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.

Aaliyah – Rock The Boat

Just watched the Lifetime Aaliyah movie and I was not happy with the acting.The family and those who closely worked with Aaliyah were not involved with the production or content of this film – and should have not been made without those who truly knew Aaliyah.

The film did not feel genuine and the actors did not play the roles to full capacity. It was apparent the artists Aaliyah, R. Kelly, Dame, Timbaland and Missy were not studied by the actors. On top of that, the actors who played Timbaland & Missy couldn’t be more off – Missy at that time, was a heavy set brown skinned woman – the actress looked nothing like Missy and they put darker make-up on her instead of casting someone who looked the part.

With that said, the Aaliyah movie was a failure.

R.I.P. Baby Girl – You are missed.

Dear White People Movie – Reaction from a Black Woman

I know this movie will not capture wholly the elements which come with past and present day racism. But, I think this is a good movie for people of all colors to see as an eye opener to those in denial as well as being a humorous film for those who are all too aware of what has been an issue in this country for decades.

Racism is still a driving force for this country’s policies and hold’s ground to millions of everyday people.  Until denialism is recognized, addressed and people are open to a universal dialogue for a resolution, there still will be ignorance and racism.

See the official movie trailer @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uag2G0J6iqw

Interview w/ the Director @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlgdS9o3GvI