“You see his WHAT, but you don’t know his WHY. You see that she’s a heavy drinker, but you don’t see that she’s trying to forget the miscarriage. You see he is a heroin addict, but you don’t see that he is numbing the pain from having a dead beat father who constantly beat and never accepted or loved him. You see that he switches and has a limp wrist, but you don’t know that He was sodomized and feminized in jail for 10 years. You see she’s called the neighborhood whore, but you don’t know she pimped out by her parents for drugs since age 4. Maybe THAT’S “why God ain’t struck them down dead for being in sin”. He knows their WHY. It doesn’t make their sin okay, but it makes it more understandable. Also, it gives you a reason and an opportunity to have compassion on them like Christ would.”—Mistye Nicole Quinn (via womanwholovestruth)
I don’t need for you to be an independent woman and I don’t wanna be an independent man but if we can get along and laugh and talk and have sex, dream and laugh and talk and still like each other then maybe just maybe we can depend on each other.
I don’t need for you to wear red lipstick or lip gloss or face dust, I like your face just fine as it is.
I don’t need for you to paint your nails or wear fake ones, I think they look kinda silly.
I don’t need to see your cleavage or your thighs, I’m still gettin’ over your eyes and your smile and I don’t need anymore distractions.
I don’t need, in fact I don’t want, you to sit a certain way or talk like this or walk like a supermodel.
George Lucas, creator of “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones,” has funded and produced a film telling the story of the Tuskegee Airmen who entered into battle in 1943. Lucas says he has been waiting to make this film for over 20 years not because of money or interest, but for the technology to highlight the true skill of these brilliant pilots. He also has spoke on the difficulty in making a film that is seen as “All Black”.
Studios didn’t want to put up the $35million or so to cover print and ads for the movie, because they say these films don’t make money…which is true. This all together was $90-100 million dollar film. “I plan to prove that Black can mean Green…” says Lucas.
I plan to support it and take some young folks with me. My wife is a teacher and had her school sponsor a trip for 70 students to go see the film as apart of their curriculum. The 1995 “Tuskegee Airman” film was great as well, so to be able to see this with the money behind it should be a treat. There are some familiar names in the film as well as some fresh faces:
The leading star is Cuba Gooding Jr, who also stared in the 1995 film Tuskegee Airmen with Laurence Fishbone about the same group of black fighter pilots.
The cast also includes Terrence Howard the actor, singer, and rapper who had his film break in “Mister Holland’s Opus” starring along side Richard Dreyfuss and the iconic Olympia Dukakis.
Bryan Cranston who is best known for his role in the T.V. smash hit Malcolm in the Middle.
A side note: whilst at college for a part-time job Bryan became a ordained minister.
Other actors include Nate Parker who played Henry Lowe in “Great Debaters” directed be Denzel Washington. Also signed up are David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Aml Ameen, and Cliff Smith (aka Method Man).
“23 years. We finished it, financed it myself, and I figured, you know, I could get prints and ads paid for by the studios, and that they would release it. I showed it to all of them and they said ‘No. We don’t know how to market a movie like this.’ …It’s because it’s an all-black movie. There’s no major white roles in it at all. It’s one of the first all-black action pictures ever made.”—
Red Tailsexecutive producer GEORGE LUCAS, on why it took more than two decades for his latest film to hit movie theatres, on The Daily Show.
A soulmate is an ongoing connection with another individual that the soul picks up again in various times and places over lifetimes. We are attracted to another person at a soul level not because that person is our unique complement, but because by being with that individual, we are somehow provided with an impetus to become whole ourselves. Edgar Cayce
As women, we have been taught either to ignore our differences, or to view
them as causes for separation and suspicion rather than as forces for
change. Without community there is no liberation, only the most vulnerable
and temporary armistice between an individual and her oppression. But
community must not mean a shedding of our differences, nor the pathetic
pretense that these differences do not exist.
Those of us who stand outside the circle of this society’s definition of
acceptable women; those of us who have been forged in the crucibles of
difference — those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are Black, who
are older — know that survival is not an academic skill. It is learning how
to stand alone, unpopular and sometimes reviled, and how to make common
cause with those others identified as outside the structures in order to
define and seek a world in which we can all flourish. It is learning how to
take our differences and make them strengths. For the master’s tools will
never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat
him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine
change. And this fact is only threatening to those women who still define
the master’s house as their only source of support.
“Whenever one is in a conversation where someone says, ‘What’s wrong with black people? Why can’t they get over it? Slavery ended 150 years ago.’ That’s fundamentally false. The reality is that slavery and all of the limitations it imposed on the future and the potential and the progress of African American families didn’t end 150 years ago. It continued until World War II well into the lives of large numbers of African Americans today.”—Doug Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name (via womanwholovestruth)