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Aaron McGruder and The Boondocks

the-boondocks-the-boondocks-506048_640_512“You look at society and you're poking holes, not because you hate it, but because you can see where people really need to ask themselves, "What's going on?" Socially and politically, there's so much stupidity out there, and people overlook it or they accept it. I think what the show tries to do is point those things out and make us think about them, even if it's only in our own minds”. – Aaron McGruder

Since the Al Capp created the character and comic striip “Li’l Abner” back in the 1930s, comic strips have pulled double duty as controversial entertainment pieces and humorous tools for social commentary. Comics historian, Rick Marschall says “When “Li'l Abner” made its debut in 1934, the vast majority of comic strips were designed chiefly to amuse or thrill their readers. Capp turned that world upside-down by routinely injecting politics and social commentary into Li'l Abner". Garry Trudeau continued the practice in the 70s when he began penning the strip “Doonesbury” for the Yale University student newspaper, The Yale Daily News. “Doonesbury” is regarded as the comic strip that blurred the distinction between editorial cartoons and the funny pages. Now the world has “The Boondocks” by Aaron McGruder, a cartoonist who also started off writing a strip for a college paper that eventually became widely syndicated and developed into an animated television show. Critics have recognized him as the next big thing in artistic satire.

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Iron Man 2 - A WydeOpen review

ironman1 Billionaire Tony Stark must contend with deadly issues involving the government, his own friends, as well as new enemies due to his superhero alter ego Iron Man.

Movie Title: Iron Man 2

Review by Jonathan McMillan

Studio: Marvel Studios

Director: Jon Favreau

Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson

Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some language.

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The Uninvited Guests at a 4th of July Family Celebration

172asdfsd66A good friend invited me to her Family Reunion Celebration.  For weeks, she and her mom prepared a wonderful menu, great beverages, and delicious desserts with lots of Southern hospitality.  Little did they suspect, the uninvited guests we call “The Klumps,” would be arriving to eat up all the prepared foods.

It was July 4th, 2010. The day began with excitement of my friends relatives from some of the Northern states of the United States.  I helped my friend decorate picnic tables while her father and brothers set up the family grill.  This was a huge grill her father had made from an old oil drum.  It could cook 10 pounds of chicken along with a huge side of pig.  The women were upstairs putting the finishing touches on the side dishes.  They prepared potato salad, crab salad, collards, turnip salad, macaroni & cheese, pasta salads and many delicious desserts.

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