I know I started this blog to talk about black love but love really shouldn't be limited by race, gender, culture, or religion. Love is just love. I have been a fan of Paul Walker since I saw the first Fast and the Furious film over 12 years ago. He was always that perfect surfer boy type that was so easy on the eyes. I am saddened by his death but he will live on through his work. We really have to do more than just survive, we must live; life is way to precious.
Last week we loss the comedian, civil rights activist, and nutritionist, Dick Gregory. He was in his eighties and lived a meaningful life that touched millions. I remember as a child sneaking and reading my father's paperback copy of Gregory's provocative work "Nigger, an Autobiography. It was a straightforward reflective masterpiece that epitomized America. Until the end Gregory maintained the fire in his belly that governed over everything he shared with the masses. He didn't turn into one of those elderly men that lost their ability to challenge the establishment.
I say all this as I watch Jim Brown turn his back on Colin Kaepernick. Brown a man that stood with Ali and other great athletes during the civil rights movement belittling Kaepernick for taking a stand on his beliefs; a non-confrontational, personal stand that Colin took when he chose to sit or kneel during the national anthem. He committed no crime. Yet Brown who has a terrible history when it co…
The last hazy days of summer are behind us and this is the last weekend to catch a summer flick at the theather. I have to admit Magic Mike and Madagascar 3 were the only films I saw this summer. Kind of a weird combination, I know. I am longing for a sultry, sexy Black romantic film. So I began reminiscing about those movies of the past that exemplified the beauty and complexity of love between a Black man and woman. Here are a few.
Love Jones. When Nina and Darius finally get together the screen was on fire. But when Darius uttered those words, "fuck your man I ain't worried about him." I melted.
Brother to the Night (A Blues for Nina)
Mahogany. Before there was Denzel or Idris Elba, Billy Dee Williams was the chocolate sex symbol that made all the women swoon. His movies with the ultimate diva, Diana Ross are classic black films that captured the hearts of many black girls who had not seen the likes of that brown chemistry before. Mahogany and Lady Sings the B…
I am all for boycotts to a make a stand against a social, economic, or political injustice. The boycotts and sit-ins of the Civil Rights Movement are perfect examples of making significant change by agitating the powers that be. Those actions were for life or death issues. Boycotting the Oscars is not.
1. Chris Rock is hosting. He was hired way before Mrs. Pinkett-Smith decided her husband was shaded by not receiving a nomination for the concussion film. I will not pass up a chance to see the brilliant and prophetic Chris Rock on stage.
2. Hollywood. The movie industry is the problem for the lack of diversity in Hollywood not the Oscars, You can't blame the child for failing if the teachers did not provide him with the knowledge required. Those who feel Hollywood has left them out have to make there own way. People of East Indian descent did not wait for white Hollywood to capture them in film. They created their beloved Bollywood. The Nigerians have done the same wi…