It's Black History Month! "Hits the woah while singing the Black National Anthem* The time to be Blackity Black blackem, just the BLACKEST we can be. The time to reflect on the achievements and perseverance of our ancestors. The time to recognize and celebrate the Black excellence in all of us.
This year has been an unexpected whirlwind of death and tragedy for many, including myself. Even in this last month, I am working through the grief of losing loved ones. It’s left me with many existential questions along with fear of the unexpected as I’m sure many others are experiencing.
But despite my questions of “why”and what the future holds, and in being starkly reminded of life’s fragility, I see an irrefutable lesson: tomorrow isn’t promised and the life we live today creates our legacy for tomorrow.
It’s taken me a while to even begin to write this. I honestly didn’t know if I could or if I had anything to say. I’ve been speechless.
In fact, this writing feels a bit forced. I’m writing it in the name of consistency. I promised my supporters that I would write a blog every month. But honestly, today I don’t feel like writing. I don’t feel like conversation.
What it’s About: Life is a struggle for single father Chris Gardner (Will Smith). Evicted from their apartment, he and his young son (Jaden Smith) find themselves alone with no place to go. Even though Chris eventually lands a job as an intern at a prestigious brokerage firm, the position pays no money. The pair must live in shelters and endure many hardships, but Chris refuses to give in to despair as he struggles to create a better life for himself and his son.
Why I Like It: We get to see Will Smith with his son Jaden in an emotional drama. Their real life relationship translates seamlessly into their on-screen roles. I love that it’s a biographical film and gives us a positive representation of Black fatherhood.
Good For: Times of unemployment, rejection, learning new things, and when you feel like you have to make a way out of no way.