Jason Mamoa: Comic Book & Real Life Hero

Written by on November 14, 2019

Story by: Chuck Tackett

Jason Mamoa: Comic Book & Real Life Hero

“We can no longer afford the luxury of half-assing it as we willingly force ourselves to the threshold of no return.”

Jason Momoa, actor/activist on climate change

As a 1960s era kid, I was not into comic books as my way to escape. Even way back then, my flights of fancy were music, dancing, and classic monster movies.

In seeking relief and distraction when it came to dealing with unpleasant situations in life, I turned to the television shows “American Bandstand”m “Soul Train” and various monster movies. Especially classic ones from the 1930s to the 1950s. It seems I was tailor-made to be at a go-go or a disco. (Smiling) I was born at the right time in the right ear. (Laughing)

Fast forward to the present that I am now 63 years old. Not much has changed on how I deal with escapism and stress. I still utilize music, dancing, monster movies as the same releases. Now, I have added disaster movies to the mix. Friends like Sunshine of “Retro Red-Eye Express” and Robert Moore of “Sonic Spectrum” have helped me become more eclectic musically. (For my out of town, out of state, overseas readership, these are radio shows in Kansas City.) Sunshine’s show is on 90.1FM KKFI and Robert’s show is on KRBZ 96.5FM The Buzz. You can go to these station’s websites for dates and times. Both shows have live streaming.

With that said, I am like “The Wiz” character, Evilene when she bellowed “These are red alert conditions!” This is not the time to sit back and practice escapism. Because of unprecedented corporate greed, environmental racism, bought-off politicians/media owners and apathetic folks who were too lazy to make that move to make small adjustments in the way we live, scientists have warned we have 11 to 12 years to make necessary changes to start reversing the massive damage we have done to this planet or our future generations will have to pay a very hefty price to be able to inhabit this planet.

Climate change and its various other names to describe it is far from being a brand new problem that now we have to deal with. The first time I heard of environmental pollution was back in the late 1960s when I was a pre-teen. It was also not new for celebrity activists to get involved, to get the word out.

Jason Momoa is the latest celebrity I know of to take up the mantle on the urgency of climate change reversal. Mr. Momoa gave a very powerful address at the United Nations on September 27th, 2019. I had no idea he did this. I must have been watching the news at the wrong time. All I kept hearing about was Jane Fonda. Don’t get it twisted. She’s no slouch. I thought I have never seen or heard of Mr. Momoa. I was wrong. A buddy of mine reminded me he starred in the 2004 comedy “Johnson Family Vacation” The movie starred Cedric the Entertainer, Vanessa Williams, Bow Wow and Solange Knowles. Mr. Momoa played a Native American hotel bellhop named Navarro, who was flirting with Solange’s character.

As I previously mentioned in the title of my article, Mr. Momoa is a real-life hero. I hope his celebrity status and fervent speech at The United Nations will be the spark to get the problem of climate change taken seriously before it’s too late. Jason Momoa is married to actress Lisa Bonet best known as Denise Huxtable of “The Cosby Show” and “It’s A Different World ” fame.

Chuck’s Chat operates under an open authority. Opinions and comments are always welcome. Send them to¬†soultraindancing@yahoo.com


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