominence thanks to his 2015 film. A solid film that went on to become the highest grossing X-men film ever, and, with time, also became CRIMINALLY overrated. How overrated? There are people that believe Deadpool is a better choice than Thor for a fight against a group of other super heroes. That’s absolutely absurd, but I digress. I let my annoyance go, and moved on with my day. So later, I’m talking to a separate group of geeks about the then-possible merger, and yet again, someone brings up Deadpool. B, but it was worse this time. This lost soul said:
“I don’t care about any of those other properties, Deadpool is going to suck now because they’re going to try and make it PG!!!”
I’m here to make sure you all understand the gravity of the situation, here. Deadpool is cool, but we had WAY better comic book movies before he came along with crude jokes and body humor. If they don’t make another Deadpool movie, we’ll be fine. I understand your concerns. You want something that’s a hard “R” (gotta be careful with that), has plenty of gore, and will make you laugh. It’s the American way. You know what else is the American way? Sit back because I have a list:
I could really get crazy (Xenomorphs and Predators in Star Wars, The Simpsons appear in a Pixar film) but I don’t think it’s necessary. We live in a world where things look cool and they eventually disappoint, but I’m going to be optimistic about this one. Disney acquiring 21st Century Fox allows what we geeks have been begging for over the course of several years. All we want, all we NEED is all of Marvel’s characters under the same roof so we can get the stories we really want to see on screen. We finally have that. What a time to be alive!!!
And for the sake of all things awesome, please…
Shut the hell up about Deadpool…
From Jackson, MS, and is mostly proud of that. Trash will not be tolerated no matter how old it is. Might be a robot, and in a movie could be played by the Tin Man in "The Whiz"