Author Archives: Jamil Ragland

The Wonders of a Good Divorce

Now hear me out. I know that divorce is a wrenching experience. But divorce is also the seventh anniversary of your wedding day after the ink dries on your papers. It’s the first awkward date when you’re trying to get back into the game. Divorce is not only the explosive fights and protracted custody battles. Eventually, the […]

Spoilers Don’t Ruin Stories, Avoiding Spoilers Does

One of my friends told me about a habit he has when he starts to watch a new show. If the show is available in its entirety already, he watches the last episode of the series first, and then starts the show from the beginning. I find this to be an odd way to watch […]

Blackness

What would James Baldwin have written if he didn’t have to literally defend his humanity? How much time did one of the most brilliant writers of the 20th century spend talking to white people? How much time did he waste talking about white people? As I think about that, I realize that I don’t want […]

So About Dragon Ball Super Episodes 109 & 110…

  I wrote just a few weeks ago about how Kale’s sudden ability to control her Berserker Super Saiyan form was symptomatic of DBS’ main problem, that transformations and power have become untethered from any grounding in the reality of the show’s universe. Power just happens, and the relationships between characters and their relative strength […]

The [SPOILERS] is the Perfect Metaphor for Disney’s Poor Approach to Star Wars

This post contains one minor spoiler for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. You have been warned! Force Friday II saw several reveals of new merchandise related to December’s premiere of The Last Jedi. Among the new toys and games was a spoiler for Supreme Leader Snoke’s ship. According to a story published by Polygon, Snoke’s ship […]

Descent: A Dragon Ball Story- Chapter 1

Hey everyone, This is the first chapter of a story I’ve been working on for a few weeks. It’s a Dragon Ball fanfiction, which means that while knowledge of Dragon Ball will help you to understand some of the layers to the story, I’ve tried to write it in a way that both fans and […]

Damn It, I Want Another Kid

“By the time I’m 39, Gabriel will be 18 years old. I’ll have my whole life ahead of me!” That’s been my rallying cry for over ten years at this point- part retroactive justification for having my son at such a young age, part reality. Raising my son and then being free to take my […]

Some Thoughts on Dragonball Super

I’ve been watching Dragonball Super on and off throughout its run. I watched a good part of the Future Trunks arc, hoping that the story and action would live up to the potential that was on display. By the end, with Cloud Zamasu, it became clear to me that DBS would never live up to […]

The Way Out

This picture has been making the rounds on Facebook after President Trump’s decision to reinstate the ban on transgender people serving in the military. This may be a person who exists; I can’t say with 100% certainty that there are no people signing up for the military for the chance to flout international law. I’ve […]

Building Characters and Confidence With Breakdancing Shakespeare

I read Romeo and Juliet in middle school, and I vaguely recalled the important names from the play- the Montagues and Capulets, Mercutio and Tybalt, and of course, the eponymous leads. I didn’t remember that there was a nurse in the play, much less any of her lines. That is, until Asaundra Hill stole the show […]