Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Who Run the World? Girls

A Q.C. 'Girls Trip'

Posted By on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Picture it: Jada Pinkett Smith holding tacky denim vests with rhinestones all over them trying to convince her besties that they should wear them in their mid-forties on a trip to New Orleans. The response? "You should be bedazzling some d*ck."

If I didn't laugh at anything else, that line alone would have been worth the price of admission for the new movie Girls Trip (reviewed on page 23).

You know the deal, now time to rewind.

Monday nights are supposed to be a night when you leave work, go home and go to bed. The weekend is over and Friday is the next day you're looking forward to.

That's why me and my girls decided we were going to be "adults" and go to a movie instead of hanging out and drinking all night. However, as any regular reader of this column could have guessed, we went out and went to the movies. #gofigure

I gathered my things after work and decided I was in for a "movie night," but little did I know it would turn into a "thing."

Oh, who am I kidding? Any night with my real life version of the "flossy posse" is always a thing. After all, these are the girls I do "wine night" with until all hours of the night at The Corner Pub on a regular basis.

When I showed up at Tin Roof in the Epicentre, I got a taste for what kind of night it was going to be when I noticed one of the specials was Deep Eddy's vodka for $5. Who can resist a $5 Red Bull vodka?

It wasn't until I'd brought the AMC voucher I'd gotten for a Christmas present two years prior that I realized I wouldn't be able to use it at Studio Movie Grill for a free movie. So I reluctantly purchased the $5 Groupon and proceeded to secure seats for everyone in the group.

At 7 p.m. sharp, we were in our seats, buckled in and ready for the comedic ride one of my friends (who'd already seen the movie) had promised.

No one would've suspected that three blondes, a brunette and a black girl would be seeing this movie together, but there we were piling into the same row to see this movie with an all-black cast. We knew we needed to save money so we decided to get two buckets of Coors Light.

Throughout the movie, as you're probably already imagining, there were so many awkward moments.

The casual usage of derogatory terms, the little nuances in language that I didn't know if my counterparts understood, and yet, everyone seemed to feel quite at home — #winningforasmalltownblackgirl. I shed my judgments and misconceptions and let the "black girl magic" happen.

Not even a beer later, my friend was chatting with me about the similarities between all of us and the characters in the movie. I looked at the rest of our row who were enthralled in the movie and that's when I realized ... We. Were. Sold.

Next thing you know, we're "loud whispering" with an attendant about whether or not we'd gotten two buckets or three (Anyone who's been to SMG knows the service is hit or miss which can be quite irritating).

As for the movie, it was phenomenal and has earned every comparison to white counterparts like Bridesmaids and male counterparts like The Hangover. But again I pose a question: Who can resist a movie where Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah reunite?(If you haven't seen Set it Off yet, go find a copy.)

The movie ended and I imagine we were riding the same wave that a group of guys would experience after seeing The Hangover for the first time — an extreme desire to get really drunk and tear down the city. We laughed about the idea of getting personalized necklaces made for our group and joked about the possibilities for a group name other than "flossy posse." You can only imagine how far down the rabbit hole that took us. We grabbed a couple more drinks while everyone else watched us wondering what kind of drug we were on, but the truth was, while we were a tad tipsy, we were just excited about having a night out in the Q.C. with just the girls.

What's better? We have a trip planned to NOLA for January and we're now more than ready after witnessing some of the most epic nightlife spots and experiences in the area. Zip-lining from bar to bar? Wig night? Oh yeah, that's happening when we visit the "Big Easy" in a few short months.

When you're itching for a night out with the girls, what do you do in the Queen City? Share it with me at backtalk@clclt.com!

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