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Man, I can’t stop watching this comparison between the intro cutscenes of the original Crash 1 and N-Sane-ified Crash 1. The differences between the two are like night and day, and the latter manages to be faithful to the source material while taking a few creative liberties of its own. I think 1:18-1:37 of the video illustrates this wonderfully.

Here we have the original scene of Crash escaping the castle while Cortex runs after him. If you rewatch this scene, you’ll notice that it’s pretty quiet for what’s supposed to be such a pivotal scene before the game. The music - while distressed - feels left in the background while the other audio overpowers it. Cortex’s computer only flashes the word “REJECT” on the monitor and the console below (where the black bar is) as an alarm beeps. We don’t even get to see Crash escape, all we’re shown is  Cortex chasing him from the left side of the screen to the right, despite that Crash is running towards the left when he escapes from the castle window. 

(Also, Cortex’s voice just doesn’t fit him. At all.)

Here, the intensity is cranked up to 11 and it’s clear how much higher the stakes have been raised in this scene. The orchestrated music is stronger. Sparks from the machine are flying from offscreen into the frame. The monitor glitches out entirely before showing Crash going completely bonkers. Cortex’s voice is far more melodramatic when he exclaims, “FAILURE AGAIN!” We get to see Crash jump down from the machine, look back with a grin on his face and make a break for the exit (and towards the left of the screen no less!). The new animation of Cortex looking up from the machine at Crash, pouncing at him, and giving chase as he yells “CAPTURE HIM!” is a great touch. The bit where we see Crash run through the window from inside the castle is paced better than just showing him jumping through the window halfway. (Also, the stretch and squash employed when he falls also looks nice, and very befitting since the franchise takes inspiration from classic animation like Looney Tunes.)

Little details like that improved the tone of the cutscene, and if we’re going to be truthful here, the original game has not aged all that well. It is very much a product of its time. That doesn’t take away from the gameplay, of course, but it’s nice to see elements of the original being built upon instead of being given a beat-by-beat remake of what we’ve already seen. It gives me hope of what to expect from the rest of the N-Sane Trilogy when we get closer to its release.

1960: Harlem welcomed Cubans

By Stephen Millies

Black people knew that the Cuban Revolution was committed to fighting racism. The revolution’s first act was to desegregate the tourist beaches from which Black Cubans had been barred. The famous Black radical writer and poet Langston Hughes visited Fidel Castro.

Thousands of people lined the streets every night to greet the Cubans, who included Juan Almeida, a Black Cuban who had been a commander of the guerrilla army. Vince Copeland, editor of Workers World newspaper at the time, went there too.

The Cuban delegation organized a dinner to thank the workers at the Hotel Theresa. That’s something U.S. imperialist diplomats would never think of doing.
Black Owned Bars and Restaurants in Washington D.C.
Check out the I Don't Do Clubs list of the top 25 Black-owned bars and restaurants in Washington, DC.

In a city filled with thousands of eatery options, it’s hard to know which ones are for us, by us. Enter I DON’T DO CLUBS! IDDC has complied a list of the best Black-owned restaurants and bars in Washington, DC.

Andrene’s Caribbean & Soul Food
308 Kennedy St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Avery’s Bar & Lounge
1370 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Ben’s Chili Bowl
1213 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Ben’s Next Door
1211 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Bin 1301 Wine Bar
1301 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Brookland Cafe
3740 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017

1506 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The Carolina Kitchen
2350 Washington Pl NE Washington, DC 20018

Cheerz Sports Grill
7303 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20012

Chuck & Billy’s Bar & Carryout
2718 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Creme Restaurant & Bar
2436 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant and Apple Lounge
1110 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Evolve Vegan Restaurant
341 Cedar St. NW, Washington, DC 20012

Florida Avenue Grill
1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

Horace and Dickies
6912 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20012

Indulj Restaurant and Lounge
1208 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The Islander Caribbean Restaurant & Lounge
1201 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Jin Asian Caribbean Soul Lounge
2017 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Lounge of Three
1013 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Morgan’s Seafood
3200 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010

Oohh’s & Aahh’s
1005 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Peaches Kitchen Restaurant
6214 3rd St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Po Boy Jim
709 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Sankofa Video Books & Cafe
2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Smith Commons
1245 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Smith Public Trust
3514 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017

Takoma Station
6914 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20012

Twins Jazz
1344 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009 black owned restaurants in dc
Woodland’s Vegan Bistro
2928 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001