I finally got the chance to watch Regina King’s film directorial debut “One Night in Miami” and baby…it was well worth the wait. Come on Queen!
Just a little background: it’s a fictional account of the meeting between four iconic Black men. Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke are gathered together with Malcolm X in his Miami motel room conversing about their political consciousness during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.
I’m not going to go into it too much because I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it yet, but definitely don’t sleep on this movie because it’s so relevant. And to release it on the weekend of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday with such civil unrest in this country is perfect timing! In an interview, King says she found it necessary to complete the project during our summer of unprecedented racial protests, and I couldn’t agree more.
We all witnessed that bullshit ass riot at the nation’s capitol that allowed, yes I said allowed, terrorists to have their way. Can we go back to June 1, 2020? The protest after police killed George Floyd? The one that included tear gas and rubber bullets? If you didn’t believe before, make no mistake that this incident clearly showed the disparate treatment of Black and white folks in America. Hell, even President-elect Joe Biden said that had it been a group of Black Lives Matter protesters they would have been treated “very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol.”
Enough about that. Kudos to Regina King for releasing a real movie to talk about - a call to action and reminder that the struggle is real for us, but especially for our Black men.
Monday, January 18th is the day we celebrate the man who sacrificed his life in hope of peace, freedom, and equality. What do you think Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would say about this day and age? My question is, are we still waiting on that change that is gonna come? Better yet, no questions needed because white supremacy and white privilege can’t be be any more black and white. We gone stand back and stand by!
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