STATE OF THE ART: AN INTERVIEW W/ DAWUD ANYABWILE CO-CREATOR OF “BROTHERMAN: DICTATOR OF DISCIPLINE”

By Scott Tre

Throughout the 1960’s, the civil rights and black power movements reshaped the American consciousness. Marvel Comics took note of the social changes afoot, and in response they created characters such as The Black Panther, Luke Cage, Blade, and Falcon. Those characters took their cues from Blaxploitation in addition to other social phenomena of the day. Black Panther and Luke Cage especially resonated with black readers of all ages. Still, something vital was missing. As timely as those characters were, they were still informed by a largely white perspective. They didn’t truly speak for the Black community.

In 1990, an independent comic by the name of ‘Brother Man: Dictator of Discipline’ burst onto the scene. Creators Dawud Anyabwile and Guy A. Sims had created a fantasy world that teemed with life and energy. At its center stood a socially conscious hero who had no special powers save for his intellect and a strong sense of community. ‘Brother Man’ managed to do brisk business with no corporate backing. 20 years later, ‘Brother Man’ is still going strong as Dawud and Guy prepare to bring him into the modern age. I recently spoke with Dawud about some of the ideas that drive ‘Brother Man,’ as well what his future plans are for the character. He is one artist who definitely has a socially conscious agenda, and uses his creation too further it by any means necessary. God bless him. Continue reading

THERE IS A GOD: ASA AKIRA

















Small (just under 5’2″), but buxom and shapely Japanese-American brunette knockout Asa Akira was born Asa Takigami on January 2, 1986, in Tokyo, Japan. She lived in Japan between the ages of 6 and 13. Asa attended Washington Irving High School in New York City from 2001 to 2002 and graduated high school in 2004. She was a regular as the Show Whore on the radio show “Bubba the Love Sponge” for about a year. Asa began performing in hardcore X-rated movies at age 20 in 2006. Akira has been nominated for several AVN Awards in such categories as Best Actress, Best Couples Scene, Most Outrageous Sex Scene, and Best New Starlet. She lives in the Manhattan area of New York City.

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