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Legends of Black History: Kene Holliday as Roadblock [Art 101]

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the legends of Black history. Here we honor voice actor Kene Holliday’s portrayal of G.I. Joe character Roadblock!

Based on the Hasbro toy line from the 1940s, Roadblock was never a G.I. Joe with the kung-fu grip; his action figure hit store shelves in 1984. He first appeared in Marvel Comics’ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero issue #22 in April of that year, his television debut followed that September in Part 2 (“The Vines of Evil”) of 5-part miniseries “The Revenge of Cobra”.

Roadblock stood out from his fellow Joes as he was only the 2nd Black character on the roster. He was also the tallest, the most intimidating, and he always spoke in rhyme. This made him immediately popular with the viewing audience.

The comic book faithful, on the other hand, screamed foul. On paper Roadblock never spoke in that manner. In the live action film ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson portrayed a not-rhyming Roadblock.

We at screamed foul too. Terry Crews, who basically played Roadblock in ‘The Expendables’ would have been a better choice.

Movies and comics aside, Roadblock is best remembered from the iconic cartoon series. Three decades later the rhyming, heavy-gunning cook still stands out – on and off screen. |

[Art (noun): 1. the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. 2. the various branches of creative activity.]

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