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#LukeCage Live Write

Ok, I’m starting Luke Cage. The writing is fucking great so far. I was afraid that, with an all Black cast, it’d be stereotypical. Like how the most recent season of OITNB was set up. They tackled the issues Black people are facing in 2016 but you could tell it came from the minds of White writers. How? Everything had a but. Meaning the morals of stories would be “Black people are getting killed in jail, our lives matter!!……but so do all lives”. These ideas coming out of the mouths of Black characters on the show. In short, yes, they highlighted the issues and it was gritty BUT you could tell it was written by someone who has personally never experienced it. You can tell when emotion isn’t written into the dialogue; word choice, imagery.

With Luke Cage they tackled those same issue but with no wishy washy stance from the Black characters. No buts. Luke mentions he was framed and beaten in jail. They was no precursor given, as if was his consequence for something else. No, “well, ya shouldn’t be messin’ around with (some bad influence)” backstory. He was framed. He was the target, wholeheartedly.

Also, just the way they talk. The characters candid times aren’t filled with overused Black lingo. It’s not generic. The characters use AAVE (African-American Vernacular English) at intermediate times, like we do in real life). It’s not “oh this is a professional scene, professional talk only”. There’s bits of it everywhere. In your classic Barber shop scene, during meanings with business partners, and 0ne on one scenes. It’s more believeable, real. They also don’t throw “nigga” in a sentence just because it sounds good. They do it because that’s how we (a Black person) would actually say it.

But seriously, overall fucking wonderful. The music choices as well, nice variety. Not JUST rap or soul/funk. The characters? All shades and hair types that can be found in the Black community. All a part of different tax brackets. All with different (good or bad) professions. I love it. And speaking of diversity, every extra isn’t Black or White. So many different faces, colors, hair types, ages, sizes. Honestly, truly beautiful.

I’m hooked.

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