The Black Panther

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Have you ever heard about the first Black superhero? If you are an avid Marvel comic’s reader, you’ll probably know who he is… Let me introduce the Black Panther so listen up!

According to the Wikipedia, The Black Panther (T’Challa) is a story bound character in the Marvel Comics universe who is the very first modern Black superhero. It was created by the legendary writer-editor Stan Lee and penciller-co-plotter Jack Kirby. The Black Panther first appeared in Fantastic Four vol. 1, #52 (July 1966). Even though there have been several men who have worn the Black Panther identity throughout the narration of the Marvel Universe, this piece refers exclusively to the modern-day Black Panther, also known by his birth name, T’Challa.

The Black Panther is the traditional title given to the chief of the Panther Tribe of the African nation of Wakanda. In addition to ruling the country, he is also chief of its different tribes. The Panther uniform is a symbol of workplace and is used even during political missions.

The Black Panther is permitted to the use of a heart-shaped herb that endows the person who devours it superior strength, agility, and sensitivity. The present-day bearer of the Black Panther mantle is T’Challa, who has had a lengthy career as a superhero, including a longstanding membership in The Avengers. For a brief time upon joining the superhero team the Avengers,[1] the Black Panther wore a cowled half-mask, similar to that of Batman. In stories printed in the 2000s, it was revealed that the Panther formerly joined the Avengers with the purpose of spying on them. This drove a temporary block between T’Challa and his teammates.

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Lewis Hamilton Victorious In Monaco

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Lewis Hamilton of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes wins the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix! The spectacular racer took the lead in the continuing battle for the Formula One Drivers’ Championship as well. He took the chequered flag 3.0sec in front of Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber) and 4.8sec ahead of Felipe Massa (Ferrari) after two hours and 76 laps (253.840 kms). In addition to this, Heikki Kovalainen, Lewis’ teammate finished eighth place.

At the beginning of the formation lap, Lewis Hamilton was not able to engage a gear. As a result, he had to start from the pit lane. This underscores Hamilton’s sixth Grand Prix victory and the second of the season after the Australia GP.

“I am absolutely over the moon. To win here in Monaco is the highlight of my career and an occasion I will always remember. I want to thank everybody in the team for their fantastic job, and also my family for their continuous support. It was a very eventful race. I started well and immediately overtook Kimi, and also saw a chance to attack Felipe, but then the rain got heavier and visibility worsened. At the Tabac corner, there was a lot of water on the track, and suddenly I had over steer and hit the barrier. It was just a slight touch, but the tyre was damaged and I had to pit. Fortunately, the first Safety Car period helped me to close the gap to the front. We changed our strategy, and I had to make only one more stop. When I was about 40 seconds ahead the team told me over the radio to take it easy. The second Safety Car period brought more excitement, but I was able to control the race also after the second re-start. What a day and what a result,” says Lewis Hamilton.

BLACKstreet

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If there’s the Backstreet Boys singing their romantic pop and ballad music, on the other side of the hood, there’s also a talented group of young men called the Blackstreet.

BLACKstreet is an American R&B group founded in 1992 by Teddy Riley, a New Jack Swing pioneer known for his work as a member of Guy. The band members are: Teddy Riley, Eric Williams, Mark Middleton, and J-Stylz. Former members of BLACKstreet are Joseph Stonestreet, Levi Little, Dave Hollister, Terrell Phillips, and Chauncey Hannibal.

BLACKstreet, their debut album, was a fair success due to the singles “Booti Call” and “Before I Let You Go”, both Top 40 hits (“Before I Let You Go” hit the Top 10). The follow-up, 1996’s Another Level (see 1996 in music) was a smash hit that was absolutely successful due to the top single “No Diggity” (with Dr. Dre), which was a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1996. The hit single also won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, along with the Top 40 hit “Don’t Leave Me”. Another Level ultimately went four times platinum in the United States and pointed at #3 on the Billboard chart. “No Diggity” is ranked at #91 on Rolling Stone and MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs, while BLACKstreet comes in at #214 of the Top 500 Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years.

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The debut single from their third album, “Girlfriend/Boyfriend”, a collaboration with Janet Jackson featuring Ja Rule and Eve — BLACKstreet finally had a top ten album with Finally. But personnel shifts wrecked the group and contributed to the relative failure of Finally (1999 in music) and BLACKstreet soon broke up. After rumors of legal action and a preemptive countersuit, the group re-banded and released Level II in 2003 (see 2003 in music).

The Black Widow

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The eight-legged insects are totally creepy, though I’m a great fan of Spiderman. Spiders possesses unique characteristics that make this species one of the most remarkable creatures in the planet. I’ve been inspired to write about the Black Widow spider because yesterday, I watched one of the greatest programs in the Animal Planet which talks about insects and arachnids.

The black widow spider (Latrodectus spp.) is a spider infamous for its neurotoxic venom. Oh yeah, it is absolutely deadly. It is a huge widow arachnid that can be found all over the world and usually linked with urban habitats or farming regions. Even though the name ‘Black Widow Spider’ is mainly used to refer to the three North American species popularly known because of their dark coloration, black hair and red hourglass pattern, rarely it is applied to several other members of the Latrodectus (widow spider) type in which there are 31 documented species that includes the Australian redback, brown widow spider (sometimes called the grey widow), and the red widow spider.

There are three known species of black widow found in North America at present. They are: The southern black widow (L. mactans), the northern black widow (L. variolus), and the western black widow (L. hesperus). The southern widow is mainly situated in the southeastern United States as the name points out. It is also found all throughout Florida to New York, and west to Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona, where they run mostly like wildfire. The northern black widow is found largely in the northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada (only on the Bruce Peninsula), though its ranges extend beyond that of L. mactans quite a bit. The western widow is found in the western half of the United States, as well as in southwestern Canada and much of Mexico.

Black Bird By The Beatles

There are two famous ‘Black Birds’ in the planet, one is X-Men’s jet plane, and the other one is a ballad song from the world-renowned Beatles. I think I already discussed something about the Black Bird jet, so now; we’ll try to review the song instead.

Black Bird came from the White Album written and performed by the music living legend Paul McCartney. It’s a mellow ballad, acoustic to be exact, with sound effects of chirping birds. The song can be distinguished as a feel-good-music, a food for the soul and a great inspirational piece that can heal a wounded heart. I love listening to Beatles’ songs especially when your life seems to be in the darkest hours.

Anyway, here are the complete lyrics of the song. You can sing along if you want. Enjoy.

Black Bird

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life You were only waiting for this moment to arise.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free.

Blackbird fly blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Blackbird fly blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.

The Black Mamba

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The Black Mamba is the largest venomous elapid snake in Africa and second in the whole world next to the King Cobra. The Black Mamba is also known to be the fastest snake in the world which can move up to 20 kilometers per hour. Quick and poisonous, indeed the Black Mamba is one of the deadliest species in the planet!

There are two kinds of Black Mamba, one is the elapid snake and the other is Kobe Bryant, the greatest basketball player in the planet today! Oh yeah, aside from the nickname Black Mamba, Bryant is also known as KB24. Kobe Bryant possesses the basic characteristics of the Black Mamba snake — quick and deadly! Talk about his shooting skills, quickness in the open court and the high IQ for the game.

The NBA’s Black Mamba, Kobe Bean Bryant, was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bryant is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers in his 11th season.

Bryant’s name exploded to national fame in 1996 when he became the first guard in league history to be drafted out of high school. And since then, he set the trend and led a pack of high school basketball players skipping tertiary education for pro-ball. Bryant led the league in scoring for two straight seasons. He broke records and was chosen by various companies to be their endorser and he became the face of products such as Adidas, Nike, Sprite and McDonalds.

The Black Mamba’s awards and achievements:

3-time NBA Champion: 2000, 2001, 2002
2-time Scoring Champion: 2006, 2007
10-time NBA All-Star: 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

*Has started in each of his appearances
*10 consecutive appearances (No All-Star game in 1999 due to league-wide lock-out)

2-time NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2002, 2007
9-time All-NBA Selection:

* First Team: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007
* Second Team: 2000, 2001
* Third Team: 1999, 2005

7-time All-Defensive Selection:

* First Team: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007
* Second Team: 2001, 2002

NBA All-Rookie Second Team: 1997
NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Champion: 1997

Hamilton Wins Laureus

The only black driver in Formula One stunned the world when he made a string of nine straight appearances in the podium last year. Thus, it is not surprising that Lewis Hamilton won the Laureus for the World Breakthrough of the Year.

Hamilton showed class saying that he is humbled just being nominated for the award. Fellow nominees are Tyson Gay, American athlete; Oscar Pistorius, double-amputee sprinter; and Casey Stoner, MotoGP champ.

“I feel a bit overwhelmed. Looking around at the nominees, I didn’t think I deserved it as much as the others,” said Hamilton. The Briton would have had rewritten the Formula One record books if he had won the championship last year.

Hamilton was leading the championship standings and had the chance to win it all with two races still to go. Unfortunately for him, in the penultimate race of the 2007 season, he did nit finish and at the last race of the season, the Brazilian Grand Prix, his car malfunctioned and finished just seventh, not enough to give him the championship.

This year, the Briton once again made the news when he fall victim to racism. In a winter testing session in Barcelona, the Formula One star saw fans taunting his color. This has resulted to the FIA mounting a campaign against racism.

Despite being taunted, Hamilton just said that he is just looking to get back on his car and race. It just shows Lewis’ class as he did not even made any snide remarks about a black man winning the Laureus.

The Briton will be paired by former Renault driver Heikki Kovalainen this season after Fernando Alonso opted out of his contract with McLaren.

Stephen Scores One More For The Marleys

 

In all of the music industry, you will never find a man who has brought a change into a lot of people through the lyrics of his or her song than the reggae demigod Robert Nesta Marley, or Bob.

Although the Legend has passed away a long time ago, he is still big today. In fact, he must be more famous today than he was during his life. Being a Rastafari, Bob has made it his personal crusade to spread Positive Vibration.

Now that he’s gone though, the Marley name still lives on. Recently, his second son, Stephen Marley won the Reggae Grammy for the album Mind Control. This is the first Grammy for Stephen if you would not count his work with his youngest brother Damian Marley in the album Welcome to Jamrock which won the award in 2006.

That brings the count to six Grammy awards for the Marley camp and this year marked the third straight year that someone with a surname Marley has taken the Best Reggae award. Last year, it was Bob’s eldest son, David “Ziggy” Marley who scored one for the family for his album Love Is My Religion.

This year, Stephen took the Grammy from some of reggae’s biggest name. Other nominees are: “The End Of An American Dream – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry; Anniversary – Sly & Robbie And The Taxi Gang and Light Your Light – Toots & The Maytals, and The Burning Spear Experience – Burning Spear. Any reggae music lover would easily recognize these names especially Toots & The Maytals which was included in Bob’s song Punky Reggae Party.

It looks like the Marley name is getting more and more popular especially with the emergence of David a.k.a. Ziggy, Stephen a.k.a. Ragamuffin; Damian a.k.a. Jr. Gong; and other brothers Ky-Mani, and Julian.

Black Beauty Snatches Pole In Sydney

Know what, there’s something to look forward to this Sunday.At the World Cup of Motorsport in Sydney, New Zealand will be holding the pole position. Oh yes, and that means greater advantage.

After a weekend of 5 consecutive 4th placings, across 2 practice sessions and the first 3 qualifying segments, Jonny Reid went out early to set a time that claimed the first Feature Race pole of his A1GP career and his 4th pole overall, reported tvnz.com.

But every aficionado is expecting a hot battle. Matter of fact, the New Zealand’s championship lead will be closely contested at Eastern Creek after quality qualifying efforts by nearest rivals France and Switzerland, both just 2 points behind the Kiwi team on the ladder.

France will start from pole for the Sprint Race alongside Switzerland. South Africa, meanwhile, will be on the second row next to New Zealand. The Swiss will then be beside Black Beauty on the front row of the Feature Race grid, with France starting from 5th.

The primary reason for New Zealand exemplary standing in the qualifying race is the use of clever tactics. “We got held up in the first qualifying segment for the Sprint Race so we wanted to get out and get clear air,” Reid said. “It feels fantastic. We weren’t sure if the time was going to stick, but the conditions changed a lot with the sun coming out and it got a bit warmer. The car feels great so I’m confident for tomorrow. We’ll see how we go.”

Last Saturday, in the morning’s final practice session, Reid repeated his 4th fastest placing from Friday’s session. Once again, France set the pace.

Currently, New Zealand has 82 points, just 2 points ahead of Switzerland and France, with Germany another 15 points back.

Verdict On Black Cars

The NAIAS is known to be the haven for automakers unveiling their newest creations. At the said event, concept cars and production cars were flaunted and it is hard not to find some automaker going with the black look.Some of the vehicles finished in black were highlighted recently in a report by Steve Purdy and Thom Cannell. The two members of The Auto Channel Detroit Bureau shared their thoughts about these cars in black.

First off is the all new Passat CC from Volkswagen. According to Steve Purdy: “At Volkswagen most of us were stunned by the new Passat CC 4-door coupe, expected to be in production later this year. The styling is right out of the Mercedes CLK book with swooping character lines rising toward the rear then falling off into a tapered tail. Power comes from any one of two turbo-diesels or three direct injection gasoline engines. Both inside and out it looks to be a full measure upscale from the present Passat but the price is projected to be just a few grand more.”

As for the Lincoln MKS, Thom Cannell said: “MKS is a decidedly stylish car and possess a tasty intro-luxury interior. It needs, however, an even more upscale interior to be sold as a luxury contender. Or so said a dealer from Illinois who also sells Korean cars that offer apparently similar interior features for much less.”

We have American and European cars now reviewed by the two. It’s time to look at Asian vehicles and they picked the Hyundai Genesis concept. “The big news from the Koreans is the introduction of the Hyundai flagship sedan called Genesis featuring rear-wheel drive, a 4.6-liter, 369-hp V8, 6-speed ZF transmission, sophisticated suspension and surprisingly luxurious trim,” said Purdy.

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