Tag Archives: African American Culture

Icon #13

Buck Wild is on the scene!

He is taking names and delivering punishment to anyone that stands in his way in the city of Dakota. However, he is under the spell of Lysistrata Jones and her magical whip.  Buck Wild can not resist her control over him.  As a result, she has her muscle bound mercenary slave do her bidding.

Rocket is trying to navigate her future, but Icon wants her to take maternity leave. Their discussion leads into an encounter with Buck Wild and ends with people of the community asking Icon to leave him alone after their confrontation.  The community shares stories of how Buck Wild has protected them from criminals and we learn how he got his superhuman abilities.

Icon and Rocket help Buck Wild defeat Lysistrata Jones to save the day from her villainous influence.  Obviously, this issue is an homage to Luke Cage (still my favorite Marvel TV show) and a critique of the 1970s blaxploitation era.  Buck Wild talks like a relic from a bygone era of African American culture. This issue wants to make a statement about the typecasting of black culture and how it misses the mark in showing the full range of the African American experience.  I don’t know if there has been a comic book series that would have broached this topic.  However, I’m glad Icon went there.

Icon #12

“Don’t forget, you’re a full-time student and a part-time superhero.” Icon told Rocket the aforementioned sentence at the beginning of Issue 12 while they were saving someone from being robbed.  Rocket has been trying to manage her life of high school student, superhero, and pending motherhood.  One of her good friends, Josie, came to school… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 85: Where Do We Go From Here-Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King Jr.

“We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation. This may well be mankind’s last chance to choose between chaos and community.” Martin Luther King’s last sentence from his last book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community sums up his powerful and convincing argument for nonviolent coexistence for humanity. I… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 84: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley

“Grace meets you exactly where you are and it doesn’t leave you.” I heard the author Anne Lamott say this quote on the Tim Ferriss podcast a couple of days ago and knew this would be the opening sentence to my latest book review.  Grace would be the proper view about Malcolm X’s life after… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America

Food is foundational to culture.  Every human culture on the planet has food as an essential part of their culture. African Americans did not differ from anyone else along the human spectrum in that regard. High On The Hog is a four-part miniseries on Netflix that celebrates how African American Cuisine transformed America.  The concept… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 79: Respect-The Life of Aretha Franklin by David Ritz

Sometimes after reading one book will make you want another book with a similar topic. My previous review was a fictional music documentary in a novel titled The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton. Opal Jewel was one half of a groundbreaking punk rock duo from the early 1970s that nearly made… Continue Reading