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Must-See Movie–Fruitvale Station

July 17, 2013 Leave a comment

fruitvale-station-posterHave you seen Fruitvale Station? If not, stop reading this post and run and out see it right now. It’s the best film of the year–this year’s Beasts of the Southern Wild: a well-made, deeply affecting independent movie that touches upon an issue painfully close to the headlines.

The film, a top-prize winner at Sundance, tells the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who, while unarmed, is shot to death by law enforcement officers. It couldn’t be more timely in the face of the Trayvon Martin tragedy and George Zimmerman travesty. But more importantly Fruitvale is the most complex, textured and realistic portrayal of a black man in American in years. It goes without saying that the first-time director, Ryan Coogler, is one talented brother.

Keep an eye on the starring actor, Michael B. Jordan. He played QB Vince Howard on Friday Night Lights as well as the heart-breaking role of  young drug dealer Wallace on The Wire. The movie also stars the Academy Award winning Octavia Spencer (Minnie, in The Help) who shines, as Oscar’s mother, Wanda. But all the actors shine. 061913-celebs-life-in-film-octavia-spencer-fruitvale.jpg

Though the movie is in limited release (at the Angelika and Loews Lincoln Center in New York; why not Magic Johnson Theater?), it’s gaining momentum. On Friday, watch the BET documentary Fruitvale Station: The Story of Oscar Grant at 10 PM EST on Centric for a behind-the-scenes look at how the movie was made.

If we don’t support films like Fruitvale, there’s no point in complaining every season when the only black films star Madea. See Fruitvale to support it. But also see it because it’s damn good. Click here for the trailer.


Why Are Black Girls So Mean?

July 5, 2013 Leave a comment

209579-thumbWhat happens when you Google “why are young black girls….?”

The writer asha bandela shared the experience yesterday with her followers on Facebook. When her daughter typed those words into a search for a project on young black girls and HIV/AIDS, before she could finish Google suggested “so rude,” “hair so short,” “so ghetto,” “so mean,” “so jealous,” and “so unattractive.”

By the way, try searching black women; here’s what Google fills in: “so mean,” “so loud,” single.”

bandele responded: “language and presumptions can kill. Change the conversation.”

Start talking the talk right now. Watch the new documentary “Imagine a Future,” directed and produced by Lisa Cortes, producer of the 2009 movie “Precious.” “Imagine a future” airs tonight at 9 PM on BET and is sponsored by the My Black Is Beautiful campaign–Procter and Gamble’s African-American answer to Dove’s much-discussed beauty campaign.

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Tonight’s film focuses on Janet Goldsboro, an African-American teen from Delaware who travels to South Africa on a journey of self-acceptance and self-discovery. As she digs deeper into her roots, she also explores historical and contemporary beauty and the self-esteem challenges faced by many Black women. Clck here to watch the trailer.

The documentary also features the voices of Gabourey Sidibe, Michaela Angela Davis, Gabrielle Douglas, Tatyana Ali and Melissa Harris-Perry. It challenges viewers to re-think standards of beauty.

Following the premiere, BET will air Girl Talk, a summit-style discussion.

Watch with the young women–and men–in your life. And as bandele says, change the conversation.