DC Comics revamps its Superman character to fit into the new American landscape. Superman takes on police brutality with the help of artist Aaron Kuder and colorist Tomeu Morey.
Excerpt from Counter Current News article:
By the end of the new “Action Comics” #41, a block party for Superman is disrupted by police in riot gear.
The onus is now shifting to a balance more reflected in the Constitution. The accusations of law enforcement are now being met with suspicion and skepticism, and with more and more cops caught on video behaving badly, the public is starting to wake up to the fact that the police have been treating people of some backgrounds, groups and classes very differently than others.
Now, a huge indication of that change in the social barometer is one of DC Entertainment’s big comic revamps this summer. In the revamp, most of Superman’s powers are gone — but he’s still superhuman, and basically still big as hell.
“Black Americana” is a project aiming to deconstruct negative stereotypes through redefining and “reappropriating” relics of black americana. The goal of this first installment, says artist Tanisha Pyron, is to explore the dynamics between black women and men at various points in the African-American historical timeline. “[We’re] looking to quantify and establish what it took for one black man to love one black woman in the past and what it takes now and cast vision for it will take generations to come,” she writes.
To learn more about “Black Americana”, check out their Facebook page. Take a peek at some of the photos from this first installment below!
A former U.S. Marine turned photographer has produced a powerful and thought-provoking photo series which seeks to challenge common stereotypes.Joel Pares, based in Dallas, Texas, photographed ten diverse subjects twice; once in their natural state, and again dressed up to mimic an associated social stereotype.Among his subjects are a New York-based nurse dressed as a terrorist, a Harvard graduate dressed as a gangster, a Hispanic CEO dressed as a gardener, and an Iraq veteran dressed as a vagrant.
Mr. Magliozzi said the film was one of the first feature-length endeavors in an era dominated by shorts. Seventy percent of the feature-length films made in this country during the silent era of 1912-1929 have been lost, according to a Library of Congress survey.
The web is the new TV, as we’ve said many times on S&A. And content creators from under-represented groups are taking full advantage, which is a good thing! If you’re not seeing yourself on screen (Broadcast TV and at the movie theater), the burden is on you to create those images of yourself that you want to see, especially now that the tools of creation and distribution have become much more accessible.
A new web series that profiles entrepreneurial artists, aptly titled, The Artrepreneurs.
It comes from writer & director Vishnu J. Seesahai, whose name you might recall; he wrote and directed a feature film titled Candid (described as “The 1-Man-Movie,” because it was written, directed, shot, acted, and edited all by one man), which we highlighted last fall, when it premiered at the Urbanworld Film Festival.