I Almost Disowned My Mother Over Stan Lee

So, allow me to keep it a buck for a second, son. Real talk, if anyone doesn’t understand how legendary Stan Lee was/is, then I really don’t want to know that person. Taking it a step further, if I have a friend/family member who doesn’t comprehend Lee’s GOAT‘ness, then I’m not sure that I can continue our relationship. I mean, Lee was The Gawd, man! Seriously, where the fuck would Marvel Comics or the overall zeitgeist be if Lee never existed, fam? Shit, I don’t even want to imagine such a world. All in all, Rest In Peace to one of the greatest dudes ever!

Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let me explain the title of this post, bruh. So, once upon a time in elementary school, I was a HUGE comic book fan. Side note, I dare someone to test my knowledge on anything before like 2005. Honestly, I’ve got this, son. In any case, around like the third grade, I came across a special comic book: an original edition of Amazing Spider-Man #300. Now, for anyone who is unaware, this issue contains the first full-length appearance of Venom. Moving on, the comic first came out in 1988, but somehow in the early 1990s, I found an original copy. Needless to say, I was fucking HYPED, man!

Anyway, even though Lee didn’t write that particular issue, it’s no secret that Peter Parker was his brainchild. Hell, Parker along with every other Marvel character who has ever mattered, fam. All I can say is, getting ahold of Venom’s first foray meant EVERYTHING to me, bruh! On the real, I read that comic once and put it back in the plastic, son. Listen, I didn’t want to risk creasing it, man.

Now, fast forward to my freshman year of boarding school. I came home for my first vacation and noticed my room looked a little different. Most notably, my bookcase seemed to be missing all of my comic books. To add insult to injury, I definitely noticed that Spider-Man #300 was missing. From there, I asked my mom where my comics were and she uttered four words that changed our relationship: “I threw them out.” I immediately asked her why she would do such a thing and she said “you’re a teenager now, I figured you wouldn’t want them anymore.” All I know is, that might’ve been the only time I legitimately wanted to hit my own mother with the Stone Cold Stunner.

Look, I told that story to highlight one main point: Stan Lee invented a universe that I NEEDED to be a part of. Like, he created characters with nuance, fam. He created characters with ethos. For God‘s sake, he based Professor X and Magneto on Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X! What else do people need to know, bruh?! Yeah, these heroes had unreal abilities, but a lot of them had VERY real problems, son. Keeping it a buck, what awkward teenager couldn’t relate to Peter Parker? Being a superhero didn’t absolve him from the trash-ness of high school, man. The fact is, Lee built a world that all of us could identify with AND get lost in.

In the end, RIP to the greatest! Ultimately, his influence will forever be solidified. By and by, Marvel is stronger than ever and it’s directly because of his influence. At the end of the day, legends never die, fam. Long live Stan Lee! That is all. LC out.

P.S. Man, I still don’t know if I’ve forgiven my mom. Look, I just Google‘d the price of an original copy of that Spider-Man issue and got mad all over again. *Sigh* Her and I need to have another discussion, son. Good day.

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Really, Killer Mike?

So, let me begin this post by saying that I’m a HUGE Killer Mike fan. Because of this, I’m thoroughly disappointed that I’m writing this article, son. In any case, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t keep it real at all times. With that being said, I have to hold Mike accountable for his actions on NRATV. All in all, I’ve always understood his argument about Black gun ownership. However; an NRA platform is the LAST place he needs to be expressing his views, man.

Now, before I continue, let me make myself clear: I agree with Killer Mike. I agree with the notion that we as Black people need to protect ourselves in this country. Look, it goes without saying that we’ve been a target for violence in America ever since we got off of the boats, fam. Anyway, while I am absolutely behind creating a more comprehensive system for gun ownership, I also believe in bearing arms. Hell, if New York‘s gun laws weren’t so damn insane, I’d most likely own a weapon right now, bruh.

Moving on, I say all of that to say that Mike’s message isn’t my issue with him. My issue is the fact that he sat down with the NRA. Now, in his apology video, he stated that he tried to take a page out of Martin Luther King‘s book and have a dialogue with the other side. However; all the NRA did was take Mike’s words and use them to attack the March for Our Lives movement. Listen, for somebody as intelligent as Mike, I’m disappointed that he allowed himself to be a pawn in a politicized game. Ok, yes, his intentions were pure, but he should’ve known that these people don’t have our best interests at heart. On the real, they never have and they never will, son. Shit, just ask the Black Panthers, folks.

In the end, I hope this is a lesson for Mike. Ultimately, if he wants to have an honest conversation with people he disagrees with, he needs to do it on neutral land. By and by, he can’t go into their space and expect them to play fairly. At the end of the day, a well-meaning talk was turned into a weapon, pun intended. *Sigh* That’s what we get for trying to be reasonable, man. LC out.