Haven’t been on tumblr in a while, I find myself with a lot of down time and I’m trying to make sure I do constructive things with it. It’s at times like this, I remember why I started ‘Black Superhero Music’ because my image as a black man has been deconstructed time and time again lacking depth and complexity and there’s so much more to this experience. I wanted to showcase those very things. After some time away, I learned, depth and complexity isn’t just one fold, it has multiple layers each with its own lessons to be taught. I don’t want to say I was thinking too simplistically but it was just that, there’s so much more with how black men interact in society, with other racial groups, genders, sexual identities, class structures. It’s these things that give depth and complexity to the experience.
I titled this “Don’t Call it A Comeback” because its a coming of age; its a coming of perspective, its about coming into focus and realizing that specificity isn’t always being in focus.
We learn a lot from television, it provides an insight/ glimpse into the lives of people we would otherwise not have seen. It shows the lived experiences of those around us. This is not all television, let’s be careful, there is A LOT A LOT A LOT A LOT of garbage out there as well.
I am specifically speaking about a television show, A Different World and a number of 90’s sitcoms, that provided situations; real situations and conveyed real emotions that we were able to conceptualize and in most cases resonate with. Without these shows we begin to remove ourselves from the struggles, experiences and the realities at which an array of people live. Our world has become a “not me, not my problem” type of place and with these notions we directly hurt others and indirectly hurt ourselves. Don’t heal people for your social conscience, heal them because it is the right thing to do. Because someone shouldn’t have to go to sleep at night and wake up to a world in which they are treated as second class.
I have really come to appreciate the generation I am apart of and the morals, values and social conscience of the adults at that time. I do not know how we lost so much footing when we were taking steps to really trying to help all around us. We went from 90’s situation comedies to real situations for entertainment. We longer feel uncomfortable at television violence and the actions that come from not being in your right state of mind. They are now criticized and idolized as the way in which we should live our lives. It’s ironic how something scripted can make you cringe and something that is suppose to be real make you oblivious.
Think about it,