LOL @ "You might be expecting me to say, something bad about Kanye..."
"The Audacity of Precious" As quoted from the New York Times Magazine.
Precious, based off of the novel "Push" by Sapphire is the story of an overweight Harlem teenager who is raped by her father, and is confronted with a series of issues related to her family, friends, etc. as she is growing up.
I was literally on the edge of my seat after reading the novel. I finished the book in a few hours, that's how great i thought it was. And after seeing all the raving reviews all over the web, I almost broke down repeatedly as I thought about how the movie was going to be. So, when I got to the theaters, sat down with my boyfriend, started munching on popcorn, got comfortale, and sat through the whole 2 hours of it, needless to say I was....eh.
Let me start by saying this, the acting in the movie is phenomenal. Both Monique and Gabourey Sidibe deserve Oscars for their performances. They were extremely passionate, moving, and most importantly believable.
But, the downside...I feel like the whole movie is captured in the trailer. Now, some might not agree with me, but if you've seen the trailer for "Precious" AND read the book it's based off of, THEN go to see the movie, you will probably find the acting phenomenal, but you will leave wanting more. I did. The plot was debatedly one of the best I've seen in a very long time, and I won't spoil the ending, but it's something that made me think about the choices or in her case, lack their of, and the consequences of your actions.I'm curious to know what you all thought...
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3. How does religion play a role? What about the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman? There is really no easy answer to this, but my idea would be that there could be marriage between the two IF they agree to be faithful to each other. But how much harder would that be, if you could have your "black velveteen" at your beck and call. What about if you chose to practice polygamy? Polygamy involves two consenting individuals into taking on more than one mate, and if this practiced, then there would be no need for robotics.
4. We might actually all get along. An up side to having a "black velveteen" is there would probably be less marital disputes, less "hatin" on others, less having to worry about trusting your partner, and more acceptance for everyone's situation.
Bottom line. This is not an easy question to answer. There is always a lot of gray area when dealing with the opposite sex. I would love your opinion on this, as there is no easy answer...
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
I can appreciate Common, Maxwell, Musiq Soulchild, Erykah Badu... all artists who put effort into their music videos and seemingly, their music. Even Kanye, with his eclectic style of music, will make 2 or 3 music videos...if not to be different, at least to be happy.Now as a disclaimer, this post is NOT about the "video girls" in videos, because as a realist, I understand that some songs are clearly for the club and you're going to throw in some "eye candy". But as a whole when the music video does not match the SONG, regardless to what type of music it is - Rap, R&B, Rock, Pop, Alternative, you name it - it's a train wreck to me.
Generally speaking, the lackluster performance and thought, or lack thereof, that goes into music videos these days is really unforgiving. Especially when we have the technology to really do big things. And I'm not discriminating. I'm pretty tired of seeing Beyonce dance around in spandex and pumps for the entire video. It was cute when she first did it for Diva, but Single Ladies, and Ego too? Do something different.
Look at some songs that had the videos to match:
COMMON - Come Close
MUSIQ SOULCHILD -
ALICIA KEYS - Love me like you'll never see me again
This is Karrine Stefans on the Today Show promoting her new book, The Vixen Manual: How to Find, Seduce, and Keep the Man You Want. Lol @ the two women's faces while interviewing her!
So Karrine, otherwise known as Superhead, was the one in everyone's mouths (no pun intended)when she came out with her first book, dishing on celebrities and their freaky ways. Everyone dismissed her as the slut, whore, bitch who was taking someone's man and made every other woman look bad. I thought that too.
My problem? I judged her (past tense), just like most people did and still do.
My opinion? People are upset because she turned her "slutty" ways into a six figure book deal writing about what she's learned from her mistakes while playin the field. That's it. Doesn't sound much different then any other relationship self help book on the market, except she had some crazy experiences with some high profile people. She was a young woman who didn't know much about men, love, or respect for one's self. She grew up, did some self-reflection, wrote about it and got paid.
I hear a lot of women saying, why would I take advice from someone like her? or What she's saying, I already know. So what? Number one, if you read excerpts from her first book, Confessions of a Video Vixen, read it online, or went out and bought it, you're just as bad. Because all that book did was to reintroduce back in the game by telling everyone who she slept with. That's my only problem with her, she doesn't know how to be discreet, but even that I think she's learned, as you can see in the video. . .Number two: Don't front! I'm sure there are some real funny storeis and "how to illustrations" in the book that you and your girls can laugh too. You don't have to buy the book to learn something, you CAN just simply read it for entertainment.
A lot of tv and radio stations talked about her first book. And the reality is , both Confessions and the Vixen Diaries made it to the New York Times bestseller list, so whether or not you like it, you're opinion still makes her famous. What's the saying? All publicity is good pubilcity?
Ultimately, judging her is part of a larger problem, the catiness and judgement women have towards each other. But i'll save that for another post. She's making more paper than me, and probably most of you in her real life version of sex and the city. So respect her hustle, don't judge a book by it's cover.
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