Trump’s White House is eerily reminiscent of the Red Scare of 1917

Progressives are outraged that America’s president represents fear, ignorance and the arrogance of white mediocrity. Donald Trump’s first year in office has been marked by tumultuous cabinet shakeups and firings, attacks on the free press, the rise of white nationalism, and devastating legislation that puts the most vulnerable groups in the country at risk. But this isn’t the first time the U.S. has seen a period of fear and persecution. There are clear similarities between Trump’s White House and the first Red Scare, which took place 100 years ago.

Let’s start from the beginning. The business mogul known for appearing in porn flicks and plastering his name on skyscrapers made it clear in 2015 that he was coming for Hispanics. He opened his presidential campaign claiming Mexico sends its worst people to the U.S. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us,” he said in June 2015. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” He claimed the United States would eventually need a wall to stop them.

This press conference ushered in the age of Trump. He launched a campaign of fear and persecution that is on par to rival other periods of government-orchestrated social purging in America’s history.

One hundred years ago, the nation also faced a looming Russian menace. President Woodrow Wilson attacked every leftist media outlet, social outlier and any critic who might have had connections to Russia. The only difference is that Trump has cuddled up to the Russians. As in 1917, fear and social anxiety loom over the country, but this time, the threat has a seat in the White House. When historians look back on Trump’s first year, they will notice the glaring similarities of the Red Scare and now.

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6 Black Actresses Besides Halle Berry Who Could Play X-Men’s Storm

Written By Ricky Riley

The casting of X-Men’s Storm has been controversial from the very start. For over a decade, the African storm goddess has been played by Halle Berry to the displeasure of fans. During this year’s San Diego Comic Con, it was revealed that Berry wanted to do a solo Storm film, but fans were not as enthusiastic as she was. Around the time of the casting of the first X-Men film, Angela Bassett was rumored to have turned down the role, making way for Berry.

Issues of skin tone were the main problem. Debates over whether Storm is a light-skinned or dark-skinned woman have overshadowed the real issues — like is Storm important to the franchise or is Berry talented enough? The answer to these questions may well be no, but there are other Black actresses who could pull off the character if given a chance:


Naomie Harris

Harris has been in genre films since the beginning of her career. She has become famous for her roles as Selena from 28 Days Later (2005), Calypso from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and most recently she was Eve Moneypenny in Skyfall (2012) and the upcoming Spectre (2015). Harris manages to be strong and beautiful at the same time — a feature Storm possesses.

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5 Actors Who Would Be a Perfect Fit to Play Miles Morales in the Upcoming Spider-Man Film

Written By Ricky Riley

Earlier this year, Marvel Studios and Sony reached a deal that would allow Marvel to produce a Spider-Man film. This newfound hope sent the Internet into a frenzy with the idea that Peter Parker would be set aside for the first Black and Hispanic Spider-Man Miles Morales. Marvel cast young actor Tom Holland in the role of Peter Parker, continuing a long line of white Spider-Men; even though there have been many people — male, female, Black and Hispanic — who have taken up the mantle. If there is a Miles Morales Spider-Man film, here are some actors who should portray him.


Donald Glover AKA Childish Gambino 

Actor and rapper Donald Glover is the only person on the list who has portrayed Miles Morales to date. In the current Disney XD animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, Glover was Morales during the Spider-verse event fighting alongside Peter Parker to bring down an inter-dimensional threat. He gained a cult following as Troy Barnes in the show Community (2009-14), which is his most famous acting role to date. Glover has the acting chops and comedic range for the role.  He will be in the upcoming Ridley Scott film The Martian (2015).

6 Major Announcements About Marvel’s ‘All New, All Different’ Relaunch That Has Fans Excited 

Originally Posted on Blerds. 

Written By Ricky Riley

Beginning in September, Marvel will be relaunching and introducing new and diverse titles in an initiative it calls “All New, All Different.” The bulk of the new titles will be released in November, but in the next two months there will be some cool surprises to check out.


‘Blade, The Hunter’

This new series will introduce the world to Blade’s AKA Eric Brooks’ daughter Fallon Grey. She is a 16-year-old high school student who lives in Oregon. She does not know that Blade is her dad until supernatural forces want to hunt her down. This title has been under the radar, compared to the other announcements, but sounds like a much-needed twist on Blade. Blade, The Hunter will be written by Tim Seeley, with art by Logan Faerber. The title will be on stands in October.  

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The Money of Gender Inequality: Capitalism reinforces the gender binary and it can also destroy it

I started working at the age of 16 in an attempt to make enough money to buy fast food and go to the movies.  Ever since that young age I have had 10 female superiors in every job that I worked. Just twenty years ago, the field of journalism and media was dominated by white men with gray manes. In many ways that still rings true but the landscape is quickly changing. Three of my female superiors were entrepreneurs, two were high ranking producers at a major news network, three of them were women of color, and six of them had advance degrees.

You might be wondering why I am telling you this. What does this have to do with anything? Well, the answer is simple: capitalism is reason for this change and it is also the reason I have to illustrate that women have taken a leap forward in a mainly male dominated industry.

Capitalism can keep the gender binary and patriarchy in place or it can change it for the better. During WWII, women went into the workplace as capable and competent workers doing the jobs their husbands did during antebellum. Rosie the riveter became a symbol smashing through traditional gender roles in the 1940s.

However, in the 1950s the nation seemed to have forgotten that. Instead of women workers dominating factories, they were placed back into the kitchen with shiny new appliances like the microwave and the dishwasher.

Without knowing it at the time, corporations and American capitalism became a driven spark to the feminist movement of the 1960s. In just than two decades a paradigm shift occurred and it wasn’t because of overt sexism but because of dogmatic patriarchy and returning to the status quo.

According to Sue Davis from, “the U.S. is a world leader in backwardness and misogyny toward women — with women on average making 77 cents for every dollar men are paid (and even less for women of color), rampant violence against women (especially poor women, lesbians and trans women, and women of color), and vicious attacks on birth control and abortion rights, as well as all components of reproductive justice. “

Capitalism plays up the gender roles in order to get more production from workers.  In an attempt not to sound like a Marxist, traditional gender roles are used as marketing ploys, ideas like blue is for boys, girls like to play with dolls, men drink a lot of beer, and women having orgasisms while washing their hair.  If we look at the male stereotype of the protector and provider, we can see the problems this can cause to a man and a woman. Let’s look at this scenario:

A husband works two jobs because he refuses to let his wife work but the house needs two incomes. As he works two full time jobs, he never gets to see his kids. While the wife is struck with the kids all the time and doing all of the housework, helping with homework, and being a single parent. She never gets to grow and pursue a career and the husband will have no impact on his offspring.  While this happens corporations make money hand over foot at the expense of families.

Some would think that traditional gender roles would be a fixture in our economic system but it does not have to be. If we look at the idea of the housewife /househusband stereotype, we can see that the idea of  women and men that stay at home has changed because of capitalism. The reasons for this is simple. Through Capitalism we have fast food restaurants ready to provide entire meals for family.  As time progress onward the menus will increasingly get more healthy as demanded by the consumer.

When we shop in the grocery store frozen foods line freezers just waiting to be popped in the oven.  There are also prepackaged salads and pre-cut fruits to fulfill our health needs. Just like that an instance meal is created thanks to capitalism.  No one has to cook anything if we chose not to. Especially, stay at home parents.  They are free to pursue an online degree, work from home or anything else while the kids are at school.

When it comes to cleaning there have been inexpensive robotized maids in the form of roombas that has hit the market to sweep and mop your floors. Because of capitalism, daycares have taken the charge in rearing our children when schools can not. The machine that is capitalism will make every task we do a money making institution for better and for worse. In the case of gender roles, the tasks that were associated with men and women have been blurred. The home and the workplace are no longer prescribed to one or the other.  At this time in history, we are at an impasse.


From YaleGlobal

We live in a new world where women are more educated than men, capable of leading corporations, and still managing their families if they choose to do so. The table above shows the countries where women are pursuing higher education.  This means that women are becoming highly qualified workers ready to be hired and sadly these numbers do not reflect job placement just yet.

The major issue with capitalism and gender politics is that it takes a step forward in the right direction and then takes three steps back to old time patriarchy. Just last year Republicans blocked a bill that would  make equal pay for women a mandate. Also last year, Hobby Lobby seem to have found a way to disregard the needs of its female workers.

The reality is that  “women have represented about 57 percent of enrollments at American colleges since at least 2000; they tend to have higher grades; men tend to drop out in disproportionate numbers; and female enrollment skews higher among older students, low-income students, and black and Hispanic students,” according to Alex Williams from the New York Times. Yet women can’t get a break.

The question is how do women prosper in a backwards system. I think the adage of  fighting fire with fire applies here. If a venue does not exist, create a new one. Owning your own business is the best way to guarantee equal treatment and fairness.  If corporations fail to see your value, leave them, boycott them, and find corporations that will. The inevitable is already happening. If men failed to be educated well and fail to pursue higher education with the same vigor as women, companies will have no choice but to higher women to management  positions because men won’t have the qualifications to get the job done.

Eventually, things will change because that is the course of Capitalism.  Maybe women are that change.

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Summer 2013 and the Creativity Process


People are not stupid. Even though Grown Ups 2 and Despicable Me 2 out-grossed Pacific Rim, doesn’t mean that people are stupid. It just means that people don’t like to try things that are different. The problem is that if people had to choose between trying something new and something that they know works, they choose what they are accustomed to. This isn’t a new idea but it could be if we look at it differently. Pacific Rim is not an original concept. It is just not a popular concept as Adam Sandler or a mediocre kid’s film. A giant robot fighting a giant monster is not a revolutionary concept. The amount of violence used to fight off the monsters should be enough to sell tickets but in the end it just wasn’t. That is why a corporation agreed to green-lit the production in the first place. The problem lies with the standards of people, family fun time and so called smart people that criticize everything but make nothing. All forms of entertainment can’t be thought-provoking, philosophical masterworks. Sometimes it has to be stupid and right on the nose like many of Adam Sandler’s films. These bad works make us appreciate the good pieces of entertainment that we hold as masterpieces. There needs to be a Transformers movie for every District 9.

People know exactly what to expect. People like predictability and certainty in all phases of their lives; and movies are no different. If you find a restaurant that serves the best hot wings in the city, you will continue to go there. You don’t need to try and find a new restaurant because then you have to figure out the menu, the prices, and serving sizes. New things require more time to get invested in and corporations know that people just don’t have that time and don’t want to put in that effort. That is why we get the same repackaged crap. So if we want different and better things we have to stop buying SHIT but that won’t happen.

I don’t care about the quality of new products. I only care if new products exist and that is what makes me different from so call intellectual critics that believe that all entertainment has to be perfect.

Critics are not valuable unless they criticize things they like and if they are artists in that respective field. What I mean is that film makers should criticizes films that are similar to films that they have made. If you like and make sci-fi films; review them. The fallacy comes in when the artist believes that he/she can make it better than the artist’s work he/she is criticizing. Art is personal. Art reflects the Artist. With all of that, I believe that Corporations are vital to artists today. Without Youtube many independent artists would be irrelevant. Think about that for a minute. Corporations help spread ideas and help fund visionary projects. Without Fox, there would be no Star Wars. Without New Line Cinema, there would be no Lord of the Rings films.

In conclusion, I want people to look at the big picture. Corporations are God. They create everything we like, eat, wear, drink, drive, live in, and that is never going to change.  Artists should like to work with a corporation. People should also support new ideas to keep artists interested in working with corporations.

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