Chi-Raq

Message – In theaters now!

The Black Struggle – Black Lives Matter – Black Women – Black Men

I have not yet seen the movie, but some natives of Chicago, IL are not big fans of this film. As stated in the Chicago Tribune:

“So after all of the fighting, name-calling and political wrangling over the film’s title, “Chi-Raq” fails to illuminate the lives of the many Chicagoans who go to bed with the sound of gunfire outside their windows and wake up to the news of yet another murder. While critics have hailed the satirical film as a victory for Lee, Chicagoans go home empty-handed”.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-chiraq-glanton-talk-20151124-story.html

Me personally, I think all the cast for this film should have came directly from Chicago. I remember the casting calls for Straight Outta Compton – the casting calls were done in Gardena, Compton – areas where real blacks in the struggle, who knew first hand resided. Unfortunately, this film seems to have a lot of big Hollywood names.

But, I commend Spike Lee for shedding light on an issue black communities across the United States deal with on a daily – gun violence.

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Women – Me – My Sistas – Feminism

“Visionary feminism is a wise and loving politics. It is rooted in the love of male and female being, refusing to privilege one over the other. The soul of feminist politics is the commitment to ending patriarchal domination of women and men, girls and boys. Love cannot exist in any relationship that is based on domination and coercion. Males cannot love themselves in patriarchal culture if their very self-definition relies on submission to patriarchal rules. When men embrace feminist thinking and preactice, which emphasizes the value of mutual growth and self-actualization in all relationships, their emotional well-being will be enhanced. A genuine feminist politics always brings us from bondage to freedom, from lovelessness to loving.”
– Bell Hooks

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