You know when you have a bunch of ideas floating around in your head with no idea how to make it reality atm, well this show embodies some things i wanted to do in my directing career that i haven't launched yet. Terance Nance managed to take my ideas without knowing me, asking me or anything and did a way better job than i could have ever imagined. Dude is a creative beast. I have to give props to HBO, i am not sure who is making the decisions over there, but to see the freedom they gave Terance to create is encouraging to say the least. This show is not for anyone with any phobias. It explores areas of blackness that are taboo and might make some less personally evolved people pretty uncomfortable. some scenes challenged my comfort zone but i am doing my best to expand that, and what better way to do that then to practice. you wanna talk about breaking stereotypes, challenging male toxicity, empowering women, challenging the system while all being fresh, weird, random and fly AF.
This absolute masterpiece was released on the one year anniversary of the charlotteville alt right fiasco. I was happy to see such diversity in the crowd, meaning people that really NEED to see it were being openminded and curios enough to do so. The movie carried a well balanced fusion of harsh truths and humor to make easier to digest such history of our country without being lost in the darkness of it. Spike did an amazing job of educating the movie goers on some of the history that has let up to the resurgence of the neo nazi movement. I feel art is the perfect medium to discuss touchy subjects that plague this country like race, politics and religion. This movie is a must see for anyone trying to better understand the racial tensions that still exist and are finding new ways to evolve through our technological advances. To me the only way to solve a problem is to first acknowledge it exist. It is baffling how we are still trying to explain that, although some things have changed, many things have not and we are in 2018. Vogue Magazine just recently had their first cover photographed by an AFRICAN AMERICAN (only because Beyoncé insisted). First time in its 126 year history. How much have we progressed if you are still having first time experiences in a country that has existed for 242 years already. Ron Stallworth who the movie is about is a creative genius, i could not even imagine pulling off what he did during that time period in american history. So if you are about progress and change, if you want to educate yourself more from our perspective i highly suggest you support this film immediately.
This movie here was on par with moonlight to me. I can't tell you how much i appreciate movies now being created from an african american perspective. Its stars John Boyega from Star Wars and has classic hood film legends De' Aundre Bond and Glenn Plummer. It is directed by Malik Booth and composed by Flying Lotus need i say more. The film is about a young man fresh home from prison and his struggle with his environment trying to pull him back in. It shows a whole different side of the struggle and is pretty well written. The soundtrack gives the film a fresh feel. the subject matter of this film is one of which all races could learn from, but it felt like it was made for me. For young black fathers in particular. we are so often labeled dead beats by society without anyone ever taking the time to really address the many challenges young black men with deal with on a daily basis. i would not necessarily label this a feel good film, but i would say i really enjoyed it and appreciated the twist on the gangster narrative our society idolizes so much.