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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

The Hate You Give – Angie Thomas

This is More Than A Story – This is Our Life

Screenshot 2018-07-21 01.54.02As I hear the stories and then find out this movie is about to be made into a book, I pull it out my TBR, out of order, and begin to flip the pages. Yes I had the hardback book, and it made it that more important to me as I flipped the pages in reality. I am shaking as I am writing this, because this book is so realistic, so powerful.

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Starr is your normal kid, I mean she is living in the hood but has the privilege to go to a private school on the other side of town. Her uncle, a police officer, lives over there. But in the beginning, she was just a girl, in a party in her neighborhood. They were celebrating Spring Break and it was the annual party that the local DJ did every year.

Starr never went to these but her best friend/her brothers other sister invited her. She sees her old best friend Khalil come in and they back and forth like it hasn’t been awhile since they hung out. A fight breaks out, and Khalil grabs her out and takes her to his car to take her home.

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The blue lights pull up behind them, and while she remembers her parents instructions, she wonders if anyone has had the talk with Khalil. You know the talk, speak only when spoken to, keep your hands in sight and don’t make sudden movements. The talk that every Black parent has with their kid about being stopped by the police. He didn’t, he moved and came back to the car to see if Starr was ok, and the cop shot. He shot more than once until Khalil’s bullet ridden body was on the ground leaking his blood into the pavement.

This is Starrs story of being a witness to something horrible and not wanting to be public, to showing not only did she have enemies of the police, but the streets were not all on the side of justice. This shows how hard it is to know whats going on but still have to deal with death everyday.

To deal with the racism that comes with a black boy being a victim of a cop, because of course he has to be a gang banger or a drug dealer. How the victim was put on trail to determine if the police officer would even be charged.

Screenshot 2018-07-21 02.33.54.pngThis may be a work of fiction, but its not. Its the reality of being black in America. Being in poverty and feeling like you have no choice in your life decisions. In having white friends who go by everything that the media says, because their comfort is more important than our lives.

This book is a reality, and I cannot wait to see how beautiful the movie is going to be. EVERYONE needs to see this movie, and read this book, because the pain felt behind Angies words, are the pain we felt after each hashtag died.

 

Being Authentic and Not Perfect

Yesterday my word was authentic, I kept hearing this word all day. I knew it was because I have been struggling with my writings. Not really a writers block, as I wrote on LoveTichelle.com but there was sooo many things I wanted to talk about and no way to get my thoughts together.

 

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See, I am a perfectionist, but only about certain things, and especially about my writing. As an activist and advocate for all, I feel so stuck sometimes. Here lately there has been more things than I can keep up with that need discussing. There seems to be more issues than good news, more negative than positive and as someone on a spiritual journey I try to stay as far as I can from so much negativity.

There’s been over 200 school shootings this year alone, with the most recent in Texas and Georgia. Unnecessary 911 callings have been on a rise, with the old Jim Crow laws as the reasonings behind the calls in the first place. Like the Air BNB neighbor saying that the black women didn’t wave to her… Ummm did you speak? Why did they have to?

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Police brutality and killings are back on the rise, with age, race and sex not being a determining factor, although black women have been a lot of the victims. The worst was a 65 year old Grandmother. I was more than angry as the video played on my FB feed. I refused share, because I respect my mother and grandmother too much and it only angered me.

45, yals President (I am still NOT claiming him), is still at war with the FBI, the CIA, the media, and anyone who’s truth is different from his. His whole administration I feel lives on a different planet than the rest of us. I promise this 4 years needs to hurry pass. I do NOT want to see this man do another 4 years. If he is reelected I am planning my departure from this country because I am afraid of whats next.

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Seriously, between him and Fox News they have people confused on what racism is, confused on what privileged is, and confused on what is wrong. Its seems like now a days standing up for yourself is being racist, especially black people. Its gotten to the point where my daughter is getting accused by friends parents for being racist for being proud of her brown skin.

When did Melanin become such a problem? When did being different and standing out and up for what you believe in become an issue? Its like we are becoming robots and marching to the beat of everyone else drums but our own. This world is losing its authenticity, and shutting out those who are less than perfect.

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But what is perfection? Cause I don’t have it and no one else I know does either. Those who say they do, are liars, which makes them imperfect as well. There is NOTHING wrong with being proud of who you are, no matter what race, gender, sexual orientation you are. Be proud to be you, cause no one else can be a better you than you. But being proud has nothing to do with talking down on anyone else.

Being in touch also means accepting the privileges that you have. I am a black, and I am a woman, but I have been privileged with knowledge, with family who lives long because I have my mother, my grandmother and I knew my great grandmother before she passed. I have pictures and history, mostly lies, but I am uncovering the truth of who and where my family came from.

There should be nothing greater than authenticity, because without, there is nothing but lies. And not the lies that 45 claims to be “fake news”, but the lies that make you feel like you are inferior to anyone. That anyone can tell you who and how to be. Being true to you is imperative, because if you are true to you, then how will you make your mark on the world.

Be authentic, be you!

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Unapologetically Black

Lately there has been an attack on black people, we can’t barbecue, fall asleep studying in our dorm common area, wait before ordering coffee, nor ask for plastic ware because the silverware is dirty.

WHAT THE FUCK?

Its like the racist, stereotyping or far left have decided to call the police for every little thing that we do, because perhaps, they will kill us off. What’s worse, is that some of the police think so little of black people that they automatically side with the person who has called and has resulted to them thinking they have the right to put their hands on us.

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Review Of All Things Wrong

But Really Its About ‘For The People’

I know I usually do reviews on Thursday, so let me take a moment to say, this is coming out in the middle of the night, before I go to bed, so technically….

Yeah its Friday. So what? 

I have been watching a few of the new shows that have come out and I am impressed with the show ‘For The People’, it has hit a couple of big issues, and shows how the justice system has their hands tied as well. I just watched the latest episode, where the judge did not want to sentence this man to the minimum 10 years for the crime he did commit. He had drugs that he was the carrier for, literally the size of a cell phone. He had priors but nothing that had ever landed him in jail.

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To make matter worse, someone else another case that he didn’t like the sentencing of, the person was murdered in prison. The judge says himself, “he shouldn’t have been there.” This judge apologized to this guy because his back was against the wall and his legacy would be destroyed because they were coming after his job.

So it makes me think further, when is it time to stand up when you know your job is morally wrong? Should you continue or fight for what you know is correct? I cant imagine being in a situation where I can’t do what I feel is right, maybe thats the activist in me. I feel like thats whats wrong with the US right now, we are to busy doing things by the book, that we are forgetting to have compassion and realize that every case is different. This man did not deserve 10 years in prison, and the judge knew it, the prosecutor knew it, but nothing was done to stop it.

He was still cuffed and taken to prison. The words the judge said won’t do anything for that man when he gets in a situation in prison thats uncomfortable.

I feel like this is extended to the media and what they are portraying in this world. There are millions of black children missing, dying, being abducted but there is nothing on the news, but let a cop kill one of us. Do you see the problem? BrandyScreenshot 2018-04-13 00.50.29 Odom is proof of this. Her body was found in a active park in New York. She was beaten, and dismembered and her body was scattered around the park miles apart.

The statistics say that most predators that don’t want to be caught prey on minority women, because they are not blasted on the news. We have come so far, but are we fighting hard for the right things? The media wants us to focus on police brutality but leaving out the most important facts, that not all victims are black. There are just as many white victims of police brutality and murder, the problem is the training has changed from shoot to disarm to shoot to kill. Most police officers don’t go through the training they used to, neither does the Correctional Officers, because there is a shortage. Neither get paid enough, nor do they have enough time to train anymore because they need them in the field.

Screenshot 2018-04-13 01.00.16I wonder how many of the police brutality cases were by newbies with the shorter training, than the seasoned ones. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that racism exists, its in every thing we see in daily life. In how the poor schools that are mostly black or hispanic have no money, no books and no teachers. There are no really background checks so there are pedophiles and criminals teaching the children who go there.

The richer schools, have high technology and duel attendance options. They are given more scholarships and opportunities to make their college application look good. Yeah minorities from bad areas get into colleges like Yale and Princeton, but they work twice as hard as the ones who get in from good schools.

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I know this was supposed to be a review, but it has become a word dump of all the things I think need fixing, and to think it all started with a tv show. Which means the show must be pretty freaking awesome, because it made me think of all these things. Watch it! Its pretty dope! If it makes me think beyond the fact that I have blamed only the justice system and not the laws that they are barred to. Something has to change and we have to change it.

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.

Review: Fruitvale Station

Lets not wait for another hashtag…

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I have watched Fruitvale Station a half dozen times, and I cry overtime even though I already know the ending. Oscar Grant was not the first police officer killing I heard of, but it was the one that I was old enough to really understand and be upset by. The sad thing is, it only got worse from there.

Screenshot 2018-02-08 22.33.11In case you haven’t heard of the movie, or the situation, let me break it down. Oscar Grant was shot and killed by police officers on January 1st, 2009. The many recordings from several peoples phones helped to convict the police officer of murder, where he was sentenced to 2 years in prison (he only served 11 months). This shows a young black man, 22 years old, who wasn’t perfect and did as was told, was provoked and murdered.

I’m sure there are plenty who look at this movie and say they should’ve been quiet, they should’ve done this and that, but I call BULLSHIT! No one deserves to be shot and killed without a reason, heres the cops reason – he thought he was reaching for his taser. Bruh, you don’t know the difference between a taser and a gun, then you shouldn’t be a cop.

Screenshot 2018-02-08 22.29.41See although black men and women (including children) are more likely to be killed than  others, I don’t believe its a race thing, I believe its a police training issue. Police around the country are starting to shoot first and then ask questions, then blame the person they murdered. Think about Justine Ruszczyk, a white woman, who came looking for help and was shot through the police car window because she supposedly startled them.

I remember a time when police officers were trained to shoot to disarm not shoot to kill and now these cops are acting like they are playing Call of Duty and going straight for the kill shot. I mean with no time to assess the situation. Tamir Rice was shot and killed within seconds of the police arriving on the scene. This was a child who was probably scared to death when they pulled up. They didn’t even give him a chance to put anything he had down, nor given instructions to. The officers came on the scene with the intent to gun him down.

The sad part is the justice system does not help by not making examples out of these officers and sending them to jail to rot, nor our their fellow officers by turning in the cops who take power for granted. The police are supposed to protect and serve, and yet there are more kids who are afraid of them than any other villain. My children are afraid of being pulled over because of Sandra Bland’s story or Philando Castile, or call the police when they are afraid because of Yvette Smith.

We have to change this, don’t be quiet now, just because there is no new hashtag to be angry over, we need to create change now. Do you know that four, FOUR Black Lives Matters activist have been murdered, oh, wait, I’m sorry, you have to include Sandra Bland because she made videos about the problem before she was murdered. Things need to change so that we can feel safe with the people who are supposed to protect us, because right now, you could call the cops and be the next victim.

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