He’s a comedian. She’s an up and coming singer in the 1950s during segregation:
He’s a comedian. She’s an up and coming singer in the 1950s during segregation:
Got treated to dinner and the film Aquaman by my family. We all really enjoyed the film.
The visuals were great, and James Wan should be commended for his direction and vision on the picture.
Aquaman AKA Jason Momoa brought a playfulness and his usual smoldering hotness to the character.
Other standouts imho were Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Amber Heard as Princess Mera, Michael Beach as Manta’s dad, and Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna.
Upcoming new adult ebook:
It’s a new year and I’ve got new books to release.
One will include the origin of Werewolf Andre Santana, a member of the NightStalkers:
Color me happy that the 2018 Grammy Awards nominated “Boo’d Up” in the categories of Song of the year and R&B song of the year. Honestly, Ella Mai should’ve been nominated in the best new artist category. The voters also recognized the talent of H.E.R. for album of the year, best new artist, best R&B album, song and performance. Another fave of mine, Maren Morris, is up for Record of the Year for “The Middle.”
Kendrick Lamar and Sza have also been nominated in the same category for “All the Stars” (from the movie Black Panther) along with Donald Glover’s “This is America.” It will be exciting to see which tune the voters choose.
This is my take on the dramatic “Power of Three” promos that are popular right now:
The black witches I’ve created in their “Power of Three” pose. It also shows their different styles:
I create these promos as a way to advertise an ebook prior to its release:
The bat animation is from GIPHY.
Yay! Penny Dreadful is kinda sorta coming back!
Creator/executive producer John Logan has announced Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will be set in 1930s Los Angeles. Here’s hoping several actors from the original series will return, like fine as hell Josh Hartnett as wolfman Ethan Chandler:
Per John Logan: “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will have a social consciousness and historical awareness that we chose not to explore in the Penny Dreadful London storylines,” Logan said. “We will now be grappling with specific historical and real world political, religious, social and racial issues. In 1938, Los Angeles was facing some hard questions about its future and its soul. Our characters must do the same. There are no easy answers. There are only powerful questions and arresting moral challenges. As always in the world of Penny Dreadful, there are no heroes or villains in this world, only protagonists and antagonists; complicated and conflicted characters living on the fulcrum of moral choice.”
Eva Green was magnificent as the tortured Vanessa Ives in the original series, which ran from 2014 to 2016 on Showtime.
Here’s hoping Sembene, played by Danny Sapani gets a second life. I also enjoyed Timothy Dalton as Sir Malcolm Murrary, Rory Kinnear as Frankinstein/John Clare, Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray, Billie Piper as Lily/Brona, but especially Russell Simon Beale as Ferdinand Lyle.
My own supernaturals:
More witchcraft and black magic gifs, featuring paranormals of color:
I enjoy creating character promos in-between writing and editing my ebooks:
Or what I now call how I had to do some serious research on witch folklore, specifically on black witches. I’ll just add that the female witches I’ve created all have history spanning lives, in addition to supernatural soulmates.
I’ve also created new marketing promos for my upcoming black witches series:
Lilith, Pagan and Ondine will also be featured in the ebook Long Ago and Far Away
They’re three very different witches with three very different paranormal males in their lives:
Lilith is an older witch in love with a younger vampire named Yuri:
Karnage is a Shíxiàng guǐ (Gargoyle in Chinese)
This movie features the beautiful and talented Naomie Harris as its leading lady, and musical superstar RAIN as the male lead. South Korean born Rain is the ninja Raizo, and the film contains an awesome nod to the past with legendary martial artist and film star Shô Kosugi
The Trivago guy (actor Tim Williams) is also an extra in the film (the task force officer who lets Mika give Raizo a drink of water) during the scene below:
“Oh Mika, Mika. I like you more and more” – Rain, from Ninja Assassin
Please, please support Flexin’ in my Complexion, the brainchild and creation of a then ten year old (now eleven) entrepreneur Kheris Rogers:
“Kheris Rogers can’t forget the grade school humiliation. During an assignment where the students had to draw themselves, the teacher handed the shy dark-skinned girl a black crayon instead of a brown one.
“I was the darkest of all of them,” the stunning 11 year old recalls of her classmates. “But they were all African-American.”
Rogers had earlier transferred from another school to escape the incessant bullying. It didn’t work. Her complexion set her apart, a label she couldn’t shed.
But now Rogers owns her label, literally. Her clothing line is called “Flexin’ In My Complexion.” The brand has caught fire among some big celebrities. . . ”
Read the full article by Elizabeth Elkin and Ben Burnstein on CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/20/health/sisters-anti-bullying-clothing-line-trnd/
Kheris turned this into a teachable moment. Now her clothing line is taking off!
Oscar winner Lupita N’Yongo is also proudly “Flexin’ In My Complexion.”
If any reader isn’t convinced that this issue is real, please read this speech by Lupita in 2014: http://wikkidsexycool.com/2014/03/06/waiting-on-the-world-to-change/
What Kheris experienced was intra-racism. Black on black bullying due to her dark skin. For others, it can be because they’re not dark (or their outward appearance, such as their hair and features don’t appear “black”, and thus, some will claim that they’re not black enough).
Colorism isn’t limited to women. Males are affected also. I won’t post his before and after photos here, but baseball great Sammy Sosa is an example of how colorism can even affect someone with Sosa’s stature.
Now, for a bit of history. Ranking black individuals is nothing new, and in America, it was practiced during slavery (lighter slaves with more white looking features worked in the Master’s home, while darker slaves usually worked in the fields). There’s the “brown paper bag test” that was used during segregation (skin color checked against a paper bag) and also a poem that went like this:
If you’re white, you’re all right
In you’re brown, stick around
If you’re black, get back . . .
Ebony Magazine article from 2000: https://preview.tinyurl.com/y8e9odhu
The lion is Karnage, as the gif below pays respect to the Chinese Lion Gargoyles (shí shī) that were created as silent guardians during the Han dynasty in China. They’re magnificent pieces of art, and I’ve incorporated their history into Pagan and Karnage’s love story.
I’d introduced the Xian gargoyles (Havoc and his dad Pathos) in my 2012 YA ebook titled RAZHER. Karnage is a major player in the sequel to that novel, which has a sneak peek up on Amazon from 2014. But since the story kept getting kinkier and darker, I realized the deleted scenes I’d created were more for an erotic romance featuring older characters.
I’m narrowing Karnage’s final look down, so here are two more finalists:
This version of a gargoyle by Dmitry Parkin is a masterful piece of 3d artwork, and is a fave of mine:
As far as his lady love, the witch Pagan, this gargoyle enjoys seeing her wearing little to nothing:
But when royal duties call, Pagan’s right by his side, dressed to impress:
Ronin Bey is a warlock who fell head over heels for a beautiful witch. For daring to love a woman engaged to another mage, their romance has been cursed . . . for centuries.
I happened upon this wonderful painting called “Three Generations” by talented artist Melinda Byers:
So, I thought I’d try a digital paint effect on this promo for Ondine, Pagan and Lilith:
Ondine St. Gauthier:
Chinese Royalty. Playboy. Fine as hell. Wealthy beyond measure. And he’s a Gargoyle. That’s Karnage, aka Dà túshā
I’m working on Ondine’s promos (in-between editing my other books). I’d done this earlier one for Lilith and Yuri:
The way I relax while writing and editing (after my nine to five job) is to do promos for my books. Lately I’ve been in a paranormal state of mind, that’s why most of them have been about my trio of witches and their love interests. Here are a few featuring Lilith and her vampire lover Yuri:
Instead of naming my new page on this site “creature feature” I’m going to call it Monsters and Lovers, since it highlights paranormal pairings. Here’s a larger version of the photo widget I created for it:
I am a HUGE Bruno Mars fan. So I’m posting a link to his music video as part of a soundtrack for my trio of black witches:
Just a few more promos:
A new promo for The Prince of BOYStown, featuring young lovers Justin and Su Su:
So, I’ve been reading about the CHARMED reboot and the controversy. Still, I’m very happy for Madeleine Mantock (she’s been cast as one of three sisters, which is Into the Badlands loss after they foolishly killed off her character).
Because I’m getting ready to release new ebooks (novellas and full length stories) I created a few GIFs to promote some of my own paranormal witches:
The Place: Russia. The Paranormal: Lilith
The Place: Today. The Paranormals: Karnage and Pagan
Witches need love too:
And also random acts of affection, like when Karnage decides to unzip Pagan’s dress:
Well, February has come and gone. My apologies, but I really wasn’t in a Valentine’s Day mood since my mom’s death, but I’m slowly getting better.
So, here are a few of my fictional lovers who rock:
I’m going to use this promo for my upcoming novel The Queen of Comedy:
And since TQOC takes place over several decades, including the 1960s, this JET magazine cover is sadly ironic:
Blast from the Past:
I want to end this post on an upbeat. So I’m posting this actual photo of an African American flapper from 1920s, by African American photographer James Van Der Zee:
See more of his wonderful photos of the past here:
There was a time when black comedians were the hottest ticket in town. A comedic renaissance bloomed in the 60s, where a variety of different funny men and women tickled the fancy of American audiences. Let’s see, there was George Kirby (Kirby was also a master vocal impersonator), Nipsey Russell, Flip Wilson, Redd Foxx, Moms Mabley, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Pigmeat Markham, Dick Gregory, Paul Mooney (also wrote for several other comics, like Richard Pryor), Scoey Mitchell, among others.
Female comics I recall watching on The Ed Sullivan Show included Totie Fields, Joan Rivers, Moms Mabley, Anne Meara, of Stiller and Meara (Ben Stiller’s mom), Phyllis Diller, and Carole Burnett. And of course CBS had the number one female comedian, Lucille Ball (who had other sit-coms after I Love Lucy, which co-starred her then real life husband Desi Arnaz).
I must also mention Jackie Gleason, Frank Gorshin (a wonderful impressionist) and especially the late, great George Carlin, talented funny men who were also popular back in the day.
The Queen of Comedy is the tale of a fictional black comedian, from her youth in the 1920’s, until she’s older and recalls the highs and lows of her career. One such highlight is her time at The Moulin Rouge, a real establishment that broke barriers. I’ve included links on The Moulin Rouge that are below the GIF:
. . . Then came the Moulin Rouge, in 1955, a neon cathedral dedicated to the proposition that the only color that mattered in Vegas was green.
A copy of this mag can be purchased here: https://www.oldlifemagazines.com/june-20-1955-life-magazine.html
Comic book nerd here, from wayyyyy back (DC’s Metal Men was a favorite) Yes, I read Spiderman, Superman, the X-Men among others. Black Panther/Black Leopard was another fave, so yeah, I’m glad about the movie.
I must also give props to Wesley Snipes as BLADE.
Scifi channel has Blade playing on demand this month, and I still enjoy that groundbreaking movie. The opening scenes where Blade makes his entrance during the vampire rave is visually arresting:
Wesley and the gorgeous N’Bushe Wright were the male and female leads. Wesley was a co-producer and also did most of his own fighting scenes, since he’d studied martial arts.
Now its Black Panther ‘s time to shine. Congrats to director/screenwriter Ryan Coogler and the cast and crew of this wonderful film.
I’ve included links to a few articles that may be of interest:
Not much more to add, especially with another school shooting, yet another American tragedy. My prayers go out to all those affected.
Hope to see Black Panther this weekend –saw it. Loved it. Great cinematography, costumes, acting, and the dramatic story line twist (T’Challa finding out his father made a choice that came back to haunt the entire tribe) was utterly heart wrenching– and to finish editing books.
Ondine is from New Orleans:
While Lilith is the strongest of the three witches, Ondine is the most feared (the reason is part of her origin story).
Emmanuel Howard goes after the man she wants:
Another promo for Karnage:
Next up will be The Red Witch of Sorrows, Ondine and Ronin the FireDrake