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Weddings, Reunions, Dental vists, and SHAKE UPS!

So you may have noticed someone has been missing a lot lately. You may have even noticed when he goes missing he doesn’t always explain why. Well…yeah no real explanation, sorry for that.

 

In other news I have been gone meeting old friends, getting massive dental work, and being best man in a wedding. Shout out to Superfans Chris and Ania Moncrief(aka Superman and Lois Lane) who celebrated their love in the classiest of weddings this past weekend.

 

You crashed both the wrong and the right wedding.

You crashed both the wrong and the right wedding.

But that Shakeup word is here again for good reason. 

 

Things are about to get interesting. Not only has WDDIJ been dealing with the …well Hilarious nature of advertising negotiations, but as you may have noticed we’ve lost a few authors. These things are not points to worry over. Trust me. In fact, the very way you view WDDIJ is about to change for the better.

 

In a short explanation, we’re doing an overhaul.

Why?

Because at 5500 views, we are little less than halfway to the year two viewership goal, and its only been 3 months.

In short, I’ve been short sighted.

 

To remedy that, I had to get to work.

And believe you me, the work is paying off.

Launching this fall is our interview series “Imperial Dreams”

Launching sooner rather than later this summer is a new format to the website

And Look for some shake ups in the staff as well.

Nothing drastic folks, but we want you to have a great experience.

And we want you to come to us for more of your daily content.

SO we need to be a place you want to come to.

And since I’ve been slacking on that. It is time to pick up the pace.

Of course I could tell you so much more, but as you know…

WORDS DON’T DO IT JUSTICE!

– THE Ruthless Wonder

Notes From Your Favorite Super Villain: You are not a unique snowflake…and neither is your kid.

You...ARE NOT SPECIAL!

You…ARE NOT SPECIAL!

I normally don’t break from my planned post. Today’s post was going to be a lead in to next week’s WDDIJ podcast and some reaction to the feedback from my first Wrath of Ruthless podcast. Instead I’m going to address something that I predict now will end with Your Favorite Super Villain receiving hate emails from parents starting with “You don’t know anything because you don’t have kids.” To those people who are sending them, you suck at parenting, because I real parent would understand everything I’m about to say. So let’s get into it.

Your kid is a bully because you suck at parenting.

This all started because in my office we were talking about bullying, cyber bullying and general bully culture. And that’s when I went on a bit of a tirade about the creation of a bully. The reality is kids do not become bullies apropos of nothing. And the modern bully first culture is a development of the same problems exacerbated by technological advancement. Children have no responsibility. And in modern civilization(We’ll talk society vs. Civilization another day), we have decided that permissiveness is better than the mere possibility of stifling potential. The pendulum has swung far in the opposite direction of previous generations. Kids used to rebel because their parents would not allow certain activities. Now they don’t rebel they demand. More tech, better clothes, specialized diets, and the like used to be just general complaints of any kid, now they are the teenaged(and much younger) rallying cry.

But permissiveness has become telling kids over and over how special they are. The belief that if you just tell your kid they are awesome enough times that their self esteem and personal drive will lead them to dizzying heights of achievements among their peer group and the world at large. But this is so wrong it is almost criminal. You are not teaching them to socialize, you are teaching them that they are above reproach, and because children have no concept of social cues or responsibility they bring this mentality along when with other children. But lets go a bit deeper, because this isn’t the only piece.

When you participate in the glorification and then destruction of everything from celebrities to political figures to athletes you teach your children who have no other frame of reference that this is not to be done to each other that it is okay. Let’s use Tiger Woods cause he’s easy to understand. When you take vocal shots at Tiger and his actions you often aren’t explaining that your problem is his infidelity, not his performance prior to it. SO to a kid who hasn’t had the years of understanding the nuanced relationship between personal and professional lives, it seems like it is okay to take on someone who has achieved some separation between themselves and the rest of society. Essentially, that you can be justified in tearing down anyone. And that the higher their profile the more okay it is.

Well what do you think a kid is going to do when they see someone else has an achievement? What about when their peer group clearly sees the other kid has gotten separation between themselves and your kid and the rest? Exactly. You’ve just built a bully. And it doesn’t matter whether the kid is a physical take your lunch money bully, or an internet troll, or one of those annoying 12 year olds who plays online and doesn’t understand how offensive screaming they are going to rape your mom, calling you a faggot, or calling you a nigger really is.

But the inverse is also true. Because a well adjusted kid can both avoid bullying, and avoid being a bully themselves. But that requires you to stop believing you are a special unique snowflake as well. That requires you to know more than just the basics about your child’s school and general socialization environment. That requires you stop being entitled, and annoying, and generally unaware that you are building the kind of monster even we of the Super Villain community dislike. You who do nothing when your 4 year old is being an annoying brat in line…well EVERYWHERE, when they are kicking the seat in front of them on the plane. When they won’t shut up because you brought them to a rated R movie at 9pm on a Friday(I choose to believe God has a special punishment for every single one of you people). And any excuse you have will be met with…then don’t bring your kid there, or do that at another time, or you made the choice so do your DAMN JOB. Yes I just blamed the last 2 decades of internet trolls and bullies on you parents. And do you know why? Because if an adult is being an asshole and gets into a fight over it, it is their fault. BUT, if they’ve always been offending folks for the sake of offense, and now use the internet’s anonymity for it? Well that’s a nurture problem. And that is your fault. Tyler Durden was right, you are not a unique snowflake. You’re an idiot and should never have been allowed to breed in the first place. Since you have, fix your problem, or stop burdening the rest of us.

– THE Ruthless Wonder aka “Lex Luthor”

The Wrath of Ruthless: Birth of an Empire!

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The editing issues are over and I can finally say that the personal show of Words Don’t Do It Justice’s THE Ruthless Wonder not A Ruthless Wonder is ready for your consumption. For the inaugural show The Ruthless Wonder was joined by WDDIJ R Revolution member Reign for 3 topics. It’s a 2 hour show, but we’ve also provided links to the first and second half of the show. This time he’s taking on the Gods of Egypt film controversy, as well as 2 other topics. Listen and enjoy via download or via the WDDIJ media player.

The FULL Episode :

WoR Episode 1 part 1:

WoR Episode 1 part 2:

This is no ordinary love.

Sade...Yeah I still would.

Sade…Yeah I still would.

I’ve fallen in love. Again. And this time I’ve done the things I swore I wouldn’t. Checking in with text messages. Changing my plans. Spending far more than I planned. And I couldn’t be happier. My villainous smirk has turned into a happy smile and I’m not exactly ready for it to change back.

You don’t know this feeling if you haven’t been in love lately. Technology has made this relationship so much better, so much easier, and now I’m here writing about it like I’m one of those supposed idiots I used to malign.

Now if you are smart you’ve already noticed that this post doesn’t have the usual Ruthless On Relationships tag. And because you’re smart you know I’m either screwing with you, or talking about loving something not related to women(In light of recent events in celebrity and other culture I should remind you I’m straight). And you’re right. I’m doing both this time.

One of the best parts of sitting in the waiting room about my bar results and my clearance to practice is that I am very flexible with my time. Obviously, there are drawbacks, making money being the biggest one, but there are a ton of things I get to do otherwise. The main one of course is getting on here to make things look good and do some major work. Now we’ve announced some small changes. And we’ve debuted a couple new authors and our podcast. What you don’t know is all the stuff I’m doing in my life professionally and personally. So much that a lot will blend into blogging and these other projects you’ve heard or seen from us.

Folks I don’t say it lightly. I love this life right now. Is it insanely hectic? Yes. Do I find myself stretched thin at times? Yes. Is my day to day filled with craziness and learning skills and skillsets I never planned on having to learn or deal with? Absolutely(So if you want to be the Social Media manager for WDDIJ let me know). But the crux of it all is that I love it. I’ve had to call up the best of me to pull off things I didn’t think was possible for us. I’ve gotten to get in contact with people I never thought possible. And beyond that my creative juices have gone into overflow. And that is the kind of rare point I feel the need to share.

It isn’t gloating either. I’m not done with everything I’m doing. A lot will require even more of me. And who knows how successful everything will turn out. But this is the time were will becomes skill, and my skills have turned dreams to reality. I’ve brought up Imperial Dreams before here, and I will again.  But this time it won’t just be a concept. And that is news in and of itself. But it is nothing compared to everything I’ve gotten to do. And in a time where friends of mine are job hunting, prepping for finals, gearing up to study or giving up on whatever is going on, I’m falling in love with the grind of mine all over again. Falling in love with chasing guest writers. Falling in love with hounding people’s agents, and lawyers, and managers, and producers. Falling in love with filing paperwork and paying various fees and bonds to make it all real.

More than once I have started thumping at my chest like McConaughey and DiCaprio as things fall into place due to my handiwork. And for the man who is often the big picture guy leaving everyone else to sweat most of the details, it feels good to get my hands dirty. It feels good to know I know everything going on. Heck just getting this blog made while doing bunch of work at the office is satisfying. And yet I know it will only get better from here. That when those 3 letters are behind my name the world just opens up further. And everyone benefits when that happens. But right now, this minute, in this moment, I’m in love with the hunger and grind. In love with the not quite done, and not yet ready. I relish the thought of things nearing completion. Of projects nearing publication. And of the fact that I must still do more to finish strong. I could tell you so much more but well…Words Don’t Do It Justice.

– THE Ruthless Wonder

Words Dont Do It Justice: The Revolution Continues

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January 1, 2013, an idea started germinating. in less than 2 months it had come to term. And one year ago today that thought in the minds of some men of will made its entry into the world.

Pretentious introduction aside today is amazing. One year ago today Roddi P, Ronin, And The Ruthless Wonder decided we were tired of the other voices on the internet, and opened Words Don’t Do It Justice to stake our claim on this culture of blogging. Along the way there were some bumps in the road, and we lost two of those men of vision to other endeavors. But the dream continued, and in the summer of 2013 we all welcomed Rufus to the team. The Summer of Rufus was followed by the R Revolution. Brand new faces joined us in the fall of 2013, but all were amazing.

And while the end of the year brought on a 2 month hiatus from The Ruthless Wonder, it also brought the arrival of Reign, and who doesn’t love reading her on Wednesdays? But none of this progress would be possible without 2 major groups here. The first is you. All of you. Blogs don’t last long normally. And many turn into periodic updates when someone feels like venting. But every day and sometimes multiple times a day, you, our readers, come and read our plucky little blog and show our authors, your friends, and the internet as a whole that you like it here. We wouldn’t be here still without you. And without 1 ad, without 1 SEO optimization, without 1 famous endorsement or guest blog, without more than a few personal Twitters, A facebook group, and some email accounts we amassed, 124 posts, 103 comments, and 3 THOUSAND, 5 hundred views in this 1 year. That’s right 3,500 times you all have said I want to know more, and came here to read what we have to say.

I’m not one for major emotional moments, but to break from the norm for a moment. I just want to say thank you from the very bottom of my heart for all the support. Everytime someone bugged you about checking us out. Everytime you clicked through from facebook, twitter, google +, Instagram, and every other way someone brought you here to WDDIJ, you made us thrive. Thank you.

The second group is The Justice League/The Fourth R/The greatest guests on the planet. When I or another of the authors here have been unable to come in and provide new material, you all have shown exactly how amazing you can be. Nothing can be said to be enough thanks to you for being there whenever we need.

And this Anniversary isn’t without a bit of an announcement. Thursday’s just got twice as interesting. Because Mr. Itty Bitty Ideas Chris McWhite will be permanently joining Words Don’t Do It Justice as the off week counterpart to Realistic Royalty. Every Thursday you now know there is new content to check out. So say hello when his first piece comes up later this week.

I’ve said before there are some other things coming soon. And they still are. Later this month will be the first ever WDDIJ Podcast. And over the next weeks you’ll see a new theme as we try out different ideas. And there is so much more. But one more time, thank you all. We love you all. And you know the deal, I could tell you more, but…WORDS DON’T DO IT JUSTICE!

– THE RUTHLESS WONDER

Ruthless On Relationships: Viva La Bad Girls

Really? Another Ruthless On Relationships?

I know, I know, by the end of this I will have done 2 straight relationship posts and I said I wouldn’t go so heavy into them. 2 times is not a habit or routine practice people, calm it down. Besides I’m going to give a few people hope today…while shyte-ing on a segment of the population at the same time, but did you really expect otherwise from me? So let’s get right in to it. “I hate good girls.”

And I love bad girls like a fat kid loves cake…okay not really

Now there is a reason for this and I’m going to detail it, but for those of you who didn’t write me off based on that statement I want this to sink in. I am a professional, 31 year old, black, man living near the Kansas and Missouri Border in the very heart of the midwest in a major city and I hate good girls. Now don’t try to parse that statement, if you want to use good women it still applies. I’m not using girl as a denigration of the modern female, or as misogynist terminology to make the notion that women are less than me. It isn’t some reference to young girls in a pedophilic sense(As some know I have more than a thing for older women). I hate good girls/women.

Now that we’ve turned off the low intellect readers let’s get to the explanation. Because as you already knew, there is one. My dating history and my relationship history is a horror show at points. Pre-2006 revolution there is a stoic sarcastic deeply intellectual guy who let every woman who he was in a relationship with bash at his public persona in private. He looks insanely submissive by comparison. Pre-2000 high school it is so much worse I call it the darkest time. While I was and still am, very dominate in public, privately I was so unsure of myself that I clearly looked like prey for psychologically dangerous women, and they nearly ate young not-yet Ruthless Wonder alive.

But this is not really about the past versions of me. I’ve dated more good girls than bad girls until about 2007 and the far more the opposite since then. Why? Well for the same reason I hate good girls, perception and treatment. Since 06 I really have embraced the Ruthlessness I long tried to hold down. It wasn’t that I haven’t always been this way, it was that I was denying I was this way for everyone else’s benefit. And while often that made me seem cold and detached, it was better than to be thought that than a ruthless arrogant prick with a superiority complex…or so I thought. The last 2 good girls I have dated were great women. I would, if I were not this me writing this right now, attempt to date them again. The most recent more than the one before, but I think even she knows that. I find myself saying the same about them both though. The thing that is the core of my issues with good girls. You cannot accept me.

Here’s what I mean. Both of these women were for the time we dated cool with the majority of me. Public persona at 11 private at 5 or 6, hey let’s actually watch this cool movie on my set up(this deal only applies to movie one ladies, if there is a second…all bets are off). They were okay with some of my quirky nerdy habits. Neither one watched any anime with me, but they weren’t ridiculing me for watching it and I thank them. They could deal with knowing I’m a writer beyond my political and law interests so I may be in the middle of a poem or story and get all odd. But each one had some thing they just couldn’t roll with. Hell, one straight said that we couldn’t get more serious if I couldn’t turn down, well…THIS. Being RW(though this was before I had the name) was her issue. I wasn’t a horrible person according to her because she could see how I was when it was just me and her, but outside that was a problem.

My response(In my head cause I’m not stupid)? Meh. When things ended with each, and not too long after this point was the end basically both times. I left those situations each time thinking I had become a bad guy. That I was in serious need of change because I was a horrible person. Doubt was everywhere. But each time I found myself in what anyone would call a bad idea rebound type of relationship or 4. Since I’ve come home to KC and truly enjoyed single life for the last year and a half I’ve had time to really look back at things though, and noticed something. While the bad for me girls usually ended up in really short things, or never getting super serious, or cataclysmically bad ends(I’ll save those stories for another time), until that happened they worked. For them I was the good guy. They valued everything differently. And it isn’t like I went from fellow law students, professors, and doctors to strippers, waitresses, and instagram models. Just if you knew both women you’d call one the good girl, and one clearly the bad girl.

And so I have grown a hate for the “good girl” not the women themselves, but the attitude and style of the good girl. Because while I am Ruthless as I wanna be, I’m a Gent. I’m a black overweight James Bond…wait that’s too far. I’m just…an acquired taste, yeah I like that better. And so the bad idea relationships seem to be perfect for the time they happen. the bad girl calling me her good guy is probably the best relief from the stress of the day. But it is because they aren’t looking for everything wrong with me(which I admit there is a lot), and instead looking for what’s right. I’m not saying that every guy needs to head out and find some bad idea starting point in a bar, club, facebook group, or vacation and start his search for a girlfriend there. I’m saying for me, well as much as I want to date, get serious with, and maybe one day allow myself to be complete(Sorry Tyler Durden) with a good girl who doesn’t have the issues that basically each bad girl did, the good girls are just not an option. I’m too bad for them, but not too good for their counterparts. So I’ll just keep pulling out chairs, opening doors, and respectfully treating bad girls right. Of course maybe one will go good and I can stop looking, but maybe the opposite will happen as well. For now Wale said it best, “The bad girls ain’t no good, and the good girls ain’t no fun.”

– THE Ruthless Wonder

Notes From Your Favorite Super Villain: Its the f**king NAZIS!…and a Grab bag

I know I know, I’m not supposed to cross the streams 80’s babies. Today though I have to. The threat is that large.

While usually I reserve quote Hellsing Ultimate Abridged for comedic references, today I do so in supreme, absolute, fury. While the grab bag has some semi related topics and I will go forward with it in a moment I need to stop, and let you in on the heinous crap going on in my town Saturday. So apparently emboldened by Fox News, Stand your ground, the government shutdown, the tea party, and the Country Music Awards, the Klan, yes you read that right the F**king KLAN, and the National Socialist Movement Party(Read as: THE F**KING NAZIS!) have decided to take to the Jackson County Courthouse steps and spew hatred all over Downtown on a Saturday afternoon. Getting it out-of-the-way yes I am attempting to be there, but as a legal observer(Don’t have that bar card yet). This of course means I have to step up and remind people that, yes the klan and neo-nazis are more than just subjects for Spike TV Gangland. Why this time? Well its a 75th anniversary of something they hold dear. Forgive me for not being up on my nazi holidays.

The F**king NAZIS

Anyway, I’m telling you because there are STILL NEO NAZIS AND KLAN MEMBERS IN KANSAS CITY. If you every wanted to know what 1953 felt like compared to 2013, well, here’s your shot. The fact that racism and discrimination exist today is not really what I’m harping on. I know that. We talk about that, and I rant about it often. My problem is more of the response. I was listening to the radio today as I was doing some running around for the office and a local sports radio guy(Danny Parkins of 610 Sports) was basically saying that staying home and not going to the peaceful rally or going to confront the Nazis and the Klan was sending a better message. I was suddenly reminded of Boondock Saints and that opening scene you see below.

For those who can’t see the video where they are. It is the Monsignor saying “Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men.”

Indifference is staying at home and doing nothing. Indifference is saying how relevant are they in this day and age. Indifference is deciding that regardless of the evil that these two groups stand for, you will actively tell your listeners to stay home or at best to the peace rally miles away. Valor, bravery, strength, and commitment are terms we throw around in today’s culture. The reality is that the people who will take the voice and face of freedom, liberty, equality, and humanity to the very avatars of hatred and injustice at the Courthouse steps tomorrow are deserving of it because they are proving all that is right and exceptional about America and Americans. And if you’re a keyboard warrior too afraid to go toe to toe with the face of evil, well…either partner up with that association of people who have no name but are legion and wear Guy Fawkes masks, or stop telling us how political you are on Facebook and twitter. But this is not going to be an all Klan Nazi affair on my blog today.

Stand your ground…again

Now I have 2 takes coming here, one in Florida, one in Michigan. First up Florida. I’ve already talked about the way Stand your ground is used in FL, so all I’m saying this time is, If they aren’t going to apply the law equally, then go back to the castle doctrine and save us all some headaches, and marches, and rallies, and boycotts, and you get my point right?

So on to Michigan. It is all together sad for humanity that you can no longer ask for help at someone’s door when in an accident for fear that you will be shot by the homeowner. Wait, let me back track a moment. It is sad that we have gone back to a point where you can no longer ask for help at someone’s door when in an accident for fear of being shot by the homeowner or the local cops…if you’re black. This is the second time this year a black person has been shot while asking for help after a car accident. This time its a young black teenage girl named Renisha McBride, before that a former college athlete from Florida A&M University named Jonathan Ferrell was shot in North Carolina(Same place a mom dressed her son in Kiddie KKK gear), and next time who knows, it could be me. When it isn’t safe to ask for someone to call the police and an ambulance for you, then it is time to re-evaluate the situation we all find ourselves in. A 19-year-old girl is rarely a threat to someone, let alone when she is trying to get help because she was just in a car wreck.

If you are that afraid of black people call the cops, oh wait…that might end up like the guy who was shot by police after he asked a woman to call the authorities because he was injured and then they shot him to death. And to think people are upset that Alvin Brooks wanted a black community meeting about getting more black police officers in KC. What next?

12 Years A Slave

I’ve had few films that forced me to look at them. Even fewer that I stopped fighting the desire to turn away. And fewer still that were also captivating for the right reasons. This movie started me down the path to this particular grab bag. So consider this the genesis of the thoughts I’ve expressed. And make no mistake, despite the poignant nature of seeing this with my Mother on a Monday, I was watching it angry for more than just the story’s reasons.

The first thing of course that had me angry was Slavery, cause if slavery doesn’t make you angry, you’re a despicable person. No exceptions. The second though was the fear in helping a man who is illegally being held by the white people in the film. I had to sit and watch actors I generally respect play the role of people who were so cowardly they wouldn’t do the right thing in the smallest of ways possible. Benedict Cumberbatch on that list of people. Oh I hated properly hated Michael Fassbender during his scenes, and I thank God that he’s just acting, but lucky for him and most people I take issue with, none were around after the movie.

The third thing was the big thing for me. Well as big as something can be next to slavery. Why is Steve McQueen making this movie with Chiwetel Ejiofor leading it? I don’t mean that in a bad way. I think McQueen is going to do great things, and I hope one day we can get him on an Imperial Dreams Productions film. Ejiofor is one of my favorite actors(full stop). But why were they the ones who believed so strongly that the movie got made with a lil assist from Tyler Durden(Brad Pitt)? Spike thought this was worthless? John Singleton wasn’t moved by the story? The book is one of the oldest by a black person in what is now America. How is this not made before now, and by one of the so called prolific black filmakers? Robert townsend…Bro what have you been doing that you couldn’t make this? I know you think that is silly to be angry about, and to a degree I am upping the hyperbole. But the sentiment is real, Why did no American director until now take this book and make a film? You can take shots at the scene selections, or the way some folks seem clunky or blocky at points, but this film was impressive, and impactful. And you owe it to yourself to see it, but why did it take this long to be made?

If I don’t hear back from the folks who are organizing the legal observers, I will be at some rally, maybe split time between the peace and the confrontation. Regardless, you know the deal folks, now make your choice. Who’s side do you stand on? Peace? Hate? Or Indifference? As for this Super Villain, well…Words Don’t Do It Justice.

-THE Ruthless Wonder