Luke Cage Is Unapologetically Black & I Love It
So listen, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you probably know that the long anticipated Netflix series “Luke Cage” dropped last Friday. Comic nerds, black folks, and all people of color alike have been waiting for this series for what seems like forever. It is the first time a black superhero is the lead in a television show and with Netflix’s success with “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” we were all excited to see that same amount of bad-assery applied to Luke Cage. They did not disappoint. Luke Cage was written and directed by black people, created by Cheo Hodari Coker who gave us Notorious and Southland, also features a killer black and latinx cast that includes Mike Colter, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Rosario Dawson, Mahershala Ali and more.
As someone who a new nerd to comic things, I have been highly disappointed with the lack of people of color in these movies and shows. So Luke Cage and the upcoming Black Panther movie, have had me waiting on the edge of my seat for at least a year. I was up at 12:01 am on September, 30. 2016 to watch this shit when it dropped. You bet your sweet ass I stayed up all night, and I regret nothing. I absolutely loved it. For many reasons, but the biggest reason is that it’s just so unapologettically black. One of the things I hate the most about diversity in entertainment, is forced diversity. Where it’s just “well we need diversity so we don’t piss off the ___’s so lets just throw this Asian, black or gay person in there and we can check off that box”. No like give us actual characters with a purpose. Luke Cage did that for me. It wasn’t forced, it was realistic. It’s set in Harlem. Harlem is very much black and latino and that is what the show gave us. Luke Cage is just a regular degular shemegular, black man living in Harlem. It’s realistic, the little references like the feuds between different sections of NY
the black culture references that you wouldn’t catch or understand unless you’ve been immersed in it…
It was just so amazing and I loved every second of it. I felt like I was just watching everyday niggas being niggas rather than niggas written by white men forcing them to be niggas. And honestly, even if you’re not black, it’s very easy to enjoy even if you don’t catch the black references, because again, it’s not forced diversity. The same way people of color can relate to and enjoy all these white comic dweebs, because they’re people, white people can also like and enjoy Luke Cage. It’s not a “black show for black people” it’s just a show that has black people playing black people. The only reason you wouldn’t be able to enjoy it is if you just refuse to because you don’t like seeing that many negroes on your television screen.
But besides alla dat, we also got a cast full of brown and dark skin black people for once rather than a whole ass cast of light people. The cinematography was phenomenal, the music makes the show 400 times better, Alfre Woodard was the absolute show stopper for me and Mahershala Ali made Cottonmouth my new favorite villain of all time. But hands down favorite part about the show is that there is literally one major white character with speaking lines and he’s a corrupt cop, so basically an accurate representation of the white community.
So if you haven’t seen Luke Cage yet, what the hell are you waiting for? Turn off Gilmore Girls and go get you some of this black excellence. Black Panther we will see you in 2018, don’t fuck this up.