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Black Dynamite is Back!!! Season 2 Ep. 1 Review

What seemed like the quietest launch in the Adult Swim lineup, Black Dynamite is back for season 2 and has picked up where season one left off.

The New Boondocks

When Black Dynamite originally aired, the series would draw comparisons with fans of The Boondocks.  Both shows drew on satire and black culture with episodes that not only made us laugh but also made people think.  But after the disaster that was season 4 of The Boondocks, it’s good to know that BD and the gang have taken up slack.

The first episode, Roots the White Album, or The Black the Community the Deeper the Roots, makes fun of Al Sharpton, Roots, Martin Luther King, race relations, and slavery.  The show begins with Al Sharpton stating that he was paid to attend the first event of black history month and unveils a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. taking a dump on a “whites only” toilet.  After the statue’s unveiling, Black Dynamite and the black community head over to Roscoe’s to watch the premiere of Roots. Of course the reaction to Roots didn’t go as planned and Al Sharpton leads the black community to initiate white slavery. The rest of the episode details the rise of the black community and the beginning of the white plight, with a full white slave spiritual in tow. Of course things don’t go as planned and at the end of the episode, things come back full circle.

The Return of Smart Comedy

I’m surprised this episode didn’t catch a lot of flack, but then again it did air over the weekend(more importantly Spelhouse Homecoming weekend) so I’m sure it didn’t catch the eyes of the mainstream public.  If the first episode is any indication of what to expect from the rest of season 2 then we are in store for quite a treat.  Black Dynamite is the return of smart, black comedy.  If you were a fan of The Boondocks season 1 and 2 then you need to tune in Saturdays at 10:30pm on Adult Swim.  

Shout out to LeSean Thomas who is the creative producer for the show and also featured in The Initiative

The Initiative: Wynton “Prog” Smith

Wynton ‘Prog’ Smith is a well-known commentator and player in the Smash Bros. community. Smith has commentated for major Smash events including Evo 2014 and the E3 Super Smash Bros. Invitational .  What makes Wynton a stand out among other commentators is his humility and willingness to help others. I recently interviewed him for the second part of the African-American Journalists series.

You can follow Prog on Twitter (@progducto), on the Smashboards.com forums, and on his team’s website meleeiton.me

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Destiny ‘Review’ – Why We Play Destiny

After all this time playing Destiny I’ve often wondered why the hell I keep playing this game. I mean the story isn’t great, and there really isn’t enough content to warrant the constantly replays, yet here I am still playing the same missions over and over. I’ve played the game so much that I’ve built two character classes over level 20. So what is exactly that makes people play this game and champion it to others? The answer lies in the mechanics and the loot system. Read More

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Final Fantasy VI: Symphonic Poem

This has to be one of the greatest things I’ve witness in gaming in quite a long time. Final Fantasy VI is one of my favorite games of all time and to hear the music played by The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra is everything I could have asked for! It’s a trip down memory lane for those that enjoy the classics. Check it out in the link below.

The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra performs music from Nobuo Uematsu’s Final Fantasy VI, orchestrated as a symphonic poem called Born with the Gift of Magic (arr Roger Wanamo). Conductor Andreas Hanson. Recording from June 2014.

Final Fantasy VI: Symphonic Poem Link