Why I've been obsessed with the concept of black love lately
April 20, 2016 at 10:30 am
Everyone gravitates to love because, secretly, love is what we all want and need.Plus, going to the movies gives you that little teenage, innocent-but-grown-up feeling all over again. It gives you the time to rekindle a night of fun with the girls or share $5 candy with that cute guy you like. *wink, wink* Collectively, black people are experiencing a lot. We’re going through this transition phase of trying to find our worth in a melting pot stirred by people who assume we’re worthless. We’re becoming more aware and trying to stop the next president from completely mutilating our culture, as we’ve been doing for years. However, in the past, if there was anything that was always there for us to help cope with those daily struggles, it was our own music, art, literature and films. A big chunk of our culture used to involve simple things such as watching Living Single and music videos on BET, reading those Tears of a Tiger books and going to the movies to see films that made us feel good about ourselves. We never needed acceptance from others to create those things. We just did. To make this super long story short, I just think we all need to see more relatable content. We don’t need to wait for others to create those opportunities for us. (Hence the #OscarsSoWhite movement) Plus, if you look at the numbers in films such as Straight Outta Compton, the trophy is just that…a trophy. The real value in films is serving the real audience, the people who pay $8.50 at the box office. People like you and me. On the bright side, I’m looking forward to seeing Barbershop: The Next Cut, but it makes me sad that I’ll probably have to wait another two or three years before another black “feel-good” movie comes out. Call me a sucker, cheesy, cornball, whatever, but lately I've just been really obsessed with the whole aura of this thing called black love. And I want it back.
Writing for the love of culture, all things true, and whatever her soul clings to. Day is a young, black Mississippian trying to connect us all through the creativity of storytelling. Follow her on Instagram @sayheyday to receive updates on her upcoming website.
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