Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Jedi spotlight/Luminara Unduli

Jedi Master Luminara Unduli was a trusted advisor to the Jedi Council and the Galactic Republic. A fearless leader within the order without being a Member of the Jedi Council, what made her dope was the fact she turned her body into a living weapon so you can imagine how she was with a lightsaber. They say her skills with a saber was on the level and grace of count Dooku, she preferred form III/Soresu technique for she believe if one mastered this style you could become unbeatable. She was accompanied almost everywhere by her loyal Padawan Barris Offie, and while in battle they move together, synchronizing every attack.

for More info on this jedi master read the paper back novel The approaching Storm and she was featured in Star wars Republic series comics and in clone wars cartoon series. She was from the cold Desert planet of Mirial, note her padawan was from the same planet hence this is why they shared similar tattoos which is native to there planet's customs.

Sadly, she was killed brutally by a AT-RT on the Wookiee world of Kashyyyk, when Order 66 was executed in the movie Revenge of the Sith. What many people do not know is that she was portrayed by a Woman of Color
Mary Oyaya (name means joy in Yoruba) who is from the town of Mombasa Kenya, sista is a model and has two Master Degrees in international relations, She aspired to be a Diplomat like her parents who work for the UN as diplomats, instead she played a jedi known for her diplomatic abilities, she also studied martial art of Chinese sword fightin....

Oh by the way hit up her website www.maryOyaya.com

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Mace Windu

Unfortunately for the average Star Wars (SW) fan, the movies do not have the time to really get into the characters who are important but only play in the significant background. For our blog, it is important that we discuss Mace Windu, who under Master Yoda, is pretty much the head of the Jedi Council. Matthew Stover in "Shatterpoint" does a wonderful job of covering the melinated and feared Jedi Master.

Master Windu hails from Haruun Kal, a jungle planet that pretty much makes up the Al' Har system located in the Mid Rim territories inbetween Malastare and Sullust on the Gevarno Loop. just off the Rimma Trade Route. Due to the harsh jungle environment, Windu's people, the Korunnai (uplanders) are force sensitive. The Korunnai travel in small nomadic bands called ghosh. This has allowed them to adapt to the jungle and form a symbosis with several fierce creatures for protection. Before the Clone Wars, several offworlders began to encroach upon their lands causing several on and off conflicts. The revered Jedi Master also hails from the clan Windu and is one of its last descendants.

Master Windu and his former Padawan, Deepa Billaba, are the only masters in Vaapad, or form 7 of the lightsaber. There are a few who have studied it but only two have mastered it. It is the most dangerous because it leans towards the Dark Side. Oh, i forgot to mention that Master Windu created it.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The truth about Endor

The forest moon of Endor, also known as Sanctuary Moon, is a moon which is home to the Ewoks when the second Death Star was constructed in Return of the Jedi. The planet Endor was destroyed and now the Moon Orbits a star, so it could have actually be labeled a planet.

Endor itself is not the moon, but instead the planet which the moon orbits (or orbited). The planet Endor is never visible in the film, a fact which the novelization explains by asserting that it was destroyed some time earlier and that the moon now orbits its star in a planetary orbit of its own. It should be noted that in two scenes in the film, a pinkish planet can be seen in the background, in the vicinity of the forest moon, though the two bodies are never seen at the same time. This, coupled with the fact that a moon without a planet should itself be defined as a planet in its own right, has caused some fans to speculate that this pinkish planet is in fact Endor.
The moon resembles Earth in many ways; however, it seems to have more landmass than oceans. The landmasses are primarily covered with thick forests of massive ancient pine trees, and it has at least one desert region. Endor does not appear to have polar ice caps and may have a temperate climate around the globe.

The Star Wars planet is named after J.R.R. Tolkien's Endor in Middle-earth, probably an allusion to the similarity between Ewoks and habit's.

This should clear up the endor error, peep the way Lucas pay homage to tolkien's story by the name.

The truth is, next to Jar Jar binks, I would have loved to see these creatures killed and there Forrest moon destroyed but star wars lore says after the death star blew up the rebels stop the debris from hitting the surface of the planet/Moon, dam rebels.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

The Lando Calrissian debacle

Someone asked about the Lando Calrissian deal. Let me say this, as a "unconscious" 10 year old, I was happy to see a brother in a Sci fi movie especially Star Wars. It was messed up that white folks still assume that a brother would be in outer space in the future still wearing a conk and a cape a la Dolemite style. What made it worst is that Lando Calrissian (played by none other than Billie Dee Williams aka the Colt 45 poster boy) sold out his homie Han Solo to Darth Vader AND Jabba the Hutt.

Looking back, I am like WTF was I thinking! But let's probe deeper. Lando Calrissian, like Han Solo, was a well known smuggler with a heart. He built his reputation on his word. He was also a well known and successful gambler. Unlike Han Solo, Calrissian was able to flip his money and invest in lucrative ventures. Thus, he was able to maintain a lavish lifestyle and get out of the smuggling business way before Han Solo joined the rebellion. Heads also forget that Calrissian later became a general in the rebellion and like Han Solo gave up his commission. He also helped destroy the 2nd Death Star at the Battle of Endor. Not to mention that Calrissian was vital to that campaign that was put together by the renowned Mon Calamarian Admiral Ackbar. Many Imperial capital ships were lost and many infamous Imperial commanders were captured or killed (especially when that Super Star Destroyer the Executor -- which was Vader's flag ship -- crashed into the Death Star) at that battle.

What heads also forget, or did not know, is that Calrissian was the original owner of the Millenium Falcon, the old Corellian YT-1300 freighter flown by Han Solo and Chewbacca.
He lost the freighter to Solo in a game of Sabacc.

Throughout the timeline after Star Wars: A New Hope, Calrissian continued to invest in ventures that the Rebellion and later the New Republic continued to SNAFU. But Calrissian continued to support them. Take for example Cloud City in Bespin. Bespin is a gas giant that contains Tibbia gas (did i spell that right?). It's a gas used to power blasters and rifles. Being the hustler he is, he was able to get in on it. What happens? Han Solo brings the rebellion to Cloud City. Vader, through Boba Fett, was able to track Solo, Princess Leia and crew over there. So Calrissian was forced to do what he had to do. Folks don't know that Vader eventually destroyed Cloud City for Calrissians transgression.

Didn't Calrissian help Luke save Solo? Isn't that redemption enough?

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By the way, the entry posted before this one (the second one), was done by the master himself, Billie Wheelz.. I just wanted to make sure he got the props for it. We are still working the kinks on this thing. He is unfamiliar with the blog world. But we got this...

P.S. big up to Jdid for finding an error on here ... what you are reading now is edited.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Your Father wanted you to have this when you were old enough

Jedi Holocron entry July 14 2005 Subject
What better way to start this blog off with this line.
Star wars is American Mythology at its best!
The statement above is what Obi Wan said to Luke in a new hope when Luke was learning more about his father, it is not the truth in the physical sense because Jedi during this era were not allowed to have children they would have been considered attachments. (unless you were from a planet short on males like Master Ki adi mundi who was from cerea which we will discuss at a later date) . That's what makes Obi Wan a great Jedi his definition of truth from a certain point of view, anakin would have not talked to his master about having kids, so the question is why would he tell him this and it is simple, while in hiding Obi Wan started to understand the living force during the jedi purge, Qui Gon Jin Became Obi Wan and Master yoda Teacher, also he may have also taught the Dark Woman. Obi Wan knew he had to give Luke bits and pieces about his father, he was the best pilot and a cunning warrior and good friend and saying that Anakin/Vader killed him was pure genius because not only did Luke develope love for his father and hate vader but when Luke finds out the whole truth which Obi WAn knew would happen, Luke would not give in completely to his hate because of the man his father was, in the end one emotion won and that is love and that was the lesson, so you see by Obi wan picking up that lightsaber and keeping it for Luke who was the new hope, Obi Wan was the Messenger, saved the galaxy. The real jewel here is one need not tell the whole truth about someone, in time you will learn, my nephew father died from gun violence on the streets of Detroit and he always asks me about his father and I have been giving little bits here and there for example I would say he was a good dancer and my nephew became a good dancer as a matter of fact he plays capoeira and I told him his father was the best mechanic I have ever met and it is the truth, he was pimping rides before the show, the dark side to this was he was a drug dealer and he starting being violent. So you see what if I told him the bad attributes about his father first like some people say like your daddy is not nothing you are not going to be shit, I remember my friend Roger mother telling him that and right now he has life in prison. She never had anything good to say about his father. How we tell the truth is important indeed.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The Beginning...





I always wanted to do something Star Wars based for those of African descent. My partner in the Force, Billie Wheelz aka Quilan Vos, and I always throw ideas around. It seems like once a week we come to the conclusion that Lucas, despite all of his finite wisdom (i said finite), really neglects his fans of a darker hue.

After posting a few entries on my first blog, I realized that we needed to do something from that angle. On my first blog, whenever i posted an entry on the Star Wars (SW) Universe, I alienated my other readers. I also ran into another blogger who posed as Darth Vader. His posts were very good but I felt we could do much better.

Between Billie Wheelz and myself, we are some hella SW historians. We kick mucho ass when it comes to building on SW. For our readers, we hope that you join in our building sessions. We want to hear your criticisms, questions, and kudos. We doing this for you.

On that note, I hope my partner in the Force goes ahead and posts something right after this. Please pass the word out to your cronies, ya'll. Let's make those connections and may the Force be with you.