Tag Archive: michelle obama


 

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I’m here for more biopics moving in the direction of ‘A Day in the Life’ over trying to capture a person’s whole story in 120 minutes.  ‘Southside With You’ is the better of the two features that came out about President Obama last year.

Already a big part of their mythology, the movie dramatizes the first date of Barack and Michelle, when they went to go see ‘Do the Right Thing’.  Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter both do great giving us the essence of these two people, years before they were even plotting to end up where life took them.

As I said up top, I love the day in the life approach, but the pitfall in going that route in biopics is stretching reality for the sake of dramatization.  First date, are you getting more information about this person you already have some level of interest in?  Definitely.  Are you getting their entire back stories on the first date?  Even in a movie, not very likely.  Michelle grills Barack about his dating past, he says he’s been in serious relationships with white women, but has grown weary of always feeling like the outsider.  That’s great character detail and feels very organic in a real and a movie first date.  Barack deep diving into his rocky relationship with his father?  Felt a little more forced.

As a whole though, solid date movie, and at less than 90 minutes, it moves quickly.  Streaming on Netflix, worth checking out if you didn’t catch it in the theatre.

 

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Planned to spend a week paying tribute to all the times the White House welcomed and encouraged the arts.  I fell behind on my movie reviews this year, but this is a nice substitute.

All isn’t forgotten yet Jimmy with the way you fawned over you know who.

But this is nice.  Happy MLK Weekend everyone.  Back Monday night.

 

 

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Most of you were correct in your assumption of where I stood this year, and I can’t imagine anyone who is politically aware being undecided one way or another at this point, so I’ll try to keep this short.

I’ll go ahead and say his name now.  Given several opportunities to walk back his insulting comments to the Muslim community as a whole, Trump keeps doubling down (and going after the Khan family he seems to be tripling down) on the Islamophobia.  I’m past anger or resentment; I’m not ignoring that he’s giving voice to what his base thinks and feels.  I have reached that fatigue point where I don’t need to see, hear or step foot in any building with his name on it ever again.  Who else gets away with insulting the parents of a soldier who died for this country?  The word that comes to mind that describes this whole charade is ‘privilege’.  Let’s leave it at that for now.

Cynical as I’ve become over the years, the Democratic Convention last week was an ‘event.’  It’s already been lost in the shuffle, but you have Kareem Abdul-Jabbar out here cracking jokes?!?  Am I taking crazy pills?!?

Seriously, going in most of us looked at that lineup of speakers and figured Hillary on her best day would still be third (behind the two former Presidents).  Depending on who you felt personally attached to, she might have been seventh (Khan, Biden, Bill, both Obamas, Bernie).  And saying that, I still think she gave the best and most presidential speech I’ve personally ever heard her give.

Whether your problems with Hillary are valid (DNC corruption, Clinton fatigue) or invalid (you’re uncomfortable with the idea of any woman being the leader of the free world), this election she’s the better choice.  For the third presidential election in a row, there is a historical precedent in play, but somewhat unbelievably, the gap that separates the better major party choice is infinitely wider this year than it was in 2008 and 2012.

#ImWithHer

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Today is normally reserved for ‘love/sex’ tunes I know, but this more than earned the spot to start the weekend.

Among many conversations about ‘how do actors of color get to the A-list if they can’t even get a chance to have a ‘breakthrough’ film?’ and the ever present ‘but it won’t sell overseas’, comes this trailer…

Can’t even put an estimate on the number of people who I imagine want to grab a studio exec by the neck and scream ‘THIS IS GOING TO TURN A PROFIT!!!’

Alas, have a great weekend everybody!

 

#BringBackOurGirls

I wasn’t avoiding this the past couple of Sundays on some type of defiant/rebellious angle, the eternal optimist in me wanted to believe there’d be some type tangible progress by now.  The political cynic in me somehow knew better though…

That aside, I have a mother and a sister, I have aunts.  I have little girls and young women who know me as Uncle Malik, I’ve at times had young girls who are not my biological flesh and blood look to me as the Man of the House.  I put all of that out there to say, there’s a natural cycle to life, and we all will die at some point, and some relationships come undone and never get repaired.

But, if you don’t have any personal experience in watching your family, violently come apart, pray you never find out what that’s like.

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In no particular order…

1. Word made it back to me that opening night of ‘Natalie Portman: the Musical’ has already sold out.  Thank you to the numerous friends who have sent congrats to me for getting the role, and my various L.A. people who have let me know they’re coming through either this weekend or later this month.  I’m still making script notes and I’m about ready to go full Daniel Day-Lewis with my character, so you’re inspiring me to hit the stage with a passion this weekend.  Be ready to laugh.

2. I’m still nodding my head thinking about Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic Convention, and judging by my various timelines, so are many of you.  As I tweeted, that’s the emotion you want to hear the First Lady speak with when she’s talking about the President of the United States.  Hell, that’s the passion any man wants to hear his woman use when she’s speaking to others about him.

3. I’m ready for some football.