Blaxpride: Dilation

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2000s,20th Century (multiple decades)

David Bermudez

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African American billionaire returns home to Oakland, CA after studying abroad in Hong Kong. Traumatized, he hides the ways the experience has changed him. As he reconnects with those closest to him, he uses his secret persona -- that of a masked crusader -- to right societal wrongs and fight crime.


Action,Adventure,Fantasy,Detective,Crime,Drama,Mystery,Other,Suspense/Thriller,Young Adult,Sci-fi,Funny,Family

Short Summary

Upon returning home, Larry's past haunts him as his misdeeds in Hong Kong have a domino effect on his hometown of Oakland. Despite wanting to enjoy his vacation, he is forced to defend his city as the masked crusader Blaxpride.

Nearly everyone close to Larry dies and he begins to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Contemplating retiring as Blaxpride once more, Larry must fight through his emotions to save the city of Oakland as even greater problems are fast approaching.


Oakland, California

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Rags to Riches,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest,Tragedy,Voyage and Return,Rebellion Against 'The One',Other

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Meaningful Message,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence,Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Larry Lee

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Insecure,Badass,Adventurous,Empathetic,Faithful,Heroic,Leader,Secretive,Visionary,Outspoken,Modest,Charming,Aspiring,Sarcastic,Skillful,Selfless,Crazy,Underdog,Educated,Clumsy,Strong Moral Code,Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Kai Wu

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Lone Wolf,Naive,Educated,Adventurous,Visionary,Skillful,Modest,Underdog,Confident,Secretive,Strong Moral Code,Funny,Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: Reggie Garrett

Age: 21

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Aggressive,Aspiring,Badass,Unapologetic,Naive,Flexible,Faithful,Blunt,Uneducated,Masculine,Funny,Criminal,Outspoken,Lone Wolf,Desperate

Additional Character Details

Name: Angela Bertolotti

Age: 24

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Badass,Sophisticated,Sexy,Villainous,Confident,Crazy,Criminal,Decisive,Educated,Greedy,Skillful,Outspoken,Power Hungry,Narcisstic,Secretive,Romantic,Lone Wolf,Manipulative,Complex

Development Pitch

Meet Larry Lee - a recent African American college graduate from the most prestigious school in Hong Kong. He picked up a hobby of vigilantism but is ready to call it quits, so he returns home to the Bay Area to be with his family. In his first week home, he is forced out of retirement to rescue loved ones from the same criminals he was fighting overseas. When a council of high-level crime lords arrive in Oakland, Larry resurrects his secret identity of Blaxpride in order to sabotage their plans. The Triads and Cartel have joined forces with Larry's billionaire father in order to take down the new vigilante. By day, Larry uses his entrepreneurial lifestyle to combat visible controversies such as racism, police brutality, and gentrification. And at night, Blaxpride works above the law to save the Bay Area from the social injustice and a wave of crime that has developed since heโ€™s been away. Larry's personal life is far from perfect - Instead of relying on his family's fortune while in college, he opts to become a drug dealer and cage fighter. While overseas, he develops a drug addiction and an eating disorder. Even though Larry is an experienced vigilante, he is oblivious to the social injustice his loved ones have brought upon Oakland and must do what's right before it's too late.

About The Author

David Bermudez (1991- ) was born in Oakland, California. Graduating from California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), he is also an actor and model with various projects/featured films in post-production. His first book, "Blaxpride," was released in June 2019.

Target Audiences

Age: 7-12,13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning,Male Leaning,LGBT Leaning,Other

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon Self-Publishing

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available