Poetry by Farah Lawal Harris

Forget Hancock!

Justice League, Fantastic Four, X-Men and Spidey,
all kind of cool but for Hancock i have no need.
i can’t say i was truly surprised to see
that the only black superhero just had to be angry,
constantly sippin, constantly trippin,
ruining everything he touched,
constantly cussin, threatening violence
and i thought it was all a bit much
that he couldn’t get it together until
a white man came to change his life
and after all the man did for him,
Hancock still ran up on his wife.

does anyone else realize that Hollywood is pimpin us?
luring us with stereotype candy wrapped in jokes,
banking on the fact that we will remain unprovoked
by what we see on the silver screen,
blind to the fact
that in a film based in L.A.,
the majority of the Latinos and blacks
were not walking down the street, but inmates
and that it is no mistake
that the Middle Eastern store-owner’s English
was not so great.

i don’t need a black superhero
crafted by an industry out to get paid
because in real life, black superheroes
walk around every day
fight adversity and still find strength in them to pray,
face temptation to take shortcuts but still choose the right way
go to work so they can take care of their families
and raise their children so that the next generation could see
brighter days.
bullets may not bounce off of them
but they still can save the world because
their superhuman power is to survive
so forget Hancock!
real black superheroes don’t have to leave the ground
to fly.


5 responses

  1. LD

    Hey Soror,

    This is DaySpring from xanga. 🙂

    This was a great poem. I wanted to see Hancock, but I see why I just lost the appetite to.

    July 14, 2008 at 11:34 am

  2. pearlsfrompain

    Thanks, sis!

    July 14, 2008 at 12:06 pm

  3. Peanut Butter and Jelly

    When we (black folk) make a movie that involves a character other than a bitter black woman, basketball, big momma, church, or soul….

    Why don’t we have “black” movies that involve mystery, suspense? All we make/get is Soul Plane, Waiting to Exhale, Soul Food, Big Mommas house, Tyler Perry (all his films have angry/bitter/lonely black women in it).

    How about we step out of norm and go against the grain before we start complaining about what everyone else is doing. Lead by example.

    July 14, 2008 at 12:48 pm

  4. pearlsfrompain

    Thanks for the comment. I see where you’re coming from. I think the beginning of any solution is acknowledging that there is a problem. I do disagree with you in that I feel like there are people making positive, non-stereotypical movies about blacks. However, many of these movies fail to go mainstream because of the lack of financing and backing from Hollywood. We have a long way to go and I hope that I can be part of that change one day.

    July 14, 2008 at 1:41 pm

  5. dadoc


    hancock was a bad movie – not because he was an angry black man…it just was bad

    but him being an angry black man doesnt help

    July 14, 2008 at 6:44 pm

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