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What Makes a Real Life Superhero?

Monday, January 17th, 2011


Are there real life superheoes? If so, what does it take to become one? What is a Superhero? Aside from having actual Superpowers, or a vast amount of wealth and resources at your disposal in place of superpowers, the superhero is motivated to fight injustice and evil to help those who are unable to help themselves. And, just as Hamlet said, the hero, in the process of taking “arms against a sea of troubles,” knows that he will inevitably die while fighting for that which is right, “and by opposing end them, dying in the process.”


Though Martin Luther King, Jr. had no powers, he was destined to take arms against the wrongs that were pervasive throughout the United States, though his weapon was nonviolent resistance he led the fight to one of the greatest evils this country has ever seen arise from within.

But, wee cannot appreciate the magnitude King’s life, strife and death without first knowing what kind of society he lived in at the time. From the 1880s into the 1960s, a majority of American states mandated and enforced segregation through “Jim Crow” laws. The most common types of laws forbade intermarriage and ordered business owners and public institutions to keep their black and white clientele separated. They mandated racial segregation in all public facilities; services, housing, medical care, education, employment, and public transportation with a supposedly “separate but equal” status for black Americans. It was widely accepted, legalized, institutionalized racism.


In true hero form, in the face of insurmountable odds, here are some examples of what Martin Luther King, Jr. was faced against.

Nurses: No person or corporation shall require any white female nurse to nurse in wards or rooms in hospitals, either public or private, in which negro men are placed. Alabama

Buses: All passenger stations in this state operated by any motor transportation company shall have separate waiting rooms or space and separate ticket windows for the white and colored races. Alabama

Railroads: The conductor of each passenger train is authorized and required to assign each passenger to the car or the division of the car, when it is divided by a partition, designated for the race to which such passenger belongs. Alabama

Restaurants: It shall be unlawful to conduct a restaurant or other place for the serving of food in the city, at which white and colored people are served in the same room, unless such white and colored persons are effectually separated by a solid partition extending from the floor upward to a distance of seven feet or higher, and unless a separate entrance from the street is provided for each compartment. Alabama


Pool and Billiard Rooms: It shall be unlawful for a negro and white person to play together or in company with each other at any game of pool or billiards. Alabama

Toilet Facilities, Male: Every employer of white or negro males shall provide for such white or negro males reasonably accessible and separate toilet facilities. Alabama

Intermarriage: The marriage of a person of Caucasian blood with a Negro, Mongolian, Malay, or Hindu shall be null and void. Arizona, Wyoming, Florida

Cohabitation: Any negro man and white woman, or any white man and negro woman, who are not married to each other, who shall habitually live in and occupy in the nighttime the same room shall each be punished by imprisonment not exceeding twelve (12) months, or by fine not exceeding five hundred ($500.00) dollars. Florida

Education: The schools for white children and the schools for negro children shall be conducted separately. Florida

Intermarriage: It shall be unlawful for a white person to marry anyone except a white person. Any marriage in violation of this section shall be void. Georgia

Barbers: No colored barber shall serve as a barber [to] white women or girls. Georgia


Burial: The officer in charge shall not bury, or allow to be buried, any colored persons upon ground set apart or used for the burial of white persons. Georgia

Restaurants: All persons licensed to conduct a restaurant, shall serve either white people exclusively or colored people exclusively and shall not sell to the two races within the same room or serve the two races anywhere under the same license. Georgia

Amateur Baseball: It shall be unlawful for any amateur white baseball team to play baseball on any vacant lot or baseball diamond within two blocks of a playground devoted to the Negro race, and it shall be unlawful for any amateur colored baseball team to play baseball in any vacant lot or baseball diamond within two blocks of any playground devoted to the white race. Georgia

Parks: It shall be unlawful for colored people to frequent any park owned or maintained by the city for the benefit, use and enjoyment of white persons…and unlawful for any white person to frequent any park owned or maintained by the city for the use and benefit of colored persons. Georgia

Wine and Beer: All persons licensed to conduct the business of selling beer or wine…shall serve either white people exclusively or colored people exclusively and shall not sell to the two races within the same room at any time. Georgia

Circus Tickets: All circuses, shows, and tent exhibitions, to which the attendance of…more than one race is invited or expected to attend shall provide for the convenience of its patrons not less than two ticket offices with individual ticket sellers, and not less than two entrances to the said performance, with individual ticket takers and receivers, and in the case of outside or tent performances, the said ticket offices shall not be less than twenty-five feet apart. Louisiana


Housing: Any person…who shall rent any part of any such building to a negro person or a negro family when such building is already in whole or in part in occupancy by a white person or white family, or vice versa when the building is in occupancy by a negro person or negro family, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five ($25.00) nor more than one hundred ($100.00) dollars or be imprisoned not less than 10, or more than 60 days, or both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court. Louisiana

Railroads: All railroad companies and corporations, and all persons running or operating cars or coaches by steam on any railroad line or track in the State of Maryland, for the transportation of passengers, are hereby required to provide separate cars or coaches for the travel and transportation of the white and colored passengers. Maryland, Mississippi

Promotion of Equality: Any person…who shall be guilty of printing, publishing or circulating printed, typewritten or written matter urging or presenting for public acceptance or general information, arguments or suggestions in favor of social equality or of intermarriage between whites and negroes, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to fine or not exceeding five hundred (500.00) dollars or imprisonment not exceeding six (6) months or both. Mississippi

Education: Separate schools shall be maintained for the children of the white and colored races. Mississippi

Intermarriage: The marriage of a white person with a negro or mulatto or person who shall have one-eighth or more of negro blood, shall be unlawful and void. Mississippi, Missouri, Maryland

Hospital Entrances: There shall be maintained by the governing authorities of every hospital maintained by the state for treatment of white and colored patients separate entrances for white and colored patients and visitors, and such entrances shall be used by the race only for which they are prepared. Mississippi


Prisons: The warden shall see that the white convicts shall have separate apartments for both eating and sleeping from the negro convicts. Mississippi

Education: Separate free schools shall be established for the education of children of African descent; and it shall be unlawful for any colored child to attend any white school, or any white child to attend a colored school. Missouri

Education: Separate rooms [shall] be provided for the teaching of pupils of African descent, and [when] said rooms are so provided, such pupils may not be admitted to the school rooms occupied and used by pupils of Caucasian or other descent. New Mexico

Textbooks: Books shall not be interchangeable between the white and colored schools, but shall continue to be used by the race first using them. North Carolina

Militia: The white and colored militia shall be separately enrolled, and shall never be compelled to serve in the same organization.No organization of colored troops shall be permitted where white troops are available, and while white permitted to be organized, colored troops shall be under the command of white officers. North Carolina

Transportation: The…Utilities Commission…is empowered and directed to require the establishment of separate waiting rooms at all stations for the white and colored races. North Carolina

Teaching: Any instructor who shall teach in any school, college or institution where members of the white and colored race are received and enrolled as pupils for instruction shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in any sum not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than fifty dollars ($50.00) for each offense. Oklahoma

Fishing, Boating, and Bathing: The [Conservation] Commission shall have the right to make segregation of the white and colored races as to the exercise of rights of fishing, boating and bathing. Oklahoma


Telephone Booths: The Corporation Commission is hereby vested with power and authority to require telephone companies…to maintain separate booths for white and colored patrons when there is a demand for such separate booths. That the Corporation Commission shall determine the necessity for said separate booths only upon complaint of the people in the town and vicinity to be served after due hearing as now provided by law in other complaints filed with the Corporation Commission. Oklahoma

Lunch Counters: No persons, firms, or corporations, who or which furnish meals to passengers at station restaurants or station eating houses, in times limited by common carriers of said passengers, shall furnish said meals to white and colored passengers in the same room, or at the same table, or at the same counter. South Carolina

Education: [The County Board of Education] shall provide schools of two kinds; those for white children and those for colored children. Texas

Theaters: Every person…operating…any public hall, theatre, opera house, motion picture show or any place of public entertainment or public assemblage which is attended by both white and colored persons, shall separate the white race and the colored race and shall set apart and designate…certain seats therein to be occupied by white persons and a portion thereof , or certain seats therein, to be occupied by colored persons. Virginia

Thank you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for saving us from ourselves.

Luke Cage Movie – 2011

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Luke Cage - Classic Comic Look, with Fro!

Luke Cage - Classic Comic Look, with Fro!

A young black, Harlem, street-punk, gang member (Of course. At the time, Marvel wouldn’t have it any other way) named “Lucas” who was ended up serving time in the big house for heroin that was obviously planted in his apartment by a rival gang member.

While in Seagate Prison, research scientist for the government, Dr. Noah Burstein recruits Lucas as a “volunteer” for an experimental cell regeneration experiment, which just so happens to be based on a variant of the Super-Soldier serum Burstein had previously helped to create.

Volunteering for the experiment was done in exchange for an early parole for Lucas. If you know your history, you can see the irony here since the government has been known to do THE EXACT OPPOSITE to the American black man where they actually injected them with syphilis to see what would happen.

Jesus, our loving government working hard to support the disenfranchised, and people wonder why the black man hates Whitey so damn much. I would too with that kind of loving government support.

Well, the experiment didn’t go as planned, since it was sabotaged by a security guard hoping to kill young Lucas. Instead of finding a cure to any illnesses, it accidentally, oops, granted a streetwise felon titanium-hard skin and mega-heavier, enhanced muscle mass.

The New Luke Cage In The New Avengers

The New Luke Cage In The New Avengers

Lucas uses his new found power to escape Seagate Prison and makes his way back to Harlem, where a chance encounter with criminals inspires him to use his new powers for profit. Hey, if you’re going to do the right thing and help people, you might as well get paid for it, right?

Lucas created the identity of “Luke Cage – Hero For Hire,” a superhero private dick. Cage eventually formed a business partnership with Iron Fist. Through the groundbreaking series Power Man & Iron Fist, the two became one of the better-known superhero duos of the 1970s.

To practice brevity here, Marvel creates the New Avengers, dusts off the yellow silk top and looses the chain and wrist bracers, and tiara, and shaves the fro off Cage’s head and gives him a whole new look.

Behold, the New Avenger Luke cage. Tyrese Gibson is supposed to be playing Cage in the Luke Cage movie which is to hit the screens in 2011. Tyrese is a famous rapper, actor, model, and MTV VJ.

Maybe you remember seeing him as one of the bad ass soldiers in Transformers. We can’t wait to see this movie! Now if only we had some Luke Cage merchandise and t-shirts to shlep!

Tyrese Gibson is Luke Cage

Tyrese Gibson is Luke Cage

Luke Cage T-Shirts!

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

We’re thinking of making these two t-shirts. Let us know which one you think is worth printing.

Luke Cage Power Man t-shirt

Luke Cage Power Man t-shirt