we all look alike, you know

they could be twins, right?

they could be twins, right?

A long time ago, when family comedies were more fun and less stupid [i.e. when I was a kid, and a prime consumer of these movies], my family was eating dinner at the Olive Garden in our town.  We only ever went out to eat for birthdays, and Mother’s and Father’s day, so it was some kind of special occasion – but there is only one thing I remember from that particular evening.  A somewhat loud group was seated in the booth directly behind us, and at the age of 1416, I needed no coaxing to eavesdrop.  They began to talk about that movie Sister Act, and how wonderfully funny Oprah was in it.

That’s right.  Oprah.

I overheard this, asked my family if they’d heard it, and immediately shared the story, cuz I found it hilarious.  We all had a good laugh, and sometimes even now, we’ll remember those crazy white people, and how they can’t tell one of us from the other.

You gotta laugh, right?

Tonight, I finally saw Star Trek – with my man Zachary Quinto, lovely young star of Heroes fame.  I really liked it.  I’ve never been into Star Trek, or anything like that, and have never seen any of the movies or watched more than one episode of the shows, so I was a pretty blank slate.  I’d heard the “live long and prosper”, and the “space: the final frontier…” before, but that was it.  The shows always came across as a little bit fake to me.  Maybe it seemed like some of the set was cardboard, or…just not very believable to me.  Plus, the trekkies I knew were very intense.  I couldn’t get into that, so I just left it as one of things I wasn’t going to be into.

Then this movie came out, and I was intrigued.  They’d finally made a Star Trek movie I wanted to see – one that started at the beginning, so I wouldn’t be confused.

The story and effects were excellent, IMO.  Definitely something I can keep coming back to, since the sequels are already a done deal.

Spock is definitely my fave person, I think I relate to him and his personality more.  But I definitely groove more off of John Cho, whom I have loved since Better Luck Tomorrow [along with Parry Shen, who I had a bit of a crush on, as well].  I think John Cho is super hot, so, all his screen time is golden, IMO.   I actually got a little pissed when someone pointed out a mistake that his character made, during the movie.  I love to see Zoe Saldana in movies, but in this one, I felt like there wasn’t much there for her to do.  She and ZQ did seem to vibe by the end of the movie, but at some points, her character seemed almost 2-D.  They’ve got to give her more depth if they want to make it more of an ensemble.  Although, I don’t really know how the Trek movies/shows go, so maybe they’re just sticking with the original ideas for her.  I really don’t like the guy who plays Kirk, [just on GP, I don’t really have anything against him, I just don’t like him], so I prefer all the other times that the movie is propelled forward by alternate cast members.  I love love love Simon Pegg, (tho I couldn’t tell you why, really, I just do) so Scotty’s a real winner for me.  All-in-all, good movie.  Two thumbs up, fine holiday fun.

I can kinda see a resemblance...kinda.

I can kinda see a resemblance..

Now, here are my two favorite audience interaction moments:

  • You hear him before you see him.  And you’re not sure if you can believe your ears.  Then you see him.  Tyler Perry.  And all the black people in the theater laughed.  Just seeing his face.  It was hilarious.
  • Walking out of the movie, I was behind an older white couple [late 50s/early 60s], and the wife says to the husband, “I didn’t know Will Smith’s wife was going to be in that movie…

You gotta laugh, right?

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dancing on the tightrope

The tears are here.

I spent the last two years in thought, in anger, in fear, in prayer, in despair, in faith – with occasional glimmers of hope.  When the nomination was won, I wasn’t all that happy, cuz my girl didn’t win.  I wasn’t surprised – I wasn’t despondent – but I wasn’t crazed, like a lot of people were.

As time went by, I became more convinced that Obama would win.  I had lingering doubts, but I was pretty sure by the time November 4th came around.  I couldn’t help getting swept up in some of the Obamania – like the Yes We Can video, and the pictures from all over the world, of people who wanted Obama to be our next president.  I’d felt ambivalent about Barack for awhile – when I noticed that once the smoke cleared after his inspiring speeches, I never actually had any substance to hold on to.

His first speech that I watched – in 2004 – was incredible to me.  I thought, “Wow!  Who is heHe should totally run!”  That speech was truly inspirational, and gave me hope for the Party.  When he announced his candidacy, I thought – well, hey, that’s great – he’ll get a chance to learn the ropes.  I wasn’t thinking that he had a chance to win.  I wasn’t thinking that I wanted him to.  Part of me did – just for the historicity of it – but mostly, no.

I voted Green.  Because I wanted to.  I stood in the booth, choosing between two black candidates for the office of President (!), and even then, I wavered.  But I did what I’d already resolved to do, go with my heart and vote Green.  Living where I do, I had no illusion that we might end up a blue state.  Certainly not Green.  But I did my part to be heard – to be counted.  And I watched as the votes were tallied by poll estimates.

I hoped.

I stayed up incredibly late, considering I had to go to work the next day, and watched as history was made.  I saw other people cry, but I didn’t.  I was happy that McCain didn’t win.  I was happy that the Obamas would be moving into the White House.  I saw the handwriting on the wall – a friend of mine stated that the only positive thing about the election results was that they proved that racism is over in America.  This, on a grander scale, was what I’d been afraid of.

Nationwide, there has been an uptick in proclamations of a ‘post-racial era’ having been ushered in by our newly elected President.  Today, I watched Oprah speaking with Demi and Ashton about their part in the political process.  They (the Moore’s) have put together a video of famous people taking Obama’s pledge – Demi directed.  In the video, there’s a guy (I don’t know his name) who says that he pledges to think of himself as an ‘American’ and not an ‘African-American’.

Oprah said she loves that.

I don’t.

That’s when I started thinking about this whole thing.  This whole new era that has most certainly been ushered in by the historic events that will continue to take place through this presidency.  It’s a tightrope.

I’ve been afraid to hope, because

  • Promises from politicians haven’t ever meant much
  • Backlash is brutal
  • I wanna at least hold on to the progress that we’ve made up to this point
  • I know that this is gonna be hard. real hard.

So I kept being pragmatic.  At the price of sometimes being labeled a naysayer, or raining on parades.  But it’s true – this is NO time for complacency.

But at the end of Oprah today, David Foster, Will.I.Am, Faith Hill, Seal, Bono, and Mary J. Blige sang a new song.

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And I cried.

It is a tightrope that we’re on.  Hope is a thread.  It’s fragile.  It must be guarded.  It must be cultivated.  It requires something of you.  Of us.  If we’re all gonna be out here on the line together, we have a responsibility to keep our neighbor’s standing.  It affects us all.

Tonight, though?  I’m dancing on that tightrope.  In step with the rest of you.  Through the tears – I’m dancing.  May God keep us together.