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Monday, January 17, 2011

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

I offer here a tremendous Thank you to Dr. King. A man who gave us as American's the opportunity to improve not only our country but our individual selves. The individual, something our American myth is built on, has a chance through Dr. King's teachings to become the citizenry we claim to be in this world. To honor Freedom, Liberty and the pursuit of each person regardless of color to be the best. 
To honor this legacy, do something today- NO,doing something this week that can potentially change your thinking, bring a change to someone or sends a ripple in the ocean. Volunteer, shop local, tell someone NOT to repeat that racist joke, defend a weaker/smaller/kinder person, send someone you consider evil a blessing, -Think, do, say, something out of your normal range. Visit an inner city business, offer someone your parking spot, smile at someone that normally drives you nuts. Peace be with you. 

Favorite films starring an African American Actor: 
"Idlewild" (2006) - Absolutely one of my favorite kissing in the rain scenes. Simply gorgeous. A funny, strange mixture of musical, fantasy, gangster, love story. Big Boi and Andre Benjiman are both delightful in this silly romantic romp. An incredible cast! Specially notable, Faizon Love and Macy Gray. 

I'm stuck here on the second one- because every film I can think of stars Terence Howard......
"Pride" (2007)- a lovely well done quiet film, should have gotten much more notice than it did, with some terrific performances. 
"CRASH"(2004) - Ludacris steals this film from an INCREDIBLE list of performers. Don Cheadle is brilliant, Sandra Bullock is less annoying, but Matt Dillon and Thandie Newton are heartbreakingly beautiful. Forget the over preachy message and concentrate on the acting, the story of each persons winding road is not easy to find if you are annoyed by the huggy feely premise - but look beyond that to the characterization and movement of the lives. 

Last but far from least, 

"Cabin in the Sky" (1943) - How lucky are we to have such performance on film? From Lena Horne's 'Stormy Weather' to Louis Armstrong's every moment on film....a moving, delightful set of performances. Any music, film, or history 'fan' should view this film.  

In addition, I would like to honor a few important figures in American History:

Dr. Rebecca Cole (1846-1922) 

Dr. Percy L. Julian (1899-1975) 

Garrett Augustus Morgan (1877-1963)

1 comment:

joe bloke said...

right on, dude. although, in all fairness, I do most of those things on a daily basis as a matter of course. guess it's just easier for most people to not give a shit.