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Revenge of the Cornballs: Michael B Jordan and Black Nerds.

Do you know what feels good? Putting doubters in their place. It’s even better if you publicly humiliate them while doing so! This is why I (like many others) applaud Micheal B. Jordan for checking former classmate and Morning Hustle reporter Lore’l over her ‘corny’ comments towards Jordan and her overall fakeness.

During the premiere of Creed III the star/director was interviewed by Lore’l: a woman who admitted to calling Jordan corny, mocking his name, and calling his heads shots “stupid” when they were in high school on The Undressing Room podcast days prior. With a fake smile and annoying giggle, she brought up how they go way back.

However, Michael B. Jordan stops her and says “The corny kid, right?”: a reference to Lore’l’s remarks.

She awkwardly laughs the question off while defending herself saying that she was simply “misquoted”. Jordan counters, stating that he heard the “corny” remark himself — with the classic “Bitch, we know you’re lying, but continue” look on his face. Laure’l double downs on being misquoted and continues until Jordan’s co-star Jonathan Majors steps in. After a few more questions Laure’l ended the interview with “Well, you’re not corny anymore.”

Passive aggressive much?

In the days following the now infamous interview, the internet has been sounding off on Micheal B Jordan’s actions – especially male Black Nerds as they see Jordan as the ultimate Black nerd icon. He’s a rich movie star and director. He’s a lover of anime who has gone on record with IGN that boxing series Hajime no Ippo and Megalobox as well as shounen series Naruto, My Hero Academia, and Dragon Ball Z influenced Creed III’s direction. It must be also noted that the armor design for his character Killmonger in the film Black Panther may be an homage to Vegeta’s armor design from Dragon Ball Z.

Plus, like many Black nerds, he’s been mocked, teased, and bullied for his quirky passions.

Seeing Jordan check Lore’l has driven Black nerds to go online to tell their dark tales of being tormented and tortured by their peers for being the nerdy ones. Oh, how they rant about Black girls (and girls in general) dissing them because they weren’t a street dude or a normie only to get their get back years down the line. Reading about their painful past is enough to make you cry…

…with laughter, because these grown-ass cornball ass male nerds haven’t yet realized that they have a shitty personality that made people not wanna be with them. They really be letting that high school shit from the past turn make them super bitter and angry toward Western women. Straight up got these victim and persecution complexes going on. They yearn for their “Beat it, chick!” moment one day like their hero Mike.

(Okay, that was kinda mean. I’ll be a little bit nicer – just a little bit, though.)

Look, I understand why my fellow Black nerds can relate to Micheal B. Jordan’s moment. Many of you were the little awkward geeky kid who was counted out, dissed, ignored, bullied, and/or belittled by everyone else in school. You were ostracized by Black normie society and it really burned you up inside. Most of all, you wanted to prove a point: being a nerd isn’t corny and you’ll be way more successful than the despite being a nerd after high school.

This is where things get interesting. I might wind up offending and triggering many of you nerds because this gotta be said.

Yes, it’s common for nerds to disprove their high school critics and wind up becoming massively successful both financially and socially after high school. However you need to have a sense of self, a clear vision, and a strong work ethic to become a successful Black nerd after high school. Michael B. Jordan is where he is today because of hard work and drive – not simply because he’s a nerd. Did being a nerd play a role in his success? Of course, but it’s not the sole reason. This is where many Black nerds get things twisted.

Let me break down what I mean.

First, a lot of Black nerds are corny; we gotta tell the truth here. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen my fellow Black nerds do some of the most GOOFIEST nonsense at anime conventions. I mean asking female Japanese voice actors if they are single during panels when con staff repeatedly told them not to do so, standing around looking awkward and not talking to women at room parties, singing off-key to anime opening theme songs, and making speeches about the cons and attendees in front of white people who don’t care to hear their ramblings.

Next, many game-goofy Black nerd males love listening to dating and lifestyle “coaches” who tend to be mentally unstable incels with (single) mommy issues. They take in this corrupted version of the dating game as a tool to be hateful, abusive, and just downright nasty to women. It’s ruining the dating scene for those Black male nerds who got their shit together.

Finally, you have Black Nerds who are so confused and wrapped by geek culture that all they know is being a nerd – nothing else. They can tell you everything about Star Wars, Game of Thrones, the MCU, and the latest popular anime series from a niche source, but they know nothing about Black history or culture. If not that, they don’t know about dating/relationships, being a man/woman, having a tangible skillset, and having your money straight.

So, if you fall into any of the three above I mentioned, you’re corny — and not because you’re a nerd.

Anyway, to conclude this, Micheal B. Jordan is living proof that being a Black nerd isn’t corny. Even if it were corny, it’s only corny to those who will never get you and your passion. Work on bettering yourself and drive yourself to prove them wrong. But don’t think being a Black nerd and not a street dude automatically means you will become successful no matter what.

Put in that hard work to better yourself, Black male Nerd.
You’re only corny if you don’t.

The Swarthy Nerd Podcast
A Black nerd empowerment podcast where Black nerds (well, all nerds, but Black first and foremost) can get together and talk freely about nerd culture while also acknowledging systematic white supremacy and racism in nerd culture. Every Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays we drop episodes containing serious and laidback topics while Saturdays we drop episodes talking about TV shows, anime, film, comics, manga, and video games.

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The Need For A Renaissance Black Nerd

Black nerds, especially my fellow Black nerds who can trace their lineage to American slavery, you greatly disappoint me.

How is it that we live in a time where nerd culture is the dominant culture in entertainment, Black Americans have proven themselves to be the masters and creators of mainstream culture itself, yet, we have Black nerds who refuse to better themselves? Why do many of my fellow Black nerds use their nerdom to hide from their reality and problems as opposed to embracing and dominating them? What will it take for you Black Nerds to stop talking about nerdy things all the time and have other interests? When will you guys wake up and realize you are Black first and that being a nerd won’t save you from systematic white supremacy?

For the past few years, these are a few things I have pondered over with other Black nerds. Some have agreed with me while most others think I’m an asshole who doesn’t need to think and talk about race with nerds all the time because I make them and their white friends uncomfortable (by the way: I’m not an asshole – I’m the asshole and your white friends like me more because I have balls unlike your cowardly, weak Black ass).

Either way, it made me realize something: We need a Renaissance Black Nerd. You know, like a Renaissance Man, but he’s a Black nerd instead. Now, you may be wondering: What’s a Renaissance Black Nerd, why do we need them, and how to become them?

Well, let’s get right into that!


A Renaissance Black Nerd is a Black nerd whose interests span beyond nerd culture. He refuses to be just a nerd with superficial knowledge and hobbies; knowing that it won’t get him far with others and in life.

He must have swagger, charm, and balls – the latter being the most valuable. The Renaissance Black Nerd makes it a point to explore topics that normies can relate to as to not alienate others or himself from discussions.

He can be a fan of live-action mainstream shows such as Power, BMF, and Empire as well as being a fan of anime such as My Hero, Jujutsu Kaisen, and Demon Slayer. He could go one step further and watch anime that isn’t on the mainstream’s radar like Troublesome Old Man and Odd Taxi or classic anime like Project A-Ko and Dirty Pair (1985); introducing both normies and entry-level anime fans to lesser-known shows in addition to holding conversations with hardcore otaku who’re fans of older and obscure anime.

He works diligently to improve himself. He takes care of his health by working out and avoiding fast and junk food. He doesn’t allow escapism media to neither control his life nor shields him from reality. He views his hobbies as luxuries – not necessities.

Finally, The Renaissance Black Nerd wants not to be a better nerd – but a better person. Seeking to be merely a better nerd only places limitations, but being the best version of you never does. He acknowledges that the Black nerd community needs someone like him; even if he has to step on a few toes and piss people off to get his way and change the community for the better.


With the understanding of what is a Renaissance Black Nerd, we can look further into why we need them for the Black Nerd community.

First, there’s a disturbing amount of Black nerds who’re either cornballs, goofballs, coons, or willfully ignorant towards white supremacy in and out of geek culture and circles. They desperately yearn for attention and acceptance from white people – especially white nerds. This could be rooted in not being popular with their Black peers, befriending mostly white nerds, and nerd culture not being socially accepted before the 2010s…supposedly.

I say supposedly because the Black community in general (especially Foundational Black Americans) do love gaming, movies, TV shows, anime, and comics. We are some of the biggest, if not, the biggest consumers of them. However, most of us didn’t allow those things to consume our lives and use them as a way to build a false identity via escapism unlike the few who did (emulating their cornball white nerd “peers”).

Second, Black nerds generally need to have outside interests as there are some who are handcuffed by and to geek culture. No one neither respects nor cares about your fantasy fist-fight between Mileena from Mortal Kombat and Komi from Komi Can’t Communicate” while Komi is peeing herself out of fear for her life and Ren Yamai is collecting her pee to use later on at night when she is laying up in her bed having dirty thoughts about Komi.

That’s not interesting. It won’t get people interested in you. You know what will? Exploring and branching out of your comfort zone (more on this later). Stop sticking to only watching anime and watch live-action TV shows. Keep up on what’s going on in sports. Follow both local and national news and dive deeper into the world of politics so you can talk to people.

You’ll get more respect from upping your game that way.

Finally, to conclude, Black nerds need to do better. We need to be aware of how we present ourselves to the world. Image is everything: from your grooming, to the clothes you wear, and yes, even your weight. It doesn’t hurt to get a haircut every once in a while. If you’re gonna wear an anime shirt in public, at least make sure it fits (know that people still going to think you’re immature for wearing one, regardless). Don’t shy away from dressing maturely. Not saying to go out and buy a suit, but you want well-fitting clothes for every occasion: work, interviews, upscale bars/clubs, casual/romantic dates, etc. If you’re fat, exercise! If you’re a skinny twig, build muscle! Take care of your body, health, and mind!

Better your social skills – even if you’re an introvert! Not saying you to become the master of charisma, but work on building some charm to draw people into you. This is accomplished by following what I stated earlier above.


Armed with the knowledge of what is and why we need a Renaissance Black Nerd, you can now learn how to become one.

To start, branch away from and slow down on the nerdiness. You shouldn’t forgo it completely, but you can’t entertain or empower yourself or others with useless nerd triviality. People (especially women) love those who are well-versed in many topics and display self-empowerment, growth, and useable everlasting tangibles. If you can do that then you will be rewarded greatly.

Next, you must be willing to escape your comfort zone. Say you only leisurely travel out-of-state for conventions weekends. Get out of your comfort zone by spending 3-4 days before the convention exploring the city in which the convention is hosted. Explore Chicago if you’re going there for Anime Central. Make some time to spend a few days wandering Los Angeles if you’re there for Anime Expo. Don’t be scared to talk to the locals of the city and learn about the people who live in them daily. Ask them what’s going on in the city, where are the best restaurants, bars, parks, and sites to visit. Who knows? You might love it to the point that you want to return to that city not for a convention, but because of how dope the city’s culture is.

Lastly, you must embrace your Blackness. You are Black First and foremost. Believe it or not, these white folks respect Black men and women who aren’t buck dancing, shuckin’ and jivin’ brown-nosing coons on the job. They can’t run games on Black men and women who showcase superior intelligence and stand up to the system of white supremacy in the white-run and operated workforce.

Do this, Black nerd:

At the next event you’re attending (may it be a party, convention, what have you) talk to these white folks about politics, current events, nerd/pop culture, and history. Be casual and friendly with it at first, don’t start aggressively. Disarm them with a smile. Ask them about where their family originated. Example: When talking to someone who claims their roots are Italian, ask them if they’re family from North Italy or South Italy. If they respond with South Italy, say “Oh, Sicily! I can tell you’re from Sicily because of the darker skin and hair!” Throw in some history with how the Moors conquered Sicily during the Medieval Ages and that’s why they have dark hair and skin.

(They’re also talking shit about you behind your back because you reminded them that they have that Moorish blood in them despite claiming white)

To conclude, the Black Nerd community needs more of us to become Renaissance Black Nerds. While it’s cool to love being a nerd, it doesn’t hurt to use your nerdy ways to empower yourself. We need to make sure that the cornball goofball Black Nerds get overthrown and replace with a Renaissance Black Nerd that’ll better the image of the Black Nerd. Nerd Culture is on the rise and has become mainstream. Now more than ever, it’s cool to be a nerd. Black Empowerment is on the rise.

Let’s use that for our advantage my fellow Renaissance Black Nerds!


The Swarthy Nerd Podcast
A Black nerd empowerment podcast where Black nerds (well, all nerds, but Black first and foremost) can get together and talk freely about nerd culture while also acknowledging systematic white supremacy and racism in nerd culture. Every Tuesdays we drop episodes containing serious and laidback topics while Saturdays we drop episodes talking about TV shows, anime, film, comics, manga, and video games.

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