Claudine

Claudine is a 1974 African American romance comedy and drama starring Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones. It’s a movie about a Black woman who finds love while trying to raise her six kids in Harlem, New York. The cast is dynamic and the acting by Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones is simply spectacular. Diahann Carroll was actually nominated for an Oscar for her role in Claudine.

What I liked the most about this movie was the soundtrack. Each song went well with each scene it played out in. Seeing how the soundtrack was composed by the late Curtis Mayfield and performed by Gladys Knight and the Pips, it’s not much of surprise. I’m going to share two of my favorite songs from the motion picture soundtrack in just a few.

If you have never seen Claudine, you are missing out. This movie is one of those movies that will stay with you long after you watched it. Check it out when you have the time. Click here and here for two of my favorite songs from the motion picture soundtrack. Soul, that sweet, sweet soul. Man, I miss this kind of music.

Until next time…

Car Wash

I just recently watched a documentary on the African American cult comedy Car Wash and it was both interesting and hilarious. Released in 1976 (way before I was born) and directed by African American director Michael Schultz, Car Wash was full of interesting characters and heavy hitters like Richard Pryor and Antonio Fargas. I have to give kudos to Michael Schultz for creating a movie that almost didn’t get made because Car Wash is one of those movies that you won’t forget after watching it.

Car Wash catapulted R&B group Rose Royce to fame due to their songs (click on the hyperlink to listen) I Wanna Get Next To You and Car Wash. Thanks to them and writer / producer Norman Whitfield, Car Wash won a Grammy for the Best Score Soundtrack album in 1977. If you ever watched Car Wash you’ll see why. I loved the diverse cast and the fact of how director Michael Schultz included some of the people who actually lived and worked in the area where the movie was filmed. T.C.’s afro was on point!

If you want to see a good Old School movie, Car Wash is a good movie to add to your must watch list.

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No Excuse for Domestic Abuse

Domestic violence is becoming an epidemic. Domestic violence consists of physical, mental, emotional and even sexual abuse. For those of you who have been following my blog for quite some time, you know how strongly I feel about rape. Sad to say, rape is used often in relationships plagued with domestic violence and abuse and I find that quite unsettling.

Thank goodness for all the other wonderful men who love and treat women with dignity, tenderness and respect. Ladies, aren’t we grateful and thankful for men like that?

I received three clips to review (which I will also share with you) and I was asked to relay my thoughts. These clips are from movies that are based on true stories. That for me made these scenes even more heartbreaking to watch. My thoughts are this: There is NO excuse for domestic violence and abuse. My blood was boiling watching those clips and to think that millions of women go through such treatment each and every day is depressing and disturbing.

If you are in a relationship plagued with domestic violence and abuse, please love yourself enough to get out of it. If you have children, that is an even greater reason to leave.

Viewer discretion is strongly advised because even though these scenes are brief, they are very hard to watch. Viewer discretion is advised…

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Mudbound

If you have never seen this Netflix original movie, you are really missing out. The cast is spectacular and the acting is phenomenal! Let me just say that Mary J. Blige blew millions away with her acting. She should definitely be in more movies and when you watch her in Mudbound, you will see why. This movie is incredible!

This movie will touch you and move you like never before and it will have you thinking about it long after you watched it. I can see why it was nominated for several awards including a few Academy Awards. If you ever get a chance to watch this amazing movie, you will definitely be able to see why there was so much of hype surrounding Mudbound. There is nothing like it. It is definitely a movie you won’t forget. You should check it out when you get a chance.

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Safa IdrissĀ 

Hello and Good Morning to everyone! I hope that you are doing well! I stumbled across an article on Safa Idriss and decided to blog about her incredible story. If you have never heard of this beautiful little girl, let me tell you a little bit about her.

Safa, sometimes referred to as a “desert flower”, is a Somali African girl from the Djibouti slums. She was thrust into the media spotlight at the age of three in 2009 for two reasons. One, she was cast to play the young Somali supermodel Waris Dirie in the movie Desert Flower based on her autobiography of the same name. Two, the infamous contract Waris made her parents sign in order for Safa to be cast and compensated for her role in the movie Desert Flower. Hold your horses, do not jump to any conclusions yet. There is a reason why Waris enforced this…

Waris Dirie is a world famous Somali supermodel who told her own story of poverty and female genital mutilation in her autobiography entitled Desert Flower. Female genital mutilation is a harmful practice performed in almost all of Africa and many other countries as well. Waris did not want Safa to suffer the same fate she did since many victims of female genital mutilation sometimes die from bleeding out or suffer lifelong side effects from this harmful practice. Waris made her parents promise and sign a contract that they would never force Safa to undergo this “procedure” since many are forced at the age of three years old. 

Fast forward a few years later, Waris received a letter from Safa stating that her parents were being pressured and ostracized for not performing this harmful procedure on her. Moved by her love for Safa and her mission to put an end to female genital mutilation, Waris flew to Somalia to confront Safa’s parents. Angry and upset, Waris reminded Safa’s parents of their contract and she even threatened to take her away.

In the end, Safa’s parents did not force her to endure such a traumatic “procedure” and along with Safa, they have even become spokespersons against the harmful practice of female genital mutilation. I can only hope that many other young girls will be saved from the dangerous practice of female genital mutilation. It makes me so happy to see that Safa is continuing to grow into a beautiful young lady. I’m quite sure she and Waris will continue to fight against the harmful practice of female genital mutilation.

Until next time….