David Gorden, a Traditional Writer and Comic

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There are few black comic book writers and there are fewer here in St. Louis. One of them is David Gorden. He’s a writer and artist to comic books. His own creation, Kwame Hightower and the Man with No Name, is about a young kid named Kwame Hightower who is a 12-year old from St. Louis, but living in London, England.  Kwame is having a hard time adjusting to the new environment and on a trip to Buckingham Palace to learn more about Great Britain he ends up pulling Excalibur from the sacred stone, which automatically made him the King of England.  This sends him on a series of adventures all over the multiverse. 

It takes a creative mind to illustrate such a story and David is the guy to do so. As a kid, he read comics but in high school he became a natural storyteller and he already liked to draw and write so it only made sense for him to get into comics. David started taking comics more serious on a professional level in 1994, so you can say that he is a vet in the game, with over 25 years’ experience. What makes his drawings different from others is the fact that he is a more of a cartoonist and traditional drawer and less of a “realistic artist.” When It comes to using your imagination in drawing, David says, “

“In order to create fantastic worlds and relatable characters you have to draw on that imagination.  I sometimes bring in reimagined versions of characters I created as a kid to add to the experience.”

Since the race creators of comics was never broadcasted, David says he assumed they were all white until he came across a writer/artist by the name of Dwayne McDuffie in the late 1980’s. Dwayne was one of the most respected men in the comic industry. He wrote great comics and classic episodes of the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited cartoons. 

One of the perks of being a writer is that you can work remote. David says…

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Are you still a comic book fan even though everything is digital these days? Comment below and let me know.

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I Wasn’t A Fan, But It Makes Me Sad: RIP Nipsey Hussle

A week ago today, I was scrolling through YouTube and I came across a GQ video that featured Lauren London & Nipsey Hussle, a couple’s quiz. Since I like Lauren as an actress and Nipsey is a well-respected rapper, I decided to watch it. It was so cute, Lauren was her sassy self and Nipsey was so cool and calm and answered damn near every question correct, all but one six at least lol.

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To be honest, I’ve only listened to one Nipsey song, “Last Time That I Checc’d” and I like it, but I never listened to his whole album unfortunately. I do know that his first album Victory Lap was nominated for a Grammy this year. I do know that Nipsey was a man of the community. He’s from Crenshaw and Slauson, and he used to hustled so he could get money for his music. It worked and when he got the money, he gave back to the community that helped mold him. He invested into programs for children and even helped reconstruct a playground in his neighborhood of Crenshaw. He opened a clothing store, The Marathon Clothing, selling  apparel with the city Crenshaw on it. On top of that, he bought out some of the other businesses in the plaza that his business is in. It’s been told that he even hired local artists and others in the community to work at his store. 

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As far and his relationship goes, Nipsey and Lauren London kept their love life semi private. We would see the pictures and happy captions but never the negative, which is how it should be. They had a baby boy and kept him out of the spotlight. They recently gave us a glimpse of their relationship through GQ. 

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So with little or just enough information I have on this guy, why am I sad that he passed away? Why do I get teary-eyed when reading other artists’ post on social media mourning him? Why do I shed a tear for his lady Lauren London and his kids even tho I’ve never met them? Why do I sit and read all the stories people told about him? The answer to all that is because…it’s sad to see a young man who was praised and respected by many, get killed by his own kind. It’s sad to see a young man who was giving back to his community get killed in front of his business that he worked hard for. It’s sad to see a young man grow from the streets and flourish into a well-rounded individual. 

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I’ve lost someone close to me at a young age. He was 21 and my cousin; we grew up like siblings because that’s just how it was. I remember him from when he was in diapers and watched him grow and go off to college with me. He was killed by his own kind, some say it was someone that he knew. That was a hard time for me and it took me a year to stop crying about it whenever I brought his name up. It changed me, made me more paranoid. I couldn’t watch movies where people were violently killed and young. If I did, I would get emotional and cry. I’m better now, but I’m still a simp when it comes to those scenes lol. But he was into music and was a well-rounded cool, calm dude but sometimes your own people will hate on you. Maybe that’s why Nipsey’s death hit so close to home for me. 

All in all, I’m not going to act like I was a big Nipsey fan. I’m not going to fake it. Yes, I shoulda gave this man his flowers while he was here, but I didn’t. But…what I will do is respect his legacy. I am sad for his death because he didn’t deserve it. I will continue to pray for his family and hope that his killer gets that life sentence in prison.

What are your thoughts on Nipsey’s death? Comment below and let me know.

Danii Gold out!

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We Don’t Appreciate the NAACP Image Awards Enough

Over the weekend, the NAACP Awards celebrated it’s 50th year and per usual, people of color were recognized, from Maxine Walters and many more. Artists an Actors were awarded such as:

Chadwick Boseman for winning Outstanding Actor in a Film for “Black Panther”

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Taraji P Henson for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for the show Empire

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Anthony Anderson Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for the ABC Show Blackish

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Tracee Ellis Ross Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for the ABC Show Blackish

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Jay-Z received the President Award and Beyonce received the Entertainer of the Year Award.

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I think it is important for black award shows like this to be in a category of their own peers. I understand that being in a category with other peers of difference genres of music and different movie categories, that it is more important to win because you beat out a wider range of nominees, but “competing” against your own peers and being positively recognized for it is definitely a plus. I think that us as an audience and others as a creative should be more thankful and appreciative of these kind of awards.

Tell me your thoughts below!

Danii Gold out!

 

Women’s Month: Issa Rae Appreciation

How could you NOT love Issa. She’s the same person, (it seems) around her friends, in interviews and on her show. Like she’s well-rounded AF! More recently, landed the cover of Women’s Health Magazine

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And Essence SOLO! The first appearance was with Ava Duvernay, Debbie Allen and other notable women.

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She’s also dope because she wrote a book being her transparent self.

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Her show Insecure being picked up by HBO, revealing millennial women issues such as being independent, having a dating life, dealing with a break up, as well as different types of guys. Her show also portrays a woman (herself) cheating on her boyfriend because he just wasn’t doing enough. (It happens)

She is so authentic that you got to love her, especially since she’s “rooting for everybody black.”

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Issa has a new movie called “Little” featuring Marsai Martin and Regina Hall, that comes out next month.

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She is also starring in a Will Packer film with Lakeith Stanfield called “The Photograph” that is bound to come out later this year.

All in all, Issa Rae is the shit and we should appreciate her more!

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Danii Gold out! ✌🏾✌🏾✌🏾

 

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Keisha Mabry Sells out Her First Conference

I went to the mastHER class conference, hosted by the sweet, talented, successful Keisha Mabry. I was able to talk to her about the event and how it came about. Check out the write up below from DELUX Mag!

 

Some people need guidance in life when it comes to creating a brand, finding their voice, networking and other things. Not only is Keisha Mabry the go-to “gal” for all those things but she created an event to help other women fill in their gaps of needs; she called it “mastHER Class.”

She grabs your attention with her quirky high-pitch voice saying “hey FRIEND” and with that signature saying, she used it to network, be memorable and create a conference in a short span. Keisha’s conference SOLD OUT with 250 attendees, on International Women’s Day. She purposely made the event for that Friday March 8. To get more in depth, the mastHERclass is a day-long event of 75-minute masterclasses taught by 12 women in 8 hours in 1 day. Topics are curated, cultivated and catered to the female content creator, entrepreneur and social media influencer. The 2019 topics included getting into speaking, event planning, the business of travel, media production, finding your brand voice, growing an online community, starting an e-commerce business and a few things in between.

Keisha was motivated to create the mastHERclass when she applied to speak at a branding conference for black and brown creatives and was rejected. She says the rejection bothered her because “I had attended the conference the year before and I knew how I could add value.” That rejection inspired to do her own thing instead of “investing in other people’s things and communities without investing in my own,” as she says; she created mastHERclass!

Of course she faced adversity while planning the event; which is expected when you have 8 weeks to pull this off with a head count of 250 women, with a $25k-$30k budget, But after crying, praying and even snacking, she was revived and made it happen! Her advice for facing adversity while planning an event is:

“Expect ish to happen. Expect a sponsor to say yes then say no. Expect the event space to not have everything in place. Expect technology to have a glitch and expect a volunteer or vendor to be dismissed. Things do not go off without a hitch so expect it, plan for it and have a team so you are not trying to handle everything.”

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When it came to selecting the speakers for the mastHERclass, Keisha picked them based on the problems she wanted to solve as an entrepreneur and how she wanted to move her business from the idea phase to the MVP phase to the sustainability and growth phase. She already had a network full of amazing women but she also wanted to seek out more women and as she says “the rest is herstory.” She met… click HERE to read the full story.

http://deluxmag.com/keisha-mabry-from-heyfriend-to-a-sell-out-conference-mastherclass/

If you haven’t heard about Keisha Mabry then you need to get to know her!!

 

Danii Gold out! ✌🏾✌🏾✌🏾

Women’s Month: Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross is not only spunky and adorable but she’s talented as well. Her mom is freakin Diana Ross so clearly she comes from a talent-inclined background.

Her first major role was Joan Clayton in the hit show Girlfriend. Her role as a successful lawyer was something to look up to, especially since her friends were equally successful; even if one was working for her and the other was finding herself, and the successful real estate agent was self- centered AF! The show lasted from 2000-2009.

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Her role as Joan showed the world that a woman can be successful, date and their best life. Also, she rarely wore bras and she was a Corporate America type chick.

Tracee’s more recent role is Rainbow Johnson, a doctor, wife, and mother of 5 kids on the show Blackish. She makes it very clear that she’s a doctor and not a stay at home while since her husband Dre, played by Anthony Johnson, is a successful Senior Marketing Executive at a Marketing Firm.

Bow has spoken up about black dolls in a store not being idolized as successful women such as pilots, mathematicians and even doctors like herself. She believes in equality, even if that means her daughter playing a the lead role of a boy in a play and even if that means speaking out against her daughter being poorly lighted in a school photo because she is dark skinned. In her role, she’s comedic, so comedic that in 2017 she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV series–Comedy. Tracee has also been nominated for an Oscar three times three years in a row.

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I think it’s safe to say she’s DOPE AF and sets the standard.

When did you first lay eyes on Tracee Ellis Ross? Comment below and let me know!

Danii Gold out! ✌🏾✌🏾✌🏾

Women’s Month: Jada Pinkett Smith

Who doesn’t love Jada? We all know her for being a dope actress in movies such as Set It Off, Low Down Dirty Shame and plenty more. She’s married to one of the dopest, coolest actors Will Smith and more recently she’s served as a voice of reason and even a therapist to entertainers in the industry.

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Jada sat down with her husbands ex-wife and talked about the power of coparenting and blended families.

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She sat down with Gabrielle Union to talk about their unknown beef with each other.

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Shes discussed mental health with Kid Cudi

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Jada was a big help in August Alsina’s addiction recovery

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More recently, she had Jordyn Woods on her show to discuss the scandal she was involved in with Khloe Kardashian’s baby father. She let Jordyn speak her peace and whether it’s true or not, Jada gave Jordyn the platform to speak.

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Jada doesn’t steer away from any topics. She’s even opened up about her and Will’s relationship which has been in the headlines. All in all, Jada is dope and we should appreciate her more.

Comment your thoughts on Ms. Jada below.

Danii Gold out! ✌🏾✌🏾✌🏾