Stan Lee's Former Manager Charged With Elder Abuse

Photo: Jordan Strauss / Invision via LA Times

Photo: Jordan Strauss / Invision via LA Times

Before the death of the amazing Stan Lee, he suffered abuses that seemed to come out of left field after the death of his lovely wife. Now, his former manager is being accused of fostering that abuse.

The LA Times reports that Keya Morgan, 43, is facing federal charges for “theft, embezzlement, forgery or fraud against an elder adult, and false imprisonment of an elder adult.” Morgan is also facing misdemeanor charges for elder abuse.

Morgan worked with Lee for ten years and becoming an intricate part in Lee’s private life in 2016. But in June 2018, Stan Lee’s daughter filed a restraining order against Morgan on behalf of her father, alleging that Morgan was manipulating Stan Lee and kept him away from family and friends. And in August 2018, Stan Lee and his daughter were granted a three-year restraining order that prevented Morgan from contacting Stan Lee or coming within 100 feet of him.

Stan Lee is the beloved co-creator of Marvel Comics’ mightiest heroes and villains. The Lee family’s bizarre tumble into legal battles began after the death of his wife of 70 years, Joan B. Lee, in 2017.

Photo: Ryan Pfluger for The New York Times

Photo: Ryan Pfluger for The New York Times

Attorneys for Lee’s estate allege that Keya Morgan took advantage of Lee’s deteriorating health. The details for the restraining order against Morgan mentioned that Morgan was under investigation for allegedly filing a false police report claiming that there were burglars in his house. The investigation concluded that there were no burglars, but a social worker and two detectives visited to conduct a welfare on Stan Lee. The LA Times also reported that when police interviewed Lee, he “acknowledged that Mr. Morgan had helped him, but would frequently forget his name when talking about him.”

Morgan maintains his innocence in the allegations of elder abuse and reached out to entertainment website Showbiz 411 and shared a document alleged written by Lee but definitely signed by Lee from April 2018 that exonerates Morgan, saying, “Keya Morgan has been my most loyal and supportive friend in the last several years.”

Morgan claimed that he was the one who first noticed suspicious financial transactions and began acting on Stan Lee’s behalf after the estate fired their financial advisers of over 20 years after Joan’s death.

Keya Morgan is a wealthy historian, memorabilia collector, producer, writer, director, and entrepreneur from New York. His celebrity friends’ list include Buzz Aldrin, Muhammad Ali, and President (former) Barack Obama.


Deadpool 2 Trailer is Finally Here...with the X-Force

My body is ready. Is yours?

With the the Deadpool 2 trailer release on March 22, we can see that the second Deadpool will live up to the hype and will not fall into the dreaded "great film, sucky sequel" box. In the trailer, we see a few familiar superhero faces and a few new superhero faces.

Heroes of Deadpool 2

Domino: Domino has a varied history within the Marvel Comics Universe. She is the result of a top-secret government program that sought to create the perfect weapon through breeding. Her abilities include a telekinetic ability to create a "probability force field", granting her incredibly good luck and, her opponents, really bad luck, obviously. She's also an outstanding marksman. She's being played by Zazzie Beats (Atlanta, Easy). 

Negasonic Teenage Warhead: While a trainee in the first Deadpool, in the sequel, she's stepped up her game and has moved up to next level X-Men. NTW is a telepathic pupil of Emma Frost who can emit and detonate atomic bursts from her body and has the "coolest name ever". Brianna Hildebrand will be reprising her role as the punk teen.

Bedlam: A mutant with a troubled childhood who was eventually taken in by Professor Charles Xavier.  He has the ability to sense the electromagnetic energy of objects and can manipulate that energy. He can also generate electromagnetic pulses. Bedlam will be played by Terry Crews.

Mystery Mutant: In the trailer, we see Shiori Kutsuna wielding an electrified lasso, which some have speculated to be in line with her being Surge. However, her electric purple hair and costume resemble more of a Psylocke feel. While Psylocke used an electrified katana in X-Men: Sword of the Braddocks. It is quite possible that Kutsuna could be playing Psylocke if the lasso she's wielding was somehow electrified by Bedlam, which would likely make for a really, badass scene. Anything is possible.

Of course, you can't have heroes and no villains. Josh Brolin will be playing Cable. Cable seems to be searching for a mutant kid who could possibly cause massive destruction. The kid seems to have some sort of ability that revolves around fire. Of course that means the kid has to die. Well, not on Deadpool's and X-Force's watch! 

What we do know from the trailer is that Deadpool 2 is going to be beyond dope. Comment below who you think Shuori Kutsuna is playing in the film! And as soon as we have confirmation, we'll let you know! As always, don't forget to comment, like and share!

"Bingo Love"--A Graphic Novel About Forbidden Love

From the cover of  Bingo Love . 

From the cover of Bingo Love

Bingo Love is a tale of love between two young Black girls during a dangerous time--the 1960s. 

Fun, daring and real, Bingo Love is a beautiful, original story, written and created by Tee Franklin, a Black, disabled Queer woman, and illustrated by Jenn St-Onge, Joy San.

From the editor:

When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-’60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage. From TEE FRANKLIN (NAILBITER’s “THE OUTFIT,” Love is Love) and JENN ST-ONGE (Jem & The Misfits), BINGO LOVE is a touching story of love, family, and resiliency that spans over 60 years.
From  Bingo Love

From Bingo Love

Hazel and Mari meet for the first time at their grandparents church Bingo game. Hazel was immediately smitten and the two instantly became best friends. But one kiss at the wrong place, at the wrong time would for the two apart. For nearly 50 years, the two women their truth, their love, until a chance meeting reunited them again. 

This story is powerful in ways beyond imagination. Although queer love is generally more accepted by society, teens are still subjected to ridicule, bullying and being disowned by family for not being straight. This tale shows gay teens that they are not alone.

Bingo Love isn't the typical comic book story. It took me on an emotional roller-coaster--through humor and heartbreak. Friendship and fear.. Helplessness and hope. I just wanted to hug these two girls and bring them home with me. Franklin made sure to humanize all of the characters with this very realistic story of queer love during a tumultuous time--when Black folk had to be extra careful not to draw too much attention to themselves--where having a family was everything.

While a fictional story, it's a story familiar to many older, gay men and women. It's a story that says, Love is love. And nothing will stop it. It's a story that shows gay women and men that a happy ending is very much possible for them, too. 

"Black Lightning" Got Me Hype **SPOILERS**

Black Lightning is more than just a show about a Black superhero.

When I saw the first trailer for Black Lightning, I was excited. Admittedly, I had a crush on Cress Williams ever since he played Scooter on Living Single (yeah, I'm showing my age). Not only does Cress do an amazing job as the title hero, Black Lightning aka Principal Jefferson Pierce, but Salim Akil's writing is on point and the entire cast epitomizes awesome.

Jefferson Pierce is part John Shaft, part, part Joe Clark and part Sgt. Murtaugh. He's suave, intelligent, and gives a damn about his community, looking after former and current students alike, but he's definitely "getting too old for this shit." Sensing a theme?

That's right. The metahuman superhero is older and wiser than his fellow DC heroes. He has a family. There's none of the usual "I'm a hero and therefore, must be alone to keep everyone I care about safe" going on here. He has kids. He has an ex-wife who he gave up Black Lightning for years ago. But now that Black Lightning is back, he's confronting a villain that is very familiar.

Tobias Whale, played by rapper/actor Marvin Jones III aka Krondon is Black Lightning's arch-nemesis. They've been enemies ever since Pierce was a teacher who stood up to him. Whale is a former politician who rose through the ranks of the criminal underground and took over. 

One of Whale's lieutenants, Lala was a student of Pierce's back in the day. Lala now leads The 100 Gang. Lala's young cousin, Will, meets Pierce's youngest daughter while at a club. Will, also a villain, has some business to square away with Lala, but that all goes sour and Black Lightning has to reemerge to rescue his daughter. When Whale finds out that Black Lightning has resurfaced, his obsession with the hero who almost stopped his business resurfaces. It's not just about business; it's definitely personal. Krondon's performance is scary good--reminiscent of the ruthless gangsters of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

And rightly so. Black Lightning was created in 1977 during the Blaxploitation film era that burst onto the scene when drugs were being pumped into Black communities and gangs began to sprout up like weeds being fed plant food. Black communities needed heroes like Shaft, Luke Cage (first comic appearance in 1972) and Black Lightning. Black Lightning, being the family man that he is, instilled his passion for helping onto his daughters Anissa and Jennifer. In the comics, they are also metahumans who go by Thunder (Anissa) and Lightning (Jennifer). The show is only two episodes into the season, but so far, Anissa has only just discovered that she has abilities. Jennifer hasn't. 

Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

One recurring request from comics fans is that they get to see Static appear in the show. Creator Tony Isabella doesn't want Black Lightning and Static to be in the same show. And for very good reason. Both Black Lightning and Static are powerful heroes. Having them both on the same show would either relegate Static to a type of sidekick or Have Black Lightning taking on a mentor-type of role.

BUT Static Shock will be coming to life. That's right. Dabier, who plays Will in Black Lightning will be playing Static Shock in a standalone show in 2019.

Does this mean that Static Shock will have gotten his superpowers from Black Lightning and not a chemical accident like in the comics? Will there be a funeral for Will where we learn that his name is full name is Virgil Ovid "Will" Hawkins? I mean, what teenage boy wants to walk around being called Virgil? Virgil doesn't exactly say "gangsta" or "thug life." Who knows!

I only know I'm excited for this show and can't wait to see more from DCU and Warner Bros. There's something almost nostalgic and feel-good about Black Lightning. We're rooting for the family man, the principal and the hero. We're rooting for the family to kick ass together. 

Black Lightning airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on the CW. Check your local listings for time zones.

Suicide Squad, BDSM and Removing the Abusive Component of J+H

To cheer myself up after a horrible day, I decided to re-watch Suicide Squad. 

Disclaimer: This piece is not condoning abusive relationships. Nor does this piece deny the manipulative aspects of the the Harley and Joker relationship. This piece merely points out the BDSM elements that were added to the Suicide Squad film's Harley and Joker relationship.

It's entertainment--not the best movie, but entertaining nonetheless. It's one of those movies that you can watch over and over, every time it comes on. We can debate about the sloppiness of the script and whether or not you like the actor choices for the characters another time. This insomnia-driven article is about the removal of one of the main variables of the Joker-Harley Quinn romance--the abuse.

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Since Harley Quinn was introduced to Batman: The Animated Series, Harley Quinn and Joker's abusive relationship has been unavoidable. And while liking the characters individually, I've always detested their relationship. The comics depict Harley as a bit of a stalker where Joker berates and abuses her for his amusement, places blame on her or just beats her due to sheer annoyance. Hell, in one episode, Harley actually caught Batman for Joker and he beat her because she basically stole his thunder. I was so glad when she left Joker.

One of the things many die hard Harley-Joker fans do is romanticize the abusive relationship as this beautifully imperfect--twisted relationship based on abuse and there was nothing beautiful about it. I've heard so many Harley fans say, "They're just two twisted people who love each other. They get each other." And all I can ever do is roll my eyes at their ridiculousness. And those same people don't like the Suicide Squad version of the Harley-Joker relationship because "it isn't true to the comics because Joker looks like a 'lovesick puppy." That was the most widely used reference I heard "lovesick puppy". 

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In the Suicide Squad version, their relationship is depicted more as a Dom/sub relationship and is, thus, actually quite beautiful. Harleen Quinzel is a collared baby girl--Daddy's Lil' Monster--Daddy being Joker. She lives to please him and in this version, Joker lives to protect Harley. He shot a man  in the head for calling her a bitch! Yeah, yeah, yeah, he's Joker--he doesn't need an excuse to shoot anyone in the head, but still. Work with me, here. 

In BDSM the Dominant/submissive power exchange is about trust. The submissive freely surrenders power to her/his Dominant. The general consensus is that the submissive, while surrendering her/his Dominant, is still the one in control because that power was given freely and can be taken away by leaving the relationship or setting boundaries not to be crossed. In the film, Joker tells Harley, "Submission is power."

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In that scene, while most movie goers probably thought he was being his manipulative Joker-self, he seemed to be asking Harley to be his submissive. 

Joker: Would you die for me?
Quinn: Yes
Joker: That's too easy. Would you live for me?
Quinn: Yes
Joker: Careful. Do not say this oath thoughtlessly. Desire becomes surrender. Surrender becomes power. You want this?
Quinn: I do.

In the SS, through flashbacks, they show Joker's sadism and Harley as a willing, masochist participant. Their power dynamic, in the film is pretty decent in that they worship each other And while the introduction of this type of dynamic pissed off a LOT of die hard fans as not being true to the comics and their actual, abusive relationship, I, for one, was very grateful that David Ayer gave us a newer, better version of the Joker-Harley relationship. I'd rather see Harley be wanted, protected and needed as a sub as opposed being a punching bag and punchline for comic fodder. Harley Quinn is such a complex character who deserved so much more than being a sidekick who suffers abuse from a douchy boyfriend.

Intentional or not, this is, of course, how it appeared in the film. 

 

Multiple Nurses Say #MeToo About Marvel Comics Creator, Stan Lee

Say it ain't so, Stan!

An excerpt of "Fantastic Four" #49 via Vulture

An excerpt of "Fantastic Four" #49 via Vulture

The Daily Mail has learned that multiple women have accused Stan Lee of sexual harassment in his Hollywood Hills home. The women, all nurses, work for the same nursing home, which caters to the Hollywood elite.

Lee, 95, is said to have "asked for oral sex in the shower, walked around naked and wanted to be 'pleasured' in the bedroom. The nursing company, who has not been identified, claims "that Stan has sexually harassed every single nurse that has been to the house." 

Tom Lallas, Stan Lee's attorney said in a statement to DailyMail.com: 'Mr. Lee categorically denies these false and despicable allegations and he fully intends to fight to protect his stellar good name and impeccable character." Instead of filing a police report or a civil suit, the women of the nursing home have demanded payment or they will take their story to the media. Lallas says that "Mr Lee will not be extorted or blackmailed, and will pay no money to anyone because he has done absolutely nothing wrong."

Julie Wozniak, a representative for his current nursing company, Vitale Nursing, Inc has said that "Lee has been nothing but 'polite, kind and respectful' since they took over.

Amid the sexual harassment allegations, TMZ learned that Lee's staff discovered that someone had written a check for $300,000 to his partner organization, Hands of Respect LLC without Lee's knowledge or consent. Beverly Hills Police Department is investigating and it's believed that someone inside the organization forged the check to keep the money for him/herself. TMZ also also discovered that someone used $850,000 of Lee's money to buy a condo in West Hollywood.

Joan Lee, Stan Lee's wife of 69 years, passed away July 7, 2017.
 

Marvel Editor Heather Antos' Milkshakes Brought the Broflakes to the Yard and Twitter's Clapback Was Epic

#MAKEMINEMILKSHAKE Was TRENDING ON TWITTER TO STAND UP TO SEXISM.

Heather Antos and her team were out celebrating women in comics and decided to take a group selfie while sipping on delicious milkshakes. Fun, simple and carefree, she decided to share the moment with followers and friends on Twitter. Lo and behold! The "Women are being happy" spidey senses of broflakes the world over began to tingle and they decided to flood Antos' Twitter and DMs with sexist tweets.

Broflakes are guys who are so threatened by women working in industries that are seen as traditionally male and feel the need to harass those women and expose their own ignorance.

Some of the insults thrown into the DM's of the GwenPool editor included “'fake geek girls,' 'the creepiest collection of stereotypical SJWs anyone could possibly imagine,” and “Gee, I can’t imagine why Marvel’s sales are in the toilet.” One of the broflakes was upset that there were no men in the picture of friends getting a milkshake after work.

Real comic fans weren't having the misogyny and showed solidarity for Antos and other women in comics in the most amazing way. They began posting selfies of themselves drinking milkshakes with the hashtag "MakeMineMilkshake." Some people didn't have milkshakes and simply took selfies with whatever drink they had. Some drew characters drinking milkshakes, posted gifs...it was magical. And it's still going strong!

Marykate Jasper with The Mary Sue is absolutely right in pointing out that "some 'fans are so misogynistic, and so threatened by the idea of women in the industry, that a selfie sets them off." They are threatened by a changing world where women have the freedom to be creative and contribute, nay, improve upon certain industries where a different perspective or more creativity is needed. And for these so-called fans of comics to think misogyny and harassment is cool means that they don't understand what comics are about in the first place.

It sure as hell isn't about bullying and putting people down based on their gender. It's not blaming the editor of one of the best selling comics series for a sales slump just because she's a woman. Comics are about telling stories and creating new worlds, having super powers--the power to change or alter reality. There is no right to creating comics based on gender.

And one thing these broflakes don't understand is that for a long time, far too long, women weren't allowed to have such jobs. Women were forced to stay home, not because they weren't creative or lacked skills, but because of a patriarchal society. And guess what? Women fought and changed their reality and are using their skills in so many different ways. Women are superheroes. We all are. Problem is, some men can't handle women using their super powers.