Wrestling Fanatic

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okay so i have a confession to make. i’m a pro-wrestling fan.

yes you read that correctly.

usually when i mention this i catch hella grief.

this is nothing new for me. i don’t know if it’s the uptight, sullen, cerebral demeanor that i give or something because usually when i reveal that i watch pro-wrestling it usually goes something like this and the following comment has been said to me:

denny: yes i do watch pro-wrestling.

someone else: really, but you’re so intelligent.

i’ve watched professional wrestling my entire life and i watch it in the same vain that i watch star trek or grey’s anatomy or the practice; for pure entertainment. it’s part soap opera with a healthy dose of violence. what’s not to love? i’ve followed the sport in and outside of the squared circle and have nothing but the utmost respect for the men and women, these world class athletes, who put their bodies on the line and stay on the road 250 days out of the year just to entertain the fans. however there are other reasons why i enjoy professional wrestling.

after much thought and research i thought i would take this opportunity and present some very well thought out and critical reasons why men and women should tune in and watch sports entertainment each and every week.

i challenge anyone to dispute my reasoning:

Harriet Tubman: Vampire Huntress

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In which Black History and Black Geekdom collide.

So this past summer when I saw Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, I geeked out when Harriet Tubman made a cameo.

I stated then that Ms. Tubman needed her own spinoff. Upon further research, I soon learned that portraying Tubman as a demon huntress wouldn’t require that much suspension of disbelief.

In addition to being an abolitionist, author, and engineer of the Underground Railroad, led Union Army guerillas into South Carolina and freed nearly 800 slaves.

Tubman was the first woman in U.S. history to command an armed military raid.

One of the most profound quotes ever:

“I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”

Shades of Morpheus/Niobe much?

Shall I geek out now?

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That Hero Of Mine: Remembering Perry Moore

In celebrating being a Black Geek for Black History month, I take a moment to remember and thank the extraordinary souls who have helped me on my journey. There have been more than a few.

One soul in particular who played a role in me becoming the man I am today is none other than my good friend, the late Perry Moore, executive producer of the Chronicle of Narnia films and the author of the critically acclaimed YA novel Hero.

While writing for Drops of Crimson, I did a review for Hero. Perry saw it and was so impressed that he sent a note to the editor Ms. Moffatt to pass along to me, thanking me for the eloquent analysis. Shortly there after, Ms. Moffatt emailed me stating that because he was so impressed, Perry was interested in seeing if I wanted to do a one-on-one interview. I won’t go so far as to say that I jumped up and down and shrieked like a prebubescent female at a pop boyband concert, but I’m fairly certain the fine folks at Kinkos are convinced that I had lost my ever loving mind.

Prior to the interview, Perry and I chatted for hours on everything ranging from comic books, our favorite characters, personal background stories, to music to travel, to even our experiences body surfing. We were both convinced that we got separated at birth. Speaking as a former pro journalist, this is hands down the most enjoyable interview I ever gave.

One of the most extraordinary souls you’ll ever meet, Perry’s story is a powerful one. But more than that, after chatting with him, I felt inspired and I felt like I was 7 years old again when I thought anything was possible. Life was golden. I was on the world’s biggest high. He reminded me that my purpose was to be a storyteller and to be a kid and to inspire others and bring about change through our works, the way comics inspired us. And for that alone, I will always be indebted to him. For that alone, he will always have my thanks.

Moore was one of the most beautiful men I’ve ever encountered, inside and out. He had no qualms about calling out homophobia or any other forms of bigotry and injustice, but he still had a genuine warmth and compassion that is rare in this world.

While he’s no longer with us, Perry’s legacy lives on. Among them a determined geek who is hellbent on continuing his work.

Perry, keep flying. Know that you are missed and know you’ll always be that hero of mine.

Thank you.