Johnathan Edward Hamiter (Non Sleeping Giant)

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THE VAST AND THE FURIOUS: Bad Drivers Rule The Road 2

OK, “good” drivers. Time for a reality check.<p>A little clarification upfront: I am not going to be referring to simple law bending. I understand as a …

WE GOT NXT: WWE’s D-League Bringing Its ‘A’ Game

Wrestling is fun again!<p>If you stopped watching wrestling over the past decade, I can definitely understand. After the demise of WCW and the …

LYTE YEARS AHEAD: MC Lyte Transcends Labels

Act like you know.<p>I’m just going to get into it. MC Lyte’s Paper Thin was the most New York thing I’d ever seen at the time. Between the subway …

KING’S ENGLISH: The Improbable Impact of Slick Rick

It should not have worked.<p>Slick Rick’s album The Great Adventures of Slick Rick had a lot working against it when it came out. Without considering …

TO THE 18TH LETTER: The Elite Lyricism of Rakim

Right place, right time.<p>Like many summers, I used to play in an AAU basketball league back in the day when I lived in Eatonville, FL. With games …

DEPRAVITY FALLS: 'Hollywood Game Night' Is Insane

Being crazy can be a good thing.<p>Hollywood Game Night is exactly what you think it is: Hollywood Squares meets many cocktail drinks. To use a comic …

AS AMERICAN AS AMPLE LIE: No Limits To ‘American Greed’

The Big 80s were a weird time.<p>While most of GenX was busy being carefree and young, enjoying Saturday morning cartoons, arcades and sci-fi movies, …

SONS N' ROSES: 'Steven Universe' Earned My Tears

I’m getting ahead of myself.<p>My humbling had a humble beginning. Like most of the newer cartoons on television, Steven Universe was introduced to me …

FIRED & UNDESIRED: The Myth About Working Hard

“They don’t want you to report back.”<p>The words made my heart sink. I had just started a temp assignment the day before, and the company didn’t want …

STRAIGHT OUTTA NOWHERE: No One Was Ready For NWA

We all played the game.<p>There has always been plenty of “naughty” albums that had to be kept from adult eyes and ears. While our parents had the likes …

ME, MYSELF & I, QUEEN: There’s Something About Beyoncé

I didn’t consider myself a fan.<p>Nevertheless, my eldest daughter, who was away from me for most of her life, absolutely LOVES her. It didn’t bother …

LEVEL US: Arcades Gave Our Generation A 1UP

I miss arcades a lot more than the quarters.<p>The day finally came 10 years ago when my son became interested in video games. Naturally, he wanted what …

TO THE NTH WORD DEGREE: Why Black People Use the N Word

Let’s end the confusion once and for all.<p>First, understand that I’m not advocating the use of the word. It will be a glorious day in America when it …

FEAR THERE BE GIANTS: ‘Attack On Titan’ Brings The Dread

How did I talk myself into this?<p>It didn’t take long after getting my daughter into anime to find a show that she wanted no part of. Who could blame …

HATE & BASKETBALL: NBA Fans Are Killing The Game

I’ve seen that look before.<p>I saw it on LeBron James’ face when he first meet Tim Duncan in the 2007 Finals. I saw it on Dwight Howard’s face when he …

RAPTURE’S DELIGHT: Caught Up On Anita Baker

Sometimes, timing is everything.<p>On any give Friday night back in 1986, you could find me firmly planted in front of the television watching Friday …

NO LOVE AND HAPPINESS: ‘Jane the Virgin’ Rewards Patience

Relax. There’s no need to rush.<p>And yet, there’s been a deluge of a rush of judgement when it comes to Jane the Virgin, which can be seen on forums …

BLACK TO THE FUTURE: ‘Black-ish’ Is Right On Time

Surprise, surprise.<p>Instead of Anthony Anderson’s making an absolute mess of his portrayal of the Black-ish family patriarch Dre, as he’s done with …

RODS AND MONSTERS: On Jeremy Wade’s Hook

This is how you do it.<p>Ok, let’s just get this out of the way: Jeremy Wade of River Monsters is easy on the eyes and ears. He has a lifetime of tales …

STRIP TO MY LOU: ‘Louie’ Exposes Our Lies

The single life is not for the faint of heart.<p>For some, being single can occupy the best times of their lives. For most of the population, however, …

JIMMY THE NIGHT: Can’t Go Wrong With Kimmel Or Fallon

The Jimmies figured it out.<p>After having a front row seat for the late night war in the 90s, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel must have been nervous …

DO IT ON THE NIGHTLY: Larry Wilmore Comes Out The Shadows

See? Nothing to worry about.<p>I can understand the reservations. Sure, Larry Wilmore definitely showed his comedic chops as the Senior Minority …

OFFICE PACE: ‘9 to 5’ Asks An Important Question

Sometimes Netflix is a psychic.<p>Ever since hearing it name dropped in Fresh Off The Boat, the movie 9 to 5 has been on my mind. Like a spooky …

TOONING OUT: Will FOX Screw Up ’Bob’s Burgers’?

It’s a legitimate concern.<p>Every Simpsons fans that watched during the 90s had the same waking nightmare. One minute you’re watching a once in a …

CHARLATAN’S WEB: Bad Debaters Rule The Internet

Why has it become so ridiculous?<p>Regular people trying to have regular debates online in comment sections are getting hijacked by a new wave of …

FLASHBACK ISSUES: The Bittersweetness of ‘Comic Book Men’

As a kid, I had it made.<p>One brother of mine was just a year older, so we were partners in crime. Our older brother would bring us MEGO toys on the …

META MEN: The Self-Referencing Seven

Meta makes tinseltown go round.<p>As the preferred gimmick of all Gen-X and Millennial writers, nostalgic meta references has been taken to obscene …

PURPLE REIGN: Prince Is Still Music Royalty

I’m as guilty as you are.<p>I thought we’d get no more minimalist funk grooves like Soft ‘n Wet, Kiss & Alphabet Street; no more otherworldly vocals …

EVERYBODY OFF THE GROUND: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Makes Diversity Look Easy

Now that wasn't so hard.<p>There hasn’t been this kind of disregard for role norms since Whitney Houston’s <i>Cinderella</i>. While some productions may fumble …