I think the lesson is that when you give black voices a platform and the opportunity to tell our story, we will tell good stories just like anybody else.
You didn't come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here.
Atlantics (2019) was first released at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival when it competed for the Palme d'Or. The films director and co-writer, Mati Diop, made history when she became the first black woman who directed a film featured in the competition- also winning the Grand Prix award for it. After its release at Cannes and later in Senegal, the film was picked up and released on Netflix for wide viewing.
Atlantics is about a young woman named Ada (Mame Bineta Sane) who is betrothed by her parents to a wealthy man, Omar (Babacar Sylla.) However, Ada is in a passionate love affair with Souleiman (Ibrahima Traore), a young, local construction worker. After Souleiman and other male workers run off to sea on a job, Ada is left behind to find herself, choose her path, and wait and wonder tirelessly when and if her lover will ever return.
ARRAY is the new voice of film artists of color and female filmmakers worldwide. Founded by Ava DuVernay, the independent film distribution company places focus on black stories and female voices, with it's most recent release, Jezebel, being a manifestation of both.
Jezebel (2019) is a semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age film written and directed by Numa Perrier. The story follows 19 year old Tiffany (Tenille) through the struggles of growing up and losing her mother, while she also finds work as a cam-girl.
Just the other day I was talking to my baby sister, and she showed me a picture of Princess Tiana that she had colored. In her sweet voice she said, “Sissy, I colored Tiana like me. She looks like me."
This week Disney announced that the beautiful Halle Bailey would be playing Ariel in the new adaptation of the classic, fan favorite film, “The Little Mermaid.” Halle Bailey plays Sky on the Freeform television series, “Grown-ish,” but she is also recognized for her beautiful voice in the singing duo ChloexHalle.
In 2015, Disney began making plans for the remake of its' 1998 classic film, Mulan, in live-action. They hired on Niki Caro- director of The Zookeeper's Wife (2015)- and the plan was skyrocketed into reality.
When I first heard news that the remake would not include the iconic musical numbers from my childhood, I was massively disappointed. I pretty much wrote off the upcoming film as a flop. Then, this year, I heard news that the Eddie Murphy's hilarious and memorable character, Mushu, would be not be making an appearance either. I would have completely shunned the film from my radar, but I decided to do a little digging.
#4MyNegusandMyBishes (All Words Matter)
Episode 5 of Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It follows Jamie Overstreet and our darling Nola sitting on her bed and discussing the indecent fact that Nola has had to come out of her pocket with money for supplies for the art students she's been teaching. Jamie is talking about the fancy Heights Prep, where he spends thousands (a whopping college tuition amount of $45,000 to be exact) for his son, Virgil, to attend. Where the teachers don't have to use personal funds to help their students.
The Farewell (2019), based on a real lie, was written by Lulu Wang about very real events of her life. When Wang found out that her Nai Nai was diagnosed with cancer, her family decided that it would be best to keep it a secret from their matriarch.
This Poetic and Racially-Charged Film has a lot to Say but Still Misses a Few Steps- Candyman (1992) Review
"Be my victim...."
Candyman (1992) is a perfectly constructed masterpiece of horror intertwined with social issues. It is a racially charged film, that never misses a beat when telling its story and enticing conversations around racism and classism. Tony Todd plays a hook-wielding urban legend of 1990's Chicago. His melancholic stare and murderous nature made me afraid of my bathroom mirror for weeks after watching it.