This week on Hard NOC Life, Britneybasks in the glory of her favorite superhero, Spider-Woman, finally getting shine as the crew — aka Keith and Dominic — break down news of Issa Rae’s casting in the Spider-Verse sequel, plus sneak peeks at Shazam: Fury of the Gods and Michael Keaton in The Flash.
When we all saw Tupac Shakur in Juice in the ‘90s, not only did we pray to never run into someone like Bishop in our own lives, but we learned the range Pac had outside of the studio. ‘90s and early 2000s Black cinema was marked by a particular era of gangster-laden, hip-hop fueled narratives that sometimes hit the mark, with films like Do the Right Thing, Boyz N the Hood, and New Jack City lending various insights into the cinematic representation of Black Consciousness as it was in the ‘90s and later.
Last night during the MTV Movie Awards, Warner Bros. dropped a new TV Spot for Space Jam: A New Legacy. The new spot shines a particular spotlight on Granny and Tweety, and gives us answers about why Granny smells like gin every time we get together to watch a basketball game.
Everybody get up, it’s time to jam now! After 25 long years, we’re going back to (cyber)space with the Looney Tunes to play some basketball! And since MJ has long since retired, this time they’re bringing LeBron James!
Moment of Truth tells the never-before-seen story behind the murder of James Jordan, NBA star Michael Jordan’s father, and captures the history of the social injustice in Robeson County, North Carolina, where two teenagers, Larry Demery and Daniel Green, were charged and convicted of the crime. IMDb TV announced the April 2 premiere date for the original true-crime docuseries, directed by Matthew Perniciaro and Clay Johnson. The five-part series analyzes and presents new compelling information on the 1993 murder of James Jordan, the crime that shocked the nation, creating a media frenzy and countless speculations and baseless conspiracy theories.
Guys, the friggin’ Tune Squad is back! I never thought in 25 years I’d have said something like that, but my 10-year old self is actually really excited. Back in November 1996, the original Space Jam debuted about a week prior to Disney’s live-action 101 Dalmatians film, and has since become a frequently discussed cult classic! Man so much has changed since then! It’s 2021, and now instead we’re getting Space Jam: A New Legacy and Cruella within a month and a half of each other. Indeed, the times they are a-changin’. But I digress.
This morning, WB dropped a series of character posters for the new sequel, starring LeBron James instead of Michael Jordan, and like I said, I’m actually getting pretty excited for this one! Let’s hope New Legacy lives up to the original! Check out the posters below!
2020 has been a year of woes, but every now and again nerds and pop culture fiends the world over shared in some of the light brought on by creators and artists whose work helped us through the tumultuous times. Shea Serrano, best known for his pop culture and sports commentary, has been lighting the year up with witty tweets and takes that span from the election to the different ways he and his wife dress (most notably his couch colored sweatpants and hoodie).
I want you to imagine superheroes exist. Put an image in your head. What they would look like, what they would wear, what their powers would be. Are you there? Did you envision Superman flying, maybe Cyclops’ lasers? Did you imagine Flash’s speed or Oracle’s intelligence? I can’t blame you if you did, because that’s where we go when we envision the “super” in super-powered. But for those that went a little simpler in their criteria, they might’ve imagined a skilled tactician whose powers are superior strength, speed, intelligence, and healing compared to that of the average human, whose government-sanctioned enhancements came from a secret program decades in the past.
Not 1940, but 1984… because LeBron James is Captain America.
Over the summer, five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan made waves across the internet when it was revealed that he was going to be immortalized on the cover of a Marvel comic book. Not only were comics fans surprised to have such a legendary sports figure in their midst, NBA fans were surprised that Duncan had a personality! (I kid! I love TD!)
It all started when, during the Spurs’ most recent championship playoff run in May, a reporter tweeted out this photo of Duncan’s knee braces:
At Black Nerd Problems, two types of people that will always appeal to us are: 1) those that “get it” when it comes to diversity and representation in our geekdom and 2) really smart individuals. Greg Pak is both of those. As the comic book writer responsible for Batman/Superman, Action Comics’ recent resurgence, the most heralded Incredible Hulk books in the last ten years and the first ongoing series for Storm, Pak has made a huge impact in the comic book world. But as we found out, there’s still a lot more beyond comics that make him such an interesting talent.
This interview could’ve been three times as long, but not wanting to keep the man from all this good work he’s involved in, we got to talk about the politician that never was, beating down superheroes, and I even snuck in a little bit of NBA talk.
As you can see on the blogroll to your left, Dat Winning and The Nerds of Color are going to be companion sites going forward. If you’re unfamiliar, Dat Winning is the internet’s “deceptively quick” Asian American guide to sports. And since we don’t really cover sports here at the NOC, that’s when I’ll pop up over there (and the occasional Joy Dunk Club episode too).
So I figured what better way to contribute to that blog than by intersecting the two things I love the most anyway, namely, the NBA and superhero comics. For my debut on DW, I wanted to talk about the four figures that most informed my growing up: Batman, Superman, Michael Jordan, and Scottie Pippen.