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Saw Django Unchained today and I have heard the hype and the movie lived up to some of it. Gratuitous violence is liberally sprinkled throughout the film and after you see it you will say this is a true understatement. A love story is the thin, tenuous thread that keeps the movie moving, but the thread is so frayed midway the film it ceases to exist. You know when you go to a Quentin Tarantino movie that you are going to see violence, but it was clear from the beginning that this film was not about slavery it was a violent film meant solely for entertainment. What also was striking was the reaction that some of the audience members had to the violence. Some of the more graphic scenes were greeted with laughter, hooting, hollering and in some cases applause. In some ways the audience reactions were even more jarring than the film narrative. It was worth seeing, but go in with your eyes wide open and leave your reason on the shelf at home. This movie is pure fantasy and it is interesting to see fantasy frosted with cold blooded revenge. It is not a pretty site, but that does not mean that it is a sight that should not be seen. When the film ends you are left wondering who won or is that really the point.
Real black women do not act like the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Basketball Wives, or Hip Hop Hoochies. They actually are more than the one-dimensional cartoon characters that clutter the cable networks. Two shows with promise feature strong women who happen to be black. One is ABC’s Scandal and the other one is VH1 Styled by June featuring June Ambrose. Read the linked story for more information on two shows worth watching. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/23/scandal-and-styled-by-june-allison-samuels-s-prime-time-saviors.html
We have watched black women insult each other, one up each other and fight each other. Reality television is meant to be sensational and lately that is one of the few places you see black women, but tonight we have the opportunity to see a black professional woman leading a team. Kerry Washington plays Olivia Pope, former White House Communication Director. She is the head of a crisis management team and she knows everyone’s secrets and she knows how to turn crap into champagne. Tonight is the first episode and in order to assure there will be more we have got to watch this show.