If you haven’t by now, then I hope you run to see the magnificent Dear White People on Netflix. The show picks up where the film left off but explores far more areas of Black society, culture, themes identity, mentality and Blackism than the film had time to do. While at first, one would think that the show would be a call to action like the film was for white people; however, instead the show is a deep exploration about what it means to be Black in the millennial era. The show explores many types of Black people and what their journeys mean when they compete, intersect and stand-alone. As such, this article will be to discuss the character development arcs and what they bring to Blackness and some notes about other characters.Read more
Finally saw Hidden Figures and I loved every moment of it. From every aspect - relationships, friendships, racial tensions, math as a wonderful subject and the empowerment of Black women. However, in this day/holiday that is of the utmost reverence for Martin Luther King Jr. I think it is great that there is a lot of wonderful Black media to partake in. Whether through all the films of last year: Fences, Moonlight, Hidden Figures or the TV Shows: Atlanta, Luke Cage, Queen Sugar, and Insecure. There are a lot of wonderful movements that happened last year in what many people believe is just a quagmire of hell due to one day and a few celebrity deaths.
In the meantime you've got to reflect on the music, the Black Olympics (how do we keep forgetting this!), the great films and tv that can inspire and lift. I feel in many ways I could write end over end on why you should see so many of these shows and films but this is simply going to be a tacit blog post on the milestones we have made in the last year. We are a great people and we have many great examples throughout our history and our media.
In the meantime, watch all the above and more then continue to cheer for Obama as we roll out to hell. There won't be a time like this for awhile, but we will get back to again someday. Continue to fight your fight and do your best for all of the beautiful Black communities and people you live in. As the great Shakespearan moment in the Wire with Bunk and Omar discuss: "We used to have a community." We still can and there are some strong representations of coming together and fighting our fight from the last year. Don't skip 2016, talk about it endlessly for all the triumphs we made in it.
One last note: I've decided to start contributing to this again more myself. Yes I am venturing to become part of Black film and tv again myself.
Anyways, I wanted to write-up thoughts on Luke Cage specifically around Blackness, cinematography, music, and as a comic book story. In terms of Blackness, it’s hard to place the show in a box because while we have seen Black shows such as comedic series like Martin or In Living Colour, we haven’t seen as many drama shows. Sure you could argue for The Wire and New York Undercover, but for because this is Netflix and this is a comic book series the show is elevated completely into mainstream. As such, Cleo Choker intentionally made many of the show pieces showcase Black culture from the music, clothing, references – Invisible Man and Langston Hughes, manner of speaking – sorors and talking about your moms, there is a large amount of content that a casual non-Black viewer will not understand.Read more
- However These Olympics were mostly about the greatest people on the planet. BLACK WOMEN. I saved the best for last and I can't really quantify how amazing they were this year. Yes, Black women from other countries did well, but Black women from the US were on fire. I'll list as many as I can because they were wonderful and I love them.