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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Still Maintaining The Holiday Spirit! Check Out Our Mid Week in Review Show, Wed @7pm-More on Black rebranding, Kwanzaa, Prayer & Your Brain + More!

We hope that our faithful listeners are still enjoying their respective holiday festivities, however a mid week dose of Afronerd Radio can't hurt either! Stop by afronerdradio.com this Wednesday at 7pm (EST) as Dburt and Captain Kirk dissect the following current event laden topics: for our vaunted Blue Area segment, African-American World War II veteran, Carl Clark is scheduled to receive the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal this coming January and a unique educational initiative coming out of the Oakland, CA public school system is targeting young Black males in an effort to augment academic achievement; more on the need for a Black cultural shift/re-branding; mounting scientific evidence shows that neurological changes occur in the human brain while praying; why is Kwanzaa so polarizing?; Dburt waxes on how the "value" of Black/Brown life must be increased based two local tragedies that did not involve people of color; the release of the new Jordan sneaker causes national chaos and is the new independent film, Pariah, an altered version of 2009's Precious? Call in live at 646-915-9620!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Yes The Comic Shoppe is Open 4 the Holidays! Tues @7pm-Discussing Star Wars & Star Trek vs Twilight; Akira; Nerd Convention of Color & More!

Please accept our apologies for the delayed programming but the Comic Shoppe crew is back and open for pulp flavored business! Pull up a chair and take a listen this Tuesday at 7pm EST as the gang discuss the following issues: continuing with our popular Versus segment, legendary actor and Trek thespian, George Takei propositioned the perfect enemy of my enemy is my friend scenario-Star Trek & Star Wars fans vs Twilight followers; the blog, Racialicious ponders whether its time for a nerd convention of color; thoughts on NBC making a Munsters reboot; UK Misfits just ended season 3 with another shocker as the powers that be greenlighted the series for another year; has anyone noticed that TV really doesn't suck anymore?.....if only the music industry would follow suit; the US version of Akira looks to be on track to be white washed and the six minute prologue of the Dark Knight Rises reaches theaters. Call the Comic Shoppe live at-646-915-9620!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Seasons Greetings! Check Out Our Special Xmas Day Broadcast @7pm EST-Discussing Black Culture ReBranded; Rihanna's N-word Problem & The Blue Area!

Happy Holidays, folks! Stop by our special Yuletide Week in Review show broadcasting tonight at 7pm EST. The Captain and I will be deliberating on the following topics: for our weekly "positive spin" Blue Area segment-the continued rise (and acceptance) of the Black Santa Claus and The Corcoran Gallery of Art's "30 Americans" exhibit which explores African-American identity as interpreted by over 30 prominent Black artists; two disparaging stories involving the Obamas-the President being referred to as a "skinny, Ghetto crackhead" and a US senator's remarks about FLOTUS Michelle Obama possessing a "large posterior"; picking up from our previous broadcast pertaining to an article positing the need for Black America to "re-brand" itself and NY Daily News columnist, Stanley Crouch gets critiqued for his critique of the demise of America's trash culture; a Dutch magazine uses the n-word (along with the b-word) to describe pop singer, Rihanna in a recent article and in more "n-word" news, author and lastly, poet, Maya Angelou has a problem with actor/rapper, Common's use of the slur (in her presence). Call us live at 646-915-9620 or contact the show via email/IM at afronerdradio@yahoo.com. See you all at 7pm eastern.

And if you haven't guessed, Afronerd has modeled itself after Dr. Bill Cosby's campaign for betterment in some of our urban centers....thusly, check out this musing from Dr. Cosby's Youtube channel:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

We're Back For a Full (Dis)Course Meal! Join Capt. Kirk & Dburt Wed @7pm ET- "Crack" T Shirts, Kim's Death & Black Cultural Re-branding-A Reality?

Unfortunately Dburt's flu and pre-Christmas shenanigans preempted our regularly scheduled programming but we're back in business this Wednesday at 7pm. Pull up a seat and a keen ear and listen to Captain Kirk and Dburt wax on the following current event laden issues: in honoring our vow to take a moment to deliberate on positive spin in our new "Blue Area" (of The Moon) segment-two stories come to mind-Dr. Henry Louis Gates releases a new book entitled In Life Upon These Shores, in which he discusses Black historical icons and could we see former Sec. of State, Condoleezza Rice get the VP nod on the Republican ticket in 2012?; in true "Afronerdic" fashion, a Philadelphia Tribune article posits if Black America is in need of "re-branding"; and speaking of needing to change perception...a Texas community is enraged over the merchandising of t-shirts emblazoned with crack cocaine making instructions; North Korean leader, Kim Jong iL (aka LiL Kim..he he) passes and lastly some quick miscellaneous blurbs on NY Yankees Derek Jeter's "negative" rating; Rihanna's N-Word diss and the new six minute Dark Knight Rises trailer! Call us live at 646-915-9620 or via email/Im at afronerdradio@yahoo.com. See you at 7pm!

Afronerd Radio's Mid Week in Review broadcast!

Oh..and least we forget, perhaps we'll make time to unpack the unattractive truth (as in the immortal words of Mr. Starks) of Republican presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich's diatribe pertaining to impoverished children in the US (Check The View's interpretation of Newt's speech):

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Our Apologies 4 The Delayed Shows, Folks! Afronerd Radio Returns This Wed @7pm. In the Interim, Please Groove 2 The Roots on Fallon

Unfortunately folks, I've been a bit under the weather which includes the normal holiday chaos but rest assured, Afronerd featuring Captain Kirk returns for our regularly scheduled Mid Week in Review broadcast. But check out this riveting performance by the Roots from earlier this month-a cut from their new Undun CD, entitled, The Other Side...Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Time for Our Mid Week in Review Show! Topics-Get a B.S. in Jay-z(ology) @ Georgetown; Our New Blue Area Segment; Herman Cain's Out, New Display Tech

Ok People! We missed a show (or two) but we're back to the grind as we delve further into the holiday abyss. And on that note, let's just jump into the topics up for grabs on Wednesday's Mid Week in Review broadcast. Oh, and premiering this Mid Week airing, we are introducing a new and exciting (and much needed) segment to our listeners entitled, The Blue Area (as in "The Blue Area of The Moon," for you Marvel Comics fans) in which we focus on the more positive "goings on" in the public sphere. But I digress, the issues this week are: pertaining to the aforementioned, Blue Area segment, the first class graduates of The Oprah Winfrey Academy are primed and ready; Dburt speaks to the NY Openline crew at NYC's 98.7kiss-fm about Herman Cain's presidential campaign withdrawal; the new Samsung flexible display technology; Dr. Michael Eric Dyson's new Jay-z course @Georgetown U; NAACP goes international to save Black & Brown voting rights; NYPD vs W. Indian Day Parade vs Facebook and new habitable planets discovered light years away...whew! Give us a call live at 646-915-9620 or contact us via email/IM at afronerdradio@yahoo.com-see you @7pm eastern.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Discussing Booster Gold, The Best Joker, Farrelly Bros & More Tues @7pm on The Comic Shoppe-Also Check Daryll B's Latest Blog Post!

We implore our listenership to check out our previous broadcast in which we started a new segment entitled, "Versus." And just like clockwork, this week the Versus portion will be revisited. AGAIN! Welcome to The Comic Shoppe show, airing tomorrow at 7pm eastern standard. The topics up for grabs this week are: in accordance with our festive new Versus segement, we posit to the class which actor portrayed the Joker the best? Nicholson, Romero, Ledger or in animated form, Mark Hamill; And speaking of the world of Gotham, where does the Bat franchise go after Bale leaves?; our thoughts on the proposed Booster Gold Syfy series; The Farrelly Brothers are putting out a compilation of superhero inspired comedy shorts to be released as Movie 43 in 2012; DC sets up an exclusive (and some say controversial) store on Amazon's website for print and digital distribution and does the concept of Death really mean anything as a dramatic premise in comics with the return of the Human Torch in the latest Fantastic Four? Excelsior, folks and do give us a buzz live at 646-915-9620...

And for an appetizer pending our upcoming broadcast, take a gander at the latest blog posting from The Shoppe's own Daryll B:

Hiya once again readers. I hope my fellow Americans enjoyed their Thanksgiving or as I call it "National Family Day". I got 10 quick points for you this week and then I'm out of your hair:

1) It is funny all these company "experts" who said they were "shocked" to see Breaking Dawn hold off The Muppets for the box office lead over the weekend. Haven't they realized that it is tween girls who control the majority of the box office? You know, the demographic that was not even born yet when the Muppets were last majorly relevant?

2) For a rational, yet funny review of Breaking Dawn, check out Chris Sims' one over at Comics Alliance.


3) The other article at Comics Alliance that caught my eye was one by Laura Hudson about a comment Kieron Gillian made about writing under the trappings of continuity and making it accessible to new readers.


If you read the article, you'll see my comment but for everyone here who don't have time to click over here it is:

"Well I have to humbly counter Mr. Gillen with some books of recent vintage that while catering to new readers, have a great appeal to longtime fans:

Commenters already brought up Landridge's Thor the Mighty Avenger and Waid's Daredevil but what about Simone's Secret Six? Appeals to the new fan's grey sensabilities about right and wrong while soothing old time fans of Suicide Squad with great portrayals of characters like Deadshot and legacy characters like Ragdoll and Scandal Savage.

Johns' JSA was like this too with the old WWII guard teaching their ideals to the descendants and mantle takers of their fallen comades.

As known here and other comic sites, I'm a sucker for teen books like New Mutants, Teen Titans, Avengers Academy, and Legion of Super Heroes while you can get the culture clash with the nostalgia. What isn't known about me is that I think books like the Johnny DC and Marvel Adventures lines do this excellently.

Think about it: the major appeal of Batman Brave and Bold on TV for the older fans was seeing old favorites being shown in a fun light and for new audiences was the action and banter. It a natural crossover into the comics medium and nice to see DC finally trying to capitalize on this with their "new" DC Nation block on CN. (Although I will say that they had this for YEARS since they've been putting those CN cartoons in print since the late 90's. About damn time they've opened their eyes to this.)

Outside of the big two, the list of books with major appeal to both new and old fans are numerous. Love and Capes, Gladstone School For World Conquerors, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Usagi Yojimbo, the Green Hornet series, the John Carter/Mars series, Conan/Red Sonja, Planet of the Apes, and more contain recognizable themes for classic fans with modern sensibilities for new fans. In short (or long as it were) I really think there's something for everyone out there and writers just need to stop trying to include EVERYTHING in their stories to appease everyone. Just tell quality stories and get your company to do promotions that'll get people to read them.

I'm just sick of seeing quality books get canned for crap that sheep buy out of loyalty."
4) iFanboy once again had a thought provoking article about one particular book and its quality:


Journey Into Mystery...Thumbs Up!

5) I didn't really love the Ben 10 / Generator Rex Crossover. I mean it was decent but it didn't grab me. Felt more like an episode of Generator Rex with Ben 10 dropping in than a true crossover.

6) Give Batman: The Brave and the Bold credit. The Series Finale with Ambush Bug, Bat-Mite and Ted McGinley (?) might have been the most appropriate end to a cartoon of all time. My favorite moment: we actually saw a moment when the series "jumped the shark" and when I read the credits and saw who voiced Ambush Bug. Brilliant!

7) Can someone at Marvel make up their mind whether Brilliant is an ongoing or a limited series?

8) Thanks to Donna at my LCS Superhero Comics, I now have Darkwing Duck Vols 1 & 3 from BOOM! Comics. Memo to Disney and Marvel Comics: get Ian Brill and to continue doing this great book like NOW! I know it's business that the licenses moved over but these stories are damn good for all ages.

9) For the Firefly/Serenity Fans in our audience: Look up the Browncoats Mixtape by Adam WarRock and Mikal K Hill. You will not be disappointed. Also MAJOR props to Donald Glover for his Childish Gambino Hip-Hop projects. Found out about him through David Brothers' articles at 4thLetter and have downloaded most of his mixtapes. He's got quite the flow to him and is not afraid to branch his lyrical style out.

10) I'm sorry. Musical episodes do not work for you Sanctuary. For the Love of God, no more... and thanks to the crazy college football season, I have like 4 episodes of Primeval to catch up on. That's why you haven't seen much of a review about the latest season from me. Sorry...

That's all for me this week AfroNerd Readers. I don't know what I'll have for you all next week but until then: Keep Fantasizing!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Put Down Your Leftover Turkey Leg & Cut Off Your New LCD-TV 4 Afronerd Radio @7pm EST 2nite! Topics-Blk Friday, David Frum & More!

We , here at our Afronerd Radio studios hope that you had your fill of turkey, dressing and cheap electronics during this holiday season-if you did, stop by for our Sunday broadcast at 7pm EST. The topics up for discussion during our cyber colloquium are: as expected, Black Friday mayhem occurred with violent acts being reported all over the U.S.; a young NY/Long Island man is suing a former flame for stealing his sperm without his knowledge for the purposes of artificial insemination; another young NYC man of color commits suicide on his wedding day; what came first-the script or the toy, a HuffPost article discusses Hollywood in Recession; Dburt discusses some of his recent book downloads that might be of interest to the Afronerd listener base; Conservative pundit/author, David Frum's recent NY Magazine piece questions the sanity of the Republican Party (and Fox News by extension) and speaking of Fox News, a new poll from Fairleigh Dickinson U affirms that viewers of Fox know less than folks that do not watch any news (whoa!) and lastly, in Dark Knight Rises news-Christian Bale vows that this third iteration of the series will be his last. AGAIN...check us out at 7pm and feel free to call us live at 646-915-9620.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

More Pre Turkey Day-Holiday Goodness @7pm Afronerd's Mid Week Show 2nite: Mitt Romney's Humor Gene; The Roots vs Bachmann & More!

Join Captain Kirk and Dburt this Pre Thanksgiving Wednesday for an undoubtedly fearsome (or is that fiery?) edition of Afronerd Radio. Pull up a chair tonight at 7pm (EST) and listen (or participate-call in # is 646-915-9620) to our heroes discuss the following pop/pulp/political and newsworthy issues: in keeping with holiday traditions, our thoughts about Black Friday and Cyber Monday; a question from our loyal audience-do you get frustated about the accolades given to today's musicians when they're compared to other artists of a different time period (i.e. Nicki Minaj vs Madonna, etc) ; In political humor (or lack thereof) Republican presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney cracks a joke that goes flat and legendary hip hop band, The Roots play a song that was a sly dig at Romney's Republican rival, Michele Bachmann; scientists at Washington University are hard at work developing contact lenses that display information to the wearer and lastly, as if Presdient Obama didn't have enough worries, Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev's tough talk brings us back to the good old fashioned Cold War era....hmm. Check us out at 7pm

Monday, November 21, 2011

Our Pre-Thanksgiving Shows Start Now! Listen 2 the Comic Shoppe Tues @7pm EST-Topics: New Comic Shop Doc; Young Justice; Our New VS Segment & More

Unfortunately, we had a preemption last week for both our Comic Shoppe and Afronerd Radio airings but we're back for our pre-Thanksgiving shows, Tuesday and Wednesday @7pm, respectively. Join Daryll B., Captain Kirk and Dburt as they pontificate on the following "pulp" cultural fare: the team engage in a battle royale for a new regular segment entitled Versus-this week, Kevin Conroy/Batman vs Christian Bale/Batman; the Misfits Nazi time bending episode; more Dark Knight Rises news including an ominious picture of Bane on the cover of Empire magazine; Young Justice continues to impress; Newsarama highlights a young law student's documentary on his local comic shop entitled, My Comic Shop DocumentARy and lastly, if time permits, our top comic picks from the past week. And remember....you can call in live with your thoughts, questions and protestations at-646-915-9620. Imperius Rex, people!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

We Really Are Back! Check us Out 2nite @7pm EST-The Topics? 8 yr old Brit's Marble Empire, Chess Masters of Color; More on OWS, Seagrams & Do Rags?

Our apologies for our cancelled Comic Shoppe and Mid Week in Review broadcasts, however we are back in full effect tonight for Sunday's show @7pm eastern standard time. The topics up for discussion on Afronerd Radio Featuring Captain Kirk are as follows: we unpack yet another story of minstrelsy and stereotypes-the latest Seagram's Gin ad campaign entails customers receiving "do rags" to accompany their purchase of the popular liquor brand (is this targeted "lower tier" marketing....ya think?); Dburt and "The Capitan" discuss the deleterious effect the minstrel business machine (Maury Povich, Dr. Drew, various court shows, etc ) is having the Black imagery; a recent Onion News piece attempts to parody the concept of the Black nerd....but was the joke really more truthful than they had a intended?; a NY Times article highlights the achievements of three young men of color who have attained "master" status in the world of chess; Bill Maher vs Elizabeth Hasselbeck on the view; more Occupy Wall Street news and lastly, an 8 year old Afro-Brit has developed a successful internet business centered around his love for playing marbles....whew! Stop by and give us a call at 646-915-9620.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Jump in the Intellectual Pool...it's Warm! Afronerd Radio Airs Sun @7pm: Penn State Fiasco; Jay-Z OWS t-shirts; Modern Warfare 3 & More!

Salutations to our stalwart listenership! Stop by to groove and get informed tonight at 7pm (EST) at AfronerdRadio.com. The topics on the dinner table this evening are: a continuation (no surprise) from last week's broadcast on Herman Cain's woes, Penn State's molesation scandal and Dburt's book download recommendations; Dburt waxes on the state of African American fashion standards and how the adherence to designer labels is "tacky"; Jay-Z latest Occupy Wall Street t-shirt venture is not that altruistic; in the world of video gaming, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 sells approx. 6.5 million units in 24 hours!!! and lastly, more evidence comes in affirming that thinking outside the "black" box seems to be occurring more in Europe-discussing a new film short about a cyborg of color entitled, "Rosa." Call us live at 646-915-9620.

And speaking of the Rosa film short....check out below:

ROSA from Jesús Orellana on Vimeo.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Hey Hey Hey Hey! It's Afronerd Radio @7pm EST-More On Herman Cain; MJ's Guilty Doc; Stories of Societal Decay; Dburt's Book Download Recs & More!

Is it the Mid Week in Review show, already? Well, it looks like it is and let's just jump into the issues up for grabs, shall we? Join Captain Kirk and Dburt this Wednesday at 7pm eastern as they utilize their conservative (and independent) analytical microscopes to shed light on the following: it appears that an actual person (the 4th) has come out against Republican presidential hopeful, Herman Cain on sexual groping allegations; a guilty verdict (but who didn't think this was going to happen) comes in against Dr. Conrad Murray for the death of Michael Jackson; if it's not a shopping cart crashing down on an innocent woman or child molestation charges being levied against a former Penn State football coach or a toddler's foot being found in a trash can-is there any doubt our society is in decay and lastly Dburt discusses some of the books he has downloaded over the last few months that he would recommend for our listening audience. Call us live with your thoughts, questions or protestations at 646-915-9620. Excelsior, ladies and gents!

Remember...It's Comic Shoppe Tuesday @7pm EST-Issues: The JLA Movie That Never Was; Problems With Movie Based Video Games, DCnu on Top & More!

Time to look for the keys and open The Comic Shoppe this Tuesday at 7pm for a special evening colloquium devoted to comic book/sci-fi/fantasy subject matter. Our topics will include: DC52 or DCnu's current sales dominance over Marvel....how long will it last; a recent ComingSoon.com interview with director, George Miller unravels some details about his scrapped JLA motion capture film; why is the failure rate for movie based video games so high?; thoughts about Friday's upcoming Green Lantern animated series premiere; Avengers director, Joss Whedon pontificates on his vision of his defunct Wonder Woman project and our favorite comic books/graphic novel reads from last week. Don't be scurred people! Call us live at 646-915-9620 and make yours The Comic Shoppe!

Oh and I would be remiss if I didn't highlight the latest words of pulp wisdom from The Shoppe's own Daryll B:

1) Damn I starting to really hate Marvel's planning for their sales line:

For the record, I was picking up Alpha Flight, and would have picked up the Destroyers limited series. I think I know a few people that would have grabbed the "Young Doom" mini. These Alt. titles getting axed only highlights how stupid Marvel's "flooding the market" policy is when it comes to their big events and favorite characters. I realize that not a lot of people outside of comics will care and those inside will probably pick up "Avenging Spider-Man" or the umpteenth Avengers/X-Men book....

2) Meanwhile, here's DnA working their magic on the forgotten X-book with the whole "who's side are you on B.S. going on:

As you all can see, I left my view in the comments section and I have been a bigger fan of the younger X-Men in their various incarnations rather than the old guards.

3) Let me get inclusive for a moment as Robot 6 has yet another great article about critics and reviews:

To me, a part of being human is having opinions about anything and everything. Now the problem nowadays is that there are too many folks who will venomously rail on a topic and about how really, really wrong they think it is but have no ideas when they get asked about improving / bettering the situation. I would like to think that for every rant you have heard me go on through the blog and on the show, that I tried to give viable alternates for everyone....

Then again I can see myself more often like this:

Just imagine instead of Marissa on the other end of the line, it's DBurt or Captain Kirk and voila!

4) Wondering what the SmallVillains would review now that Smallville is over and they have gotten through all the live action Batman movies? Well....

Yep...Blade 2 is next... Pray for Ron Perlman now..lol

5) Yeah, now we get a movie executive to speak....

Nice to see some candor though..... and I actually liked BOTH movies but to get executives to speak frankly about their properties is like getting blood from a stone sometimes.

6) I think I know what is on DBurt's wish list now:

BRAAAAAAINS!... As I do a lay-up through the hole.....

7) Over at 4th Letter, once again David Brothers manages to hit his readers with not just one but THREE landmine articles over the last week:

Marketing when it comes to secondary books and their heroes:


A look at the issues involved with TinTin and a link to the previous Heidi MacDonald blog about the subject is included in the text:


...and finally interesting look at some familiar images through Nas' eyes:


Landmines each and every one of these but it would foolish not to read and consider the opinions / ideas brought up by Brothers and the related commenters.

That's it for me this week... Next week I'll finally be ready with the reasons why I am quitting the X-Men.... Yep you read that right I am giving up my favorite Marvel team books....

Until then AfroNerd Readers: Keep Fantasizing!

Sunday, November 06, 2011

The Topics Up For Grabs 2 Nite: Herman Cain's Sex Harassment Problem; Google TV (& Apple TV); CNN's Black in Silicon Valley Special & More, 7pm ET

Team Afronerd returns once AGAIN, for a fully packed show tonight at 7pm eastern standard time. The topics up for discussion are: revisiting issues that were left on the table from last week's Mid Week in Review broadcast ("blaccents"; what is authentically Black and Herman Cain's sexual harassment problems); speaking of Black authentication-a recent article from The Root takes aim at author, Toure's Post Black paradigm; internet/tech giants, Google & Apple vs Cable and commercial TV; classic Atari game app attained a recent 3.5 milion download milestone and speaking of even more tech, CNN's Soledad O'brien tackles the African American presence in Silicon Valley in her 4th Black in America special. Call in with your thoughts and/or questions at 646-915-9620!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Another Fiery Show is Forthcoming! We Promise! Afronerd Radio Airs Wed @7pm EST-Ann Coulter's Footinmouth Disease; Herman Cain, Kardashians & More!

Once in awhile one has to stray away from verbosity and just get to the point! This Wednesday pull up a seat and listen to Capt. Kirk and Dburt pontificate on the following issues: believe not Dburt does have an opinion on the innocuous...the Kardashian divorce (hint-it's all about her ASSets); sexual harrassment allegations are levied against Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain (is this the ghost of Clarence Thomas); Conservative provocateur, Ann Coulter is at it again-"our Blacks are better than your Blacks"...wow; why didn't the Afronerd team think of "Unthink" the anti-Facebook social networking site; politically incorrect Halloween costumes and lastly, is Amber Cole a real person? See you at 7pm.

Monday, October 31, 2011

It's Tues, 7pm EST-The Comic Shoppe is Open for Discussion-The Topics: Horror in Print & Films; Chuck, Misfits, Grimm, The Simpsons & More!

What's up, true Comic Shoppe believers! Join Daryll B, Captain Kirk and Dburt for another pop/pulp flavored discussion this Tuesday at 7pm EST. The topics to be waxed on are: ok, we missed Halloween by "that much" (thank you, Don Adams) but the gang will talk about the Horror genre-past and present....in print and cinematically; our thoughts on Misfits' 3rd season (and Chuck's last) starting-the first episode without Nathan; The Simpsons actually aired a Tree House of Terror episode before Halloween; thoughts on NBC's new Grimm series; does anyone believe Fox's Terra Nova will last the season?; the rise of non Superhero genre graphic novels & if time permits, our favorite comic book reads from last week. Feel free to call us live at 646-915-9620 or via email/instant message at-afronerdradio@yahoo.com.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Guess What? Time 4 Afronerd Radio 2nite @7pm EST-Topics? Halloween as a 6B Industry; Horror Flick Favs; "Mini" Gangs; In Living Color's Back & More!

Don't forget to set your clocks for Afronerd Radio's pre Halloween broadcast, scheduled for 7pm this Sunday evening. The topics slated for our special brand of "pumpkin carving" are the following: since Halloween IS upon us-how and why did it become a SIX BILLION DOLLAR industry rivaling Xmas; picking up from last week's forgotten topic-what's up with Tampa, Florida's "Coon-A-Ween" party? (what would we ever do without these lower case folks?); radio conglomerate, Clear Channel fires potentially hundreds of local DJs across the country; more on Halloween....remembering our favorite horror films from early celluloid classics to the present; Fox's In Living Color TV show returns with new programming/cast and lastly, The New York Post reports on the growth of "mini" gang culture which is separate and distinct from more coventional and/or established "gangstas." Again, see you all at 7pm EST. Oh and for you boils and ghouls, the call in number is 646-915-9620 and despite it being Halloween, don't be "scurrrred," the conservative and independent water is warm, folks!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

UK Misfits, Colonel Kadafi, Artificial Skin, Bryant Gumbel & "Coon-O-Ween?"-Next on Afronerd Radio, Wed @7pm EST!

Vegas Baby!! from Adam Krieger on Vimeo.

Hey Folks, we're back once again for another soul searing edition of Afronerd featuring Captain Kirk (aka Afronerd Radio)! Jump into our conservative and oftentimes independent pool (because the water IS warm) this Wed. at 7pm EST and listen to Captain Kirk and Dburt bring heavy analysis to the following current event inspired issues: thoughts on cross-racial adoption in our post-Black, post-racial times; picking up where we left off regarding some topics from Sunday's show (UK Misfits TV show gets a US makeover, the death of Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi & Rev. Sharpton defends Tyler Perry against "proper Negroes"); Stanford U scientists create artificial skin that "feels"; Occupy Wall Street takes aim at high priced celebrities and lastly, HBO news corespondent Bryant Gumbal's "plantation" remarks toward NBA commissioner, David Stern make headlines. Our live call in number, as always, is-646-915-9620. Join in on the fun and in the immortal words of Wu Tang's GZA....Konichiwa, bitches!

Afronerd Radio's Mid Week in Review

And just an aside, I'm sure some of our listeners have grown weary with our incessant railing against modern minstrel culture but just when you think that there might be a lull in its omnipresence...THINK AGAIN-

The above flyer serves as a harrowing example of how lower tier (lower register, below centigrade, lower case....whichever euphemism you prefer) folks with little imagination degrade the cultural landscape. It appears that this is real advertisement for a Tampa, Florida Halloween shindig with a twist.....heaven help us.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Join us live at The Comic Shoppe Show Tues at 7pm EST-More fallout from NY Comic Con; Punisher & Zombieland TV?, Batman: Arkham City & More!

Let's just stay on target, shall we? Join Dburt, Daryll & Captain Kirk every Tuesday at 7pm EST as they discuss the latest in comic book, sci-fi, fantasy/horror and pop culture fare. The topics up for discussion this week are: more post NY Comic Con convention news as well as other events scheduled under the Reed Exhibitions banner; in the world of video gaming, the highly anticipated Batman: Arkham City is released; Punisher might be going to Fox TV....along with Zombieland; Marvel Comics succumbs to the recession by laying off 15 employees from the editorial and production end of the company; more on DC52 and lastly our favorite graphic novel suggestions from the previous weeks. Call us up and join in on the fun live at 646-915-9620 or leave a comment at afronerdradio@yahoo.com! Imperius rex, brethren!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

It's Sunday's Week in Review, Courtesy of Afronerd Radio, 7pm EST-Topics: Capt. Kirk's TV Debut on NY's Tiempo, Kadafi's Out!, I-phone Wars & More!

Good Evening, folks and welcome to another round of "afronerd-ism," thanks to the thematically named Afronerd Radio show. First off, we must give great praise to the one and only Captain Kirk who made an appearance on NY's Tiempo for his co-production cred on a documentary entitled, AIR: The True Memoirs of Gil C. Alicea. Air stems from a well publicized book, The Air Down Here which tells the riveting story of Mr. Gilbert Alicea's formative years in the South Bronx being reared by two HIV parents. The Captain, of course, will fill our audience in on the particulars of this project during tonight's 90 minute broadcast. And if that isn't heavy enough for you, there's always the remainder of the show! The topics to be discussed are: (finally) getting around to last week's Madame Noir blog's entry entitled, "Famous Black people We'd Like to Disown If We Could"; a young Mcdonald's employee is caught on camera involved in a melee with 2 female customers; a mother of 13 is brutally killed in a crossfire in front of a Brownsville, Brooklyn school by above ground thugs; Libyan leader, Moammar Kadafi is killed by a yankee fan (according to the NY Post); thoughts on the I-phone vs Android smartphone battle; the UK Misfits sci-fi series is getting an American makeover and lastly, MSNBC correspondent/civil rights leader, Rev. Al Sharpton defends filmmaker, Tyler Perry against alleged "proper Negroes." Remember, you can drop us a line, 'live" at 646-915-9620 or via email/instant message at afronerdradio@yahoo.com.

Afronerd Radio's Week in Review

And for part two, of Captain Kirk's interview on Tiempo, please click on the link below:

Part 2-Captain Kirk on NY's Tiempo

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Afronerd Featuring Capt Kirk airs on Wednesdays, 7pm ET-Sunday Show-pt2; GOP Debates, Horror in China; Is Marriage a "White" Thing? & More!

Let's just get down to the nitty gritty, shall we? Pull up a chair and listen to the musings of Afronerd featuring Captain Kirk for Wednesday's Mid Week in Review broadcast. Tonight they will be waxing about the following issues: the GOP debates (the good, the bad and the cantankerous); video cams pick up that a 2 year old girl in China gets struck by a van and NO ONE comes to her aid (the good 'ol USA doesn't sound that bad now, does it?); a continuation of Sunday's topics (Black celebs that some want to "disown"; Occupy the Hood, MLK memorial ceremony, etc) and a Stanford professor posits the question-Is Marriage for White People? Check us out at 7pm eastern

Monday, October 17, 2011

Opening at 7pm Tues ET-Check Our Comic Shoppe Show-Of Course NY Comic Con Reviews; Walking Dead S2; Gary Frank on DCnu Shazam & More!

Hey folks! We had a preemption of the show last week, but we HAD to make provisions and assurances for tomorrow's airing of The Comic Shoppe (courtesy of afronerdRadio.com) because of the arrival of New York's Comic Con this past weekend. So join Daryll B, Captain Kirk and yours truly as we discuss the convention and a plethora of pulp and pop culture related fare....why bother to delineate the topics...the Comic Con is where it's at! Call in live at 646-915-9620, leave a comment (or converse) in our chat room or contact us via email/instant message-afronerdradio@yahoo.com. Live long and prosper, Afronerd believers!

Oh and here's the latest blog entry by The Shoppe's Daryll B:

This year's New York Comic-Con was an experience to say the least. I had a lot more fun this year that in the past 2 years even though I saw less due to fan traffic. Here are 10 observations that I had over the 2 1/2 days that I spent at Jacob Javitz Center:

1) Again for all the ripping I did on DC's 52 Initiative, I can't deny that the editors and staff were not hustling around to get the word out. They graciously did interview after interview at their booth and before and after their panels.

2) This being said, it was IMPOSSIBLE to get into the Dark Knight Rises sneak peek screening(s). I would have had to skip out on other sections of the show. I did give it 3 attempts though....

3) I got into the Avengers Panel and screening though and if you can't tell, I am totally salivating over my keyboard. If Thor whet my appetite, this was a full blown tease. I can't wait for these 2 movies next year... and I even got into "The Thing" marathon and the new Gundam movie/series screenings...

4) I am sorry folks. I just can't get into CGI animation. I tried to sit through the Green Lantern showings and even though it sounds like the story is on point, my mind just can't process the blocky art especially after how crisp First Flight and Emerald Knights looked.

5) Speaking of being everywhere and crisp, Robert Kirkman was everywhere I turned also. Podcast row, Newsarama booth, CBR TV, Image Comics booth, heck I think he even got stopped exiting the building by a newscaster who thought he was a regular fan. Of course Kirkman turned that into a Walking Dead hypefest...

6) The premiere of The Walking Dead kicked all sort of a$$ BTW. I was glad that the first 10 minutes that I got to see on Friday were just the tip of the iceberg. Gripping and LITERALLY leaves you out of breath as if you had been running from zombies yourself. I knew what was coming from reading the book and STILL was caught off guard at the end.....

7) Sorry Folks, I got to speak with the people running the SyFy Network booth and wasn't able to get confirmation on dates for the Monday Mania shows' returns. I did find out that Haven has been renewed for another season for all my King fans out there.

8) I managed to complete my Dwayne McDuffie Marvel Collection with Beyond and The New Fantastic Four with Black Panther and Storm. I even got the FF: The Life Fantastic with his "My Dinner With Doom" story. Now can we get a Damage Control Ultimate Collection Marvel? On the DC side, I picked up (finally) Superman Birthright and although I missed out on The New Teen Titans Games, I did pick up their archive collection.

9) For my gamers, the rocking place to be was by the entrance where fans were playing Transformers: Fall of Cybertron across from where CAPCOM fans were playing Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. You could literally hear the "ooohs" and "aaaahs" all through the convention area.

10) This convention was JUST like New York: just when you think you have seen everything, you catch something new. In a 45 minute span, I ran into Boomer from the old Battlestar Galactica, Chris Evans, WWE lifers Virgil and Ashley, porn stars from Vivid Entertainment, Fmr NY Mayor Dinkins, Ryan Sohmer and Joel Watson at the Blind Ferret booth which I literally stumbled into, a dude I thought was Robert Rodriquez, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Peter Cullen. And all of them were quite gracious with my black geeky a$$.

My thanks to them, Blind Ferret Entertainment, Comic Book Resources, SyFy Network, Marvel, DC, Image, Midtown Comics, the staff and volunteers at Jacob Javitz and most importantly, the fans from all over the world who answered my questions at the event. Yeah I am going to collapse now DBurt...so until next time AfroNerd Readers: Keep Fantasizing!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

OWS Goes Global (But Occupy the Hood?); Black Celebs That Some Want to "Disown" ; Dburt at NY Comic Con & MLK Memorial-Afronerd Radio @7pm ET!

Hey true Afronerd believers! Stop by this evening at 7pm eastern at afronerdradio.com to get your weekly dose of irreverence, information and urban alternative music. As an aside, our apologies for the failed Toure' interview, however we're shooting for a tentative rescheduling on October 26th. The topics up for discussion are: it appears that the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) phenomenon is a real movement that has gone global (i.e. Paris, London, Rome, Hong Kong, Taipei, etc); and speaking of OWS, are people of color galvanizing under the Occupy the Hood mantra? and should they?; a Madame Noire blog posting puts forward a proposition entitled, Famous Black people We'd Like to Disown If We Could; Dburt pays a visit to the 2011 New York Comic Con...twice; the country appears to be raising Cain....Herman Cain, that is and lastly, the MLK memorial ceremony starts today....finally! Call us live with your questions, protestations (or detractions) at-646-915-9620 or via email/instant message-afronerdradio@yahoo.com.

Afronerd Radio's Week in Review

And for those of you who missed the convention....check out this great Transformers costume:

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Week in Review, Courtesy of Afronerd Radio Airs 2nite, 7pm ET-Topics: High Profile Deaths; Herman Cain's Civil Rights Problem; Occupy Wall St & More!

Now is not the time to be verbose, people! Keeping it tight and ever succinct, Afronerd Radio's Week in Review broadcast airs this Sunday at 7pm eastern standard. The topics to be discussed are: revisiting some issues that were left on the table from our Mid Week in Review show-i.e. the occupy Wall Street phenomenon; is MNBC just the inverted version of Fox News?....Lawrence O'Donnell's "gotcha" moment regarding Republican presidential hopeful, Herman Cain's involvement (or lack thereof) in the Civil Rights movement; highlighting several deaths of iconic status (Harvard Law professor, Derrick Bell; football executive, Al Davis; Civil Rights legend, Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and of course, computer tech guru/technologist, Steve Jobs) and Dburt primes up for Wednesday's interview with Toure relating to the concept of post Blackness" in the wake of next weekend's NY Comic Con which is sure to have a significant Black presence. Call us live at 646-915-9620 or via email/instant message at afronerdradio@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

A Quick Preview-Culture Critic, Media Personality & Author, Toure Pays a Visit to Afronerd Radio-Next Wed at 7pm eastern!

It's always at the top of our list, here at Afronerd, to keep our listenership/readers fully abreast of all the "goings on" at our little operation. Don't forget to mark your calendars for what will undoubtedly be an informative, if not entertaining conversational ride. Culture critic and author, Toure will be stopping by next Wednesday (October 12th), to discuss his latest literary endeavor, Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now. For obvious reasons, we had to reach out Toure since Afronerd represents everything that Post Blackness espouses.....expanding the boundaries for what can be defined as Black. You can listen to classic rock, propose conservative principles, collect graphic novels and watch vintage film noirs and not lose your Black authenticity card....hopefully. Check us out next week...

Monday, October 03, 2011

Hey! Check Out Our 2 For 1 Special! The Comic Shoppe on Tues & Afronerd Radio on Wed-Both Airing at 7pm Eastern-Discussing Pop, Politics & Comics!

Our apologies once AGAIN for Sunday's cancellation of our Afronerd Radio broadcast, but don't fret there's always The Comic Shoppe to pick up the occasional slack! Stop by tomorrow at 7pm at thecomicshoppe.com and listen to the usual cast of characters wax on about the following fantasy/graphic novel/sci-fi laden fare: our expectations for the upcoming airing of second season of The Walking Dead-will it eventually diverge from the comic or remain 90% "spot on?" ; more arguments (ahem, civil talk) about DC's 52 number ones-Did the Crises storylines ever occur and will we see the return of Earth 2?; and speaking of DC's 52, did Geoff Johns break Aquaman out of the character's alleged "corny" depowered state?; in video game news, Nightwing appears to be a DLC character for this month's release of Batman: Arkham City; Scotland's University of Dundee offers a degree in Comic Studies and lastly our latest and favorite graphic novel picks from last week.

And remember The Comic Shoppe is just our cyber entree! Pull up a chair this Wednesday for the Mid Week in Review edition of Afronerd featuring Captain Kirk (also at 7pm) and listen in on the rarely uneventful discourse. The call in number for both programs is, of course, 646-915-9620 and the topics on the table are: the passing of R & B songstress and classic hip hop label president, Sylvia Robinson; more speculation of a Black James Bond with actor, Idris Elba being a strong contendor; still more on Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain (i.e. his belief that Dems have Blacks brainwashed; actress Janeane Garofalo's comments about Cain and Gov. Rick Perry's infamous camp name, etc); the occupy wall street protests and if time permits, Rush Limbaugh (the expert.....ahem)...on slave blood and authentic Blackness. Feel free to contact us via email or instant message at afronerdradio@yahoo.com...oh and least we forget....Sherri Shepherd's performance on The View is just troublesome:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Afronerd Radio's Mid Week in Review-2nite at 7pm-Call Dburt & Capt Kirk Live at 646-915-9620

Hump day has finally arrived so let's keep it simple, shall we? Join Captain Kirk and Dburt, this Wednesday at 7pm eastern as they discuss the follwoing topics: it appears that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain may have to be taken more seriously than what ws once believed based on recent polling; an L-Word actress gets kicked off a flight for publicly kissing her same sex partner; the tragic rise and fall of Funk legend, Sly Stone; Does Google have a chance against Facebook in the social networking wars: famed actor, Morgan Freeman has some interesting thoughts about President Obama and the tea party and lastly, have app makers gone too far with certain controversial themes (i.e. Jew or Not A Jew," virtual dogfighting, sexual orientation ID apps, etc).

Monday, September 26, 2011

At 7pm 2Morrow The Comic Shoppe Re-Opens-Call us Live-Topics: More DC-52 Talk; Catwoman's Costume; Return of JLA Animated? & More!

Once again, the water is a balmy 73 degrees and since Afronerd featuring Captain Kirk isn't scheduled to air until Wednesday, the cost is clear to dip in on tomorrow's airing of The Comic Shoppe! Call us live at 646-915-9620 or drop us a line via email/instant message at afronerdradio@yahoo.com. The pulp flavored discussion will encompass the following: our thoughts on the new TV season (i.e. Fringe, Fox's animation Domination, Big Bang Theory, etc); word has it that most of the original voice cast from the Timmverse (referencing animation producer, Bruce Timm for Justice League Unlimited) are returning for Justice League: Doom; photos hit the net of Anne Hathaway in the full Catwoman costume for Dark Knight Rises; our further impressions of DC's new books as more were released last week and of course, our favorite reading suggestions stemming from recent graphic novel releases. Unfortunately, last week's Comic shoppe broadcast was preempted but we still have words of wisdom from The Shoppe's Daryll B:

Ok. Hello once again AfroNerd Readers and without further delay, let's get into the Comic/Sci-Fi news from my side of the street:

1) Well the first main issue of Miles Morales' new life is out and as expected we had a lot of reaction from reviewers:


I can see where most of these reviews are coming from except... I said it before and it sounds like a broken record but to one reviewer on the page I'll state it one more time: This. Is. The. Ultimate. Universe. Not. The. 616 Universe. Peter Parker is DEAD here. Let it go...

2) Going back to a point from our show 2 weeks ago. This article lays out my point about Justice League #1 better than I conveyed on air:


I mean, when STORMWATCH of all books does a better job introducing their characters than the "flagship" book....?

3) And to think I got mad at Batgirl and Harley Quinn being retconned:


A slim, sexy Waller? Seems to be a crime against nature.... Now I am pissed that they patterned Amanda Waller after Angela Bassett in Green Lantern instead of after Pam Grier in Smallville (One of the few things the final 2 seasons actually got RIGHT!)

5) Speaking of developments with the new DC:


So John Rozum is off Static Shock and Mister Terrific has got 3 different artists for the first 4 books. Sheesh.... and our first 2 books to be cancelled are...

6) On our main topic last week, Robot 6 provides interesting opinions:


I STILL hate spoilers though. I am a mystery, story development type and to know what happens BEFORE it actually happens, screws up my pleasure immensely.

7) I... I just have no words for this:


I mean I know this is coming from a good place but I also know segments of my fellow comic book fans. This seems like sensationalism on the surface and I truly hope J.T. Krul gives this new hero "Bunker" depth. Or else get ready for criticism not only from the Gay Community but the Mexican Community as well.

8) Here's a little fun with video:


Clark Gregg is certainly having fun with his 15 minutes of fame from the movies isn't he?

9) About time DC:


I can see this series being in the vein of Tales From The Crypt if done right or Dresden Files in the least. C'mon DC make this work.....

10) More fun with video as a reviewer considers how Thor could have been 'changed' with the inclusions of its deleted scenes:


I'm a glutton for punishment but if ALL were included, I don't think the movie would have suffered. And how sweet was that Warriors Three cut scene?

11) Finally Scott Beatty does some self analysis on his writing comic inspirations:


I've read some of these and I think after seeing that New Teen Titans scene between Wally and Vic, you folks can better understand my rage at having their backstories changed so that this story is now irrelevant.

*Sigh* It's that time Folks. Tonight is the season finale for both Eureka and Warehouse 13. Next Week it is Alphas' turn. (By the way, how great was that Brett Spiner episode last week?) My Sci-Fi Television gets moved out of the way for ....damn I wonder what's next for SyFy? In that vein, major props to Chiller Network for doing Sanctuary Mini-Marathons to get my engines primed for its return in October. Hopefully the show returns to previous form.

Thanks for reading once again AfroNerd Readers and until next time: Keep Fantasizing!!!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ok....As An Aside...Tonight's American Dad Featuring Cee Lo was Hilarious!

Laugh, Dammit! Oh, and do whatever you like!

It's That Time, Folks! 7pm ET-Our Week in Review Show-Topics: E=MC2 Might Be Wrong; Troy Davis Executed; UC Berkeley's Racist Bake Sale & More!

Good Evening, loyal readers/listeners, it's time for Afronerd Radio, broadcasting tonight at 7pm eastern. Feel free to call in with your thoughts and/or questions "live" at afronerdradio.com by dialing 646-915-9620 or you can participate via email/instant message at afronerdradio@yahoo.com. OK, the topics up for discussion this evening are as follows: Euro scientists appear to have discovered that particles can travel beyond the speed of light, therefore debunking Einstein's belief that light speed was maximum unit an object can travel; our thoughts on the Troy Davis execution; a recent bake sale by U.C. Berkeley College Republicans may or may not be racist; blogging may not be the healthiest pastime due to recent mass killings occurring in Mexico for those who choose to "out" drug cartel info and lastly, President Obama speaks to the Black Caucus asking for their help if he is to succeed with his jobs bill (and by extension a seek a second term)...whew! Don't be "scurrred" folks, the conservative (and oftentimes independent) water is warm! And speaking of the POTUS...here's a clip of President Obama's speech to the National Black Caucus:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Water is Tepid But We're Not! Call Up our Mid week Show Wed at 7pm! Topics: More Sarah Palin, Leo as J Edgar, Is College Overvalued? & More!

Salutations to our faithful Afronerd Radio listeners! It's that time AGAIN...time for our Mid Week in Review edition of Afronerd featuring Captain Kirk. Let's just dive in to the topics this time, folks....this Wednesday we will be discussing recent reports that online sales company giant, Amazon.com is treating some of its employees like 19th century laborers ; finance professor, Boyce Watkins and cultural critic, Toure debate about the virtues (or lack there of) of Tyler Perry's success; revisiting some of our topics from Sunday's show to get Captain Kirk's take (I.e. expose book on Sarah Palin, French "Black to the Future" film, Case Depart, etc); A Daily Beast article posits whether a college education is overvalued, Jay-z and Kanye West's latest song elicits a twitter apology/explanation from actor, Alec Baldwin and his daughter and lastly, having seen Leonardo DiCaprio's take on J. Edgar Hoover in the latest trailer for J. Edgar, an Oscar being within his grasp has to be a cinch.... Oh and if time permits...our thoughts on some self appointed (or is that anointed) Black leaders that critique President Obama for neglecting the Black community. Call us live at 646-915-9620 or via email/instant message-afronerdradio@yahoo.com....

Afronerd Radio's Mid Week in Review

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Come On In, The H2O is Warm at Afronerd Radio Studios 2nite at 7pm; Expose Book on Sarah Palin; French Case Depart film; Mark Zuckerberg & More!

Good evening, folks and welcome to the Sunday edition of Afronerd sans Captain Kirk (don't worry the El Capitan returns on Tuesday & Wednesday). Join us tonight at 7pm eastern as we discuss the following current event laden topics: author (and Alaskan "neighbor"), Joe McGuiniss' new book takes pot shots at former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin-alleging extramarital liasions, drug use and interracial sex fetishism; Dburt briefly waxes on the culture's lack of interest in hygiene and haberdashery; Ebony/Jet scribe and film critic, Sergio Mims hipped Afronerd about a French film hit, entitled Case Depart and the star of the movie's controversial remarks toward African-American culture; why young folks of color should be following Mark Zuckerberg instead of Carmelo Anthony and if time permits, a young man is holding on to dear life in Texas for fear of execution due to allegations of racism haven taken place during his trial....whew. Call in live at 646-915-9620...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

We're Back in Full Effect 4 Wed's Mid Week Edition! 7pm ET-Discussing Black Patriotism w/911; Stanley Crouch Kicks it HARD!!; Plaxico's Eli Problem

Our apologies to our audience but we didn't want to submit a substandard broadcast on the anniversary of the September 11th NYC attacks, so we decided to take a "chill pill." But not to further disappoint, join Captain Kirk and Dburt tomorrow at 7pm for Afronerd Radio's Mid Week in Review broadcast when they discuss these following current event laced issues: former NY Giant and recent parolee, Plaxico Burress speaks out about not getting a prison visit from teammate Eli Manning; jazz critic and NY Daily News columnist, Stanley Crouch writes a scathing (but extremely accurate) piece on who he perceives has taken the place of the Klan pertaining to the terrorizing of POC; Dburt and The Captain briefly analyze the concept of Black patriotism in the Americas and how this might affect how some in African-American community view the anniversary of 911; after 50 years, the White House archives have released some intimate interview tapes made by the late Jackie Kennedy-tapes that have some rather disparaging words toward Dr. Martin Luther King; the US poverty rate skyrockets with people of color stuck in the the thick of it and if time permits, were the GOP debates too harsh toward a hypothetical uninsured American...case in point:

Again, join our team Wednesday evening and call us live at 646-915-9620....Don't be scared, the conservative (and sometimes independent) water is warm..

Monday, September 12, 2011

Took A 911 Remembrance Break For Sun's Afronerd Radio But The Comic Shoppe's Open Tues at 7pm! PrinceLess, Mr. Terrific, Do Spoilers Ruin Films?

Time to get to the bare facts! Join Captain Kirk, Daryll B and Dburt tomorrow at 7pm for a new Comic Shoppe broadcast. The team will discuss the following: expectations for Hugh Jackman's upcoming sci-fi/fantasy flick, Real Steel (or Rockem Sockem Robots-The IMAX Edition); more comics featuring POC as main protagonists hit the news stands or more accurately comic shop and online retailers-i.e. PrinceLess and the Mr. Teriffic solo effort; And if Mr. Terrific is the 3rd smartest person in the DC Universe, who occupy the 1st and 2nd positions? ; are the internet media spoiling present day cinema with....well..spoilers? ; Dburt waxes on about a recent Game Informer magazine piece that examines the lack of diversity in video game characterization (as well as on the development side) and lastly, our graphic novel suggestions from the previous week. Feel free to join in on the conversation, the call in number is 646-915-9620 or you can reach us via email/instant message at afronerdradio@yahoo.com. Imperius rex, brethren!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The Mid Week Broadcast is Wed at 7pm! "Kandahar" Comes to NYC with 47 shot during Holiday; Is The Skyride The Future?; More Working Poor Since '60s

Let's keep it sparse and precise, shall we? Join Captain Kirk and Dburt tomorrow at 7pm eastern for their Mid-Week in Review show in which they will attempt to shed some light on the following newsworthy items: new stats indicate that there has been an increase in the amount of US citizens that could be classified as the working poor (adults aged between 18-64)an increase not scene since the 1960s; inventor Scott Olsen, who rose to fame for creating the Rollerblade, hopes that lightning will strike twice with his new Skyride (video, above); a record 47 people were shot in NYC over the labor Day Holiday, culminating to a violent crescendo during Brooklyn's legendary West Indian Day parade; Johnny Depp's 200 million dollar Lone Ranger film may still see the light of day and lastly, (as usual) an annotation of the topics left over from this past Sunday's broadcast. Call us live at 646-915-9620 or via email or instant message at afronerdradio@yahoo.com.

Monday, September 05, 2011

The Comic Shoppe Opens Post Irene at 7pm Tues-Review of DCnu JLA #1; Expectations for NY Comic Con; A Moment in History-A Marvel Owned Supes & More!

Just as was the case with Hurricane Irene and Afronerd Radio, The Comic Shoppe was preempted due to the infamous storm last week. But we have passed the storm (at least this particular one) and we'll be open for broadcasting, tomorrow at 7pm eastern. Join Dburt, Daryll B. and Captain Kirk live at thecomicshoppe.com (call in# is 646-915-9620) as they discuss this week's comic book and/or sci-fi themed topics: our thoughts on the first DCnu release last week-Justice League #1; NYC's Comic Con is coming up next month and the team will discuss their expectations; according to controversial former Marvel editor-in-chief, Jim Shooter, there was a serious chance that in 1984, Marvel was on the verge of buying DC comics; and speaking of the DCnu what is the chance of Marvel opting for a widespread reboot?; more media coverage regarding the filming of Avengers in NYC; our review of the DC's Flashpoint ending as well as Marvel's current Fear Itself story line and lastly our favorite picks from last week's graphic novel releases. As always, we look forward toward the pulp flavored discourse!

And here's the latest blog entry from The Comic Shoppe's Daryll B:

Howdy AfroNerd Readers... before I get to a serious (for me) set of quick links, let me try to explain to you all what the announcement of Eureka's coming cancellation in 2012-13 feels like. Imagine that you have this ice cream shop that's just awesome. You been telling your friends for years to come and try these blends. You FINALLY convinced them to go with you to the shop and in your glee when you get there, you see that it's going out of business in a month AND they are going to demolish the building. Yeahhhhh THAT'S what Eureka's news did to me 3 weeks ago after I did that article in happiness about the joint SyFy Universe...

Quick Links:

1) I made DBurt a happy man with this link (hoax or not, this just sounds cool!):


Then I tortured him with the fact that this took place under his nose in New York 2 weeks ago:


(Do those Gamer Gals look hot or what? Manga cats..wooooo)

2) I don't know whether to laugh at the irony of this or not?:


"Fight the power...while lining the power's pockets with our money!"

3) David Brothers once again takes an article and comes at it in a way that forces his readers to respond. This time it is an article from Rolling Stone about Grant Morrison:


You'll see my response in the comments section and I stand by it. Fans of other writers / artists can admit when their favs have strayed a bit... Some of Morrison's followers are like brainwashed into thinking every effort of his is gold...

4) Robot 6 does an article / interview round-up about the "52 Re-Whatever" invasion by DC which kicks off Wednesday with Flashpoint #5 and Justice League #1:


I still maintain that there are only 2 books I am sure to get: Legion of SuperHeroes and Legion Lost.... 3 that I will definitely keep an eye on: Static, Fury of Firestorm, and Nightwing.... Everything else, I am going to have to be bowled over by friends' responses to look into...

5) That being said, here's a moment that I'll miss in the new DC courtesy of Weekly Crisis:


Bye-Bye Super-Marriage....

6) The awesome artists at The Line is Drawn at CSBG did their own send off to the 'old' DC Universe:


Tell me those weren't awesome....

7) Want to know what I am like without the show keeping me in check? Check out Josh in this Comic Critics strip...


Yeah... DBurt has been present for a couple of these rants of mine.... You think I'm out of control on the radio? If we ever put a camcorder in Superhero Comics for one of my rants... I'd definitely be banned...

8) Finally Brian Cronin at CSBG has been tallying up his commenters top 10 Marvel and top 10 DC Characters lists:


So for giggles, here are the characters I sent in:

Ok it took me long enough to try and narrow these down to just 10 for both families.... Being a child of the 80's my list is heavily scewed in that direction with the DC character first....Marvel character 2nd for that place

1 Nightwing - The ultimate kid dream of learning under a superhero then becoming a strong one in your own right

Spider-Man - The ultimate reality of having that kid dream without the guidance and learning the hard way about the cost

2 Cyborg - Purely personal as he was the first true "brother" that was written well I saw in comics

Captain America - The Living Legend who didn't sound like a hypocrite

3 Legion of SuperHeroes - Teenage Super Heroes in the future....Writes itself....

Nightcrawler - One of the easiest characters to fall in love with because of his faith, honor, and attitude

4 Changeling - (I HATE the Beast Boy b.s) Gar Logan is simply fun and the Terra storyline for me was heartbreaking

Magneto - Overuse aside, still one of the most compelling HYPOCRITES in comics

5 Deathstroke The Terminator - Bad A$$

Taskmaster - Bad A$$ pt 2

6 Wally West - The same thing I said about Dick above, Wally just took a longer time to get there

Cannonball - Always been my touchstone character within the X-Family since his introduction

7 John Henry Irons - The PREMIERE example of a honorable character in comics since he was introduced

Firestar - Other folks *love* Jean Grey in the X Universe, my crush has always been Angelica... Blame Spidey and his Amazing Friends

8 Deadshot - Always been cool to me and Secret Six only made today's fans realize what I already knew in the 80s-90s

Iceman - Loads of potential...loads of misuse by creators but Bobby ALWAYS has fun......

9 Static - Virgil Hawkins is an endearing character with a street edge..the 'realistic' Spider-Man

Falcon - The conscience of the Marvel Universe in my eyes...WWFD Proof? Look at the Death of Captain America storyline

10 Donna Troy - Others may hate but Donna was mom, sis, friend, and un-requieted love of the Titans at the time my insane mind was being formed

Quasar - Wendall Vaughn went from a nobody in my eyes to a kicka$$, fun loving adventurer through his book and time in the Avengers. And this was BEFORE DnA's cosmic run....

That's it for me this week AfroNerd Readers. Until next time, Keep Fantasizing!

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Braving the Storm! Afronerd Radio Returns Fully Packed 2nite at 7pm! Topics- NY deals with Irene; Slavery the Video Game?; IN Rep vs the Tea Party

Well folks...we survived the wrath of Hurricane Irene in one piece and we're back and fully packed for this evening's Afronerd Radio broadcast! Our apologies for the delayed airing but we, not unlike many on the east coast were without power (the internet, notwithstanding) and unable to proceed with last week's show. So it's definitely catch-up time-join us tonight at 7pm live as we pontificate on the following topics: Dburt will attempt to give us an annotated of last week's preempted show (the "White" Michael Vick hubbub; former NBAer accused of murder; Paypal founder paying young folk NOT to go to college, etc); hopefully makers of a video game entitled, Slavery the Game are not serious but a Youtube trailer hits the net anyway; Hurricane Irene and the aftermath; Indiana congressman, Andre Carson apologizes for proclaiming that the Tea Party wants Blacks "hanging on a tree"; after having seen a significant portion of Hollywood's latest hit, The Help, Dburt gives his thoughts and if time permits, a young man who lost his eye has a mini cam implanted to record what he cannot see. Call us live at 646-915-9620 or via email/IM at afronerdradio@yahoo.com. And speaking of Rob Spence (the filmmaker with the missing eye) here is the youtube clip detailing his experience (and that of other "cyborgs) in a documentary called Deus Ex-

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ride Out Irene w/Afronerd Radio at 7pm-White Michael Vick Controversy, EX NBAer Accused of Murder; Paypal Founder Pays U NOT 2 Go to College & More!

Hopefully our east coast listeners will escape the wrath of Hurricane Irene unscathed. And what better way to "ride out" the hurricane (if the power is operational...no joke) than to listen to this Sunday's Afronerd featuring Captain Kirk live broadcast at 7pm eastern. The issues on the menu this week are as follows: author/culture critic, Toure lights up the blogosphere with a provocative ESPN article depicting Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Michael Vick as White; ex NBA player, Javaris Crittenton is facing murder charges for the shooting of a young mother in the ATL; Paypal founder, Peter Thiel is not only funding the erection of island countries (with no conventional rules/laws) for the super wealthy but also spending money on young entrepreneurs encouraging them not go to college; a blog posting by journalist Janet Langhart Cohen deals with interracial dating and Black authenticity issues.....again and lastly, Is Facebook usage tantamount to a gateway drug? Call us live an join in on the conversation at 646-915-9620 or via instant message at afronerdradio@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Afronerd Radio, Wed-7pm-NY as Hollywood East; Bklyn's Latino List Exhibit; Bullying Victims Get Low GPAs & The Passing of Legends Ashford & Lieber

Don't forget to check out our Mid Week in Review broadcast, airing tomorrow at 7pm courtesy of Afronerd Radio. Call in live at 646-915-9620 and join in on the conversation as Dburt and Captain Kirk wax "politic" on the following issues: the music industry suffered a double blow with the passing of legendary songwriters, Nick Ashford (of Ashford and Simpson) and Jerry Lieber who penned hits for the likes of Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters and countless other musical acts; NYC may be experiencing an economic boost with reports of upwards of 23 TV shows being filmed in the Big Apple; according to the Huffington Post, high achieving Black and Brown students statistically suffer the most academically if they are the victims of bullying; on the heels of 2008's Black List, now the Brooklyn Museum is paying host to the Latino List (are the darker hued Latinos included?) and lastly, our team will address some of the remaining topics that were left on the table from Sunday's show. Feel free to leave your comments or questions in the chat room located at afronerdradio.com or contact us directly via instant message at-afronerdradio@yahoo.com.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tuesday's Comic Shoppe Discourse Includes: A Pitch 2 CBS 4 a Star Trek TV Series; Ghost Rider 2 & Underworld 4 Trailers; Conan & More at 7pm -ET

There's never a dearth of topics to discuss in either podcast universes....Afronerd Radio and The Comic Shoppe, notwithstanding. Join TheComicShoppe.com crew tomorrow at 7pm (eastern) sharp as they extrapolate and analyze this week's sci-fi/graphic novel/fantasy data for your listening pleasure: new trailers for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Underworld: Awakening hit the web; according to ComicBookMovie.com, a new pitch might be submitted to the execs at CBS for a new Star Trek TV venture; Conan is released this past weekend to disappointing box office numbers; the failed Wonder Woman pilot also hits the net with a thud and lastly, our favorite graphic novel picks from the previous week. Stop by and join in on the fun (and sometimes funny) pulp flavored discourse! The live call in number is 646-915-9620 or leave a comment or question via email or instant message at-afronerdradio@yahoo.com. Imperius Rex, brethren!

oh and check out the clip below....shhh!

And then there's The Shoppe's Daryll B. and his latest blog posting:

Hi once again AfroNerd Readers and here are the things that caught my eye this week:

1) The Let's Be Friends Again crew once again use their gift for comics related satire to skewer life in comicdom:


Now any sci-fi fan has friends like this... hell I'M like this at times. "OMG, they CAN'T change this comic/movie/tv show... My life is over.... Screw them jerks!" or "How can these issues just change direction like this? I been following these issues since I was knee high to a...." These guys got me and other uptight, obsessive fans good with this one and the best part is they (and their cohorts) did it on their forum with a comics universe that they made up as they went along....

(In a related note, Last Friday, I visited my friend Jeff who is a comic shop owner in Hewlett, Long Island and asked him specifically about the DC Reboot/Relaunch and he put it in the most simple way possible: "DC isn't making "new" money on their current line of books. So this move is to attract new shoppers essentially." Off the record, we both agreed that DC will get a bump up in sales the first 2 months, but the true test is in months 3 & 4. How many of those new readers will stick it out for the long run? Will it be enough to eclipse the fans that the move pisses off?)

2) In the same vein, Chris Sims gives readers his choices for cartoons aimed at kids:


I know everyone is in love with Adventure Time and Gumball right now, but I am not digging it. On the other end of the spectrum, I am really digging the new Thundercats and my longtime friends who went through the 80's with me are shocked by that... So who knows?

3) Over at Weekly Crisis, Ryan K Lindsay, Kurtis Wiebe, and Jeremy Holt have a podcast called The Process and last week they handled writing techniques in relation to current books. It worth a listen...


4) Meanwhile, for the last month retailer Ron Cacace of Fallout Shelter Comics has been doing articles from the Owner/Employee point of view at W.C.. This week. he handles the do's and don't do's of the pull list:


5) Wow didn't see this one coming: Atomic Comics in Arizona is arguably one of the top 5 comics chains in the United States....and it just closed its 4 locations.


Now it might be personal problems or it might be the economic climate but this should be a wake up call to retailers to cross every T and dot every I in terms of handling their business.

6) Ok I think Marvel missed a golden opportunity at D23, the Disney Convention at Anaheim.


How you don't have an all Marvel booth at the show? I know they had an Avengers forum and Q & A on the Sunday but come on... This was a chance to get more eyes from people who don't usually buy your stuff on them... ESPECIALLY after the mainstream buzz following Thor and Captain America. A booth selling discounted T-shirts and Marvel Adventures trade paperbacks to these parents, kids, and diehard Disney fans? Isn't that a no-brainer?

7) Spinoff Online once again asks a simple question that should make us fans think...


Blade Runner sequel? Did everyone fall asleep for 15 years?

8) This one is something that Captain Kirk has been saying for the last year:


Story or Big Explosions? The eternal debate.....

9) Finally, Brian Cronin spotlights one of my favorite comic runs, the 90's Black Lightning, and as a bonus shows probably one of the best emotional scenes for me EVER in print:


Come on...who can have a dry eye after that?

This week, Conan and Fright Night reviews. I LOVED one and thought the other was ok. Those who know me well probably can guess as to which is which but you KNOW we'll hit these on the next show. Thank you for reading everyone and as always AfroNerd Readers, Keep Fantasizing!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Laura Ingraham vs Charlie Rangel; Dirty Ghetto Kids Clothing (?); Letterman vs Islamists; Racist Nivea Ad & More on Sunday's Afronerd Radio-7pm ET

As always, Afronerd Radio makes it our business to discuss the whimsical to the controversial and this Sunday's broadcast proves to be business as usual. Stop by tomorrow at 7pm eastern as we deliberate on the following current event laden topics: conservative talker, Laura Ingraham handed Harlem congressman, Charlie Rangel his hat but was her rapid fire brand of discourse fair?; Dburt discovered that one of his favorite online clothiers also carries a clothing line entitled, Dirty Ghetto Kids; comedian/late night talk show host, David Letterman's life is threatened by Islamic fundamentalists over a joke; the makers of Nivea products are in hot water with the African-American community pertaining to an ad that many have perceived to be racially insensitive and it appears that famed director, Ridley Scott is looking to delve into making some kind Blade Runner film-sequel or reboot, no one knows for sure. Feel free to give us a buzz live at 646-915-9620 or leave comments/questions via email/IM-afronerdradio@yahoo.com.

Afronerd Radio's Week in Review

And as an aside, those who share my conservative bent may want to rethink discounting the theory of evolution:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Set Your Clocks 4 2morrow's Mid Week in Review Show, 7pm-Musicians & Their Master Recordings; Daddy (Prison) Day Care, Supes Real Fortress Crystrals

It's that time once AGAIN, folks! Join Captain Kirk and Dburt tomorrow evening at afronerdradio.com for their Mid Week in Review show at 7pm eastern. Pull up a chair (or call in live-646-915-9620) and listen to these two cultural analysts discuss the following: a little known law may allow your favorite legendary musical acts the ability to reclaim their master recordings from record company limbo; a program that juxtaposes a child's camp experience with an annual fatherly penitentiary visit; UK computer scientists have developed glass hard drives that are reminiscent of Superman's Fortress of Solitude crystals; Dburt waxes on 98.7's Openline show and their victimization world view and how a NY socialite's 180K purchase of a newborn child led to the downfall of an underground black-market baby peddling ring. Feel free to leave your comments and or questions during the live broadcast in our chat room or via email/IM-afronerdradio@yahoo.com.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Stop By The Comic Shoppe Show Tues at 7pm-Discussing The Lone Ranger Shutdown; Final Thoughts on This Summer's Comic Book Films & More!

Jump into the fray if you dare, tomorrow at 7pm eastern. The Comic Shoppe team will discuss the following fantasy, sci-fi and comic book themed topics: Johnny Depp's highly anticipated Lone Ranger film has ceased production allegedly over budget concerns; our impressions on this summer's comic themed movie extravaganza; the Racialicious blog highlighted the SDCC Dwayne McDuffie panel/tribute with the likes of actor/comedian, Wayne Brady paying respects; DC's Secret Six villain (or is it anti hero) comic has come to a close; MTV's Teen Wolf has its finale but got picked up for season 2; Black Dynamite gets animated; Dark Knight movie news and the teams favorite comic book reading picks from the previous week. Join in on the live discourse at 646-915-9620 or via email/IM at-afronerdradio@yahoo.com. And speaking of Black Dynamite.....here's a preview, courtesy of Adult Swim:

And then there's the latest blog entry from Daryll B:

Not much to blog about this week AfroNerd readers, however I did find 7 things that caught my eye this week. (Looks like we'll finally get around to that "powers" on USA Programs huh DBurt? lol)

1) I got 2 things from Spinoff Online this week. First up is the notion that Runaways might be alive again along with Ant-Man and Doctor Strange as possibilities/candidates for those 2 proposed 'mystery' film release dates.


2) Secondly, Graeme McMillan ponders what is the thing that film studios will get out of this Summer of movies when all is said and done...


3) Ron Marz hits us with a little personal history lesson when it comes to women working in comics.


4) For all those who were hoping for a little extended story linking from ABC Family's The Hulk to the Avengers movie franchise, prepare to be disappointed....


5) These comics are just too cool for words. First up Jaws seen through the eyes of Charlie Brown:


6) Next, a snarky look at controversy thanks to Comic Critics:


7) Finally...well all I can say is that the gutters did it again:


LOL I think they channeling my frustrations with the new DC timeline.....

8) Anyone who has heard the show or read the blogs knows how I feel about how race has been handled in comic books. David Brothers makes his case here on characters that comics have gotten right and I really cannot argue with his choices....


I hope I provided some thought provoking stuff for you folks here and next week I'll have thoughts about SyFy's announcement ending Eureka and how that killed my Sci-Fi passion for a day. Also, I'll give my thoughts on the first episodes of the new Iron Man and Wolverine animes on G4.... Until then readers, Keep Fantasizing....