Yo! My name is Nikolas A. Draper-Ivey…This is cosplay as Cinematic Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider Man. This suit was made by 
Jesse Covington ( Writer and Costume Designer) and sewn by Sasha Williams ( Fashion Major graduate). Photos were taken by Pierre BL Brevard I specifically would like to thank Marvel Comics Artist Sara Pichelli for designing this character. I’m also very excited to see Olivier Coipel's work on Spider-Verse!

(Full shoot will be shot in New York itself just in time for NYCC)

These are all beautiful, and some of them look like they could be Alex Ross paintings, love love love these.

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I apologize if this comes off as disrespectful to Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin. Or their families. Or YOU, the reader. I’m not about that. That’s not why I drew this.

I am just really freaked out that 40% of Americans (and 47% of White Americans) do not think that the killings and violence in Ferguson ‘raise any racial issues.’ Fellow White Persons, this is our chance to learn. This is our chance to change.

When Trayvon Martin was murdered because Full Grown Men in America are frightened to violence by the presence black children, the dialogue turned very quickly into a conversation about gun control.

And gun control is an issue that deserves our attention.

But it won’t change the massive poverty in Black America. The arrest rate. The education statistics. The institutional, systemic, casual, and passive racism that plagues our country.

And it wouldn’t have saved Michael Brown.

Anyway. I’m sorry if this comes off as disrespectful or insincere or preachy. I’m sorry if my execution (or personality) gets in the way of what I’m trying to say. I am an imperfect artist, an imperfect person, and I am, undoubtedly, blinded to a million things by my own glaring whiteness. So this might be… Lord, this might be awful. I’m so sorry if it’s awful. Really.

But. I just keep thinking… Look, my wife is pregnant with our first child. A boy. We’re nervous, we’re excited, we’re SO ANXIOUS because what the hell do you do with babies? WE don’t know. But if we were a black family… in this country… we would be so terrified. Because we live in a nation that murders the children of black parents, puts it on the news WITH RIOTS AND TEAR GAS as decoration, and still half of us don’t even see it as a problem. Can you imagine that? Can you imagine bringing a child into that reality, to face the odds we lay out for black kids?

That would break me. I’ve never known anything like that. No one should ever know anything like that.

So let’s talk to our friends about race. Lets talk to our families. And when actual victims of racism try to tell us what’s going on in, say, a peaceful community protest as they are being gassed and shot at by cops WE SHOULD LISTEN TO AND BELIEVE THEM. Let’s talk to each other about this until we are all on the same page.

And then let’s turn the damn page.

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Japanese print of the “Equalizer” movie poster with  Denzel Washington.

Japanese print of the “Equalizer” movie poster with  Denzel Washington.

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This is the trailer for a short film by Nerissa Williams.

This is a very interesting idea for a short. The story is in the tradition of worlds created by Octavia Butler and other authors. The idea of extraterrestrial  influence in Africa’s past is one that can have lots of spinoffs in science and speculative fiction.  

Really hope this gets done. 

Here’s more about the project:

“A Short Ancestry” is a fifteen-minute science fiction short film set in the deep bush of Ethiopia, Africa in the year 1588. The film considers the nuances of Pre-Western/Colonial oral tradition with mythological reference points. The film encourages the viewer to process the beginnings of humankind as we now know it. 

“A Short Ancestry” centers on I’ma and her greatest of great granddaughters, Netta. Together they journey through story to create a bond that is immeasurable. I’ma is an alien to the planet Earth. I’ma arrived some 10,000 years before this story takes place. When I’ma arrived the planet was just able to sustain mammal life. Her first greeters to this world were a tribe of rapidly changing Homo-Sapiens breed of mammal. After breathing a “new life” into this particular tribe, the New Breed becomes something other than the normal Homo sapiens walking the Earth. I’ma creates this new breed as a way of producing off spring to start her family that she wasn’t able to begin on her home planet. This new breed of human holds the keys to not only super human powers, but a quest of I’ma to mother a super race of beings for the good and love of the universe. 

The film revolves around rich African oral traditions and cultural family structures found in many African Diaspora cinematic films. It will be shot on the Sony F3 camera in S-log to be color corrected in post-production. The setting is untouched Eastern Africans. The smell, taste and touch of dryness, which will consist of rich ambers, deep rusts and crimson colors. Many variations of greenery and shades of browns and blacks are the color palate of the imagery. Sounds of drumming and the krar, a ten-string instrument, can be heard throughout the village of the film. The Sound track to the film will reflect deep African wild life native sounds and rhythms. 

Themes of family, birth origin, communal healer, tribe protector, mother nurturer and believer runs throughout the piece to provide for a dynamic structure of creativity and lineage of one family. I’ma gives light to the notion that humans were created by aliens as she weaves and sows different uses of her body to reveal her alien nature to the viewer.

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Power Woman: Actress Jada Pinkett Smith | The EDIT | 31 JULY 2014

Photography: Chris Colls

Styling: Kate Young

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Concept art of Falcon from Captain America: The Winter Soldier by Josh Nizzi

for more at http://joshnizzi.com/

via kuudererules

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Oh yeah, by the way…Happy Batman Day.

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Samuel L. Jackson in this live action adaptation the anime “Kite”.

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16 Things You Didn't Know About Octavia Butler ]

1. Octavia Butler was the *first* science fiction writer to receive a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation.

Some of the $295,000 she received was used to buy a house for her mother and herself.

2. Designer Rachel Stewart has a line of jewelry inspired by Octavia Butler.

With necklaces called “Kindred” and “Wild Seed,” and earrings called “Lilith’s Brood,” the characters and works of Octavia Butler inspired this unique collection from Rachel Stewart.

3. There is an Octavia E. Butler Society.

Spelman College, home to the Octavia E. Butler Society, also hosted The Octavia E. Butler Celebration of Arts & Activism which focused on Afrofuturism, and has offered a lit course called “Butler’s Daughters: Imagining Leadership in Black Speculative Fiction.” Academia loves Octavia.

4. Octavia Butler had a form of dyslexia that was not recognized at the time.

Some of her teachers thought she was “unwilling to do the work.” However, one teacher recognized her talent and typed out her first short story submission. Today, her novel Kindred is read in high school and college classes.

5. She received her first rejection letter when she was 13.

Publishers also repeatedly rejected her first book, Kindred, until Doubleday paid her a $5,000 advance. And it became a bestseller.

6. She moved to Seattle with 300 boxes of books.

She worked on her writing there, participated in readings and writers’ conferences, and was also on the advisory board of Seattle’s Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.

7. As a young girl, she was known as “Junie.”

Perhaps short for “Junior,” her mother was also named Octavia. Although Octavia Sr. could not afford to buy her daughter many books, she brought young Octavia to the library when she was six for her first library card.

8. Octavia Butler supported herself with a myriad of jobs, including one as a potato chip inspector.

She would wake up every day at 2 a.m. to write before work.

9. Butler would pawn her possessions to make ends meet.

It’s been said that if she were low on food, she would pawn her extra typewriter. Later, she learned to pay herself a salary from her publishing advances.

10. Octavia Butler climbed Huayna Picchu (the taller of the two peaks of Machu Picchu).

Perhaps she chose Huayna Picchu due to her own impressive height: She was 6 feet tall by the time she was 15 years old.

11. The Carl Brandon Society has a scholarship in her honor.

The Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund allows the recipient to attend one of the Clarion writing workshops. Butler attended Clarion West and was the only African American writer in her workshop.

12. Octavia Butler has influenced many writers and artists such as Junot Diaz, Valjeanne Jeffers, Nnedi Okorafor, and Janelle Monáe.

They cite her as a major influence in their activism and art, as she was the first African American woman to dominate the science fiction genre. Her writing highlighted social inequality, especially when it came to race and gender.

13. She was determined to be a writer.

She began making up stories when she was four, and writing when she was 10 years old.

14. She decided to write science fiction because she hated Devil Girl from Mars.

Astounded that someone was paid to write the screenplay for this low-budget sci-fi movie, she believed that she could write a better story.

15. The term “Afrofuturism” would not be coined until 46 years after her birth.

Afrofuturism, a term often associated with the works of Octavia Butler, was coined by Mark Dery in his 1993, and described in his essay “Black to the Future” as “speculative fiction that treats African-American themes and addresses African-American concerns in the context of 20th century technoculture — and more generally, African-American signification that appropriates images of technology and a prosthetically enhanced future.”

16. The manuscript of Unexpected Stories was discovered by Octavia’s agent, Merrilee Heifetz.

Originally written in the early 1970s, and discovered among the author’s papers at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, Unexpected Stories includes the novella “A Necessary Being” and the story “Childminder,” each a posthumous gift from an amazing author.

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Twitter Campaign: These are only facts. 

Feel free to join in on this campaign to boycott the Exodus movie trailer. I’m so infuriated that it is 2014 and we are still portraying on the silver screen a falsehood of what the ancient Egyptians were! Use the hashtag #BoycottExodusMovie to join. This is honestly some fuck boy mentality honestly!

i will be boycotting this. I hope this takes off

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