Celebrating Triumph Over Tragedy

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Antwone Fisher is a compelling film that parents should watch with their children.  It tells the story of a young man determined to overcome his emotional abuse and anger issues.  His story needed to be told because many children are abused on a daily basis and no one says a word about it.  This would greatly help people identify with similar issues that they faced at a younger age.  Antwone Fisher (Derek Luke) had a difficult childhood growing up without his parents and stayed in the foster care system.  His dad was killed before he was born and mother became pregnant with him while serving time in prison.

Unfortunately, his foster mother Mrs. Tate treated him and the other boys very unfairly. No matter how young a child might be, an adult does not have the right to abuse any child.  Antwone’s decision to join the U.S. Navy provided him with a greater sense of direction and hope that he desperately needed to escape the psychological trauma from his childhood.  The Navy was also responsible for saving his life and shaping him into becoming a better person.  Life is filled with difficult choices and everyone has to do what is best for them regardless of their circumstances.  I think Antwone Fisher made the right decision in joining the Navy because it provided him with a better lifestyle and greater opportunities than the life he had as a child.

However, his anger issues did not go away.  During certain parts of the film, Antwone got into fights with several shipmates and almost got thrown out of the Navy for good.  While in the Navy, he met Captain Davenport (Denzel Washington), a Navy psychiatrist providing him with the proper counseling necessary for overcoming the obstacles that plagued his childhood and seeking help to find his family.  At first, Antwone was reluctant to listen and share his problems with Captain Davenport.

After many trials and tribulations, he realized that he needed help to cope with these issues now matter how uncomfortable it felt.  Eventually, Antwone would go on to find his real family and come to terms with his painful past.  The healing process is a very important step in helping many individuals make sense of what happened and seek ways of preventing it from happening in the future to anyone else.  Despite the fact that Antwone Fisher had a rough childhood, he persevered and overcame all odds to become an inspiration to future generations.

Below is a YouTube clip of Antwone Fisher coming face-to-face with the people that abused him earlier in his childhood:

This film serves as a reminder that nothing is impossible and anyone can achieve anything with the right attitude.  Therefore, having the right attitude is a key factor that can help people overcome their problems and seek a better life for themselves.

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LET’S PUT AN END TO SEXUAL ABUSE NOW!!!

One story that has made major headlines this year is the sexual misconduct charges against film producer Harvey Weinstein.  I am not surprised many actresses in Hollywood came out publicly to announce their mistreatment by this man.  Some actresses affected by this scandal were Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie, and Gwyneth Paltrow.  Unfortunately, this issue has been going on for years behind closed doors and no one said anything until now.  Like they say, “What happens in the dark will eventually come to light.”  In my opinion, I think that all the actresses who were sexually abused should have gotten together and addressed this issue earlier.  Many actresses think speaking out about what happened will hurt their career, but this will help the public become more aware of what is going on in Hollywood.  It would have saved time and effort from future generations of actresses enduring the same type of suffering that these women went through.

Even though this is an uncomfortable topic for many people, it needs to be discussed openly.  Parents need to have serious conversations with their daughters and provide them necessary advice to keep them safe from harm.  Acknowledging this issues early in life will prepare them for the dangers and uncertainties down the road.  It is our duty to raise our daughters in becoming independent and socially conscious of the world they live in.  This will save their lives and the lives of other young women from becoming another victim of sexual abuse.

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Get Ready for The Adventure of a Lifetime with Top Gun

 

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Top Gun is one of my all-time favorite films.  If I had to rate this film from 0(worst) to 10(best), I would give it a 10/10.  Everything about Top Gun makes it spectacular to watch even after its release in 1986 from the plot down to the unforgettable soundtrack.

The plot revolves around a young naval fighter pilot named Maverick (Tom Cruise) that is provided with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete among the best pilots in the Navy’s prestigious Top Gun school.  In my opinion, one major element that made Top Gun so memorable was the non-stop, action-packed aerial dogfights making it more excitable to watch.  Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is an iconic character primarily because he displays a lot of confidence and pride necessary to become one of the best fighter pilots that the Navy has ever seen.  However, many people see him as cocky and wreckless.  During his journey on becoming a naval fighter pilot, his best friend Goose (Anthony Edwards) gets killed in an unfortunate accident.  It is one of the most memorable scenes in the film reminding me that life is unpredictable and tomorrow is not promised to anyone.

Check out this scene below:

 

This situation forced him to reevaluate his decision about his passion of flying.  Similar to many young pilots, he makes an effort to seek assistance from veteran naval pilot (Tom Skerritt) about his options.  In the end, Maverick decides to move on and continue flying.  I am happy that he did not give up or we would have lost one of the best Navy fighter pilots in film history.  Life is defined by a person’s ability to persevere no matter how many times they get knocked down.  It is one of my main reasons for loving this film time and time again.

Finally, let’s not forget about the amazing soundtrack!  The soundtrack fits this film perfectly like a glove.  Some of the best songs to check out are Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins, Take My Breath Away – Berlin, and Mighty Wings – Cheap Trick.  All of the songs featured in Top Gun takes you on an amazing journey with each character and the obstacles they overcome to accomplish their goals.  Top Gun features a star-studded cast that includes Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, and Meg Ryan.  Anyone that is passionate about naval aviation and seeing aerial assaults on film should watch Top Gun.  I would highly recommend it to everyone.  You will not be disappointed.

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First Black Female Comedian Long Overdue

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Last week, Girls Trip breakout star Tiffany Haddish became the first black female stand- up comedian to host Saturday Night Live in its 43 year history.  While some people might
view this accomplishment as a major milestone, I strongly felt that it was long overdue.  The bigger question we have to ask ourselves is “Why should we have to wait 43 years in hosting its first black female stand-up comedian?”  Throughout the years, Saturday Night Live has hosted female performers such as Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, Kerry Washington along with regular cast members Maya Rudolph, Sasheer Zamata, and Leslie Jones.  It has been proven that the show has been slow to embrace diversity over time.  Similar to actress Halle Berry becoming the first black actress winning an Academy Award for Best Actress, nobody knows when we will see another milestone like this one.  

 

With that being said, I congratulate Tiffany Haddish and wish her greater success in the future.  Despite starring in the widely successful film Girls Trip, her upbringing in foster care motivates me to continue striving towards greatness and never giving up.  One thing that stuck out to me about her is wearing the same $4000 white Alexander McQueen dress on Saturday Night Live and at the Girls Trip film premiere.  In my opinion, her humble and down to earth persona helps me appreciate people that remember where they came from.  No matter how successful a person becomes in their career, their ability to be open and honest about overcoming obstacles with the public can make a difference among people that want to change their lives for the better.

Here is one of her sketches from Saturday Night Live below:

 

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Is It Acceptable for Black Men To Cry?

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This past week actor/singer Tyrese Gibson cried over not seeing his daughter despite a custody battle with his ex-wife.  He has to pay $13,000 each month to see her.  The problem I have with this particular situation is that Tyrese is a multi-millionaire best known for The Fast and Furious franchise.  I understand that everyone goes through tough times, but what matters is how a person responds to their situation.  Crying on Instagram in front of the world and engaging in destructive behavior makes black men weak.  Even though he is a celebrity, Tyrese and other black actors should make better decisions to save and invest their money because no one stays on top in Hollywood forever.

Also, celebrities have to be careful about the kind of woman they decide to settle down with. Unfortunately, some black celebrities settle down with the wrong person and end up getting a divorce, especially when children are involved.  Some people get married because they love each other, but others get married for strictly financial reasons. Depending on the person, I do not see anything wrong with a man that decides not to get married, especially when it’s a celebrity because most women are hungry for money and will do anything to obtain it.  There is nothing wrong with a man raising a baby on his own.  I agree that it will be harder, but at least Tyrese would not have to deal with anyone telling him when he can see his daughter.

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Racism in Hollywood: Has Anything Really Changed?

Marvel Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. star Chloe Wang changed her name to Chloe Bennett so she could get offered more roles in Hollywood. The main reason behind her decision was because Hollywood is racist as a Chinese-American actress. It should not come as a surprise that Hollywood has always and will continue to be racist towards non-white actors/actresses. As long as white people control the power and make the decisions on who they want to cast in their TV shows and films, then it will continue to remain an uphill battle in gaining respect in this industry.

I think that she should not change her last name because it gave her an identity. Therefore, an actor or actress changing their last name in conforming to Hollywood standards does not guarantee success. The only way for non-white actors/actresses to gain true respect in the film industry is by getting more involved in writing, producing, directing, financing, and distributing their own projects. Having the ability to tell your own stories gives artists an opportunity in controlling their image on screen. It is better for artists to stay true to themselves and remain committed in improving their craft than trying to conform to an industry that portrays them in a stereotypical manner.

Click on the link below for more information:
Chloe Bennet Says “Hollywood Is Racist” In Response To Her Name Change

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South Korea’s First Black Model

I came across this article about South Korea’s first black fashion model Han Hyun-min. Despite having African features, he grew up in Itaewon and speaks Korean. By fashion industry standards, Han Hyun-min has a very distinct look at only sixteen years old. At an early age, he already made his third appearance at Seoul Fashion Week. Unfortunately, Han Hyun-min does not look like your typical Korean. South Korea is considered a homogeneous society that looks down on people that do not look like them. Even if an individual comes from another country and knows Korean fluently or understands the culture, they will never be accepted.

Here is a link to the article below:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/04/south-korea-black-model-170406081325926.html

Therefore, this makes it harder for Han Hyun-min in adapting to Korean culture because Koreans are more accustomed to communicating with people that they look like them on a daily basis. Many people would automatically assume that he is a foreigner, but they do not know that he was born to a Korean mother and Nigerian father. Han Hyun-min knows very little about Nigerian culture because he was not born there. It is similar to someone that is Korean-Canadian. Even though the individual is born in Canada, they will not know much about Korean culture. As a result, they are going to feel like an outsider.

Being a mixed-race fashion model in South Korea can be very challenging, but it can also become a great advantage. I think the younger generation of Koreans are more open-minded and embrace seeing people from other ethnicities. As time goes on, Korean society is going to encounter more mixed-race people that look different from them. In my opinion, model Han Hyun-min will continue making strides in the fashion industry through his mixed ethnicity and inspire future generations of models to follow in his footsteps one day. Blacks have always been trendsetters and will continue seeking ways in bring innovative ideas to our ever-changing universe. Being the first in anything is always going to be a challenge, but black people have shown that time and time again it can de done through hard work, persistence, and determination.

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