*I’m just going to come right out and say it: This video of Jaden Smith troubles me. It’s hard to see any child depressed, and when a child puts it on something like Youtube, he may clearly be asking for help. Even if he is the son of famous people like Will and Jada Smith, Jaden is obviously depressed as he talks about living in a world where there is no support for young people to be themselves. So often people throw such things aside saying things like, “Oh he’s just being a teen. He’ll get over it?”
Didn’t we just see a 12-year-old on Facebook live…venting in a depressed state? You do remember how that played out, right?
At what point do we become concerned? It’s not like I can just pick up the phone and call the Smiths.
*The out-of-control, caught on camera behaviors of many law enforcement officers have civilians wondering if it might be better to just do away with the “service” and let us take our chances with the criminals. The internet, in unison with widespread cellphone access, has successfully brought what always transpired in the dark into the light, and African American filmmakers are using their skills to put these issues on blast towards a positive solution.
Enter the documentary ‘Walking While Black, L.O.V.E. is the Answer.’
An official 2017 selection of the Pan African Film Festival, and inspired by personal experiences, director-producer AJ Ali teamed up with Oscar-winning cinematographer Errol Webber (“Music By Prudence”) on this powerful film about reconciliation and exercising the act of love. Continue reading →
*My eyes are sore from all the tears as we continue to watch the goodbye tributes to President and First Lady Obama, Malia and Sasha across social media platforms.
Recently, Jimmy Fallon had guests tape messages to the FLOTUS. They poured their hearts out while looking at a large picture of her on the wall. Little did they know, she was closer than they thought..
As NewsOne reports, tears began to flow as FLOTUS emerged, sometimes so taken by what was being said, right in the middle of their message.
“For years you have shown our nation countless times that through dignity, compassion and respect we can overcome any hardship,” one woman who burst into tears once she realized the First Lady stood in front of her said. Continue reading →
Maybe “it” is the nerve to be exactly who you are in the face of people who will say all kinds of things about you while you’re doing it. Or maybe “it” is simply the ability to rock mascara et al with the best of the ladies. I’ve not seen a guy flaunt full-on makeup — without changing gender expression, which is different than gender identity — so well since Boy George of Culture Club fame.
Just looking around this coffee shop where I’m parked this morning, Gutierrez is putting everyone up in here — male and female — to absolute shame. Continue reading →
*I’m tempted to tell you that the exceptional new Hidden Figures is the best movie I’ve seen this year. Since 2017 is just out of the gate, that comment might be seen as more than a little glib.
So I’ll go out on a limb and say this: Hidden Figuresis the best movie I WILL see this year.
Usually, period pieces that are based on history don’t hold my attention, largely because we already know how the movie’s going to turn out. (We KNEW the Titanic was iceberg-bound and doomed, right? So who really cares about Leo DiCaprio’s “I’m the king of the world!” moment?)
With the story behind Hidden Figures, we already know that Neil Armstrong helps America win the space race, and that he walked on the moon eight years later. What most of us didn’t know was that a group of black women — “Colored Computers” they were called — were largely responsible for getting him there. Told from their perspective, THIS period piece kept me, literally, on the edge of my seat through the film’s final act. Continue reading →
*Just in case you think you might be seeing things as you look at the photo above. You kind of are. You are seeing a crocodile named ‘Poncho’ kissing a man named Chito Shedden, a fisherman who saw him injured and alone, and rounded up a group of brave friends to lift the croc and take him to safety.
The reptile reportedly lay dying on a river bank in Siquirres, Costa Rica when the fisherman spotted him. Snedden, a tour guide by trade, kind of fancies himself as an amateur naturalist and as such has learned a few things.
Obviously, how to wrangle in a crocodile without being eaten alive is one! Continue reading →