Before I begin, let me compose myself, take a sip of my Courvoisier (brandy) and apple juice, and take a bite of my apple pie custard from Bagel King.
Luke Cage is Marvel’s new hit TV show on Netflix.
We have been waiting for this show to come out ever since we heard about it last year. Now, it’s FINALLY here and it’s amazing!! If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re sleeping on it.
Luke Cage is one of Marvel’s black lead characters, but, because of the show’s location, he is also quite iconic. Luke Cage is set in the present day, on the streets of Harlem, New York City (by the way, NYC is one of my favorite places to visit #nostalgia).
If you didn’t know, Harlem has some real deep–rooted history for black people, which goes back decades, as far back as the 1920’s Harlem Renaissance:
“Spanning the 1920s to the mid-1930s, the Harlem Renaissance was a literary, artistic, and intellectual movement that kindled a new black cultural identity. Its essence was summed up by critic and teacher Alain Locke in 1926 when he declared that through art, “Negro life is seizing its first chances for group expression and self determination.” Harlem became the center of a “spiritual coming of age” in which Locke’s “New Negro” transformed “social disillusionment to race pride.” Chiefly literary, the Renaissance included the visual arts but excluded jazz, despite its parallel emergence as a black art form.” (taken from HIstory.com)
Luke Cage, whose government name was Carl Lucas, is based on a black man who was set up by his closest friend and sent to jail for possession of heroin (which also played a major part not only in Harlem‘s, but also New York‘s history). While in jail, Luke volunteers to be a test subject for a super soldier experiment in order to obtain an early parole. Something goes wrong during the experiment. He now possesses superhuman strength, very dense muscle and bone tissue, and steel-hard skin. He recovers three times faster from injuries than a normal person would and is an experienced and skilled fighter.
Some real–time subjects embedded throughout the series made this series addictive to watch, i.e. black males being killed, but with no justice being served, even in some cases where it was caught on camera in broad daylight.
Tragedy strikes very close to home for Luke, within his community, and this inspires him to become the vigilante who fights crime in a hoodie.
Yes, I said it. A HOODIE. Clearly, this is not the usual attire for a superhero. The irony is that they dropped this series in a time when black people are being killed for just that. In the case of the wrongful killing of Trevon Martin, he was shot because he was wearing a hoodie and was said to be suspicious looking because of that hoodie.
The irony doesn’t stop there. Luke Cage is also BULLETPROOF, LMAO. A black man in a hoodie being bulletproof.
Am I the only one who actually loves Marvel and Netflix for putting out this show in a time where there are not enough roles for minorities? Now, we have a whole series, full of amazing actors.
Unfortunately, a predominantly black cast has brought forth some negative feedback from a few individuals in the Caucasian community.
*ROLLS EYES* People have been asking me what I think about it. I ask you, why is it trending? My answer is that you guys give the peasants too much power by reposting their dumb tweets.
You….You are the reason it is trending because you repost and respond when there is no need. You’re the reason why these trolls have a platform. They do it for shock value.
When a child goes missing, you repost it to spread the word, right? The more people that know and spread the news, the better the chance of finding that missing child. So, it’s the same thing. We need to stop sharing these ignorant posts and take the power away from these peasants.
Furthermore, next time an ignorant post pops up, maybe I will plaster my logo and website link all over that post, so that you guys repost it for me, seeing as you like to give away free publicity, lol.
Moving on to the creator, Cheo Hodari Coker has done such a dope job with Luke Cage, but also with a very fresh cast. Mike Colter (Luke Cage) has had a steady career, including lengthy roles in ’The Good Wife’ (the writer of Power TV show, one of my favorites) and ‘Jessica Jones.’
Theo Rossi (Shades), who I first noticed in ‘Sons Of Anarchy,’ did an amazing job, but I was disappointed in his character‘s development during the first season. With a name like “Shades,” I was expecting more from him.
Simone Missick‘s role is that of the tough, independent, and loyal detective with her own special ability to reconstruct a crime scene and envision how it all took place, but who is not a mutant.
And many more. I, for one, cannot wait for the next season, especially since I battered out season one in a week. Don’t you hate it when you do that?