My Rant for the Day

First things first- Can I say that I am beyond SHOCKED that news has surfaced Will and Jada have separated????  Yes, I know that I don’t know them, but let’s be real.  We hold celebrities to certain statuses in our lives, especially when it comes to relationships. weight, looks, money, etc.  And it seemed that the Smiths had it together-a beautiful family, talented kids, businesses, both were currently working.  I know more than a few of us thought that Will and Jada were the epitome of Black Love, right up there with Ossie and Ruby, Angela and Courtney, Bill and Camille, the list goes on.  I know it’s NOT going to happen, but we should leave the Smiths alone during this very personal matter. 

Next up, I saw “The Help” last Sunday.  While I appreciate my girls inviting me out and having a bang-up Sunday night, I really don’t know my thoughts on the movie.  I had no desire to see the film, but I didn’t have any plans (and they changed the time they were going just for me), so I decided to go.  “The Help” was an enjoyable film, but I don’t know if I liked it.  Honestly, I have to see it again before I can do a real Southern Girl Review.

I bought Beyonce’s “4” about a week after it came out.  I am probably once of the biggest Bey Stans there is, but I don’t think I’m a fan.  As I told a friend, I’m not a Ballad Beyonce fan (think “Listen”); I like more up-tempo, dance hits (think “Single Ladies”).  And since her newest album is more ballads, I wasn’t feeling it.  I have been listening to it more with the intent to give the album an honest listening to and determination in my opinion.  As of today, the jury’s still out. 

So, that’s my rant for the day.  No rhyme or reason, no logic.  Just my thoughts on some things that are going on in pop culture.  And for those of you who know how I feel about the Kardashians, I purposefully did not discuss Kim and Kris’ nuptials this weekend.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern Girl…in the city!

What’s Wrong with Elle-The Movie Edition

We all love a good bargain.  And so today I took advantage of a deal that’s happening on Living Social where you can buy 2 movie tickets for $9 at (Go here to get yours!)  While celebrating my purchase, I was trying to decide what movie I wanted to go see.  We all know “supporting Black cinema” is one of my personal mantras, and I sadly realized that there are no Black movies coming out this year. 

Now, let me define how I view Black cinema.  I view Black cinema as a movie that has a Black director and/or (mainly and) has Black people as main characters.  Some examples include “The Best Man”, “Jungle Fever”, “Mahogany”, and “Jumping the Broom”.  Movies that could be included due to them having a Black director include “Summer of Sam” and “25th Hour”.  Now, if we use the criteria of having  Black people as the main characters, then we can use “The Color Purple” and “Bird”.  Following that criteria, the only remaining movie that comes out in 2011 that qualifies is “The Help”.  “The Help” is a movie set in 1960s Mississippi and follows the relationship of Black maids with the white families they work for and the mayhem that arises when the maids decide to share all of the secrets they see.  I’ve heard the book is good and the trailer makes the movie seem interesting, but I don’t want this to be my only option for a major motion picture in Black cinema this summer.  And it’s sad to note that there appears to be at least 3 Black people listed as stars…and even one of them is suspect in her billing. 

I’m saying all this to say that I’m disappointed there aren’t more Black films coming out this summer. I guess since one Madea movie and “Jumping the Broom” came out in 2011 I should be satisfied.  Well, I’m not.  One good thing about the summer is the movie festivals.  I hope that there are some great Black films that debut, and they will get picked up by a major studio for nationwide distribution.  Maybe I should just stock up on my DVD collection and have “Black Movie Night” each week at my house.  (Actually…that’s not a half-bad idea.)  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.