JSC Radio Ep. 69: Panther Power

PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — The 69th (:::giggles:::) Episode of the People’s Podcast is here and, it’s the long awaited review of the hottest movie in years: Black Panther.

Those who know me know that I do NOT buy into hype. At all. Think of the most pumped up, hyped up things in music, or TV, or film over the last 15 years. There’s a high probability that I likely either never bothered to buy in or if I did, it was moths or even years later. I do this because, honestly, most of y’all have terrible taste and have a habit of calling everything a “classic” or “the future” or “the greatest” when it’s often total basura. Black Panther is NOT in that category. This movie is the truth.

black-panther-ticketsBlack Panther is the super hero flick that we have deserved. It’s the best Marvel movie of all time. It has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. It is the best superhero film since The Dark Knight, one of the five best ever, and arguably the best “Black” movie of all time. Much like Get Out last year, this movie is a game changer, not just in terms of superhero movies, but in how we look at black cinema. Too often the last 60 years, black movies have been a zero sum, all-or-nothing game. It was either a serious biographical/documentary film, a stereotype-ridden action film, some stereotype-laden hyper-religious Tyler Perry flick, or some wild, wacky stereotype-filled comedy (or some combination of the latter three). Black Panther‘s a game changer, and I will talk about why this week. Plus a special shout out to Get Out, which we reviewed last year, that won an Academy Award for best Original…original…Screenplay.

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Mind Games: How Mental Illness in Sports is No Laughing Matter…

Being “Crazy” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…

“Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.”

— Nora Ephron

Editor’s Note: I originally started this blog on September 29, 2009, but got sidetracked by life and never got around to finishing it.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — To be a professional athlete, you have to be a special. Physical gifts, mental toughness, strong will, and a competitive fire are all key to success. And, well, you also have to be a little crazy. You have the zany old-school craziness of late Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych talking to the ball, and grooming the mound. You have the outlandish behavior of Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, who declared himself the “greatest of all time” when he broke Lou Brock’s stolen base record (with Brock standing next to him), slid into home plate after hitting a home run for his 3,000th career hit, and often spoke in the third person.  You have the nuttiness of former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee who amongst other wackiness claimed that his marijuana use made him impervious to bus fumes while jogging to Fenway Park. o_O This type of eccentric behavior behavior is good for a laugh, doesn’t really hurt anybody, and actually adds to the appeal and charm of a player. That’s not what I’m here to talk about. This blog deals with the not-so-sunny side of nutty that goes either unnoticed in pro sports or, worse, is ridiculed by those who don’t understand it.

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