C: I need black friends but it’s like I can never get past being acquaintances with them. My friend at home is a person of color and hangs out with mostly black people at uni. My uni is basically filled with white people that listen to Queen and The 1975, etc. So she’s always talking about how “lit” her uni is but I keep telling her it’s because she’s around black people. She’s like, “No white people are fun too.” No bitch. No they’re not. They’re the most boring people I’ve ever spent time with. They’re so crusty.

Things white people say about my box braids/twists
  • Girl in class: can you explain your hair to me
  • Coworker: I don't get it. *touches braid
  • Boy at party: I like your dreads
  • Girl at mall: *pets my hair I push her hand away and when I turn around she's still touching a twist.
  • Girl in class: you look so African
  • Professor: I don't get how it stays in or where it attaches.
  • Why do white people feel they deserve an explanation about my hair. Its my hair
My heart goes out to every black and brown college student right now who have to defend their intelligence and right to learn *more than they do already* thanks to Jeff Sessions & the Trump Admin rehashing this bullshit “Affirmative Action hurts white people” discussion.

Being black at a PWI is already painful enough without this issue being imposed on campuses across the country

Confession: I feel like black people on both sides need to chill the fuck out when it comes to HBCU vs. PWI debates. Both experiences are distinct and can be valuable and it’s such an unnecessary beef.

To HBCU goers: going to a HBCU doesn’t make you more authentically black. We are all black. We were born black, we were black when we decided where to go to school, we are all ~definitely black~ when entering this white-ass workforce, and we all black until the day we die. Also, going to a HBCU doesn’t make you “extra woke.”  Your shared blackness has fuckall to do with sexism, colorism, homophobia, classism, etc etc. hell, at an HBCU, mysogynoir and homophobia especially can be shrouded in black patriarchal bullshit that won’t necessarily exist at a PWI. 

To PWI goers: you’re “black” experience will never be exactly equivalent to someone who is going to a whole school of black people. Sorry. Also, a lot of y'all talk about how PWIs are “inherently more prestigious” than HBCUs. 1.) Where you get your degree is not the only or even the most important, contributing factor your success in life. 2.) Prestige is largely subjective 3.) There are only a handful of schools that are objectively “more prestigious” than HBCUs, and I’m talking about the Harvards and the Stanfords. Yeah, these schools are more prestigious than HBCUs, but they’re also more prestigious than basically every other PWI, and no shade, but the chances are that you probably aren’t going to one. Like damn. Just be secure in the choice that you made for yourself without feeling like you gotta drag down half the race for it. 

C: Honestly, this is gonna sound offensive, but the only time I’ve really been able to love and appreciate myself was when I was away from the “black community.” I’m a college student, going to a prestigious college but it’s a PWI. I plan to major in Systems Engineering and got a relatively high GPA compared to the average of my peers. But I’ve noticed that there are is a lack of melanin at my school, it’s predominantly white and Asian. But the crazy thing is, I feel more accepted at college than I do at home. Since I was little I would get teased for having different interest than everyone else, and I wasn’t athletic despite being tall. Girls would say I was cute but I wasn’t there type, even the other black nerds. I felt really alienated and alone. My school has about 40,000 students and less than 700 black students, most of which are athletes. The only people who made me feel like I was accepted and apart of them are non blacks, an Asian boy and a Latino and girls of different races let me shoot my shot and give me time of day. Hanging out with them I began to see my worth and learn to respect myself. But I’ve noticed I’m growing a hatred for the so-called black community. People get more support and love doing knuckle head shit than I do following what I believe to be the right path. I want to write books on working on self esteem for kids and give money to schools systems with predominately black students when I’m older but I don’t want to do that anymore, I don’t feel like I owe them anything. It’s like loving something that doesn’t love you back, and that shit hurts.

The Performative Wokeness of Dear White People

“I plan to marry me a dark-skinned sister. Have the ashiest, blackest babies possible.” Says the character of Reggie (Marques Richardson) to his group of friends as they’re taking a stroll on the campus of Winchester University, the fictional university set in the world of Dear White People. Reggie’s proclamation came during a conversation about the character of Sam’s (Logan Browning) new white boyfriend.

The statement echoes a conversation that Sam has earlier in the series with her group of friends where she says that she prefers her men like she prefers her coffee “full-bodied with preferably Keyan origins.” Prompting Muffy (Caitlin Carver) to ask Sam, in Muffy’s words, “a dumb white girl question,” why it would be racist if Muffy was to only date white men, but not racist for Sam to only date black men. Sam goes onto explain that there are parts of her identity that white men will never understand in the ways a black man could. However, Sam does eventually start dating a white guy named Gabe (John Patrick Amedori), who only after being outed on his Instagram account, does she go public with.

Sam’s relationship with a white man becomes a point of contention for many of her closest friends, sparking an ongoing discussion in the series of whether a black person can really be pro-black, while also having a white significant other.

Reggie’s politics, however, are never challenged in the same ways that Sam’s are. His declaration of love for dark-skinned women, is dead upon arrival considering that the only other thing that he is known for outside of his pro-blackness, is his crush on Sam. A light-skinned biracial woman.

Based on the 2014 movie of the same name, Dear White People is a satire set at a PWI about college campus politics through the lens of black students. The show also explores the theme of identity. How often people assume identities or have identities projected onto them that contradicts who they really are. Identities such as being“woke.”

Used to describe a person who is socially and politically conscious, the word “woke” has surged in popularity within recent years due to social media and the rise of social movements such as Black Lives Matter. But what once was a way to describe someone’s political awareness, being, or staying woke, has seemingly dissolved more into a competition of who is more educated on race and other social issues.

Performative wokeness is examined within the world of Dear White People, with episode five featuring a scene where Reggie shows off an app he created called Woke or Not. The app shows photos of students at Winchester University and with a push of a button app users can determine whether a person is woke. Or not.

Even though Dear White People pokes fun at the absurdity and arrogance that comes from people who think they have the moral authority to decide who is or isn’t woke, the show itself falls into many of the same traps that it attempts to satirize.

In an episode centered around Gabe, he’s sitting at a table surrounded by Sam and other black women while they discuss white male privilege and how women of color are often passed over for opportunities that usually end up being given to mediocre white men. While he’s silently listening on, Gabe imagines himself banging his fist against the table as he looks directly into the camera and exclaims that sometimes people actually earn the things they get and that just because he’s a white man doesn’t make him an “asshole.”

“Asshole,” of course, seems just a tad bit reductive considering that being an “asshole” in this scenario is about benefiting from a society that prioritizes average white men over hard working black women. While the narrator says that only “a tiny part” of Gabe wishes he could make such a statement, it’s still concerning that Gabe, who is supposedly enlightened on issues of racism and sexism, is secretly harboring resentment against women of color for venting their frustrations about the institutions that systematically hold them back from opportunities

Is it possible that Gabe is being used as a conduit to discuss liberal racism? After all, episode five deals with how even “good” white people can be guilty of the same racism that they like to think they’re above. But this wasn’t Gabe’s first time making racially tone deaf statements without being taken to task. In the first episode, Gabe tells Sam that he wouldn’t let his friends make her feel like she didn’t belong in his “world,” after Gabe’s first uncomfortable meeting with Sam’s friends where he made a series of half-hearted attempts at trying to relate to the struggles of black students.  

 However, the most egregious occurrence of Dear White People’s lack of self awareness about their own performative wokeness comes with their handling of discussions surrounding colorism.  

The most improved upon element from Dear White People the movie is the colorism. In the movie, the character of Coco (Teyonah Parris,) a dark-skinned black woman, existed solely as a foil to Tessa Thompson’s version of Sam, a light-skinned biracial woman. With the movie being turned into a series, we see Coco, now played by Antoinette Robertson, develop into a fleshed out, fully realized character. But even with the series upgrading on the movie’s shortcomings, even going as far as calling Sam out on her light-skin privilege, the series began developing flaws of their own in regards to its colorism.

Joelle (Ashley Blaine Featherson) outside of being Sam’s best friend, also has feelings for Reggie, the guy who has feelings for Sam. This scenario is reminiscent to a flashback scene in episode four in which Coco longingly looks on as Troy, (Brandon Bell) a guy she has feelings for, flirt with Sam. Even though in that particular situation, the scene was a part of an episode that explores Coco’s relationship to colorism and how it affects her love life, the same motivation doesn’t appear to be behind the love triangle of Sam, Joelle, and Reggie.

The fact that the only light-skinned biracial woman of the show is constantly shown as the object of affection, while the two principle dark-skinned women of the show are depicted as coveting over color struck black men who constantly overlook them for said light-skinned biracial woman is disheartening to watch.

What makes this even more disheartening, is the fact that Joelle was walking right beside Reggie, struggling to contain her smile, as he declared that he was going to “marry him a dark-skinned sister,” only later to hook up with Sam. But Joelle, nor does anyone else, call him out about how his preference doesn’t align with who we actually see him dating.

Has Dear White People found itself stuck in the same tiny confines of identity that it sought out to expose through its characters? Can the contradictions that arise within the show merely be chalked up to poor writing? Or does it prove that inconsistency will inevitably happen when trying to voice the concerns of multiple people with varying opinions? A light skin woman can not speak to the struggles of colorism that a dark skin woman faces. A white man can’t relate to the problems a black man has. And one show cannot voice the opinions of all within a community.

Confession: So right now I’m living in a city in Virginia that’s about 40 percent black, and I’m moving to Colorado in about 2 weeks for school which is pretty white). I am 26, and am just recently getting to the point on my journey where I am loving my blackness blackness and love being around black people. I’m going to try and reach out to as many as I can when I move, but I’m scared of being the only minority in the room again.

Confession: I’m a graduating high school senior and have been blessed to gain acceptance into NYU, UCLA,(all 7 of the UC’s campuses), USC, U of M Ann Arbor and get a full ride to Williams College. I’m going to be on my own for college and I am leaning towards Williams for the full ride. However, I’m wary because the POC culture and solidarity that LA or NYC would bring is important to me. Williams is a feel good sunshine small liberal college. But it is a PWI in a rural area. I’m afraid of encountering racism alone somewhere :/

This is Gregory Dodge. He is my best friend’s roommate. He is a blind Caucasian male. He’s on the phone with some girl named Julia and whenever he’s on the phone with her he’s always loud for no reason. Greg is very inconsiderate of people’s feelings and he thinks that is funny when it’s not and he’s uses his blindness to get away with things. He is explaining to her what he said in our convenience store which is attached to our cafeteria. Apparently he heard some of my fellow African Americans arguing and proceeded to call them “fucking niggers”. He doesn’t say it directly because we were in the room and he knows we’re black. We can pick up on context clues, we’re not dumb, we are in college… but maybe I’m wrong🤷🏽‍♀️. What do you think?

I attend Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.


Last year’s Top 5 wrestlers in Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s annual PWI 500 was very controversial as the writers selected Roman Reigns as the number 1 wrestler in the world with Kazuchika Okada at number 2 followed by Prince Devitt (aka Finn Balor) at number 3, AJ Styles at number 4, and Jay Lethal at number 5.  Many fans, myself included felt that Okada was more deserving of being number 1 than Roman Reigns and none of us could understand why that happened and how someone with so much hate could be better than Okada.

Well, this year, all is right in the world of professional wrestling as the 2017 PWI 500 has revealed Kazuchika Okada as the number 1 wrestler in the world thus becoming the first Japanese wrestler in history to be number 1 and the first non-WWE wrestler to be number 1 since 2010.  This year’s top 5 of the 500 sees a big shift into which 4 of these wrestlers are adored and respected by fans alike. Also if you look at two pictures above, you’ll notice that 3 of those top 5 wrestlers are featured twice.  That is because both Jay Lethal and Prince Devitt took a fall outside of the top five while one of this year’s top 5 made a huge leap.

As noted, Kazuchika Okada is number 1 in the 2017 PWI 500 but he’s has two rivals in which both are in the top 5.  At number two, is AJ Styles who was the other non-WWE wrestler to be number 1 back in 2010 and with this is now considered to be the top wrestler on WWE’s main roster.  At number 3; moving up from the top 10 is Kevin Owens (who will probably also be calling this one a conspiracy since basically he has lost his mind after losing to AJ Styles into which he can’t have another shot at the WWE United States Championship as long as AJ is champion).  He was number one last year but this year slips to number four is the result for Roman Reigns who still can’t do a decent promo.  Lastly, making the top five and making a huge leap is Kenny Omega who last year wasn’t even in the top 20 and is now in the top five.

Down Below are the Top 100 of those PWI 500 wrestlers for 2017 and my comments surrounding most of them.

  1. Kazuchika Okada (NJPW):  Well deserving.  Should’ve gotten it last year but didn’t.  His matches have said it all. He is the absolute best
  2. AJ Styles (SmackDown! Live):  The Top wrestler in the WWE based on skills and the ability to wow the crowd.  Despite his age, he’s still showing that he is the face that runs the place.
  3. Kevin Owens (WWE):  He’ll likely call this a conspiracy too.  He also complained about Seth Rollins (who didn’t even crack the top 10 this year) being on the cover of WWE2K18. I like the wrestler but he complains too much and only thinks small.
  4. Roman Reigns (RAW):  After losing to Rollins at Money in the Bank 2016, went down the hill than came back up only to go back down again.  His matches against Braun Strowman have been fantastic but needs a lot of improvement.
  5. Kenny Omega (NJPW): Made a huge leap from last year’s PWI 500 and that is thanks to his in-ring ability and his promos. Plus the online series “Being the Elite” is a huge hit on YouTube.
  6. Shinsuke Nakamura (NXT/SmackDown! Live):  Though his English is limited, his actions always speaks louder.  The way he carries himself is nothing of extraordinary.
  7. Dean Ambrose (WWE):  Nothing much but he’s slowly proving why he’s one of the best wrestlers today.  On a plus side, with him in the top 10 for this year’s PWI 500, this could shows us that Rollins/Ambrose are the best team for 2017.  Only four months to go to see if that happens.
  8. Samoa Joe (NXT/RAW):  Wow! One of the best who I believe is ready to become champion. The question though is when will that happen.
  9. Bobby Roode (NXT):  What a huge leap for the “It-Factor” after being way outside the top 10 last year.  Though I not a fan of his promos, no one can deny his in-ring ability.  It truly is one of the best.
  10. The Miz (WWE):  If it wasn’t for that promo on last year’s Talking Smack, then we wouldn’t talk about how much The Miz has improved since then.  Becoming arguably one of the best talkers and one of the best wrestlers in professional wrestling.
  11. Adrian Neville (RAW):  He’s finally getting notice but it wasn’t ‘till now that he is actually starting to have some fun.
  12. Tetsuya Naito (NJPW):  One of the few who didn’t budge 1 muscle from this spot.  I really expected him to be a top 10 wrestler but guess that’ll be saved for next year. What a shame for the 2-time (and reigning) G1 Climax winner.
  13. Randy Orton (SmackDown! Live):  Made a huge leap, large in part to him winning the Royal Rumble though his words towards the indies have made him a controversial figure as of late.
  14. Adam Cole (ROH):  A big leap for “Adam Cole Baybay” who became the 1st 3-time ROH Champion at the Tokyo Dome and one of my favorites due to his mic skills and his in-ring ability.
  15. Bray Wyatt (WWE):  Big leap for the “Eater of Worlds” but most of his matches and promos have suddenly lost steam.  The crowd no longer wants to “Follow the Buzzards”.
  16. Seth Rollins (RAW):  Was in total shock to see him outside of the top 10 after being number 1 in 2015 and then managing to stay in the top 10 for 2016.  He’s still having some of the best matches and the best has yet to come for the “Kingslayer”. The good news though is that his tag partner is a top 10 wrestler this year possibly making them the best team in this year’s PWI 500 despite only being together for a short while.
  17. Christoper Daniels (ROH):  What a big leap for this man who at the age of 46 became ROH Champion and like AJ, showed to everyone that age is just a number and that wrestling is about skills and not height.
  18. Bobby Lashley (GFW):  Since I don’t watch him, I can’t comment.
  19. John Cena (SmackDown! Live):  With his career winding down, this had to be expected but it was fun to see John Cena stay in the top 10 for most of his career.
  20. KUSHIDA (ROH/NJPW):  Another wrestler who made a huge leap and has become the official successor to Seth Rollins’s old finishing move “God’s Last Gift” which he calls the “Back to the Future”
  21. Will Ospreay (NJPW/Indies):  1 year he’s cracking the top 20; this year, finds himself outside of it.  Guessing Will needs to improve more.
  22. Chris Jericho (WWE):  His “List of Jericho” (Which I’m on by the way) has gotten so much attraction that fans want to see who make the list next.  It is most likely that this is his last year wrestling full time and he made the most of it.
  23. Katsuyori Shibata (NJPW):  Though his career may be over, let’s not forget the year he had before Sakura Genesis including winning the New Japan Cup in a classic thriller against Fale.
  24. Johnny Mundo (AAA):  I know who he is but I haven’t watched him in six years. Glad he’s making progress as a wrestler.
  25. Brock Lesnar (RAW):  WWE really needs him to drop the Universal Championship to an full-time competitor ‘cause this ranking shows why.
  26. Zack Sabre Jr. (NJPW/Indies):  He can really hurt you in the matches.  At least he is more respectful towards his opponents to the point he’ll show respect to them.
  27. Eddie Edwards (GFW):  Can’t say much except this guy is something.
  28. Prince Devitt aka Finn Balor (RAW):  The 1st-ever WWE Universal Champion took a big fall from the top 5 largely due in part to too much inactivity.  May fall even further if his current storyline with Bray Wyatt doesn’t end right now as fans are totally bored with it.
  29. Pete Dunne (Indies):  Another big leap here going from being way outside the top 100 to now being of the top 30 wrestlers in the world.  This one is truly deserving.
  30. Jinder Mahal (SmackDown! Live):  Someone who suffered losses is now getting a big push into which he is now WWE Champion.  The craziest part is that he wasn’t even in the PWI 500 last year.  Talk about how those last three months played out into him reaching the top 30.
  31. Marty Scurll (ROH): I love his music and I love his skills.  Plus, he’s another one who made a huge leap from being outside of the top 100 to making it into the top 40 at number 31.
  32. Dolph Ziggler (SmackDown! Live):  Moved up a bit but not much.  Here’s to hoping he does well in the Indies when the time comes.
  33. Cody Rhodes (NJPW/ROH/Indies):  What a leap for the “American Nightmare” into which he’s still has the chance to produce more amazing matches.
  34. Braun Strowman (RAW):  Thought he would be a top 10 guy this year but at least he’s making progress. Let’s hope he becomes the next WWE Universal Champion so that we can see that belt ‘till year’s end.
  35. TJP (RAW):  Originally TJ Perkins.  Not a great wrestler but he really is one of the best.
  36. Ethan Carter III (GFW):  Haven’t watched him in years so I can’t comment on him either
  37. Alberto El Patron (GFW):  Had a strong resurgence until his private issues got in the way.
  38. Kyle O’Reilly (ROH/Indies):  Dropped down a bit but hopefully can have the resurgence in NXT
  39. Hiroshi Tanahashi (NJPW):  Awesome wrestler who likes to showboat too much.  But you have to love his air guitars, truly awesome
  40. Nick Jackson (ROH/NJPW/Indies):  My comments on him coming up next.
  41. Sami Zayn (WWE):  He’s great but has been greatly undervalued by WWE into which it’s time for him to go back to NXT.
  42. Matt Jackson (ROH/NJPW/Indies):  With Nick, one of the best tag teams in the world but they have competition since the only tag wrestler to make the top 10 this year is WWE’s Dean Ambrose.  Also their show “Being the Elite” is the best.  On another note, The Elite have an average raking of 29 for 2017 after last year’s average ranking was almost 40, which make them the second best staple/group in professional wrestling today right behind the former Shield brethren whose average ranking for 2017 is 9
  43. Mark Haskins (Indies):  Never watched him so can’t comment.
  44. Rusev (WWE):  Really taking a fall after being in the top 10 two years ago. It’s sad that one of the best wrestlers in the world has been demoted to the role of jobber.
  45. Matt Hardy (GFW/ROH/Indies/RAW):  With his brother Jeff, achieve the rare feat of holding the top 3 US promotions tag-titles in 1 year.  He’s crazy but I like the guy
  46. Ricochet (Lucha Underground/NJPW):  Another big fall mostly because of a television deal. Expecting him to get back up and rise again.
  47. Yamato (Dragon Gate):  Haven’t watched him so I can’t comment
  48. Hiromu Takahashi (ROH/NJPW):  Huge leap for the “Time Bomb” who made a big statement at the Tokyo Dome earlier this year.  Can’t wait to see him become champion again.
  49. Baron Corbin (SmackDown! Live):  Not a big leap for 2017′s Mr. Money in the Bank but still room for improvement including his attitude.
  50. Tyler Bate (Indies):  Wasn’t even ranked last year and now sees himself as a top 50 wrestler.  Not bad for the first WWE UK Champion.
  51. Jeff Hardy (GFW/ROH/Indies/RAW):  With his brother Matt, tore the house down in their tag matches including the two against the Young Bucks at Supercard of Honor XI and against Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins the night after SummerSlam.  With Matt, they are passing the torch to the next generation of tag-team wrestlers.
  52. Jay Lethal (ROH):  Last year, he was in the top 5; this year, he finds himself now scratching to make the top 50.  Shocking that it happened but it did.  Have the feeling that this will make Silas Young happy who will be upset to learn he’s not a top 100 guy.
  53. Bobby Fish (ROH):  Another fall for him while his partner is still in the top 40.
  54. Cesaro (RAW):  Though one of the best, his status here shows us all who the best tag-team is in professional wrestling.
  55. Moose (GFW):  Heard about this guy. Haven’t watched him but I can say that he’s really good.
  56. Rich Swann (RAW):  Awesome wrestler into which I love his music.
  57. Sheamus (RAW):  Read about what I said about his tag partner, Cesaro.
  58. Drew McIntyre (Indies/NXT):  Made it to the top 10 via a tie last year and this year finds himself outside the top 50.  Let’s hope he has a lengthy reign as NXT Champion so that he can crack the top 10 again.
  59. Big E (WWE):  Strong downfall for him but he’s still funny
  60. Austin Aries (NXT/RAW):  One of the best wrestlers in the world but never got the push he truly deserved in WWE.
  61. Luke Harper (SmackDown! Live):  Had gotten a huge push after betraying Bray Wyatt but hasn’t been seen in months.  WWE is underestimating his potential.
  62. Trevor Lee (GFW/Indies):  Can’t say much but based on what I’ve read, he’s really good.
  63. Hirooki Goto (NJPW):  Had a resurgence that resulted in him being in the top 50 last year but toppled out.  One of the best in the world but can’t really blossom like he should.
  64. Brian Kendrick (RAW):  Coming back to WWE has really helped “The Man with a Plan” to the point that he’s now feuding with the next generation of wrestling talent.
  65. Pentagon El OM (AAA):  Haven’t watch him so can’t comment
  66. Katsuhiko Nakajima (NOAH):  Whoa! Took more than half of the top 100 to find someone from Pro Wrestling Noah.  This shows us all what the company has been through in the past year.
  67. Tommaso Ciampa (NXT):  This guy is special.  It’s just too bad that his year ended with a torn ACL keeping him out until 2018.
  68. Crazzy Steve (Indies):  Can’t comment much except I can’t really stand this guy.
  69. Kofi Kingston (WWE):  One of the best in the world who’s also a record holder for Tag-Team gold.  His 2009 feud with Randy Orton is still one of his best highlights in my opinion.
  70. Luke Gallows (RAW):  This is not good for the team that was once the best tag-team in the world.  WWE really has ruined both him and Anderson.
  71. Bad Luck Fale (NJPW):  Look who took a huge leap and this one is well deserved.  One of the best on the mic and 1 that strikes fear in any ring announcer around the world.
  72. Xavier Woods (WWE):  Moved down alot as well.  But, he’s the best at hosting game shows including his UpUpDownDown which I saw once and it was funny.
  73. Karl Anderson (RAW):  The “Machine Gun” has gone from being one of the best to being nothing in the year since being in WWE. 
  74. Tomohiro Ishii (NJPW):  Went down alot as well but had some of the best matches against both Kenny Omega and Tetsuya Naito.
  75. Davey Richards (GFW):  Is now pursuing a doctor’s career.
  76. Michael Elgin (NJPW/Indies):  Took a huge fall as well.  This mostly is due to his injury but who knows.
  77. Abyss (GFW):  Surprised he’s still in the business
  78. Andrew Everett (Indies):  Plan to watch him real soon since I’m subscribe to CWF-Mid Atlantic’s YouTube channel
  79. Big Show (RAW):  Still one of the best in the word but age is coming into him based on him not being used much.
  80. Johnny Gargano (NXT/Indies):  Great Individual wrestler who I can see getting a huge push sometime in the future.
  81. Jay Briscoe (ROH):  Great wrestler who took a huge fall as well.
  82. Minoru Suzuki (NJPW):  Glad this guy’s not in the top 10.  He scares me more than Bray Wyatt and that is saying a lot.
  83. Jey Uso (SmackDown! Live):  For someone who claims their team is better sure didn’t gain the attention of the PWI writers who believe that the teams of Rollins/Ambrose, The Young Bucks, The Hardy Boyz, Cesaro/Sheamus, and The New Day are better than them based on these rankings alone.
  84. Rocky Romero (NJPW):  Great wrestler who we’ll see try to leave his mark in singles competition as RPG Vice says goodbye.
  85. Frankie Kazarian (ROH):  One of my favorites but hasn’t really gotten the push he truly deserves and at this stage, most likely doesn’t need it.
  86. Jimmy Uso (SmackDown! Live):  What I said about Jey is the same thing I say about Jimmy.
  87. Go Shiozaki (NOAH):  Awesome wrestler.  Just wished I would watch him some more.
  88. Hijo Del Texano (AAA):  Haven’t watch him so can’t comment.
  89. Roderick Strong (NXT):  Took a very strong fall outside the top 20 but hoping to see him have a resurgence leading into 2018.
  90. Sonjay Dutt (GFW):  Heard this guy’s a history maker.  Been a long time since I’ve watched him but he’s really good.
  91. Trent? Baretta (NJPW/PWG):  One of the best wrestlers in the world today.  Can’t wait to see how good he does in the heavyweight division.
  92. Eric Young (NXT):  Hadn’t had the year he wanted but was able to leave his mark through chaos.
  93. Maximo Sexy (CMLL):  Can’t comment due to not watching him much.
  94. Big Cass (RAW):  Strong leap for the 7-footer who may see himself outside the top 100 next year since he’ll be sideline until 2018 with a torn ACL injury.
  95. Magnus (GFW/Indies):  Great wrestler but really needs to get better and quick.
  96. Dalton Castle (ROH):  Great wrestler with one of the best entrances in the world.  Can’t wait to see him win his first world championship.
  97. Mark Briscoe (ROH):  Can’t comment more since I really can’t tell the two brothers apart at all.
  98. Marco Corleone (CMLL):  Haven’t watched him but it’s awesome to see him the top 100 after not being listed last year.
  99. Timothy Thatcher (Indies):  First time I’ve ever heard of this guy so I can’t say much about him right now.
  100. Keith Lee (ROH):  My uncle is apparently a huge fan of this guy.  Honestly, I haven’t watched him yet but if he’s good then I’ll take their word for it.

So there, you have it. Those are the top 100 wrestlers for the PWI 500 and stay tuned here for matches of those top five wrestlers courtesy of dailymotion’s various users.

Cheers to Black Grads! 32 Of The Best Graduation Caps We've Seen This Year

Black graduates did not hold back with bringing the Black Girl Magic and Black Boy Joy to their grad caps this year. From celeb inspired styles to salutes to school spirit, the class of 2017 did not disappoint.

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Best Grad Caps

@_maxie paid homage to Drake (and her student loans) with this picture perfect cap!

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@beaversdam showed love to Kendrick Lamar with her grad cap and we love it!

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@artworkbybria got all the way in formation with her Beyonce grad cap!

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@4evahaka proudly showed his love to his mom, his roots and his frat. Respect.

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The iciest grad cap goes to @oyveysade for this Gucci Mane inspired cap!

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Don’t touch @erparrish_’s grad cap. Word to Solange.

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@lifeof_shyyab’s cap was full of Black Girl Magic. Safe to say she’s got it all!

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@taylorsimien is a proud AKA and accountant. She’s #winning!

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@egypy_art is a educated Black queen. Her cap says it all!

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Sigma Gamma Rho member @shannontori_ celebrated with her grad cap!

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@hi_imchocolate is two degrees hotter. How fab!

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There is no denying that @styleomelette cap is full educated Black girl magic!

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@simplytonika is a Black boss chick. Need her cap say more?

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Alpha Phi Alpha man @coldplay_8 had the perfect cap on graduation day!

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On @buzzonbrandi’s graduation day, she wore the most dazzling cap of all!

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@set.it.off9 had the grad cap that captured her beautifully!

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Um, yes to the Black Girl Magic on this cap designed by @ms_morgan1920.

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@ohheyasiamay slayed the grades. Yes sis!

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@primplife this queen has crown…finally!

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@the4th_duck did it for her ancestores and the generations unborn. How powerful.

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@rissajaylovely has overcome it all. Congrats girl!

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@lola_bling got this natural girl thing down!

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@akg242 is one proud Omega man!

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Thanking mom for your Black girl magic, @artxsun? Always a good idea.

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Nupe @brysensei said it best: If I graduate from a PWI, Imma make it look sexy. Lit!

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Damn @for.the.love.of._.art, this cap is everything.

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@_afrolady has her crown and her dove. This Zeta Phi Beta is ready for the world!

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@meemfme._ they don’t want to see you winning, but you are!

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Welcome to adulting @bom_idowu. Being a “Man In Debt” is real.

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Best Grad Cap

@dannyyjacksonn “issa grad” cap is truly fit for a Black queen.

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@k_cartior it be like that, girl.

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@patrick_g20 Stay Woke. It get’s real out here.

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Birth of a Dream: Origin of the Five Tailed Devil

Last time, in the Tale of Pelnar, which is what I’m tagging these stories, I told of the might and beauty of the world’s first true Heavy Vitality Venomancer, but not of her origin. That is what we shall discuss today.

This tale takes place not in EPW, the land of the last tale, but rather the base game that EPW was a private server of. Perfect World International. PWI. This time, we have a pair of low-level Venomancers, Pelnar the Uninitiated, and Mist, both playing as the class is constructed.

This is the tale of two squishy Arcane builds and a five man dungeon rated for a squad of people three levels above them.

The dungeon itself isn’t much of a tale in itself; just being home to a pack of wolves that had been terrorizing the nearby city. This, however, was the third biggest city in the realm, and this wolf-cave was not home to just any pack of wolves.

Imagine, if you will, a nest of kobolds instead of a cave of wolves. Or better yet, imagine a famous cave of Dragon Whelps that a famed brave and foolish Paladin once crashed into. This cave was no cave, it was a veritable hive full of angry, hungry, high attack speed wolves. Hundreds and hundreds of them.

What they lacked in individual power, they made up for with raw numbers, rendering our first assault on them a complete failure. Mist and I were devoured in seconds. After leveling up to three above the wolves (but still three below recommended level for a five man party), we decided to attempt again.

The first room we cleared in three chunks, using only a handful of potions and a lot of luck. There were still five to go.We walk up a small hill, cresting it to peer into the next room, where roughly seventy wolves roamed around.

We stopped for a moment and chattered about how best to divide them up. Mist and I being friends in real life discussed our approach for half an hour, and neither of our pets would be able to tank it without pulling the aggro of the whole room.

So, I looked to my Sister in Arms with a wild glint in my eye and inquired “But Mist, is that a bad thing?” The next, and possibly last words out of my mouth were a simple battle cry, known by adventurers far and wide. I had accepted a new deity as my patron, and his name…

Was Leeroy Jenkins.

With my new God’s name on my lips, I charged, not using my pet to tank, but instead tanking hits myself from a full pack of seventy wolves. I somehow made it to the other side, and just in time for a Parasitic Nova to land around me, stunning every enemy in the room that had crawled to one spot.

“PELNAR WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING!?” Mist called to me, profanity as such being rare to stain her lips, and effortlessly tripping the server’s sensor, clearing the air for a few seconds as I barked back my command to keep going,

I transformed into my True Form, a Fox with enhanced physically defensive skills while the nearby wolves were stunned, queueing up an attack to stun them all again as my own pet caught up to me, unleashing a moderate-powered AoE attack on all the nearby wolves.

The stun cleared and in an instant, my HP dropped to below half. I stunned them in time to heal myself, and then started harassing with everything I had, an AoE defense debuff, a cone attack that dealt little damage but would slow their rapid attacks. Mist’s pet caught up and joined in the AoE just as my own unleashed a stun, chaining onto my previous. 

One more stun by Mist’s pet wasn’t quite enough, and I fell to the ground, lifeless, but it was not in vain! Bodies, lifeless corpses, fell around me, and the last lone wolf rushed at Mist, only to be dispatched without much effort.

I revived in town, staring deadpan at Mist, the first words from my freshly revived lips: “Mist, I think I found out which one of us is the tank”. 

Word of this spread, and few believed it, but Mist and I knew the truth. The Venomancer that tanked Den of Rabid Wolves below recommended level, though an idiot, may have been on to something. Perhaps… Perhaps Venomancers can be more than just squishy casters. 

Maybe if we got heavy armor, and specced into Vitality… Nah, that’d never work.

Or would it?