back in 1998
70 Classic Black Films Everyone Should See At Least Once
♬ "Do you know where you're going to?"♬ Here are 70 of the most iconic black films, through the year 2000.
By Kelley L. Carter

this list ignores the last 15 years of movies, but that makes sense. if we’re going to talk about “classics”, we have to give the movies time to become classics.

legend ( italicized - seen it, bold- have a copy of it too)

  1. Carmen Jones (1954)
  2. Imitation of Life (1959)
  3. Raisin in the Sun (1961)
  4. Shaft (1971)
  5. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971)
  6. Super Fly (1972)
  7. Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
  8. The Mack (1973)
  9. Coffy (1973)
  10. Black Caesar (1973)
  11. Cleopatra Jones (1974)
  12. Foxy Brown (1974)
  13. Claudine (1974)
  14. Uptown Saturday Night (1974)
  15. Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975)
  16. Dolemite (1975)
  17. Cooley High (1975)
  18. Mahogany (1975)
  19. Sparkle (1976)
  20. Car Wash (1976)
  21. The Wiz (1978)
  22. Breakin’ (1984)
  23. Beat Street (1984)
  24. A Soldier’s Story (1984)
  25. Purple Rain (1984)
  26. Krush Groove (1985)
  27. The Color Purple (1985)
  28. Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
  29. Raw (1987)
  30. School Daze (1988)
  31. Coming to America (1988)
  32. Lean On Me (1989)
  33. Glory (1989)
  34. Do the Right Thing (1989)
  35. Harlem Nights (1989)
  36. Mo’ Better Blues (1989)
  37. House Party (1990)
  38. The Five Heartbeats (1991)
  39. Jungle Fever (1991)
  40. Strictly Business (1991)
  41. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
  42. New Jack City (1991)
  43. White Men Can’t Jump (1992)
  44. Bebe’s Kids (1992) (used to have this on VHS lol)
  45. Boomerang (1992)
  46. Malcolm X (1992)
  47. Juice (1992)
  48. Class Act (1992)
  49. What’s Love Got to Do With It (1993)
  50. CB4 (1993)
  51. Posse (1993)
  52. Poetic Justice (1993)
  53. Menace II Society (1993)
  54. Jason’s Lyric (1994)
  55. A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)
  56. Tales From the Hood (1995)
  57. Bad Boys (1995)
  58. Friday (1995)
  59. Waiting to Exhale (1995)
  60. Higher Learning (1995)
  61. Set It Off (1996)
  62. Hav Plenty (1998)
  63. Eve’s Bayou (1997)
  64. Love Jones (1997)
  65. Soul Food (1997)
  66. Belly (1998)
  67. How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
  68. The Best Man (1999)
  69. The Wood (1999)
  70. Love & Basketball (2000)

of course she couldn’t get ALL of the movies on here… but some notable misses :

  • The Temptations (1998)
  • Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1998)
  • Dead Presidents (1995)
  • Polly (1989)
  • A Hero Ain’t Nothing But A Sandwich (1978)
  • The Marva Collins Story (1981)
  • Sister Act II (1993)
  • Hoodlum (1997)
  • Women of Brewster Place (1989) 
  • Little Richard (2000)
  • Bamboozled (2000)
  • I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)
  • The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992)
  • Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)
  • Preacher’s Wife (1996)
  • The Bodyguard (1992)
  • Mo Money (1992) (ok maybe not so notable, but yeah)
  • Blankman (1994)
  • The 6th Man (1997)

People like to give Bethesda a hard time for the bugs in Fallout, but I have a suspicion it’s not just them. I think the Fallout franchise is cursed. I played the originals when they were new, and… well, let me give you an example.

In Fallout 2 (published by Interplay way back in 1998, for reference), you can obtain a car that serves as a combination fast-travel system and storage locker. The interface for using it isn’t the friendliest, and you can actually lose it permanently if you park it in the wrong spot, since random encounter maps despawn, but all that’s par for the course for CRPGs of its era.

What isn’t par for the course is that sometimes the back half of the car spawns in a completely different location from front half of the car. You’ll enter a map and find yourself standing beside… half a car. Each half is still fully functional if you can find the blasted thing (i.e., the front half can still be driven away, and the back half can still be accessed for storage), but they’re otherwise completely decoupled.

And that’s not even the weirdest bug afflicting the car in particular, let alone the rest of the game!

Black Cinema 1970-1999

This is a list I compiled based on movies I’ve either already watched or plan on watching in the near future. Please feel free to add any suggestions, recommendations, or requests for anything you’d like to see more of on this blog.

  1. Shaft (1971) 
  2. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971) 
  3. Super Fly (1972)
  4. Lady Sings the Blues (1972) 
  5. Black Gunn (1972)
  6. Trick Baby (1972)
  7. Trouble Man (1972)
  8. The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972)
  9. Across 110th Street (1972)
  10. Cool Breeze (1972)
  11. Black Mama White Mama (1972)
  12. The Mack (1973) 
  13. Sweet Jesus, Preacherman (1973)
  14. Ganja & Hess (1973)
  15. Detroit 9000 (1973)
  16. That Man Bolt (1973)
  17. Hell Up in Harlem (1973)
  18. Coffy (1973) 
  19. Black Caesar (1973) 
  20. The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)
  21. Five on the Black Hand Side (1973) 
  22. Black Belt Jones (1974) 
  23. Boss Nigger (1974)
  24. TNT Jackson (1974) 
  25. Three the Hard Way (1974)
  26. Truck Turner (1974)
  27. Black Samson (1974)
  28. Willie Dynamite (1974)
  29. Cleopatra Jones (1974) 
  30. Foxy Brown (1974) 
  31. Claudine (1974) 
  32. Uptown Saturday Night (1974) 
  33. Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975) 
  34. Coonskin (1975)
  35. Sheba, Baby (1975)
  36. Dolemite (1975)
  37. Friday Foster (1975)
  38. Cooley High (1975) 
  39. Bucktown (1975)
  40. The Black Gestapo (1975)
  41. Mahogany (1975) 
  42. Sparkle (1976) 
  43. Black Shampoo (1976)
  44. Black Heat (1976)
  45. The Human Tornado (1976)
  46. Car Wash (1976) 
  47. Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976)
  48. Petey Wheatstraw (1977)
  49. The Wiz (1978) 
  50. A Hero Ain’t Nothing But A Sandwich (1978) 
  51. Disco Godfather (1980)
  52. The Marva Collins Story (1981) 
  53. Wild Style (1983) 
  54. Breakin’ (1984) 
  55. Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984) 
  56. Beat Street (1984) 
  57. A Soldier’s Story (1984) 
  58. Purple Rain (1984) 
  59. Krush Groove (1985) 
  60. The Color Purple (1985) 
  61. Hollywood Shuffle (1987) 
  62. Raw (1987) 
  63. School Daze (1988) 
  64. Coming to America (1988) 
  65. I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) 
  66. Lean On Me (1989)
  67. Polly (1989) 
  68. Glory (1989) 
  69. Do the Right Thing (1989) 
  70. Harlem Nights (1989) 
  71. Women of Brewster Place (1989) 
  72. Mo’ Better Blues (1989) 
  73. House Party (1990) 
  74. The Five Heartbeats (1991) 
  75. Jungle Fever (1991) 
  76. Strictly Business (1991) 
  77. Boyz n the Hood (1991) 
  78. New Jack City (1991) 
  79. White Men Can’t Jump (1992) 
  80. The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992) 
  81. Bebe’s Kids (1992) 
  82. Boomerang (1992) 
  83. Malcolm X (1992) 
  84. Juice (1992) 
  85. Class Act (1992) 
  86. Mo Money (1992) 
  87. What’s Love Got to Do With It (1993) 
  88. Strapped (1993) 
  89. CB4 (1993) 
  90. Sister Act II (1993) 
  91. Posse (1993) 
  92. Poetic Justice (1993) 
  93. Menace II Society (1993) 
  94. Jason’s Lyric (1994) 
  95. A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994) 
  96. Blankman (1994) 
  97. Crooklyn (1994) 
  98. Tales From the Hood (1995) 
  99. Dead Presidents (1995) 
  100. Bad Boys (1995) 
  101. Panther (1995) 
  102. Friday (1995) 
  103. Waiting to Exhale (1995) 
  104. Higher Learning (1995) 
  105. Set It Off (1996) 
  106. Preacher’s Wife (1996) 
  107. Hoodlum (1997) 
  108. Rhyme & Reason (1997)
  109. Hav Plenty (1998) 
  110. The Temptations (1998) 
  111. Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1998) 
  112. Eve’s Bayou (1997) 
  113. Love Jones (1997) 
  114. Soul Food (1997) 
  115. Belly (1998) 
  116. How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) 
  117. The Best Man (1999) 
  118. The Wood (1999) 
  119. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)

April 15th, 1998 | *NSYNC makes their first debut on MTV Live singing ‘I Want You Back’

My Lisbon Story     - 35 -

It’s time to part ways with Lisbon, or rather with my memories of the two-day stay there back in the June of 1998. In the evening (CET) I will post the final two photographs of My Lisbon Story.

As I don’t agree with Ana Moura who sees no way back, let her beautiful voice soften this departure:

One thing I feel like a lot of American’s don’t understand is how this hard-line attitude has lead to this mess in North Korea. Here’s the deal, waaaay back before Bush, basically what happened was in 1994 Clinton negotiated  in the Agreed Framework that if North Korea stopped using it’s nuclear power the US would give them Oil, phase out economic sanctions and send light water reactors. However Clinton’s big failure here was he simply required the Yongbyon Nuclear Power Plant be turned off, not dismantled. Both sides stuck to these obligations until 1996, when Congress started to slow down funds for the US side of the deal, which lead to North Korea turning their nuclear power plant back on in 1998, something it could do for relatively low cost because of Clinton’s failure to ensure the plant was dismantled.

In 2003 Bush formally gave the axe to the Agreed Framework, and North Korea admitted to having possession of Nuclear weapons for the first time since they joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1985. These lead to the Six-Party Talks (named for because the US, Russia, China, Japan, North Korea and South Korea all took part)  Bush, in a vain attempt to learn from Clinton’s mistakes attempted a ‘dismantle first, talk later policy’. Which might be great except that this meant these Six Part Talks dragged on for years, as in, most of his presidency. North Korea had a successful nuclear test in 2006, and officially withdrew from the talks in 2009. Bush’s policy also failed because he underestimated the stability of the regime and by the time the Six Party Talks began America was waging war in the middle east and North Korea was not it’s primary focus.

Obama encouraged talks with North Korea initially but quickly changed to a strategic patience policy much like Bush had, however during his presidency we did get the Leap Day Agreement, which lasted a whopping three weeks before North Korea launched a satellite and caused the treaty to collapse. South Korea on the other hand was much happier with Obama’s policy of trying to get China to exert pressure on North Korea, only guess what? That didn’t work either because it’s really not in China’s best interest to unhinge their nuclear neighbor. 

Unfortunately now that North Korea is capable of putting a nuclear war head on a missile (something we knew they’d be capable of doing in 10 years way back 10 years ago) Strategic patience is all we’ve got left. 25 years ago it would’ve been much much easier to put pressure on North Korea to denuclearize first and accept help later, but we’re past that now. We need to  look at the bigger picture because South Korea, China, Japan and Russia can and will all get pulled into this very quickly if we give them ‘fire and fury’. North Korea’s policy has and always will be regime survival, the won’t do anything if they don’t feel the regime is threatened, sure they’ll poke and prod, but believe me, if anyone makes a move to turn the regime to ‘fire and fury’ it’s going to end with the destruction of an entire portion of the world. Sure the US might come out on top but we run the risk of destroying 4 different countries, and 2 of them have been our allies for over 60 years. And South Korea isn’t a war torn country anymore, it hasn’t been for a long time and the US needs to get better at realizing this and letting it have a much larger say in talks which will drastically affect it and all the Korean people.

anonymous asked:

Hey! I watched the Truman Show a few months ago and I was wondering if you could tell me what the message of it was because I still don't know??

boy oh boy i could write a 50-page essay on this but it’s 12:27 a.m. so for now i’ll give you this

the “139″ on truman’s sailboat refers to psalm 139

cristoph’s deliberate pause between “i am the creator” and “of a television show” is meant to show you that he believes he is god. and, like, he basically IS god to truman. he controls his entire life.

now the real question of the truman show: is it saying that god actually DOESN’T have any control over our lives (as evidenced by truman’s line, “you never had a camera in my head”), OR is it saying that people (like cristoph) can’t play god because only god is god?

i prefer the first interpretation - that the truman show is an allegory for humans living under god’s control and that god doesn’t actually have full control over humans - but considering how deeply christian jim carrey is, i believe the second interpretation is what’s intended as the message of the movie. that people can’t play god. 

there could also be a third, jonah-like message to the movie that you can’t run away from god. that you can’t just pack up and move to fiji to escape your divine destiny. 

this movie has christian undertones and overtones and regular tones, lemme tell u

Mulan and Disney

Many of us are Mulan fans and might have been quite surprised to discover that back in 1998 it was only a modest success. The film made a profit, but didn’t quite hit the popularity or even box office levels of films like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and the Lion King.

Mulan’s inclusion in the Disney Princess franchise was mostly due to a need to diversify the line up, as at the time Jasmine was the only princess of colour, and unfortunately Mulan has been quite overlooked. Mulan isn’t a princess in her film, and her film doesn’t have any of the cosmetics that are commonly used in the Disney Princess franchise, by which I mean sparkly ballgowns, Magic, and essentially all the other princess stereotypes. Now this doesn’t make Mulan bad by any means; Mulan was never meant to fit into that world of princesses and it stands alone as it’s own unique genre, but because the only form of marketing we get from Disney is through the franchise, we don’t see a whole lot of Mulan because she doesn’t really fit in and lend herself to as many products as Rapunzel and Cinderella do.

The funny thing is, Mulan is actually quite popular and is growing in popularity. It’s only recently that Disney’s really started to show Mulan some respect and love, even if it’s in the slightest form; in video games Disney Emoji Blitz and Disney Crossyroad characters from the film are featured, and in crossy road’s case in their own level. These games don’t just pick any old Disney movie to put in, they feature the most recognizable and well loved films in the company, and Mulan is one of them.

Even in Happily Ever After, Disney’s new nighttime fireworks show, Mulan actually gets its own segment. Sure it’s brief and shares it with the villains segment, but it’s still better than just a small snippet in a 20 minute show.

And Mulan’s popularity is still ever growing as Disney has a 2018 Live Action adaptation on the horizon, and if all goes well this could mean a resurgence in Mulan merchandise, and focus in the parks.

My hope is that Disney takes a hard look at the Disney Princess Franchise and rethinks what a princess can be. Mulan isn’t a princess by definition, and she might not fit into the cookie cutter mould set by Disney, but why can’t Disney sell some warrior outfits and play swords? Instead of making each princess uniform why don’t you give each princess her own line of merchandise set to her character. Give Belle some books, give Rapunzel some paint brushes, give Tiana pretend kitchen toys, and give Mulan some armour. Teach young kids that there’s more than one way to be a princess.


“Everything, every word, every thought that you know is wrong! Aku…Aku is the one that has laid waste to the beauty of this world. He has destroyed mother nature. Where do you think we are? Aku has unleashed these monstrosities upon our world and they feed off his carnage. Believe what you may, but if you open your eyes and let go of the hate, you [Ashi] will see the truth.”

-          Jack, Samurai Jack, (Season 5, Ep. 04)

The Toonami Trending Rundown for April 8-9, 2017. Following the events of last week, it’s back to business as usual for the better cartoon show, as Jack tries to convince Ashi, the last surviving daughter of Aku, that Aku’s ways are not the righteous ones, while JoJo saves Lisa Lisa from falling to her death, and Kars undergoes a transformation putting on the stone mask and conbining it with the Red Stone and the ultraviolet beams, and Marida is found to be brainwashed by the Vist Foundation and Banagher tries to snap her out of it, among other great moments.

On Twitter, every show from Samurai Jack to Gundam Unicorn (with the exception of Sand Whale and Me) successfully trended in the US during their respective East Coast airings, and Samurai Jack briefly trended worldwide. In addition, both Samurai Jack and Dragon Ball Super would also trend on Tumblr.

This week’s feature was another set of throwback bumpers, including a promotion for Robotech which aired back in 1998, as well as a rerun of the classic reruns speech by Moltar.

The Naruto franchise has played a pivotal role in the growth of Toonami and the anime industry overall over the years, and those keeping up with the latest simulcasts might know that the next chapter to the Naruto series, Boruto has begun its run in Japan. I can’t say much about this series here due to obvious spoiler reasons, though depending on how things go, we could likely see this down the line on the better cartoon show. Of course, unlike many of the shows lately that we’ve been keeping an eye on for a potential Toonami run of their sequels, we still have several more years of Shippuden left to go, so unless they air Boruto and Shippuden at the same time (much like for DBZ), or if Shippuden is pulled in favor of airing Boruto, we could be waiting a while for this one to occur. As we’ve seen with One Piece’s cancellation among other things, things can easily change and anything can happen, so it’s pretty hard to predict what could happen regarding the future of Naruto’s Toonami presence ahead. All I can really recommend for those that want Boruto at some point is to keep supporting Toonami and Naruto overall and as with all potential shows, let Toonami know you want it. In the meantime, if you are caught up with Naruto and you wish to check out the sub now, it’s available on legal streams such as Hulu and Crunchyroll.

In Ghost in the Shell news, it was announced on Friday by Production IG & Kodansha that a new Ghost In The Shell anime is in the works. Kenji Kamiyama, who previously directed Stand Alone Complex, and Shinji Aramaki, who previously directed Appleseed, will serve as the new show’s co-directors. No further details have been released as of yet. With Stand Alone Complex being a Toonami classic along with Toonami’s good relations with Production IG, no doubt this will also be one to watch out for depending on how things go ahead.

Next week, JoJo’s will be completing the Battle Tendency story arc with a bang as Toonami will be showcasing the final two episodes from 12:30-1:30am Eastern. As this move is made in part to fast tracking the Attack on Titan season 2 dub premiere in 2 weeks, Tokyo Ghoul will have the night off to make way. In addition, next week will also showcase the finale of Super’s Battle of Gods arc while Samurai Jack will reach the halfway point of season 5, among other great moments. Until next week, we wish all those celebrating a Happy Holy Week and a blessed Passover, and we’ll see you again next week for another round of the better cartoon show.

Legend: The shows listed are ordered based on their appearance on the schedule. Show trends are listed in bold. The number next to the listed trend represents the highest it trended on the list (not counting the promoted trend), judging only by the images placed in the rundown. For the Twitter tweet counts, the listed number of tweets are also sorely based on the highest number shown based on the images on the rundown.

United States Trends:

  • #Toonami [#8]
  • #SamuraiJack [#2]
  • #DragonBallSuper [#24]
  • #DBZKai [#9]
  • #JoJosBizarreAdventure [#10]
  • #TokyoGhoul [#7]
  • #HunterXHunter [#8]
  • #GundamUnicorn [#4]

Worldwide Trends:

  • #SamuraiJack [#19]

Tweet Counts:

  • Toonami [8,147 tweets]
  • #Toonami [4,915 tweets]
  • #SamuraiJack [7,523 tweets]
  • #DragonBallSuper [4,149 tweets]
  • #DBZKai [1,848 tweets]
  • #JoJosBizarreAdventure [1,960 tweets]
  • #TokyoGhoul [2,257 tweets]
  • #HunterXHunter [1,812 tweets]

Tumblr Trends:

  • #samurai jack
  • #dragon ball super

Notes and Other Statistics:

Special thanks to @coreymbarnes and others I forgot to mention for spotting some of the trends on this list.

Only Toonami on [adult swim] on Cartoon Network.