Just listened to some U.S. Girls songs, and so far the only one that's really caught my ear is a song called "Rosebud"---I especially like the video with the beautiful birds in it, and with that one bird made to seem like it's lip-synching the actual song lyrics,lol. I'll check out those Dr. Dre jazz instrumentals later ---that sounds like fun to hear,lol.
About the shooting, hell yeah, I'm disgusted that another one happened (there's always copycat incidents after the first incident like this) especially since the shooter had already been reported as a possible threat at least 20 damn times--a number of those to the FBI who said they tried to find him, but they claim that they couldn't (yeah, right.) And apparently in the South, the right to own a gun is more important than making sure a potential gun owner is actually responsible or sane enough to own one. That obviously hasn't been a priority for quite some time now in some states. Thanks for the info,but unfortunately,nothing's gonna change as a result of this horrible incident----there will be the usual platitudes and requests for thoughts and prayers for the victims, but there damn sure won't be any changes in the current gun laws. I've almost pretty much given up on that ever happening, to be honest. Here in Michigan, which is an open carry state, I saw a gun shop owner on the news earlier this week saying that it's not the guns themselves that are the problem--in response to the Parkland shooting---but the type of people that use the guns that are the problem. I agree with that to some extent, but I also believe that if guns weren't so available every damn where, and that if there were tougher laws to prevent mentally ill people from getting guns (like In Canada) it might make a difference. We'll never know, though, because as long as the NRA have their lobbyists to make damn sure that dosen't happen (like they always do) it won't.
Here's what happened last year when these two stupid idiots who called themselves making a statement about open carry walked into a local police station in Dearborn,MI, armed and dressed up to look like either robbers or terrorists,and damn near got themselves shot by a group of understandably freaked-the-f***-out police officers---they got locked the hell up,and of course, they were two arrogant white dudes who thought the law didn't apply to them simply because they were armed. Even open carry advocates said they what they did was just flat-out stupid as hell:
CNN----Stupid Michigan open carry stunt backfires
That being said, I actually saw BLACK PANTHER today---I really didn't think I would get to see it simply because of all the hype---I had to consider the very real possibility that all screenings of it at the theatre I was going to might be sold out, and that I would have taken a wasted trip. I decided to take a chance and just go the hell on out there, and that's how I caught said screening. Of course I liked and enjoyed it----it was nice to see a major mainstream film about African people that showed some very real respect for them and their culture ( or at least this impressive futuristic rendering of it) and the fact that they were presented as intelligent,flawed,but dignified human beings (and not as merely the exotic backdrop for some white guy's adventure, which has usually been the case since forever and a day in Hollywood films.) Another big reason I liked it is that virtually all the main female characters are a major part of the films' plot---they're barely sexualized in any way at all during the film---that was a nice big fresh chance of pace in and of itself.
Anyway, the film opens with the telling of the legend of Wakanda's beginnings, and it opens in 1992 on a basketball court in L.A. Two men with a lot of guns are startled by a knock on their door. An older man comes in, and reveals himself to be Zuri, the uncle of one of the man, from Wakanda (veteran South African actor John Kani) come to check up on one of the men, who turns out to be his younger brother N'aku (Sterling Brown, from the popular NBC drama THIS IS US.) Turns out N'aku's been stealing a valuable resource from Wakanda, and when he's told to return there and receive his just punishment for that---N'aku tries to kill him, and Zuri's forced to off him in self-defense. Meanwhile, back in Wakanda, the reclusive and advanced African country that's a secret to the outside world, T'Challa, aka the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman, MARSHALL) readies himself to bury his deceased father, and to go through the fighting manhood ritual in which he'll prove his worthiness to be the next king. His spunky smart-as-a-whip sister Shuri (newcomer Letitia Wright) is the brilliant tech genius who creates his teflon bulletproof Black Panther suit, as well as any other defense gadgets she can come up with for protection. His mother the Queen Ramonda (the wonderful Angela Bassett) and the tough-as-nails General Okoye, who runs Wakanda's mostly female army of bodyguards (Danai Gurira, of the popular THE WALKING DEAD series) as well as the Wakandan spy Nakia (Lupita N'yongo, THE FORCE AWAKENS---finally in a good screen role that actually suits her, and really utilizes her acting talents for a change) are strong, distinctive characters in their own right, and let him know they're always got his back. There's also W'kabi (Daniel Kaluuya, GET OUT) as the equally valuable and tough, thoughtful leader of another army for the king.
Meanwhile, back in America, a young guy in dreads asks about the African artifacts he's checking out in a museum. Next thing everybody knows, the place is being robbed of a couple of those artifacts, and gunshots and panic ensues. When T'challa and his crew get word about what's been stolen, they head straight to South Korea (where the Olympics is going on now,lol) to track the thief down. T'Challa meets up with an old acquaintance of his, an FBI agent named Ross (Martin Freeman of the HOBBIT films, doing an American accent for the first time I know of) who's working undercover. When his crew's cover is blown, there's lots of tense as hell action while the future King and his subjects chase the thieves down in a very intense as hell car chase sequence. Once the villain, Klaue (Andy Serkis,from the LORD OF THE RINGS flicks) gets caught, he ain't giving up any secrets of his own,except those of Wakanda's. He gets busted out of headquarters by none other than the dreadlocked thief of the artifacts, who calls himself Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan, CREED.) Turns out that Killmonger has a much stronger personal connection to Wakanda than anybody knows about (and a reason for revenge) and that is gradually revealed in a touching sequence in the film, among other things.
The action sequences in this film are really good, and basically the film lives up to the hype, which is well justified if you're seen it. It's all that and a bag of chips,and then some, as they used to say, lol. Plus it was marvelous for me, as an African-American woman, to see a superhero film which revolved around not only a black superhero, but one who was connected to a larger community that had nurtured him and given him the strength to succeed as the man he was and the king he was going to be. (There's also some understated at times humor in it, so there are appropriate and well-timed jokes in the film,too.) And it was just damn nice to see folks who looked like me dominating the screen in a superhero for a change. Of course, the racist haters are already out in full force to hate on this film,calling it racist simply because it has an all-black cast--some of whom haven't even seen it yet--but nobody cares about what the hell they think,anyway.