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Wonder Woman - Stripped of Super Powers?

wonder woman final trailer featuredIf Wonder Woman was stripped of her super powers, everyone and their mother would be talking about it.  In today’s internet world, this headline would be trending on twitter under the hashtag #NoSuperPowersWonderWoman.  Of course this is far from the truth; however, believe it or not, Wonder Woman was actually reduced to just a mere mortal back in the 1970’s.

I recently watched the docudrama William Marston and his Wonder Women, where at the end of the movie summary lines inferred that if not for Gloria Steinem and others speaking out in protest during that time -- Wonder Woman would probably still be without her super powers today.   



Sometimes, unfortunately people have good intentions but tend to express them in the wrong way.  I found out that a man by the name of Mike Sekowsky thought he was actually doing Wonder Woman a favor by changing her from a powerful Amazon with superhero abilities to a  martial artist.  Looks like at the time there was a television show called the Avengers with a female spy.  Since this show was popular, Sekowsky probably thought changing Wonder Woman’s image to a woman without super powers would draw in the numbers.  It’s important to note that during this time period, a lot of societal upheavals were going on, including the issue of equal pay/ treatment of women, etc.  By the way, this argument is still fresh today. But I digress. He probably thought what better way to show support of women’s rights, etc. than by changing Wonder Woman to be like just about any other woman -- without super powers.  This, of course was a big fail.


As I alluded to earlier, I found out from my research that among other things, Sekowsky was trying to mimic a television show, The Avengers,  which starred a female spy without superpowers. However, the point he missed was that unlike Wonder Woman, the spy -- Diana Riggs who starred in The Avengers never had super powers in the first place. From reading the closing lines on the film, William Marston and his Wonder Women, I got the distinct impression that Wonder Woman was ceremoniously stripped of her powers due to the circumstances around her origin during the 1940s -- That is, until I checked into this further.


That being said, the “new” Wonder Woman without her super powers lasted only a few comic book issues. After the outrage from women during that time, Wonder Woman was dutifully given back her super powers as well as her outfit and everything that she had that made her a super hero.

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There have been several reiterations of Wonder Woman, ranging from how she was created including the latest change of her outfit as worn by Gal Gadot on the record breaking movie Wonder Woman.  Just in case someone has the “bright” idea of stripping Wonder Woman of her powers again, be forewarned that this idea was a bad one years ago and would be an even worst one today. I’m aware that superhero storylines come and go and it’s fine with me if some qualities about Wonder Woman are changed. However, one attribute about Wonder Woman that must, and I repeat, must, stay in place  is her super powers.


I don’t think that’s too much to ask from those responsible for keeping Wonder Woman a superhero -- especially since she had to wait 75 years to get her own movie. Yes...That’s  right. She had to wait almost a century to get her own movie, unlike some other super heroes. However good things do come to those who wait.  At my last check, the spectacular movie Wonder Woman (with Wonder Woman's super powers in tact) has grossed over $779 million globally and counting!



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Fifty Shades of Black - A Ms. H Movie Review

Disclaimer:  The views expressed in the Ms. H movie review of Fifty Shades of Black is mine alone, and do not represent those of


Introduction to Ms. H Movie Review of Fifty Shades of Black Movie


Note: The movie Fifty Shades of Black is no longer appearing in the movie theaters in my area -- and good riddance. If I could take back the wasted time I spent watching this insulting, repulsive movie, I would gladly do so.


When I saw the opening scenes of the movie, Fifty Shades of Black, I had no idea what I was in for.  I was under the impression there would be some type of spoof or mild comparison between the original movie, Fifty Shades of Grey and this one. Using the word "mild" is a gross understatement.  The movie, Fifty Shades of Black went in so many different negative directions, most of them disparaging against African Americans, that I lost count and could hardly believe what I was seeing on the screen.


This movie has Marion Wayans, an African American actor as the headliner of the "story", if you can call an insulting movie about a race of people a "story." I can't use the word "star" because real "stars" in my book would not stoop so low as to be in a movie of the lowest calibre as one such as Fifty Shades of Black. It is no wonder that when Marion Wayans was asked about the movie on a game show he was appearing on, he described it as a "little movie I'm working on that will be out soon."  That's it?  No clip? No mention of the directors or other actors in the movie? No -  Just saying a little under his breath "a little movie I'm working on that will be out soon." After seeing the movie, Fifty Shades of Black in its totality -- I can see vividly why he did not make an effort to plug this awful movie. Yes -- the movie was that bad.


Stereotypes in Fifty Shades of Black Movie


Where do I begin? There were so many stereotypes, especially against African American women and African American men that I do not know where to start.  However, to be fair, there was a segment where they showed different women of various races reactions to certain adult actions that were happening in the movie. In my opinion, the portrayal of the African American woman toward these actions was shown as the worst of them all.


It did not help that Marion Wayans' mother was caucasian actor Jane Seymour who perpetually kept her purse near her whenever her adopted son (Marion Wayans) was around. The audience did not have to wonder why this was being done. She actually said out loud something to the effect that she can never be too careful when she is holding her purse around Marion Wayans!


It gets worse. There was dialogue that involved African American men so-called preference for caucasian women with Jane Seymour taking the time to name several well-known African American celebrities who chose to date or marry caucasian women.  


What really got under my skin (in a bad way) was when his mother, Jane Seymour said that she thought Marion Wayans could do much better than the African American female he was dating.  She then mentioned something about him getting an upgrade.  I was thinking that maybe she meant that he could have chosen someone who had a better job, higher career goals, etc.  Instead, she was referring to his girlfriend's race of African American.  I'm glad this was a rated M for Mature movie and that young African American girls did not have to watch the negative images placed upon African American women.


Of course there were other stereotypes and biases dealing with African American men as well. In fact, the whole movie seemed to be just a degrading compilation of African American stereotypes that did not sit well with me. In between the stereotype-casting, there was a storyline where they tried to follow the original movie, but it seemed to me the emphasis was to throw out as many stereotypes about African Americans as they could.


The movie did not stay true to the original that it was supposedly spoofing. I think if I had rights to the movie Fifty Shades of Grey, I would have sued for defamation based on using my movie to humiliate African Americans as well as this movie going against common decency. Yes -- there were also some adult images that I had to turn my head away from since they were so grotesque. Who said that once you become an adult, you have to be subjected to seeing images that should not be allowed to be shown on a movie screen?


Use of the "N" word in Fifty Shades of Black Movie


If movies were in the habit of refunding people's money because of inappropriate content within said movie, I would have not asked, but demanded the return of my movie admittance money. I would have at least requested to see another movie instead of this one. I stayed and watched the movie -- not because I wanted to, but to see just how far this movie would go to try to tear down the image of African Americans in a movie that was ironically for the most part starring African Americans.


Personally, as a general practice, I do not pay to see movies that glorifies the "N" word.  In fact, I do not watch them at all. For example, I have not seen the movie Django because I heard about the number of times this racial slur was used in the movie.  If someone had told me that Marion Wayans would say the "N" word even one time during the movie, I wouldn't have seen this movie. He said the "N" word not once, but many times during the movie. And ending the word with an "a" does not change the derogatory meaning of it.


If you know African American history, you would know that this is the name that was used when slave owners and others referred to slaves.  Fast forward to the future, and I hear this name being used, almost as if it is an honor to say it -- which by the way, it is not. To me, this word is a reminder how once and even in some places today, people who were human beings were denied the right to learn how to read, write and was literally sold as property. Caucasian men and women routinely called African Americans this name without a flinch of an eye during that time and sometimes even today -- if you let them get away with it.


Black Lives Matter Spoof on the Movie Fifty Shades of Black


I could not believe that Marion Wayans had the audacity to spoof such a serious topic as Black Lives Matter. He made fun of the endearing slogan Black Lives Matter and made it seem as if it was all a joke. I'm sure the African Americans who lost their lives because of actions of unscrupulous police and others as well as their friends and families would not think this is a laughing matter.  Marion Wayans should be ashamed of himself for making light of the fact that Black Lives Matter. I will say it like I mean it -- all jokes aside -- Black lives do matter.


As a Black man, I'm sure Marion Wayans has been profiled and treated as a second- class citizen sometimes when pulled over or confronted by the police or others. The people referenced in Black Lives Matter are no longer with us, and their memory should not be tarnished by their unfortunate predicaments being mirrored in such a ridiculous, racist movie as Fifty Shades of Black.


Rating for Fifty Shades of Black


If I could give the movie, Fifty Shades of Black a zero star, I would.  However, the lowest rating is 1 star, and the highest rating is 5 stars.   I would give the movie, Fifty Shades of Black a -1 star which is less than one.   My basis for such a low score is the preponderous of negativity towards African Americans, as well as the use of the "N' word in the movie and the overall inappropriateness of this movie.  I do not in any way, shape or form recommend that you see this movie and I strongly urge you not to buy this movie if it is ever released on DVD.


You may have noticed that I have not posted any pictures from the movie Fifty Shades of Black. The reason for this is I do not want you to get the idea that I support this movie in any way, shape or form. I'm also disppointed in all of the actors in this movie who worked in it and made it possible to be made.


You may say they made the movie for money? To what cost is respect and dignity for a people who have suffered much and still do in many ways. Respect and all that the word signifies does not come with a price tag!


Thanks goodness the majority of American people have spoken and the movie, Fifty Shades of Black is no longer in the movie theatres. The memory of me watching this movie is already erased from my mind.


Usually, I post a youtube video of the movie trailer for the movies I review.  However, since I do not recommend you see the movie Fifty Shades of Black, I will be posting a video from my recent trip to the Black Hisory Museum in Alexandria, VA that I visited during my travels.


Last Updated on Friday, 19 February 2016 03:32

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This is Charlotte Free

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Some celebrity names are household words like Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Anniston, Beyonce and the like.  Then there are many that seems to be waiting to make their mark, so to speak.  Introducing Charlotte Free.  If you have never heard the name, I'm sure it's not for her not wanting you to.  Charlotte Free has actually been an active model since at least 2010.  She has represented such products as Chanel and others.  You may also remember the creative perfume commercial that she starred in that was like a real-live video game, including levels, and of course, the infamous "Game Over."


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Hopefully it is not game over for Charlotte Free in her modeling career.  She recently was featured in the Paris fashion show in 2016 and I'm sure there are many other projects waiting for her in the wings. In the meantime, you may be interested to know that she is from California and was actually discovered while playing video games in a video game arcade.  This is reminiscent of the model-actress Charlize Theron who was discovered in a bank in Los Angeles, California. This goes to show that you never know where you will be when opportunity knocks.

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 What Charlotte Free is up to these days?  Well, she seems to be keeping a low profile so not much to report as of yet.  Maybe Charlotte Free is waiting for her big break to get into movies and films like so many other models have done before her.  I guess we will have to just wait and see!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 October 2017 19:05

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Blindspot: Jaimie Alexander Female Action Star - Television Show Review


Now that the season finale has aired, I think this is a good time for me to review the Blindspot television show.  I intended to review the show earlier, but was on the fence on just how I felt about it.  Whenever I decided that certain improvements were needed in the show, sometimes the story line delivered what I was looking for.   Other times, in fact most of the time, Jaimie Alexander's character was pushed too far in the background.


The main reason I watched Blindspot was I thought the female lead character would actually be the lead character and not just someone tagging along behind a male lead.  Of course it was understandable that Jaimie Alexander's character would be a follower in the beginning because she was relatively new to what was happening all around her.  Coupled with the fact she lost her memory, it seemed logical she would not have a prominent part in the series during the beginning episodes.  

However, as the episodes moved along and Jaimie Alexander's character showed she was just as capable of being an FBI agent as her male lead, I was anticipating she would move out more on her own.  This did happen in one episode when she parted ways with her partner and was leading another FBI agent who was helping her guard one of the bad guys.  This was one of my favorite episodes along with about two other episodes where Jaimie Alexander's character came out from under the shadows of the male lead.


The problem I see with Blindspot as a television show that seems to be advertising heavily that it has a female starring in an action role is the large cast of characters in the show. In fact, there are so many other characters in the series sometimes Jaimie Alexander's character has little to say or do mainly because the other characters share their take on the events stemming from the tattoos on Jaimie Alexander's body. Consequently, Jaimie Alexander's character sometimes appears to be just a map.


Spoiler alert.  The  problem of the gigantic cast of characters in Blindspot was sort of rectified when a few were eliminated and one of the FBI agents resigned.   This happened in the season finale.  However, in this same episode, yet another female character was introduced to share her views on the case they were working on.


During the season finale, there was a scene that would have been an exciting cliff hanger which I think the writers overlooked.  This happened after Jaimie Alexander showed her male counterpart  she was attracted to him when she met him after sneaking away from the safe house.  Within minutes of their  separate departures, she was kidnapped and snatched away in a white van.  In my opinion, the season finale could have stopped there leaving viewers with lots of questions, such as why was she kidnapped, who kidnapped her, would she remember who kidnapped her, etc.


Instead the finale moved to a scene where she is being water-boarded by the suspicious CIA character who had  previously appeared in the television series.  Thankfully, just when she was getting ready to be put in a lot of pain by this CIA agent, she is saved by a male who she has flashbacks of as being her finance.   He shows her a smartphone with a video saying she  tattooed herself and wiped away her own memory.  In the mean time, her FBI partner calls her phone and looks worried when she does not answer.


In my opinion, this was a cheesy type ending, but it's an ending I will accept.   Why?  Because finally, the television show is focusing on Jaimie Alexander's character as it should be.  There is not an array of other characters around trying to give their two-cents worth of information on an impending case.  There is no FBI female director around who appears to have a shady past.  There is no research person around giving her interpretations of the tattoos who seems to be trying to take over Jaimie Alexander's position as the lead actor.  And even more importantly, no latter scenes with them chasing criminals up the stairways, culminating in fist fights or other altercations.  To me, these series of events became repetitive after awhile.


After watching every episode of Blindspot since its debut, with some exceptions, it was the final few minutes of the television series where it appeared the writeres remembered this show is about a female action star, who should have scripts and action scenes written with that in mind.


Based on a rating of 1  to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Blindspot 2 1/2 stars mainly because the story lines pushed Jaimie Alexander's character in the background in more of a supporting role instead of a leading role.  There were a few exceptions, but in the majority of episodes, Jaimie Alexander's character was relegated to asking questions, looking puzzled, and acting unsure of herself.


The good news is Blindspot returns to NBC in February, 2016.  Hopefully with Season 2, the writeres will get Jaimie Alexander's character right, and let her become more of a leader and a true female action star the second time around. 


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The Catch: A Ms. H Television Show Review



The Catch:  A Ms. H Television Show Review

Disclaimer: The Catch television show review is mine alone and does not represent the views of

Introduction to The Catch:  A Ms. H Television Show Review

The Catch television show I watched recently on Monday, March 28, 2016 on ABC was actually a rerun. The Catch normally airs Thursdays on ABC.  However, I think in an attempt to get the audience viewers who originally stay on ABC after watching Dancing with the Stars  to see Castle, The Catch was placed in this new, temporary time slot.

The television show Castle is usually scheduled to follow Dancing with the Stars.  Personally, I do not watch Castle so I would not be the audience this show was trying to get.  However, since I was curious about The Catch, I decided to keep watching to find out what  it was all about. Previously I watched The Catch television show previews and I must say I was impressed this television show has a female lead who seemed to be somewhat of the action/investigative star who was not  merely a follower like some of the other female  characters in similar type television shows.

To make a long story short, I was not disappointed by this premiere episode of The Catch. Here’s my review to explain why I enjoyed watching The Catch.


Synopsis of The Catch Television Show


By this time, you may have or have not seen The Catch television show.  The storyline of  the show centers around Alice Vaughn played by Mireille Enos. She is a private investigator who is out to locate a Mr. X in the premiere episode.   After a series of incidences involving her meeting with Christopher Hall, played by actor Peter Krause, interesting events occur that cumulate with her trying to find out the true identity of this client.

The dilemma is by the time Alice Vaughn finds out who Christopher Hall really is -- He seemingly has “disappeared.”  The remainder of the show is almost a textbook detective/private investigative story -- where she ends up searching for him -- for more reasons than one.


Personal Involvement of the Characters in The Catch Television Show


Spoiler Alert. The main character, Alice Vaughn becomes involved romantically with Christopher Hall, who she finds out later is a con artist who unfortunately is not working alone. To add to the drama, Christopher Hall appears to  have a female boss who is also interested in him as well.


Reality of The Catch Television Show


To me, it seemed unlikely that after completing his con -- Christopher Hall would stay around the local area where he “disappeared” from and pretend to be yet  someone else.  In other words, he stays in the area  and as a con artist  steals the secrets of a new invention that is worth a lot of money.  


There is an unexpected chance meeting between Christopher Hall and Alice Vaughn at an event and unrealistically -- they just stare at each other before, of course all the lights go out.  

The question is was she trying to find him because she still had emotions for him, or if she was more intent on catching and  exposing him as the con artist that he is.


Assessment of The Catch Television Show


I like this show so far  because it stars a slightly older woman in this day and age when youthful actresses seem to be all the demand.  I also like the show has a diverse cast.  

I plan to continue watching this show for now  to see what happens next.  Will this show be one that will keep my interest or will it evolve into a show that becomes not only predictable, but even worse -- more or less unrealistic? I guess time will tell.


Rating of The Catch Television Show


On a scale of one star  to five stars with one star being the lowest and five stars being the highest, I give the premiere episode of The Catch three stars.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 March 2016 20:14

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