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as all get out 

Posted in abuse, africa, Daniel Kaluuya, Jordan peele on March 3, 2017 by loveinotherplaces

First love announcement is there are still movie theaters that sell tickets on the cheap. Went with my homegirl to see get out … ironically she (a Black woman) is engaged to marry a white man in 3 months …. we laughed so hard. It’s my firm belief that satire and parody are some of the most effective ways to address racism. 

I love love love love this movie. I love black people. I loved the performances of the main character and the Black woman in this photo. That sister acted her face off. Like literally her face … It was brilliant, Jordan Peele. I was glad to be alive just to witness this. Get out, get your love. 

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sweet grit

Posted in abuse, addiction, africa, african music, african-u.s. relations, america, anthropology, art, black history, Black Lives Matter, black music, cleansing, community development, death, dreams, expression, family, fear, film, freedom of speech, Grandparents, healing, love, mothers, pop culture, race, racism, TV, TV shows, Uncategorized, violence on September 26, 2016 by loveinotherplaces

Image resultit’s only fitting that i listen to me’shell as i write this. she is apparently the musical director for the show, queen sugar.  i was gonna leave this show alone for a while cuz some black shit i gotta support from a distance.  the trailers were looking amazing and i support Ava Duvernay’s talented ass.  period.  so, to me, the details of the show didn’t matter.  i’m not personally drawn to any shows or movies that are dramas. drama is not my genre of choice.  at all. ever.  but there is a place for it and some black folk need it to accompany their meals.

a friend asked me what i thought so then i had to see it. mind you, i watched ONE episode.  the first one.

and i am going to be as loving and gentle in my words as i can because i will always support the work of independent black artists.  the best aspects of this show were:

  1. cinematography — just like in Selma (DP was Brad Young!!) the shots, the richness, the frames, the focus, the editing … was beauty, quality, depth, and real art
  2. music — AMAZING & PERFECT
  3. acting — above average .. mostly believable and heartfelt

where i think the show can grow:

  1. story — more interesting (not scandalous or over the top), more choices, less melodrama, more uniqueness to each character, then let the authenticity of the characters drive the story
  2. writing — there’s more good black writers, needs some quirkiness, sharpness, tightness, poetry
  3. pace — long shots of crying do not make us feel emotion … pick it up

in summary, there were things i liked and things i did not but at the end i teared up.  i did.Image result for queen sugar  some of it was the music’s fault and some of it was black nostalgia.  i am mainly glad that this show is a balm for much of my community.  i’m reading on FB and twitter that my folks are finding healing in this show.  even if it’s not my own salvation that i find in queen sugar, i appreciate it as a place many will call home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

michael brown

Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, abuse, africa, african-u.s. relations, Alton Sterling, america, american politics, anthropology, art, atlanta, Atlanta Beltline, belief, black culture, black history, Black Lives Matter, breathing, change, chaos, child abuse, christianity, cleansing, community development, compassion, cops, corruption, culture, development theory, education, empowerment, ethnic conflict, Ferguson, Michael Brown on August 9, 2016 by loveinotherplaces

Can’t believe it’s been two years. Sometimes love is written on the wall. 

in James Baldwin 

Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, abuse, african-u.s. relations, america, american politics, anthropology, art, baltimore, best of the best, black culture, black history, Black Lives Matter, breathing, career, chaos, Classics, co-habitation, community development, compassion, cops, corruption, culture, death, democracy, depression, dreams, education, empowerment, ethnic conflict, expression, family on August 4, 2016 by loveinotherplaces

If I can’t write like James Baldwin I almost wonder what’s the point. He’s that good. He makes me fall down all over myself. It’s his syntax that struck me first this time. And there is always his analysis .. ‘the secret is out – we are men!’  His open letter to Angela Davis made me wish he was straight and it was November of 1970. 

korryn gaines 

Posted in abuse, africa, african-u.s. relations, Alton Sterling, america, american politics, anthropology, baltimore, barack obama, bitter obama, black culture, black girls, black history, Black Lives Matter, breathing, change, chaos, child abuse, children, co-habitation, community development, compassion, cops, corruption, culture, death, Korryn Gaines on August 2, 2016 by loveinotherplaces

For Korryn Gaines and her son. May she rest. May he heal. May we all take a moment. To love our blackness.  And our fallen people. 

the fire this time 

Posted in abuse, african politics, african-u.s. relations, Alton Sterling, america, american politics, anthropology, art, baltimore, barack obama, black culture, black girls, black history, breathing, capitalism, change, chaos, chicago, child abuse, co-habitation, community development, compassion, cops, corruption, culture, death, democracy, depression, dreams, economy, education, empowerment, ethnic conflict, expression, faith, family, fascism, fear, God, growth, healing, james baldwin, literature, love, Uncategorized on July 12, 2016 by loveinotherplaces

Sooooooo I couldn’t get it together to blog in light of recent events. The execution of Black people by the police – I’m still processing. Gathering my thoughts. And my feelings. I am also on vacation and disengaging from some of my regular life. But I want to share these words by the incomparable James Baldwin. He puts it so perfectly. Not even sure anything else could be said better on this topic.  

maybe tomorrow 

Posted in abuse, african-u.s. relations, america, black culture, black history, cops, corruption, Philando Castile on July 7, 2016 by loveinotherplaces

Not today, blog. Philando Castile.  Video is explicit. We, as a people, are double/triple grieving today. 

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