Video Review: Logic & Damian Lemar Hudson “Black SpiderMan”

An African-American man plays the piano on a the back of a truck. Logic stands next to him, bobbing his head. A choir sits behind them as they drive down a suburban neighborhood.

He dances off the truck and kisses a female jogger. He greets and shakes hands with the African-Americans living on the block. A Caucasian woman waves hello. The people follow him as he walks behind the truck.

At night, the choir sings in the street. He and the other residents of the city dance. On a balcony, a man (Damian Lemar Hudson) in a red rubber suit dances. He spots Khalid, who is sitting outside a corner store and gives him a hug. The man on the balcony pulls off his mask and sings. Logic eats a slice of pizza and watches as the crowd continues to dance.

Everyone runs down the street. On top of the St. Vincent Deli, two cats discuss race, saying there needs to be more African-American representation in the media on the windowsill, citing Santa Claus and Seinfeld. Then, the cat states he’s high.

Rating: 1/5

A biracial child won’t be accepted by the others. What if they are separate color? The child won’t know who they are. All are ignorant and racists statements Logic has internalized over the years. Isolated and bitter, he fetishizes African-Americans.  However, he’s realized, not one African-American wants to be his friend, either.

In his fantasy, he is surrounded by African-American people who say hello and view him as one of them. One African-American neighbor seems to think, “he’s not so bad after all.” They love him and welcome him into their homes. One of his best friends is an upcoming R&B star, Khalid. In the streets, their choir sings and an African-American superhero stands guard over the city.

Diversity in the mainstream is an ongoing problem. However, Logic exacerbates it by bringing his own issues into it rather than talking about the topic at length. Instead, two stoned cats have a short conversation short about it and undermine it at the end with a cutting remark, dismissing the issue as too crazy to discuss.

Director: N/A Year: 2017

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective, 45 Magazine ,Fevers of the Mind, Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology. and forthcoming in Scrawl Place

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