artisansoulleader:

bitteroreo:

atane:

briteboy89:

pandifreyan:

mcgarrygirl78:

ceallaig1:

human-cartography:

kid-wiccan:

coming out to your parents

If you try for one second to tell me the X-Men isn’t an allegory for the gay rights movement, I will smack you. They weren’t even remotely subtle about this.

The mutants have always been an allegory for anyone that didn’t fit in to society. The folks who drew the comics made a point of that early on.

It’s not just the gay rights movement, its not just kids trying to “come out” to their parents.  Its people being mistreated by the government, put away, forced to pretend to be “normal”, systematically oppressed, even killed for who they are because the powers that be cant control it.  It’s an allegory for blacks, gays, the disabled (mentally and physically), women, and anyone really who isnt a white man at the top of the food chain.

Seriously guys… Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr are Professor X and Magneto. Legacy virus is HIV. X-men is a flawless comic.

Flawless commentary is flawless

Meh. Not this again.

People never get tired of reminding us of the allegories of the X-men and civil rights. I personally don’t care for allegories that consists of 2 powerful white men leading an ensemble of mostly powerful white people. I’m a comic lover and I understand the point Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were making. I enjoy X-men for what it is, a fantasy. I’m not going to use it for deep social commentary, despite the idealistic intentions of the creators.

I can see and listen to actual marginalized people. I’m on the margins myself and so is everyone around me and in my community. Allegories like this are for people who aren’t paying attention or listening to communities on the margins. I can’t imagine a Black lesbian for instance being excited about the X-men as an allegory for her life. I’ll make an educated guess and say that the only people who view allegorical narratives like the X-men as profound are probably white. I’m definitely not impressed by all powerful white characters used in place as allegories of systems put in place by real life powerful white people i.e. white supremacy.

The day when a white man shooting lasers from his eyes and an angry, furry dudebro with retractable adamantium claws start shedding light on my experiences as someone on the margins is the day when pigs fly.

Also, the allegory of Professor X as MLK Jr and Magneto as Malcolm X feeds into the dichotomy of one guy being respectable and the other being violent and ruthless. It is deeply flawed. People continue to promulgate this simplistic narrative of MLK Jr and Malcolm X and it’s dangerous. Magneto is a mutant who wants to destroy humankind (allegory for white people?) because he thinks mutants are superior. He is filled with hatred and contempt for humankind. He leads the “Brotherhood of Evil Mutants” (allegory for the Nation of Islam?).

Magneto’s sole purpose is ridding the world of humankind. That’s a horrible allegory of Malcolm X. That isn’t Malcolm X. That’s a white man’s interpretation of Malcolm X misrepresented as Magneto and his followers.

If Stan Lee and Jack Kirby wanted to really make a statement, they should have made the five original X-men Black since Black resistance to white supremacy was the preeminent struggle that inspired them. Forgive me for not giving a shit about their allegories when their inaugural champions of justice and vanguards of truth were white people. Even when inspired by Black resistance and Black suffering, the end result was still whiteness.

*Sips* BLOOP BLOOP.

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(Source: clintparton, via reverseracism)

P.SO the Earth Tone King featuring Sammus and Moses Rockwell
"Quasars"
Gateway to Greatness / Constellations

P.SO the Earth Tone King gets animated, along with Sammus and Moses Rockwell, for this new video off the Gateway to Greatness/ Constellations album. Illustrated and directed by Anwar Morse, “Quasars” showcases the inner child of these three talented emcees as they blast off into space, launching into an intergalactic galaxy. For more of of this story and amazing animation, check out P.SO and Anwar’s Gateway To Greatness: The Comic!
Gateway to Greatness / Constellations is available now on HiPNOTT Records. Digital album can be purchased on iTunes, Bandcamp and all other online outlets. CDs are available at UGHH, Fat Beats, and many other online stores. 

Sammus
"Power-Ups"
Another M

Buy the self-produced Kickstarter-funded Metroid Tribute EP, “ANOTHER M” HERE:http://sammusmusic.bandcamp.com/album…

Directed by Jay Sprogell [Complex, Fader, Spin, Vibe], “Power-Ups” is the first video from Upstate NY producer and rapper Sammus’ latest EP, “Another M” (June 2014). Armed with Sprogell’s characteristically understated visuals, the video finds Sammus doing typical rap ish like stuntin’ on a stoop while sporting an anything-but-typical accessory in this (t)rap tribute to the classic Nintendo game Metroid. 

Twitter: @sammusmusic
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sammusmusic
Website: http://sammusmusic.com

Director/Editor: Jay Sprogell
Contact: http://jaysprogell.com/home.html

NuBlack Music Group 2014.

luftangrepp:

This really is every representation debate in sci-fi and fantasy ever.

"We can’t have people of color in this story - its in the middle ages."

Imagining dragons and elves and hobbits is fine, but imagining a world not inhabited entirely by white people? That would be unrealistic.

(via reverseracism)

darealwordsound:

xpayne:

Enter Nikita Knives
There were once four Sisters sworn to defend each other. The greatest of the four believes she was betrayed by the three in order to save the greater good. That sister swore revenge against them. 
Her broken bond is represented by a shaved head, a colorless costume, and two black swords. Her cat suit is modified with a mace at the end of the tail.
Her name is Nikita. Nikita Knives.
-X-

Im inspired to write a song about her. This Is awesome!

darealwordsound:

xpayne:

Enter Nikita Knives

There were once four Sisters sworn to defend each other. The greatest of the four believes she was betrayed by the three in order to save the greater good. That sister swore revenge against them. 

Her broken bond is represented by a shaved head, a colorless costume, and two black swords. Her cat suit is modified with a mace at the end of the tail.

Her name is Nikita. Nikita Knives.

-X-

Im inspired to write a song about her. This Is awesome!