Detroit

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I went to an advanced moving screening of Detroit, and what a privilege that was. Detroit the movie is a beautiful tragedy. I found beauty in how well crafted the film was. Variations of real footage and actual footage of the Detroit riots were captivating. It started with a description of the Great Migration, using images of Jacob Lawrences artwork. Jacob Lawrence is a famous African-American artist who captured the plight of the Great Migration through his art. They literally made his art come to life, which was fascinating to see.

The beginning of the movie takes us into the commencement of the Detroit Riots, which was triggered at a party on 12th Street. The Detroit Riots was one of the main character of this film. Eventually we meet, the antagonistic police of Detroit, and something about their behavior seems eerily similar to our current issues with police today.

The protagonists of the film Larry and Fred appear about 20-minutes in, at the Fox Theater during a performance. The Dramatics (the group that Larry was in), was just about to take the stage before the police came to evacuate the venue. If you know anything about music of the past, The Dramatics eventually blew up in the 70s but this was 1967, right before their rise to fame and they were still hungry little teens looking to be the next Temptations.

What happens after the performance at the Algiers Hotel is the tragedy. Three innocent teens dead at the hands of police officers. I will leave it up to you to see this film and come to your own conclusions about this horrific occurrence that’s been left out of far too many history books. This film is a must see, and I encourage you all to brace yourselves!

If Issa Was My Friend…Insecure Season 2 Episode 2

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If Issa was my friend I would’ve been right there with her checking out Tasha’s social media account. I know, the mature thing to do is to avoid social media stalking “the new girl” all together but when the love of your life just broke up with you and has a new chick, maturity goes out of the window. Is this healthy? Absolutely not. Does she run the risk of becoming obsessed with looking at Tasha’s page, yep! Will she spend many nights on the couch comparing herself to Tasha? Pretty much! But sometimes, seeing that your ex has moved on finally opens up the door for closure. The first picture of them together is going to hurt like a dagger. The first time she questions, “What does he see in her, that he didn’t see in me?” will be emotionally draining but these are often times the emotions one has to go through after a break up, especially when an ex has moved on and you haven’t. I’ve been there. Something about stalking the new girl makes you feel kind of low though. You’re sitting here obsessing over someone else, while they’re out there living their best life and with your man…think about it.

Issa learned tragically that there’s no chance of Lawrence coming back (Molly, thanks for being #bestfriendgoals and camping outside his job, you’re the real MVP). Although I’m 89% sure Lawrence will be back, Issa seems like she’s coming into terms with this, despite how hard it may be.

The person who really needs advice in this episode is Tasha. She’s the rebound girl. The girl who wants to be loved so bad, that she’ll settle for someone else’s leftovers; Dangerous position to be in.

If Tasha was my friend, I would tell her “Run fast! I know you’re catching feelings girl, but Lawrence is confused and you have to protect your heart….He’s honest though.”

I’ve never seen any man feel so guilty about sleeping with their ex, that they confess their wrongs to the rebound girl. I’m hoping fellas take note. Honesty is the best policy, even if it stings at first. At the end of the day, no matter what position you might be playing, main chick or rebound, we’re all human and we all have feelings and a strong desire to be loved. I believe most women would prefer a guy being honest about his mistakes than finding out about it; that type of betrayal hurts bad. Again, Lawrence is showing his self-righteousness, by proving he can be better than Issa. Issa wasn’t honest with him, but he has to be better than her, or that would make him just as guilty. But it leads me to question if Lawrence was only being honest because Tasha and him are not exclusive, so it’s less pressure. Nevertheless, Lawrence needs some breathing space. I would be shocked if Lawrence and Tasha became exclusive because right now Tasha is looking like collateral damage and no one deserves that.