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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 11/16/2012

This Week in Black Awesomeness: Vigilante justice and Denzel offers fatherly advice

Vigilante Justice

 If you’re a fan of “Arrow,” you’ll probably enjoy this. Phoenix Jones (real name Ben Fodor) is an undefeated MMA fighter/real-life costumed vigilante who goes around Seattle stopping street fights, and now, punching drunken racists. I have just been introduced to my favorite person ever.

 In a video posted at Uproxx, Phoenix Jones agrees to engage in “mutual combat” with a man who was punching the window of a car, scaring the passengers. Initially, Jones simply called the police and waited for them to arrive. It wasn’t until the man threatened to follow Jones home that the superhero agreed to fight.

 This isn’t the first time Jones has stepped in when he noticed trouble brewing, but in the past, it ended with him being arrested. In 2011, he attempted to break up a massive street fight by spraying pepper spray into the crowd. Even though the street brawl can be clearly witnessed in the video, the pepper-spraying victims told police they had not been fighting at all. Police confiscated Jones’s costume and pepper spray, and he spent hours in custody before he made bail.

 This time, Jones walked away completely unscathed. According to Uproxx, the law in Washington state allows “mutual combat” — so if both parties are ready and willing to fight, they are entitled to — even with the police standing a few feet away. In fact, the Seattle Police Department defended the police officers’ decision to stand by and let the men fight.

 You can watch it all unfold here. Skip to the 5:30 mark to see the action begin. Just a warning: The video contains some coarse language. (Obviously, it’s a shaky video of a street fight between a drunken racist and a costumed MMA fighter.) Enjoy!

What? HBCU alumni who give back?

 Actress and Spelman College alumna Keisha Knight Pulliam hosted a fundraiser at an Atlanta Saks Fifth Avenue, raising over $1 million for the school. Pictures and further details here.

 Fashion and hair-care help from around the blogosphere

 This week, Clutch magazine posted two very helpful lists: The Top 5 Relaxed Hair Blogs You’ll Love and Three Black Menswear Style Blogs You Need to Know. Helpful for two really good reasons: 1.) There seems to be an infinite number of natural hair-are blogs for black women floating around the interweb. It’s enough to lead one to believe that having a healthy head of relaxed hair is impossible. Not true in the least. 2.) The black menswear blogs prove that not all young black men sag their pants and only wear sneakers. So can we stop with the blanket Pull Up Your Pants movements? Cool.

Every “This Week in Black Awesomeness” won’t include something Denzel Washington-related. Promise!

 However, this week, it must be done. The Hollywood Reporter sat down with a group of Hollywood’s best actors, including Denzel Washington, Richard Gere, Jamie Foxx, Matt Damon and more.

 In the first clip, which you can watch here, Washington talks about his daughter, an aspiring actress attending New York University. His advice to her is this, “I say: ‘You’re black, you’re a woman, and you’re dark-skinned at that. So you have to be a triple/quadruple threat. You gotta learn how to act. You gotta learn how to dance, sing, move on stage.’ That’s the only place, in my humble opinion, you really learn how to act. I said: ‘Look at Viola Davis. That’s who you want to be. Forget about all the little pretty girls; if you’re relying on that, when you hit 40, you’re out the door. You better have some chops.’ ”

 It’s really good Dad Advice — the kind that stings a little, holds some truth and might offend a few at first glance. And yes, Viola Davis, while awesome, does not sing or dance. But I think the whole point was that she has the chops. Although she’s attractive, she never rested on pretty. Instead, she honed her craft, and therefore, has staying power.

 That’s good advice, no matter what your goals are.

Bonus link: Kerry Washington poses for Elle

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By Lauren McEwen  |  12:48 PM ET, 11/16/2012

 
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