Yes, the surge in slave narratives is somewhat troubling...It appears that Hollywood is more apt to bankroll our pain, instead of our UPLIFT...However, I think this Roots remake is essential for this young generation...I remember the spike in interest in not only our history but our genealogy and lineage when the first "Roots" came out...I also remember it being a topic of discussion with my family as we sat at the dinner table...We need to put the cell phones down at the dinner table and connect with our families again...I've been impressed by what I've seen thus far...
Shamefully after I said I would watch another slave narrative film I accidentally watched it, and I regretted it immediately. The quickly blamed the network for that trash, I blamed some A list and B list actors for not acting like they just came out of Africa, I blame the directors and cinematographer the most. I couldn't get jiggy with the camera angels and the story. It was just a trash film and I hated it they really should have asked me to direct it.
@Emiene Wright I am not against exploring those narratives but it becomes problematic when it becomes a limited filter in which we get to experience our cultures history and contributions. And yes I believe it is intentional to control how we see and others see us. I just want more balance. Thank you for reading and sharing your insight on this topic.
Charles, I respectfully disagree. The utter failure of US schools to teach this part of history that disproves all of the ideals America likes to proclaim its built on leaves a knowledge void in the general population. Pop culture is filling that void (however unevenly and inaccurately) so that people at least have an idea of what happened. I personally don't think the films go far enough, showing the true conditions and their impact. "12 Years a Slave?" How about the folks who had to endure "90 Years a Slave?" I'm encouraged by the slow-swelling trend of stories of resistance, like the upcoming Nat Turner movie, and Betty DeRamus' magnificent books "Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad" and "Freedom by Any Means: Con Games, Voodoo Schemes, True Love and Lawsuits on the Underground Railroad." We need to learn the ways in which we fought and WON.
@evelyn It is the balance that is in question and the agenda to why we do not see more affirming stories supported in mainstream media. But if you are looking for alternative stories please check out my series on a Black nerd growing up in the 1970's ,,,,smile Thank you for reading and sharing your views.
@Gena Power That is my point exactly. It is not that we do not honor our history but it becomes problematic when only a small portion is of that history is only shared. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.
Although I'm not a fan of remakes, I do see value in retelling our history. And we need to keep telling it, just as other cultures tell their history. Future generations need to know their history. I enjoyed the movie 12 years a slave. I read the book, which was better of course. But can you imagine how many people would not have known about that story if it wasn't for the movie? We do need to balance our history with positive stories and messages. So you've graduated from film school...create something new. I'm looking forward to the new narratives.
I agree with you Charles. There are so many other stories to be told. African American people who did great things, and their stories deserve to be told too! We know that our ancestors were slaves, and we also know the unspeakable evils they had to endure. Show us rising above all of that. Surviving even when every odd was against us!
@niurys it really is amazing how someone we do not know personally has such an incredible impact on our lives. Thank you for sharing your memories.
@drewkinney.14 wow you actually met his royal purple ness. What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing.
I am interested in getting some from Colorado I have never been myself it what would you recommend I was really thinking I would love to have it shipped to me through the mail but I'm scared a little bit to go that route
I was truly saddened, I had watched and admired this tiny animated guy for months. I was fascinated with Vanity also, winning lip synch contests and doing shows to pay for outfits and bar tabs. All this during my rebel years, first time out on my own.
There will never be another like him remotely, my only regret being I never met him in person. I would of asked him to explain Purle Rain.
@Kimbogem You are very welcome and I think many other folks were inspired and touched like you by Prince's music, art and they way he chose to live his life.
I had the opportunity to meet Prince at his old club in LA. We were scouting and he came down to the bar floor to say hello. I hadn't really thought about it for years but it was akin to meeting the President. "It really is him.....!"
I hope Kim recovers but it will take time.
Bro, thank you again for providing such a touching recollection of how Prince touched my life in deep ways. As you captured, it went well beyond his incredible music but more so to the unapologetic free spirit he was, which inspired me to embody the same. I will cherish this column & tribute always. Kudos on another fantastic perspective, you truly put some Respek on Prince' s name ...
@Jasmine Corbett Yes I wonder if younger folks will truly appreciate the incredible magnitude of Prince's contribution to music and popular culture and becoming more than just a musical artist for fans like my Sister. Thank you fore reading and sharing your perspective!
I just had this same conversation with my students!!! Prince's death will be one of those iconic moments...ironically, that you ask, "Where were you when you learned Prince died?" The younger generation didn't quite get it the way you eloquently put it here...but my brother, I did. Thanks so much for sharing!!! And thanks for bringing us into your life by sharing the love your sister had for the star!
Here we are four years later, and I attach an article that points to what any sane person should have seen as inevitable, the collapse of the exchanges:
"Last fall, UnitedHealth Group Inc. disclosed major losses on policies it had offered through the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. Nor was the country’s largest health insurer alone; competitors including Aetna Inc., Humana Inc. and Cigna Corp. have described the difficulties they face in attempting to make exchange-based offerings profitable.
So it is no surprise that UnitedHealth announced that it would reduce its exchange offerings for 2017. What did surprise at least some observers was the scale of the decision. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company will reduce its offerings from 34 states this year to “only a handful” going forward. In the same conference call, UnitedHealth steepened its projected losses on exchange plans for 2016 to $650 million. In contrast, the company’s overall earnings for the first quarter were better than expected.
Let’s break it down. UnitedHealth is making money in its employer-sponsored health insurance business. It is making money in its government-paid, nonexchange health insurance business. It is making money from individual health insurance policies sold outside the Affordable Care Act exchanges. But it is losing money hand over hypodermic on policies sold through the Obamacare exchange network. How come?
Simply because customers on the exchanges tend to buy insurance when they are sick and drop it if they get getter. They do so knowing that under Obamacare rules, insurers must sell them insurance again during the next open enrollment period, or even sooner if they qualify for a special exemption. You could not design a better system for making medical insurance a money-losing proposition if you tried."
Thanks for another thoughtful article, Erin.
@icydew You are so correct that if it is indeed a good thing then it should be equally shared. I remember doing church outreach when I was younger but it was in the form of going into the community and working with the elderly or picking up trash to show our work through our deeds rather than just talk. Thank you for reading and sharing your views.
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