February 5, 2007 |
"Black Panther" (aka T'Challa) was the first black superhero in mainstream comic-book history and remains one of the most prolific. He has long been one of the more popular members of Marvel's "Mightiest Heroes," the Avengers. But Marvel's various attempts to give the character his own title have ultimately failed - and one of the major reasons is that the character has never seemed integral to the Marvel Universe the way characters like Captain America and Spider-Man are. Until now. Thanks to writer Reggie Hudlin (director and writer of the movie "House Party")
February 17, 2005 |
JUST IN TIME for Black History Month, the Black Panther is back on the prowl in a new series that has comicdom's first black superhero roaring louder than ever. Reginald Hudlin, the director of successful projects on both the big and small screens ("House Party," "Boomerang," "The Bernie Mac Show") has joined with Marvel Comics to craft the further adventures of the "Black Panther. " So why is this accomplished mainstream director delving into the comic book industry and writing this title in particular?
April 7, 1986 |
It was a blood bath that, through a quirk in timing, is often forgotten when prison riots are recalled. Aug. 21, 1971. Six killed at San Quentin Prison in Northern California. Dead were three guards and three prisoners, including the nation's best-known inmate at the time, Black Panther and prison revolutionary George Jackson. But three weeks later, at a prison in a small town in New York State, the death toll was much higher - 32 prisoners and 11 hostages. A four-day siege by inmates ended when state troopers and police stormed the Attica State Correctional Facility.
May 19, 1992 |
Are Black Panthers roaming the woods of Pennsylvania? Although many law enforcement agencies apparently didn't take the thought seriously, the state Game Commission did. A memo dated May 1 that the commission faxed to its wildlife conservation officers warned them of possible clashes with members of the long-defunct black militant organization in the aftermath of the Rodney King jury verdict that sparked the Los Angeles riots. While it might be hard to picture followers of the late Huey P. Newton confronting game wardens in rural Forest County, state game officials said they felt it was better to be safe than sorry.
June 8, 1991 |
Recently the reborn Black Panther newspaper rolled off the presses, chock- full of memories, some wonderful, some dark and others bittersweet. The Black Panther/Black Community News Service featured pictures, graphics and articles that reflect the glories of yesteryear alongside the grimness of today. The first issue featured critical tributes to fallen Panthers such as Huey P. Newton and Fred Hampton. Living ex-Panthers, now political prisoners, were covered, among them Ruchell Clinque Magee, sole survivor of the Marin County Courthouse Massacre of 1970; Geronimo ji-Jaga (Pratt)
April 24, 1988 |
Though it didn't even happen on Friday the 13th, landscaper Thomas Wall is still spooked by the black cat that crossed his path the other day. The 24-year-old resident of Holland in Bucks County is not superstitious and wouldn't have blinked an eye except for the size of what he says he saw. "It was all black, three feet high and five feet long. " What was it? In a telephone interview two days after the unsettling incident, Wall insisted that he saw a "black panther" in Pennypack Park.
February 17, 2012
IN THE AGE of Netflix, watching films can be a solitary pastime. Cinema 16 aims to make it a shared, engaging affair, and one that can never be experienced the same way twice. Tonight three silent, avant-garde films will be screened at International House, accompanied by a live performance of an original score. In previous incarnations, Cinema 16 musicians have ranged from an experimental cello player to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. And the films have ranged from the 1920s to the 1980s, making each evening wildly different from the previous one. Cinema 16 is named for the post-World War II film society created by Amos Vogel in the West Village.
October 16, 1997 |
Police are tracking a 200-pound black panther that vanished from outside a Lahaska antique shop. But before you start slamming the doors and pulling the children and pets off the streets, you should know there's no real danger. The 4-foot-long feline is made of iron, and rather than slinking off, police said, it was apparently carted away by thieves sometime overnight Saturday. Its owner values the piece, made in the 1960s, at $4,500. Steve Houck, an employee of the Oaklawn Metal Craft Shop, Route 202, said the cat was one of a group of iron figures acquired about 10 years ago. "There's two giant giraffes still out there.
February 26, 2001 |
Martin King couldn't believe it. A comic-book hero called Black Panther. And black wasn't just the color of his superhero outfit. In the mid-'60s, this just didn't happen. Looking back now, King remembers the debut of the first black heroic character as "the coolest thing in the world. " "We were looking for characters that looked like ourselves," said King, an African-American who is co-owner of Showcase Comics on South Street. "You have to have heroes," he said.
April 22, 1994 |
After his blistering semiautobiography Straight Out of Brooklyn, Matty Rich takes a dive into The Inkwell, a nostalgic comedy set in Oak Bluffs, the predominantly black beach enclave on Martha's Vineyard. His uneven new film takes place during the Bicentennial summer of 1976, when unnatural fibers were in vogue, fashion victims (then as now) asserted that hip huggers and bell bottoms looked cool on non-sailors and Afros sprouted like halos on angels. But Rich is too thoughtful to make a movie merely inventorying America's garishly funny tastes of the moment.