Tag: Selma

David Oyelowo is Terrifying in Nightingale


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Well. That was disturbing.

I think I might even have nightmares. It takes a certain type of talent to carry an entire film with only yourself and a single set, but David Oyelowo, of Selma fame, plays it off to shocking effect. I stumbled upon Nightingale a few nights ago while burning the midnight oil, intent on simply having the movie play in the background while I worked. But I found myself caught up in the gripping tale as I watched Oyelowo’s psychotic character document himself on social media videos, engage in conversations with a mirror, and conjure up elaborate relationships that devastatingly jarred with reality. This film is black, haunting, and unredeeming. You may want to watch this with a friend. And sleep with the lights on.

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Oscars 2015: Neutral Zone

Zoe Saldana won the Oscars red carpet hands-down (sorry Jennifer!). 
There is just something about this stunning blush-colored dress, elegant draping, and overall flattering silhouette that makes this dress just the right amount of sexy and glam. I loved the neutrals that everyone was wearing and it gave the evening a lighter, softer feel away from the heaviness of recent awards shows. The other winners were Oprah, director Ava Duvernay, and Lupita Nyong’o’s Vanity Fair afterparty gown.  

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#2015Grammys: Fashion + F*ckery

I’ll get right to it. Since Ledisi is not dead, hospitalized, or otherwise incapacitated, I *still* do not get why Beyoncé got up there to sing the Mahalia Jackson classic, Precious Lord, Take My Hand, that Ledisi portrayed in the movie Selma. If you saw the movie, you remember how heart-wretching and powerful her voice sounded, even as she sang with a cracked voice over a telephone line to Dr. King. So to have Beyoncé swoop in, and do a pop-ified rendition, when she played no part in the movie whatsoever, was truly disheartening. Especially since she instead decided to do a song for the mainstream and highly publicized slop of a movie, 50 Shades of Gray. But this is the music industry, and what is fair is not always what is done. Thankfully, Ledisi offered a graceful response to this BS:
Here is Ledisi’s beautiful rendition:

To steal someone else’s shine for personal aggrandizement is just disgusting and immature. Common and John Legend deserve an equal roasting for kowtowing to this diva when the rightful, more qualified singer should have performed that song. Thankfully, most people with a brain could see through the f*ckery. 

 As for Kanye, that stunt queen did what he does best, but luckily, Beck is a grown man, not a teenaged girl, so Kanye sat his behind back down.

 There were but a few looks that I actually liked from this show.

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#NAACPImageAwards : Any You Slay, And You Slay!

This awards show seemed to sparkle just a bit more than others. Maybe it was because it has been, and continues to be a great time in movies and television for Black actors (Who else is addicted to #HTGAWM, #EmpireFox, #ScandalABC,   & #BMJ?). I enjoyed just about everyone’s look son the red carpet, but my favorite of all? Angela Bassett. I mean, can I have what she’s having?
Director Ava Duvernay accepting her trophy for Selma

Taraji P. Henson accepts her award for Entertainer of the Year

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5 Quotes By Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. That Inspire Me

 When I began revisiting this website, I started to thinking about all that has changed about me as I’ve grown from young, single, city girl in 2006 to a mature, wise woman and mother in 2015. While I love to indulge in the frivolity of everyday life and entertainment, I realized that I felt pulled to discuss things that carried a little more depth than what Beyoncé wore last night. I was never that shallow, but as I’ve grown, the little things have become less important to me. Below, I’ve picked out a few quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that speak to me in my newfound sense of self. 

 A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. 

 Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’

 

 There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscious tells him it is right. 

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. 

 If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

As you enjoy this day off, take some time to consider what it is that you do that is bigger than yourself, bigger than the everyday.
Peace.

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