Yes, The black screen appears whenever I run rpie, which I had conveniently autorunning whenever Ubuntu booted up prior to updating. And yes, it's only for Emulationstation. I have run other minor programs like Firefox on it without issue. This system is built exclusively for emulation, and so the system only has the basics of Ubuntu+Retropie on it. Mono would be the only outside thing I had installed and that was just to get Skraper running.
Sometimes when I am killing the Gnome systems, I will see flashes of it booting, like it in the middle of booting up emulators (you know when it says loading 13/89 at the bottom) but these frames are frozen and do not progress. I know emulationstation is therefore booting up fine internally, but graphically it's not responding (if that makes any sense). When I do kill gnome after its booted, it usually goes to 3do and I can see the image, but it is frozen and cannot even be killed by the taskbar on the side. Can only be killed with terminal and repeatedly killing GNOME 3-4 times in succession. So it's something either with GNOME or the Graphics Driver, but idk where to go next with those
I will post both logs when I get the chance in the next day or so