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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Last Night's Show is Available 4 Listening & Mark Your Calendar for This Sun @7pm.-Legendary Bassist/Producer, Andre Cymone Stops By!

Welcome to Afronerdradio.com's Grindhouse Sundays! We're giving you the very best in your double feature aural experience with The Comic Shoppe airing at 6pm and Afronerd Radio batting clean up at 7pm eastern. As custom, the "Podcast Avengers"-Daryll B., Dburt and Captain Kirk cover the latest news in the world of fantasy, sci-fi, graphic novels and video gaming.

And then there's Afronerd featuring Captain Kirk aka Afronerd Radio broadcasting at 7pm! Folks, we ALWAYS exclaim that each show is not to be missed but THIS particular episode will be one for the historical archives! Set your clocks and mark your calendars as Afronerd welcomes iconic bassist and one of the architects of the Minneapolis Sound, Andre Cymone to our studios. We will, of course discuss Mr. Cymone's latest endeavors including a new song entitled, America as well as his musical legacy. And this time, we actually mean it when we emphatically state that THIS IS REALLY NOT THE SHOW TO MISS! Call the hosts live at 646-915-9620!

Afronerd Radio Interviews Iconic Musician, Andre Cymone!

Oh and while you wait for Sunday's epic double whopper programming, we actually aired a new Mid Week in Review show last night:

To the point: Join Dburt and Captain Kirk this Wednesday for their Mid Week in Review broadcast starting at 7pm sharp! The topics to be discussed are: the controversial Packers v. Seahawks game and the NFL referee lockout; with friends like this who needs enemies-in a show of support, Obama supporter,Madonna, sports a POTUS inspired tattoo and says that she's thankful that a "Black Muslim" is in the White House (?); Conservative author/pundit exclaims that the Dems have abandoned "the Blacks" and the military might have actually created goggles that can read minds!

Afronerd's Mid Week in Review Edition Airs Wed @7pm EST!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Comic Shoppe Airs @6pm & Afronerd Radio Starts @7pm-Check Our Interview with Author/Music Journalist, Laina Dawes! Don't Miss It!

When one thinks of our Sunday podcast, the Yin and Yang philosophy indelibly springs to mind. It's all about balance and duality, hence The Comic Shoppe airing at 6pm and Afronerd Radio batting follow-up at 7pm eastern standard. Of course to hear the latest in graphic novels, video gaming, sci-fi, fantasy and superhero films, check for the "Podcast Avengers".....The Comic Shoppe is officially open!

Next up, Afronerd Radio airs at 7pm. Join Captain Kirk and Dburt for a very special interview with author and music journalist, Laina Dawes. Ms. Dawes stops by Afronerd Studios to discuss her new book, What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation In Heavy Metal. This discussion will be one for the record books as both the Afronerd team and Ms. Dawes are kindred spirits-deconstructing stereotypes. And guess what? There's still more to the show! Journalist/Author, Norman Kelley (Rhythm and Business; The Head Negro in Charge Syndrome) will be sitting in to provide his analysis of this week's current events. Again, not the show to miss! Call the hosts live at 646-915-9620.

2 Shows Back 2 Back & Interview w/Author, Laina Dawes starting at 7pm!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Never Let It Be Said That We Don't Give Our Readers/Listeners Enough Info! Wed & Sunday's Afronerd Radio & Daryll B's Latest Entry!

Salutations with crumpets and cornbread, people! This Wednesday (at 7pm EST) pull up a seat and listen to Afronerd Radio's Mid Week in Review show! Dburt and Captain Kirk will be shedding some conservative (and oftentimes independent) light on the following "mid week" current event topics: picking up from last week, famed author, Philip Roth's (Human Stain) correction of Wikipedia infers a lot of other implications; a HuffPost article posits what if social media existed during 911 NYC/Pentagon attacks; Chief Keef vs. Lupe Fiasco-what does it all mean?; and in Keef and Fiasco's hometown, the Chicago school strikes continue and if time permits, Dburt reminds the listeners of America's Black caste system (the birth of the term "lower tier"). Call the hosts live at 646-915-9620.

Afronerd Radio's Mid Week in Review Broadcast starting at 7pm!

And then there's this upcoming Sunday's show (9.16.2012) featuring our interview with budding actress/filmmaker Sahndra Fon Dufe. As our Sunday "Double Feature" broadcasts of The Comic Shoppe and Afronerd Radio grow in popularity, we feel compelled to up the ante with superior programming. At 6pm join Dburt, Daryll and Captain Kirk as they discuss current issues occurring in the world of geek/nerd culture, comics, video gaming, sci-fi and fantasy from a sepia toned perspective. And then at 7pm, we have yet another outstanding another interview scheduled with filmmaker/actress, Sahndra Fon Dufe, who is appearing on Afronerd to discuss her latest film project, Yefon.

Dufe, who is seeking funding via a Kickstarter campaign, will discuss the importance of her crowdfunding venture,the socially conscious resolve of Yefon and its importance to African cinema. Per the above number you can call our hosts live and once again, this is not the show to miss!

Afronerd Radio's Double Duty Broadcast w/The Comic Shoppe @6pm & Afronerd Radio's Interview with "Yefon" actress/filmmaker, Sahndra Fon Dufe at 7pm!

And least and last in this case, our the latest pulp inspired meandering of The Shoppe's Daryll B.:

So I am going to head in a different direction with my blog today and review my Saturday Night out at the No Friends Tour performance in Brooklyn. In the shadow of hard rain and tornadoes, these brainy hip hop thespians rocked the house at Grand Victory in an energetic 4 hour performance. And in true Daryll B. style, I am going to equate them to another famous group of non-friend heroes: The Defenders.

  First up was Tribe-One a.k.a The Hulk. His flow has a sweet tinge to it but the melodies will impact on you hard. Like Bruce Banner and his alter-ego, you never knew what to expect from his rhymes, good or bad... yet didn't want him to stop flowing. If there was a rapper that I could compare him to it would be Ghostface for the unpredictability and power. His set truly left me on edge for the next act....  

  Next up was Jesse Dangerously a.k.a. The Silver Surfer. This dude's style can only be characterized as being "far out there" and totally cosmic. Like a latter day Biz Markie, Dangerously kept everyone light and involved. I'm actually surprised that there weren't noise complaints from the chanting and laughter to this point of the performance. It is obvious from his range and topics that Jesse has always loved to entertain others. So I was in a good yet weird place for......

    .....Mikel kHill a.k.a The Sub-Mariner. There is an anger in his rhymes that he really wants to totally unleash but somehow he manages to rein it in to keep the audience calm and bouncing. The passion is right there for all to see along with the creativity. He is this group's Nas in terms of phase innovation and when the breakout happens, no one will be safe & secure with the hip-hop they've always known.  

  Coming up with the bases loaded and the crowd pumped was Adam WarRock a.k.a Doctor Strange. The glue that keeps these spirits all together on stage and a Daryll B. favorite for a long time now (my eternal thanks to Comics Alliance for putting my onto him 18+ months ago!), he simply blazed the stage. WarRock's their RZA, constantly interweaving through the acts with an infectious energy, then hitting the crowd upside the head during his set with rhymes about life, comics, and science fiction.

    But for every reaction there must be a counter.... and for this group of "No Friends", it was the headliner for the evening, Schaffer The Darklord a.k.a STD a.k.a The Dread Dormanuu. His style is neurotic, sarcastic, mean, yet disturbingly enthralling. I'm big on energy during performances from musicians (as if you folks haven't realized THAT by now...), and STD had it in spades. Outside of Eminem at times, I don't know of too many mainstream rappers with a constantly self deprecating style that goes over with the audience but this was truly unique and that fits STD to a tee.

  A lot to plug with little time to do it:

  Mikal kHill and No Friends artists can be found at

thethoughtcriminals.net and thethoughtcriminals.bandcamp.com in various collabs...

  Adam WarRock is found at adamwarrock.com

  Tribe-One can be found at tribeone.net

  Jesse Dangerously can be found at http://dangerously.bandcamp.com/

  Schaffer The Darklord can be found at http://schafferthedarklord.com/

  Guys, I LOVED THIS. Try them out folks on their sites/youtube and you'll see right away why.

  Link-Blog time!

  -Ron Marz tells his side of the recent "Operation Troll Trap" and once again it has led to heavy debate on the CBR forum side about how far is too far...  


  Again, criticism..cool. Personal threats/derision/attacks... not cool.

  -Ok I have praised Hannibal Tatu of Komplicated.com and his Buy Pile review column here in the past but the last 2 weeks, he has been on fire. Two weeks ago, here was his take on the Storm/Black Panther fight in AvX:

  Skip past Hawkeye vs. Angel in "AvX: Vs." #5. Doesn't matter. You wanna skip to the part where the Black guy takes a swing at his wife and she tells him he was always a "terrible husband" and she just noticed. Yeah, that's where you wanna go ... if by "go" you mean "drop this comic book and run as rapidly as you can away from it." For all the high profile work done to make the Black Panther/Storm relationship, from hiring a high profile romance novelist to make their "love story" work for the civilians to the honeymoon tour around the 616, this issue instead decides to piss on all of that based on an argument that neither one of these people will actually be affected in any remote way whatsoever. Should we mention that Marvel has not had a Black writer on staff in ... what's August 2009? Three years without an incident of Black writers! Yay! Let's just move on…

  and here was his one last week on Green Lantern #0:

  "Green Lantern" #0 was, essentially, a negative mark on our beloved art form, a collection of cliches and half-hearted overtures that will forever be characterized as a clerical error. The creators seem to be oblivious to the fact that this paints an underrepresented people in a bad light, a community that doesn't have lots of chances to be on panel and when they do, their pull quote is "I'm a car thief, not a terrorist." We are all diminished by this.

  Bravo Mr. Tatu... Bravo!

  -Oh AfroNerd is going to love this:


  Gina Torres! Line One... Boy do I have a doozy of a role for you.....

  -Finally, David Brothers opens my eyes to new talent:


  The article's first sentence says it all: "What do Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, Ronald Reagan's '80s, city life, and black culture have in common?" Ok I am sold and have to find this book now....

Thanks for reading all and I'm going right back to jamming these guys on my ipod. Amazing talent and music. Until next week, "Keep Fantasizing".

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Keeping it Simple! All Thing Pulp w/The Comic Shoppe @6pm & Justin Simien Interview of "Dear White People" on Afronerd Radio @7pm!

Who would have thought that another stellar, double feature broadcast is in the works at Afronerdradio.com? Starting at 6pm sharp, join your "Podcast Avengers" on The Comic Shoppe as they use their "mutant" analytical abilities to discuss the following topics: their thoughts regarding Sunday night's Robot Chicken (from cable's Adult Swim channel) DC Comics episode; Blade Runner's 30th anniversary DVD release-how many re-releases of a classic movie can the consumer tolerate? ; and speaking of Blade Runner, what can be expected from the proposed sequel? A female lead? the return of Harrison Ford? or the resurrection of Sean Young?; continuing from last week's show-it appears that a female version of The Expendables is in the works (but actress, Michelle Rodriguez says she's not worthy) and lastly, does the latest time travel sci-fi thriller, Looper, starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon Levitt have the chops?

And then there's Afronerd featuring Captain Kirk airing "next door" at 7pm. Join Dburt and The Captain as they welcome filmmaker Justin Simien to discuss his upcoming cinematic effort, Dear White People (trailer, above). DWP is a provocative look at the frictional relationship between Black and White (including INTRAracial conflicts) students attending a fictional predominantly White northeastern university. After the interview segment, there still more for the discourse! Additional topics (time constraints, notwithstanding) on the table are: a recent song released by rapper, Nicki Minaj, cryptically gives the impression that she is a Mitt Romney supporter; Rush Limbaugh believes that President Obama isn't authentically Black because of his lack of "slave blood" (and Limbaugh is still employed?) and lastly, noted author, Philip Roth (The Human Stain) reminds us why you just can't trust Wikipedia . Call the hosts live at: 646-915-9620.

Afronerd Radio's Double Feature Broadcast starting at 6pm!

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Afronerd Radio Airs Tonight @7pm EST! Discussing: DNC in Charlotte; Baz the Islamic Green Lantern; Michael Clarke Duncan Passes & Much More!

Howdy, people! Welcome to another funky and fascinating (and sometimes funny) Mid Week in Review edition of Afronerd Radio this Wed at 7pm. Listen to Captain Kirk and Dburt discuss the following issues: our impressions of the first day of the Democratic National Convention; the untimely passing of Oscar nominated actor Michael Clarke Duncan; DC comics introduces its first Arab-American Green Lantern; two back to back NY Times pieces on the importance of exercise in middle age and the improvement in life (and life expectancy) with those who suffer from Sickle Cell Anemia. Don't be scared! Call the hosts live at 646-915-9620. They promise not to bite.....much.

Afronerd Radio's Mid Week in Review Broadcasts Live This Wed @7pm Sharp!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Working a Double Shift on Labor Day! The Comic Shoppe Airs Sun @6pm & Afronerd Radio Starts @7pm EST! Also Check Daryll B's Latest Comix Entry

It appears some of us still intend to work during this Labor Day weekend! So our double matinee shows will still go forward for this Sunday's Comic Shoppe and Afronerd Radio combo! Join Dburt, Daryll B and Captain Kirk this Sunday at 6pm as they highlight the following pulp flavored topics: the SHIELD TV series goes from speculation to reality thanks to ABC; thoughts on DC new 52 a year later; returning to our infamous Versus segment-comparing and contrasting Adult Swim's Black Dynamite and The Boondocks; Canada's time loop drama, Continuum gets picked up by the SyFy network; can Kickstarter save the independent comic book industry? an all female Expendables might be in the works and lastly, our thoughts on our favorite comic book reads from the previous week.

Next up, Afronerd Radio airs at 7pm. The topics up for this week's discussion are: legendary actor/director, Clint Eastwood made what many have deemed a bizarre performance at this year's RNC; the untimely passing of hip hop mogul, Chris Lighty; Surpise! a recent study determined that Blacks with advanced degrees live longer; a bionic eye might actually make it to reality; thoughts on racial miscasting for Black themed films and a recent Rolling Stone magazine review of last week's Afropunk festival was favorable except the writer thought the event tagline "the other Black experience" might be outdated..whew! Call the hosts live at 646-915-9620. Now let's peruse threw the meanderings of the Shoppe's own Daryll B:

Daryll B's back in town Loyal Readers and due to recent criticisms from co-workers, friends, and family, I am going to let you all in to how my mind works when it comes to the dreaded "c" word:

Continuity. (Yes. This old chestnut again...)

There have been articles about it on various sites. We, comic book aficionados have been the butt of jokes about how devoted we are to it. Heck, during our last Comic Shoppe show, the AfroNerd and I butted heads on continuity when it came to Wonder Woman, Superman, and their "new" love life. But why? Especially with a couple of characters that we don't particularly love that much...

Because it gives our passion a sense of order... a sense of direction... a sense that all the crummy books and stories we have bought / read in the past has had a significant part in building a foundation to this character's universe. We CRAVE that communal interaction when debating over significant moments of the hero / villain / protagonist. We LOVE the sense of history and with every new little change introduced, we debate how it hurts / helps the characters.

Biggest example of this are the changes that Brian Michael Bendis made to the Avengers when he got on board. As a fan of the Kurt Busiek Avengers run and overall Marvel History, the changes Bendis made to the team and certain points in the universe's history so his stories made sense were appalling to me. I took it as a slap in the face... and I love Bendis on stuff like Powers, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Jinx.

On the other end of the scale, Afronerd loves most of these changes that Bendis has made. To him, the changes have made the characters more relatable. He also knew Brian Michael Bendis from Powers and Ultimate Spider-Man and came at his tweaks at a totally 180 degree position than I did. So why did I bring this up?

To show you all that, continuity is like everything else in terms of our science fiction addiction: left open to interpretation. There are no truly right or wrong answers just ones we agree to disagree with. Some more passionately than others of course but if I didn't disagree like a maniac, then I wouldn't be me right?

-Speaking of which.. First up on the link-blog is Tom Bondurant at Robot 6 talking about the new DC Power Couple:


Interesting reasoning why the move misses the mark in his eyes. And once again I love the commenters providing detailed reasons to debate the ideas.

-Now here's something I really try to avoid:


Now I always try to give credit to the writer or site that I recommend to you fine folks. If I ever neglect doing so, please let AfroNerd or I know. I want to make sure proper credit always goes to the original creators.

(Plus, I really, REALLY never get tired of seeing that Mystique vs The Smurfs pic by Canaan that is linked to by the article. "Papa...? The skulls...?" NEVER gets old! The Line It Is Drawn is one of the greatest creations in comic book internet history. THANK YOU Brian Cronin and all the artists involved!)

-Talking about great crossovers:


WHAT THE HELL HASBRO AND DC!!?!?!?!?!?? You guys allergic to money? An Invisible JetFormer... Optimus with a Green Lantern ring... This will be talked about on the net forEVER!!! Thanks to Bendis and idea originator Phil Jimenez for this...

(I think AfroNerd's mind just blew thinking about this...)

-Meanwhile, comedian Brett White uses lil ones close to him to show that the next generation are getting hooked on comic book heroes...


...just not on the books themselves.....

-ComicShoppe called it! ComicShoppe called it!


Damn! Captain Kirk is right. We should be getting royalties somewhere here... I think our headquarters might be bugged... Then again DC hasn't taken any of our ideas for the JLA movie...


It official! Our headquarters is bugged!!!!

-I may not like Quentin Tarantino but no denying that he can do the right thing....


I still don't know/understand why Tony Scott did it but he will be missed....

-Well Duh!!!!


OK raise hands if you thought this was going to be good after all the initial leaks hit the net? Thought so....

Finally, it was Jack Kirby's 95th Birthday on the 28th. David Brothers pays tribute by looking at his circle of Gods..


Many Thanks to Mr. Kirby!

Thanks for reading all and until next time... Keep Fantasizing!