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American Son – Netflix

No spoilers!

She waits, trying to patient, but unaware of where her son is or why she’s even been called into the police station. She is a black woman with a black son and the police officer giving her the run around is a young, fairly new white officer. She speaks articulate, yet firm, but he offers no information. He says he doesn’t have any. She knows she is being handled and managed, but he stands firm on not knowing anything.

While she walks to get water, in walks her husband, a white man in a power suit. “I’m so glad you’re here. This woman has gone from zero to ghetto in an instant.” He doesn’t know that this is her husband. He thinks this is the detective. He runs off information that he doesn’t tell her. Until he realizes he has made a mistake, where he then reverts back to not knowing anything.

They want to know where their son is. Her husband tells her to not jump to conclusion. He makes excuses for the cops and talks about the things he has noticed recently about their son. He is wearing baggy clothes now, listening to rap music and is hanging out with other black boys. He is having an identity crisis. She tries to explain the fear her son has as a black man, because when you are older than 10 in America, you are considered a man, but only if you are black. Yet the husband still doesn’t understand.

They wait and they wait to hear what is going on with their son, to speak with their son, to see their son. They go through the motions discussing racial differences as they wait. Her husband, not really understanding the mental confusion Jamal has, being one of three black students at his school when the world is watching young black men being shot and killed by police.

Have you seen it? I will not spoil it. But if you have not, be prepared to go through a world whirl of emotions as all that is wrong with the Justice system and race relations is played out in front of you. It displays a generational difference in what complacent “black people should do” verse our generation who prefers to fight for our rights.

Kerry Washington mastered this role, when she was angry, you were angry. She was stuck and not knowing what to do next, because placed in front of her was a situation where she felt she had no control. Oh and did I say her son just turned 18? No mother really knows how to raise a black son in todays world. She talks about how she lays awake at night afraid of what can possibly happen to her son. What has happened to other black boys who look like him. She fears because as a black male you are looked upon as a suspect because of the clothes you wear; the music you listen to; or just because you are, you. When you want your child to have a better life than you, but they are angry because no one around them looks like them.

I am at lost for words. This movie is powerful. This movie has my emotions on a rollercoaster and the movie is over. I think I will watch again. Knowing the ending…. but maybe not. What did you think?

This ending is how strong I want every book, every play I write to hit.

Official Trailer – YouTube

She’s Gotta Have It Season 2

The truth isn’t never pretty, and not many want to accept that.

Nola Darling is back, and she is not for the foolery and games. I will try not to spoil, but I can’t make promises.

Nola starts off this season trying to have a committed relationship with Opal, but as opposites have it, Opal’s control issues and Nola’s rebellious spirit, it doesn’t last past the first episode. The funny thing is, she didn’t run back to her trio of guys, as they all had their own lives to deal with.

For all of us who saw the original movie, this is what happens afterwards, all the questions you had after the movie – resolved, and I don’t think Nola is done with us yet. As an artist we saw her reach grow, her spirit shift and her outlook on life change.

She had some heart wrenching conversations with friends, that needed to happen. You remember her crew, Shamekka, Clorinda and Rachel. And yes, Raqueletta Moss is back as well. We learn more about all of them, and watch them grow or show who they really can become. There are some new faces, as well as all of the old ones.

This season talked about envy, greed, paid homage to Puerto Rico, showed you how gentrification of “urban” neighborhoods never reveals the whole truth. It shows how some “allies” just don’t get it, how not all black people are ready for the truth, and will step on your toes just to stop your growth. This season was in your face and raw. It was needed, it was deep, it was a Spike Lee joint!

The ending, is what I want to hear the most about, I want comments and conversation about what you personally felt about her piece. Some hated it, even tried to block it, some loved it and saw its strength and others were offended, saying she had no right.

I won’t say how I feel, but if you know my views, you probably already know. I sure hope there is a season 3. And DeWanda Wise… girl… you once again embodied Nola and kilt that role. I cannot wait to see more of you, I demand more of you! I am truly a fan!

Here’s the trailer!

See You Yesterday – A Netflix Film

Being black in America is hard, and knowing there is something you can do to fix something and failing, is what this movie is about. CJ and Sebastian, two black teenagers, have developed time traveling, something that the world has never seen. They go back just to test it and it works!

A few days later, CJ’s older brother is killed, another unarmed black man in a mistaken identity. CJ comes up with a plan, she and her best friend have to go back and save her brother. Only it gets worse and worse at every turn.

CJ defines a strong black female, determined to not fail, although she is thrown test after test, failure after failure. There is a problem and dammit she is going to try everything to fix it.

My heart dropped several times. To see the bond CJ and her brother had, and the friendship between CJ and Sebastian, makes it hard with every minute this movie continues. CJ and Sebastian can never celebrate their invention because they have to use it to save the world that CJ is left with.

Spike Lee and Stefon Bristol brought the drama to this Netflix film. I just finished watching this and I feel the world needs to see this. Not only because black people can be scientist, but black people can be heroes, victims and prejudged all at the same time. Life meets science and yet life wins every time.

Can CJ change the world? Can CJ change her reality? And really what would happen if she did? This movies leaves a pain in my heart and the hairs on my arms at attention. I want more, but I also want peace. My heart hurts for CJ because she has experienced loss way too much and too close up.

This film was full of newcomers, including Eden Duncan-Smith (Annie, Steps) who played CJ, and brought her to life. The cast also starred Dante Crichlow, Astro, and Marsha Stephanie Blake. Each character, each actor brought the fire to make this and each of them new names you need to recognize. I need to read this. If anyone knows if this is a book, send me a link. I have to see if this ends differently than the movie. I have sooo many questions.

Until we meet again. Remember:

“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. FAIL AT IT. TRY AGAIN. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. OWN IT.”

~Oprah Winfrey

Sierra Burgess Is A Loser – Netflix

Not everyone is a fan – and I can see why…

I watched this movie when it was first added to Netflix and although I enjoyed it, I had so serious concerns while watching the movie. As an adult I can see the obvious problems, but what about the teenagers who feel the same way as Sierra, or who have no adults who can reassure them this was only a movie?

Screenshot 2018-09-09 23.42.28Sierra Burgess was a heavy set “outsider” in a typical high school setting. She was a band member and people generally didn’t notice or see her, minus Veronica, the head of the cheerleading squad, who is a rival of hers. So at the beginning of the movie, Sierra is seen posting adds with her phone number for tutoring. Veronica sees it and removes her phone number from the form.

Screenshot 2018-09-09 23.43.04Veronica is the typical mean girl from teen movies because she doesn’t believe in dating “losers” and thinks that a person’s friends define them. So when Jamey approaches her for her number she gives Sierra’s number because his friends aren’t her type and since he hangs with them, neither is he.

 

Screenshot 2018-09-09 23.44.41Now, Jamey starts texting Sierra who has never had a boy interested in her, nor was ever distracted from her work before. She begins to fall for him but decides not to tell him that she is not who he thinks she is. Basically, she is a catfish. She comes up with a plan to get him to think she is still Veronica when she finds out that Veronica’s college boyfriend thinks she’s stupid and dumps her.

This movie gives teenagers complete wrong information on so many levels.

  • Number one Sierra was absolutely gorgeous and never accepted who she was
  • It tells the old story of being fat is unattractive and being a band member is an outsider
  • It says that having straight A’s is not enough you have to have a big following on social media to be important
  • The writer put gay jokes in which is not ok.

Its as if the writer was trying to bring back all the old high school/teenager stereotypes back into play. And the ending was super predictable and a complete lie. If you catfish someone or start a relationship based on a lie, it will not end in happy ever after.

I wasn’t super upset until I watched this video

She’s totally right!

Screenshot 2018-09-09 23.42.44How can we allow this kind of narrative happen in this day and age? I thought part of the movie was funny because it reminded me of the old 80’s movies and Dan kept asking questions like “Is being a cheerleader still a thing?”… Dan is Sierra’s best friend who tells her all the things I wanted to tell her. Like tell Jamey the truth and nothing good can come from lying.

There are deeper stories told in this movie, as Veronica mother was pressuring her to be skinny and a mean girl because of her insecurities. Sierra’s father is a famous writer and her mother a self-esteem self-help writer, who never see their issues with their daughter in the home. Even when she brought it up, her parents never reassured her, never made her see the beauty in herself. (A huge plot hole – I have questions.)

I let my twelve-year-old watch…

…and I was so happy to see that she had the same thoughts that I had. I think that we need to not try to bring back the insecurities of the 80s and 90s in movies but make more relevant movies to the messages that we have been putting out for so long.

Shame on the writer, who is a woman, Lindsey Beer, for writing a script that brings back fat shaming and stereotypes for all.

There was, however, a great cast:

  • Sierra – Shannon Purser
  • Veronica – Kristine Froseth
  • Dan – RJ Cyler
  • Jamey – Noah Centineo
  • Ms. Thompson – Loretta Devine
  • Stephen Burgess – Alan Ruck
  • Trish – Chrissy Metz

Here is the trailer.. watch it, and tell me what you think.

 

 

Same Kind of Different As Me

Not a Netflix Original, But I Found It There.

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I love movies with a deeper message than you think you will get in the beginning. I was a big old baby crying in the end. (Don’t worry, as usual, I will not spoil the good things for you).

This movie is a flashback movie it starts with Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear) leaving his home so he can write a book. Something that he has never done before. He goes to a remote place and stays at a friend home to begin writing this novel uninterrupted. The flashback starts off by telling his story as an art dealer, a husband, and a father. While at an art viewing, a woman comes up to him and tells him that she knows about his affair, and if he doesn’t tell his wife, she would.

Screenshot 2018-08-25 09.58.48To me, his wife, Debbie (Renée Zellweger), was the perfect mixture of love and grace. She was furious with him but eventually asked for her number. Told her she was not mad at her and that she forgave her. She said she hoped that one day she could find the kind of love that she and her husband had and hopefully if they got there again she would not be hearing from her husband again.  – That was amazing. I could’ve never had the courage to say that.

She told him that if he wanted to go he could and then asked him what he wanted. He told her he wanted her, and here is where the story begins. To be hurt and angry and say you know if you are not happy, you can go. Is a level of patience and understanding that many of us only dream of getting to. Now she made him make it up to her, and he tried to complain, but she never listened, and everything she made him do made him a better person.

Screenshot 2018-08-25 10.01.48One night his wife has a dream that she’s in a hospital bed, but she was sitting in the chair watching herself. She gets up and walks down a hallway that leads to a set of double doors.  The doors open up to a field. She walks out the doors and a tall black man is standing there waiting for her, not in a romantic way, but in a saving grace kind of way. She tells her husband and they begin searching for him. Only when they find him, his nickname is Suicide (Djimon Hounsou) and he is a tough cookie to break through to.

This story is beautiful, it shows when people step out there comfort zone and meet people outside their circle, that there is magic there. Not fairytale magic, but pure joy and a different understanding of life. Debbie opened Ron’s eyes to people he would walk past and not think twice about. Debbie, a visionary and changed the lives of everyone she touched.

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This movie was based off a true story and I cried big baby tears of joy and sorrow at the end (I can be mushy at times.) The original book was written by John Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent. I haven’t read this, but this book and the next book that is a continuation of the story are definitely on my TBR (to be read) list.

 

The director Michael Carney did an amazing job of capturing a story that needed to be told. The characters were amazingly cast, and that credit goes to Tracy Kilpatrick and John Papsidera.

If you haven’t watched and need something beautifully motivating, go watch and enjoy. 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Netflix

I have never read this book…

Screenshot 2018-08-17 17.29.46But I have always intended to. Just reading the description on the back made me super interested, but as a reader who is completely unable to make decisions between book, this one was always on my TBR (to be read) list.

I definitely regret it now!

Screenshot 2018-08-17 17.32.07First of all, I knew this was an amazing book. I have heard amazing reviews. But the movie… Oh, the movie dragged me in and made me completely in love. I absolutely love Laura Jean, because although she wasn’t me in high school, she is me now. I don’t have crushes, but I have the type of person in my head that I want, but I am too worried about getting back out there, about losing people that I stay to myself.

My Fridays and weekends include books, coffee, and my laptop. If I am not writing, I am reading and if I am not doing that I am binge watching something to write to you all about. I do not do parties, nor do I date. Most would say it was pitiful, but me, I am enjoying the peace. Well, all the peace I can get with four daughters. Which at times, is none at all. Screenshot 2018-08-17 17.31.46

Back To The Story

Screenshot 2018-08-17 17.29.07Laura Jean the middle child, with an older and younger sister, growing up with a single Dad and a mother who passed away. She is entering her junior year, never having a relationship and now the oldest in the house. Her sister is going away to college in a whole other county!

Laura Jean has had five amazing crushes in her life. Crushes so deep that she wrote letters, put them in envelopes, addressed them, but put them in a box for her to look at. She admired them after finishing romance novels. She was quite a sucker for them. She didn’t have the guts to send them or tell these guys how she felt, because one was her sister’s boyfriend, one her enemies boyfriend, one was now gay, and a few others were from camp.

Screenshot 2018-08-17 17.30.50None of the letters were written recently, she being sixteen the recent one was written in Jr. High.

Well, one day her worse nightmare happened. Her letters were mailed off and she was confronted by the guys who the letters were addressed to. The worst of it was the one that was addressed to her sister’s boyfriend. She kissed one of the other guys to pretend she was not into him.

This movie follows what happens after the letters are out and her life is now changed in a way she never thought it could be.

Netflix is killing it with the movies and television shows, so much that my subscription is one of the first things I pay every month, well right after my kindle unlimited. As usual, I promise not to ruin it for you, but if you need a new chick flick to watch, this one is definitely one to watch.

Now time to go and read the book. I’ve got to see which is better. I do say that Sofia Alvarez wrote an amazing screenplay, and I can’t wait to do a comparison of the book and movie. Maybe I will share it with you… I have heard a few reviews who didn’t love it as much as I did, but I am always a hopeless romantic and this touched that side.

Extinction – A Netflix Film

Screenshot 2018-08-08 21.02.51I would’ve normally skipped this movie, it’s really not my thing, I have never been into alien invasion movies, but I am glad I watched this one. The cast Micheal Peña, Lizzy Caplan and Isreal Broussard (to name a few), were amazing in delivering this action thriller.

I was so caught up in the film, that I was screaming at the tv to the point that my mother thought I was on the phone. She came looking when I yelled out to kill him, kill him! This was unlike any other alien invasion film, and I can’t give too much without it being a spoiler, but it worth watching.

Screenshot 2018-08-08 21.00.12It has its sad moments when characters you have become attached to die, and the kid keeps screaming and running when she should be still and shut up. Which is most of the reason I was screaming at the t.v…. the kid was super annoying. Her and that damn monkey toy. (insert eye roll).

The graphics were amazing, the cameramen and the director Ben Young, did an excellent job with the point of views and the angles they shot the film in. I loved that the main character kept seeing what was happening before it did, and yet, no one believed him. They wanted him to see someone and talk about it.

If you want a good movie to watch (that’s new) check it out. You will not be disappointed, and when you do, comment below. Tell me what you thought about it. Check out the trailer below!

Brain On Fire – Netflix Original

How often are people misdiagnosed when a doctor simply doesn’t have the answers?

Screenshot 2018-06-29 22.48.22This movie comes at a very important time in my life, as I struggle with my own health issues. Suzanna was losing herself. She was lost, confused, hearing and seeing things. She was looking up things online and self diagnosing, but the doctors said she was normal. Took one look at her age and said she was partying too much. She was a young pretty blonde college graduate and she was stereotyped as a party girl. This girl through out the movie didn’t have many drinks, even when she did go out. She was a workaholic, as most writers are. We are all searching for that one story that is purpose.

Screenshot 2018-06-29 22.45.07Her blood never showed any alcohol or drugs, but this is what they decided was her diagnosis. Until she had a seizure, followed by outrages of paranoia, and a few more seizures. The doctors ran all the test and everything was normal. They decided that they were going to have her admitted to a mental health facility. Some place that would heavily medicate her until she would die.

I am not saying that all mental health facilities are like this, but once you get in there, the seriousness of your conversation or symptoms are looked on as anxiety and depression or made up things for attention. You lose yourself in places like that because most of the staff unfortunately look at all patients the same, although they are not.

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Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash

The parents and one doctor who didnt agree with their prognosis found a doctor who was no longer practicing to find the correct answers. This doctor thought outside the box and found her brain was literally on fire. She was dying and they had to save her quick, too much time had been wasted.

The other doctors had given up and was going to send her to a mental health hospital with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Her parents, boyfriend and that one doctor wasn’t accepting that and because of them and their constant support she was helped. How often does this happen it makes you wonder?

Sometimes we are so busy living our lives that we forget about the things we tell other people or forget to tell them. For example, my esophagus has been closing, but this has been going on for years. It took one doctor to think outside the box and now I have a whole new set of diagnosis. Lets not forget the nurse who was so ready for 5 pm that she forgot to order medication for me to be able to breathe over the weekend.

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Photo by Piron Guillaume on Unsplash

This movie was not only real to me, but it was a hard slap to the face. I see what happens when there is no support system in the medical field. Not every doctor is an amazing cast of Grey’s Anatomy. You have to remind the doctors that you are a human being, that you are someones kid, someones parent and build a understanding with the doctor. But what if Suzanna didn’t have a great support system? She would’ve died in an institution and no one would have known any different.

There are plenty of people who don’t have a great support systems. I think of the day my mother went to the hospital with a brain bleed and the doctor wasn’t in the mood to be a doctor today. He made an assumption and said he didn’t think a CT Scan would show anything. I knew my mother I knew something was wrong, she had a Masters Degree and was talking like a child. But we were black and we had on night clothes, we were stereotyped. I made him do one anyway, because a few minutes of his valuable time could possibly save my mothers life.

It did. He thanked me for not listening him, meanwhile I had no other words for him. If I didn’t push, my mother wouldn’t have woken up the next morning. Our healthcare system can sometimes suck, but all it takes is one person to think about the person on the table as their own family.

This was an awesome movie, and I am so glad Suzanna shared her story with the world, because hopefully a doctor will see it and save another life another day.

 

Netflix: First Match Review

I am a girl with Daddy issues, well, let me take that back, I used to be. I lived to make him proud and it killed me whenever he was mad at me, but I had a mother who more than made up for his absence, whenever and however long that was.

This movie could of been me, and many other girls I knew with Daddy Issues. That shit is so deep it should be in the DSM-V. I found this movie by mistake, but was immediately drawn in. It started off way different than what the movie was really about. The Netflix description is:

“A tenacious high school girl raised in foster homes in the inner city tries to reconnect with her ex-con father by joining a boys wrestling team.” – NETFLIX

Here is this girl, Mo, in foster care, who gets kicked her clothes thrown out the window by her foster mother because she slept with her boyfriend. Never mind that this is a child and your trifling ass boyfriend had sex with her – but as I said, the beginning in no way set the tone of the movie, it just hooked you.

Good job Olivia Newman (director) – that worked.

She believes when her father gets out of jail, that he is coming to get her out of foster care. She finds out the hard way one night, that her father was already out and had been for quite some time. He was working at a laundromat up the street from where she was. He never came looking for her.

Screenshot 2018-04-01 06.18.25Screenshot 2018-04-01 06.17.38So then comes the thing that any child would do, she started begging for his attention. Doing and saying anything to make him spend time with her. His attention was grabbed when she said she was on the boys wrestling team. It was something they connected with  when she was younger. So he was excited! In the beginning, even though she was sneaking to see him, he was making it to every match and kicking it with her afterwards giving her pointers.

Screenshot 2018-04-01 06.18.44But of course, as all parents addicted to the money, the hustle and the street life does, he finds a way to use his daughter to get money. I won’t spoil the rest for you but know she gets hurt and he runs. He runs and leaves her to fend for herself because he was more concerned with his own freedom.

 

This movie hit home because I just posted on Facebook about how my daughters are suffering because their fathers won’t show up for them. I believe that a child deserves both parents, whether or not you have money, being there and showing up for them is what counts. She was just as I was as a little girl, waiting and watching the door waiting for him to show up.Screenshot 2018-04-01 06.16.55

Drugs, jail, greed takes away and destroys families. I do believe this but I also know we all have choices. In the end, she has a choice she had to make. She had to choose the right path or fall back in with her father who time after time abandons and disappoints her.

This movie was good to me because it hits home. Someone that doesn’t have an on and off again relationship with their father may not understand. The film left a lot of loose ends and unanswered questions, but I got the point. I would love someone else views, someone who didn’t go through this. What their opinion would be?

7 Seconds – No Justice

A 15-year old black boy in Jersey City killed in a hit and run by a cop. As much as this show is fictional, its reality. This show tells the story of the hashtags in court, how the victim is put on trail, how the politics of the person prosecuting the corrupt cops and how they will stand for each other in the end.

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This show displays how many families are left without answers and justice for their families members murdered in cold blood. I believed the tears of Regina King, because as a black mother, there is nothing worse you can imagine. Burying a child is hard enough, without the people who should be finding the murders covering it all up.

Then to add insult to injury when you hear the word guilty, the justice system slaps them on the wrist with a penalty that a drug charge would see more time. Less than a year later, that same cop is back on the streets, more than likely with the same job, and the ones who covered for him never leaving the block. Realizing even more that they are invincible, because they are the law, and the law cannot be held against them.

I felt every person who sat as the judge left, you have no honor, you are one of them. He mights as well left Brandon Butlers body himself. He might as well been behind the wheel of the blue SUV that left his body for 12 hours in the cold.

Screenshot 2018-03-06 01.22.20A television show to most, but the reality and fears of black parents every where. Its not about race, it wasn’t a hate crime, but we all know it was. They named him a gang member as he laid there dying. I bet had they reported it, he would’ve lived. I bet if he reported it, there wouldn’t have been any charges, but all he cared about was himself and the son that he will never see again.

This show was good, but it pissed me off at the same time. Because to me it added another hashtag to a sea of names left. An unanswered question for that mother, a young black boys life destroyed while the life of another child, a newborn scarred. Netflix, damn you… Damn you for making me bring that anger up, that fight up that we are far from done from our fight, its just on pause, but for how long?

Things need to be fixed while things are quiet, lets save the next kids life. The next black man, woman or child from having their lives interrupted because the color of their skin is a threat to someone who should have more restraint.