September 30, 2007 |
Aaron McGruder, the Artist Formerly Known as the Angriest Black Man in America, can't stop smiling. In fact, he's busting up, bobbing and weaving as he reacts to the animation unfolding on his living room wall big screen.
February 28, 2006 |
Aaron McGruder, creator of "The Boondocks" newspaper strip, will take a six-month sabbatical from the politically charged cartoon beginning March 27. No official reason for the break was given by Universal Press Syndicate, which distributes the strip to 300 newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times. McGruder could not be reached for comment. McGruder for more than a year has been juggling the strip and the animated series it spawned on the Cartoon Network.
November 2, 2005 |
THE automatic weapon African American junior militant Huey Freeman is aiming at the wealthy white banker visiting his grandfather is just a toy. But there's nothing playful about the hidden Huey's steely eye or the message being delivered by the sniper scope's blood-red laser focused on the unsuspecting target's head. Ten-year-old Huey and his gangsta-wannabe younger brother Riley are trying to fight the powers that be in the suburbs.
September 19, 2004 |
On Aug. 9, a rare public showing of D.W. Griffith's 1915 Civil War epic, "The Birth of a Nation," was abruptly canceled. The owner of the Silent Movie Theatre had received threats of arson and worse in anonymous phone messages, and activists and community groups, including the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, had called for protests.
May 23, 2004
I have just returned from Uzbekistan, having served a deployment as flight surgeon with the 746th Expeditionary Air Squadron, and flying combat and combat support missions in Afghanistan. I read the article on Aaron McGruder last night ("He's Gotta Fight the Powers That Be," by Greg Braxton, April 25). Like his protagonist, the humorless, hostile, arrogant Huey, McGruder is angry, but not as a result of actual experience. Huey's pronouncements, like McGruder's, are rooted in the vicarious worlds of media and entertainment.
May 16, 2004
I just finished reading the article about cartoonist Aaron McGruder ("He's Gotta Fight the Powers That Be," by Greg Braxton, April 25). I'm an older white guy, and I like his strip and admire his guts--as well as many of his stances regarding the current Bush administration. However, I'm sorry that his concern for the failure of systems designed to protect this country does not extend to the many out-of-work American animators who would have loved working on his upcoming animated TV series.