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As I’ve expected guys, this show is worth seeing. Although the first season is only 8 episodes long, it was worth watching every single episode. I was so concerned that they would continue to “drag out,” their boring character flaws in our heroes. However, after completely watching The Defenders, I realized that I found a much greater appreciation for those flaws now. What changed my mind? Well, seeing all of them together I realized there was a strong message. The show showed something deep that is rarely seen in “big budget superhero movies (if any at all),” which is a human side. Now, don’t get me wrong, I think the last couple X-Men movies have done this well, but, with The Defenders, they weren’t just bigger than life “superheroes,” they were the average person who you can just pass by walking in the street and say hello. You know what I mean? For instance, Power Man is definitely the “big brother (pardon the pun)” of the four. Danny is that impatience 21 year old who thinks that he can solve all his problems by destroying things with his fist. Jessica the typical tomboy (and a drunk) who will dare any man to say she can’t do something. Then you got the Dare Devil, aka Mathew, although he’s a skilled fighter as a blind man, he was still forced to trust 3 total strangers convincing him to help to them take down the criminal organization trying to destroy New York City. When you think about it, their characters sort of represents the mixture of people we have here in NYC. Although the show is AWESOME like I said, I really do recommend that (if you haven’t already) go back and watch the 4 heroes shows separate, before you watch The Defenders. I think it would make more of an impact, if you understand their backstory. So you’ll need to watch Jessica Jones, Dare Devil, Power Man, and Iron Fist.

There is much too much stories to tell, so I’ll try to only discuss the most major points of the  show. So, the evil organization is called “The Hand.” Long story short, as I suspected, they’re some kind of ancient monks (which includes Sigourney Weaver) who have managed to live thousands of years. However, they were able to do so through some kind of substance, that was unfortunately buried deep in the earth. The only person that can help them get access to that was “The Iron Fist,” aka Danny Rand. Without this substance, they will die. This is the core story of this season; however, in between that, there is a web of deception, lies, shocking surprises, and “what the fuck” moments, that are all good! Actually there’s one more major thing I should mention. They had the power to bring people back from the dead. They brought back an old crime fighter named Electra. Although she was playing the villain (she was programed), she kicked ass in this show!! Problem? That was Dare Devil’s old girlfriend! So of course, he has feelings for her, and felt he can get through to her, and damn near got everybody killed.

I’m not sure why, when it comes to these superhero movies/TV shows, that it almost seems mandatory that there has to be a “girlfriend,” not even a wife, a “girlfriend.” Why is this a problem? Because they almost always windup being a downfall, or a weakness in having one. You know what I mean? For instance, if Electra was his wife, he probably would have got her help or something, or locked her away until “she got well.” But girlfriends are different, they windup getting killed, or someone else killed. That’s just how I see it. Finally before I close; I’d like to say that although Jessica’s show aggravated the hell out of me, she didn’t disappoint me in The Defenders. She wasn’t a skilled fighter, but she kicked enough butt that I was totally satisfied she finally kicked some ass; ’cause on her series she didn’t do shit to be honest. I was soooooo happy to see some action from her finally.

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Hi guys, I finally finished watching season one of the Netflix original “Iron Fist (2017).” Let me first say that I have mixed feeling about this show. Although IMDB users rated it at 7.0, and RT gave it a 77% rating; I think had it not been for the special effects, I probably would not have bothered to watch it. Now, it’s not that their acting was bad or anything, however, I do think that their were too man story lines in this series that where dragged out for too long. Not only that, the Danny Rand character, played by Finn Jones, was far too impressionable, hot tempered and appears to always be indecisive, having been raised by monks. Then again, maybe this is because he was still a child when the monks found him, so technically, he had no contact with the outside world until he was an adult and left his sanctuary.

Now, there is just too many things going on in the show to explain in one post, so I’ll just give you the quickest run down possible. Danny Rand and his very rich mother and father were on a private jet. The jet malfunctioned and eventually crashed. Danny was the only one that survived the crash. Monks found him, took care of him, and taught him the ways of the monks. Now, I guess through “spiritual guidance” or whatever, Danny became “the chosen one,” and was bestowed the gift of “The Iron Fist,” which I guess makes his glowing right fist indestructible. I find it rather odd, to have an “Iron Fist,” yet the rest of his body is vulnerable. Hmmmm. Fast forward, upon the monks displeasure, Danny decides to go to NYC to find answers. He discovers in essence, his father’s friend, Harold Meachum, played by David Wenham, stole his father’s company right from under his nose, and the father’s friend was actually responsible for his death. There’s also another twist. There is an organization that appears to be mafia like in nature, called “The Hand,” (a woman by the name of Madame Gao, played by Wai Ching Ho (above)  seemed to be the head honcho, now I’m not sure) played a huge part in it. They wanted to use “Rand Industries,” to transport drugs. “The Hand” has given Harold some special kind of drug that gave him vampire like status. In other words, he couldn’t die. Well, so he thought. However, the side effect of the drug was, each time he came back to life, he became more violent and insane each time.

Danny spent so much of his time trying to prove who he was, and that he’s the sole rightful heir to the company. He eventually find friends to help him fight the corrupt “Hand” and prove his identity. Now, although I really love the action, and some real cool special effects, this reminds me a lot of watching Jessica Jones in a way, were this guy can’t control his emotions. He was raised by monks, no way should he be that out of control! And what make it worse, of course you know they had to make him fall in love with a woman that eventually betrayed him; and happened to be involved in the whole Hand business. The other thing is that, he does get a lot of visions, too much for him to handle; and sometimes I really wonder if his “Iron Fist” and the Hand are connected some how. I’ve already started watching the first episode of the “Defenders.” So far, so good. I do feel that the “Defenders,” may actually be a continuation to “Iron Fist.” I feel this because Alexandra, played by Sigourney Weaver, is sick with some form of cancer, and will use her money to gain access to a powerful drug to save her life. It may be the same drug that Harold was given. And if my hunch is right, the city will see an evil like none they’ve seen before. By the way, the first episode ended with earthquakes. Yikes!!!!

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A hand picked curated collection (by yours truly) of some of Al Green’s most forgotten music, as well as some of his biggest hits I remembered growing up. Al Green’s unique style of organ sounds and funk beats has given him a distinct sound back in the day, making him one of the most memorable old school artists in Black music. Sit back and enjoy 27 of my most favorite Al Green songs such as “Full Of Fire (1976),” ” I Can’t Get Next To You (1971),” “Oh Petty Woman (1972),” and “I’m Glad You’re Mine (1972).” Listen On Spotify.

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There are actually several Wayans brothers, but today I’m just talking about Marlon and Shawn Wayans. Girls, I thought they were fine as hell back in the day. Well, actually didn’t think Marlon was attractive until he got older. Some people are like that I guess. Some people are handsome when their young, and others become handsome when they’re much older. Aside from their good looks, they’re very talented actors and comedians. If you’re a Wayans brothers fan, you’ll remember that they started off on a show called “In Living Color,” if I’m not mistaken (at least that’s when I first saw them). From there, they’ve done a string of hit movies, including “White Chicks (2004),” “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996),” and “Little Man (2006).” Marlon was also know for his “Scary Movie” series, which I think he wrote and directed. I’ll double check that later. I really think they deserved to be honored, because they came a long way, especially at a time when good African American television was still scarce back in the day. Although Marlon’s last movie series called “Haunted House,’ was pretty “R” rated in my opinion. He really went over the top with a lot of the scenes, but it didn’t take away from all the other great work he’s done throughout his career.

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So, “The Defenders” are almost here. A Netflix rep has confirmed for me that it will be out in the next couple of months. In my opinion this is huge, really huge. Let me tell you why I think so. As much as Amazon raves about their “Prime’s original content,” and perhaps both, Hulu and even Crackle to some extent, who also boasts about their “original content,” none of them pull in box office stars they way Netflix does. I was shocked to discover that Sigourney Weaver will appear on the first season of “The Defenders.” Guys, the trailers look REALLY good. It’s action packed! It also feels like they’re doing the “Flash” thing, were you have all these spin-offs like DC Legends, Arrow, etc. I really do hate that, because sometimes there are scenes that you may not fully understand, unless you’ve been watching the other shows. However, the Netflix rep said it shouldn’t be like that for “The Defenders.” But in reality, I’m sure he doesn’t know either; he’s going to be finding out things in the same way all of us are.

So, I interpret “The Defenders,” as a getto street version of “The Justice League.” Don’t get offended by that, cause if you’ve watched Luke Cage and Jessica Jones series, you’d understand exactly what I’m talking about. It’s within context, trust me. Now, they’re bringing in the gorgeous Mike Colter who plays Luke Cage, aka Power Man, Finn Jones who plays Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist, Charlie Cox as Mathew Murdock, aka Daredevil, and Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, aka Jewel, also been known as “Power Woman,” probably because of her relationship with Luke Cage (obviously). I have to be honest, I was not happy to see Jessica back, because I feel they made her character to lame and emotionally vulnerable. I’m hoping that since she is surrounded with action superheros, that she’ll finally get herself together and kick some evil butt!!

Before I close this article, I’ve made note of something I find interesting. I’ve noticed that they never address the characters as their aliases. However, Danny Rand in a round about way called himself the Iron First. Maybe this is because it appears this is the beginning stage of their superhero lives? But I remember in Luke Cage’s series, they gave us a glimpse of his past, showing his Power Man costume (well, the metal headband at least). I’m really confused! I’m also confused because at the end of Luke’s first season, they’ve showed a boxing establishment in such away, I’ve made a logical assumption that this is how Luke Cage and Iron First are going meet. But what would a master fighter like Iron Fist be involved in boxing? I don’t know, but that looked like a huge clue to something, and I have no idea what it is! I’m eagerly awaiting on the first new season of Netflix’s “The Defenders.” If you want to take a peak, here is are a couple of trailers. Trailer one, and Trailer 2.

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Hey guys! This is my Spotify collection of old school hip hop, hip house, and hip dance music. This is the only time were I will probably break my own over 30+ rule. Only because I don’t think I’ll be doing another rap playlist for quite a while. These are some of my most favorite hip hop songs from back in the day, when hip hop was about dance, rocking crowed, and friendly lyrical battles. It was a time when female rappers (that had real talent) were emerging and fighting for equal spotlight; a time before young women were only used purely for their bodies in rap videos. This collection includes Eric B. & Rakim’s “Don’t Sweat The Technique,” Chub Rock’s “Treat ‘Em Right,” and D-Nice’s “Too Tha Rescue.” There are a lot more artists on this playlist that I think any TRUE old school rap fan will enjoy. Check it out on Spotify!

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Well, it took me awhile to figure out what playlist I was going to start with. I guess it is because this is my first. I wanted to do something different; then I though, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of playlists of female love songs. Even when I was growing up, when people thought of  love songs (both male and female), usually people automatically gravitate to a male performer before a female. So this playlist is to honor classic female artists that have made great love songs, or just songs that admire the male form. This short Playlist includes mixture of genres from artists such as Stephanie Mills’s “The Comfort Of A Man,” Miquel Brown’s “So Many Men (although technically this isn’t a love song, it represented a time of the non-vulgar innocence of the 80s),”  Diana Ross’s “Muscles,” Labelle “Touch Me All Over,” Teena Marie’s “I need Your Lovin’,” and more….. Listen on Spotify. Enjoy.

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Tito Puente was one of many true musical legends. He was in command of every instrument he played, and could bang a congo drum like none I’ve scene before. He’s performed with many other artists, including La Lupe, and Celia Cruz . “Oye Como Va” was a very, very popular song, and has been reinterpreted by many. It’s just a wonderful tune that has been long forgotten. Listen to “Oye Como Va” on Spotify.

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