Who is @TheLastGlow & Why The Last Dragon Fan Site?
My online persona for all things related to The Last Dragon is @TheLastGlow. I am not Taimak, I don’t work for him or Sony or any company that has anything to do with The Last Dragon. I am just a fan, who probably just like you has a strong connection to this 80’s Marital Arts meets Motown classic.
As a mixed black and white kid (with a little Chinese too) who loved Bruce Lee, Star Wars, superheroes, mythology and Michael Jackson music; The Last Dragon was a magical combination of all the things I loved and identified with. I never imagined it could all be put into one movie!
From the very first time I saw The Last Dragon I loved it. It was my movie. Bruce Leroy was my hero, I wanted Laura “Vanity” Charles to teach me some moves, (even though like Leroy I didn’t know what that meant!) and I thought Sho’nuff was the meanest, baddest, mofo around (really he scared the crap out of me). I was immediately inspired to begin my own journey to find the glow.
Why do I love The Last Dragon
I saw The Last Dragon for the first time when I was about 10 years old and it still reminds me of simpler times when I was a kid just starting to find myself- getting into music, sports, kung-fu movies and embracing black culture.
I’ve always been a fan of not judging a book by its cover and pulling for the underdog; so heroes like Bruce Lee always resonated with me. Also being a mixed kid where I grew up I didn’t see too many people that looked like me so when I saw the trailer for a movie staring a guy who looks like he could be my brother it caught my interest. When I saw him doing this slow motion kung-fu arm movement thing like Bruce Lee it was over; I had to see this movie. I didn’t realize at the time, but that I’m sure was the first time I had seen a black superhero starring in his own film.
I saw it, I loved it and started my own journey….
Finding Bruce Leroy
My high school yearbook my ambition was: “find Leroy Green”. When the internet started getting popular in the mid 90’s most teens and young adults were using early search engines like Alta Vista and Lycos to search for porn. Me, I was looking for anything I could find about The Last Dragon and the whereabouts of the legendary “Bruce” Leroy Green. Back then without social media to guide you it seemed as thought Leroy and the man who played him had mysteriously disappeared.
I did find a couple of cool sites. One was called “The Last Dragon Land” another was all about the wisdom in movies and it had a section dedicated to The Last Dragon called “The Wisdom of Bruce Leroy”. Sites like these and the fact that there really wasn’t much Last Dragon content on the internet inspired me to create some for myself.
“Write the book you want to read, the one you cannot find…”
My goal was to create something that I would have love to have found when I first typed the words “Find Bruce Leroy” into a search engine. A place to showcase everything and anything from The Last Dragon from Sho’nuff’s quotes, Cool T-Shirts, Fan Films, Art, Remake or not to Remake, to What the hell happened to Johnny Yu. Most importantly I wanted it to be a place where you could see that you were not the only one in love with Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon.
I am happy to say that now when you type “Find Bruce Leroy” into Google there’s a pretty good chance you will find something I’ve created or promoted. I set out to find Bruce Leroy… sure I found Taimak but like Leroy in the film what I really found was something much greater…
The History of The Last Dragon Fan Site
It all started in 1996, I had to make a website for an Internet 101 course I was taking in University. The site I made had a different page for everything I was into, it was like a MySpace page before MySpace existed. One of those pages was dedicated to The Last Dragon.
That little page became by far the most viewed page on the site. Soon enough it lead to me exchanging a few emails with Taimak himself! I found Bruce Leroy! I remember my first email to him. I believe it said “Good to see you are still “kicking” around. I had fulfilled my high school ambition and believe me before Facebook and Twitter this was not easy. But this was just the beginning.
I later created a Facebook Group (which is still active), then a full fledged site dedicated entirely to The Last Dragon, known as The Fan Tribute to The Last Dragon Site, a Facebook fan page, a Twitter profile , this Blog, Instagram and a lot of other popular social media profiles (see links below).
All this lead to me helping to bring together the first Last Dragon reunion in 29 years at the D-Lux Expo, near Detroit in early 2014. I met Taimak, Ernie Reyes Jr and Glen Eaton for the first time and moderated an epic discussion panel with them: Watch The Last Dragon Discussion Panel.
Before all this I had no idea there were so many other people who were as passionate about The Last Dragon as I was. It’s really good to know I am not the only one who see’s that The Last Dragon is more than a campy 80’s action flick and recognizes how special and important this movie really is.
Hope you enjoy this Blog and all the other Last Dragon stuff I put together.
Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to read this.
If you are a fan of 80’s Motown meets martial arts movies with a message I suggest you check out some of the other Last Dragon internet properties I manage:
- Fan Tribute to The Last Dragon
- The Last Dragon Inspired T-Shirts
- Twitter: @TheLastGlow
- Facebook: Fan Tribute to The Last Dragon
- Flickr: The Last DragonTribute
- Google+: The Last Dragon Tribute
- Tumblr: TheLastDragonTribute
- YouTube: Bruce Leroy
TheLastDragonTribute.com is a blog dedicated to preserving the joy of Berry Gordy’s 1985 Motown meets Kung Fu cult classic The Last Dragon & Executive Producer of The 2015 Last Dragon 30th Anniversary Celebration. Follow us from the links below for your daily dose of the Glow!