Several founding members of the Black Lives Matter activist network have come out with some pretty heavy criticism for the new film, “The Hate U Give,” a project based on a book that was released last year that deals with the ever controversial topic of race and police brutality.
The movie itself was released in 2,300 movie theaters and brought in around $7.5 million, enabling it to nab the number six spot at the box office.
So why, exactly, did these two individuals denounce the film? Because it wasn’t anti-cop enough.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, “’The Hate U Give’ tells the story of 16-year-old Starr Carter – played by actress Amandla Stenberg – who lives in a black neighborhood but goes to a white private school. The balance between her two worlds tips when she witnesses her childhood friend die after being shot by a white police officer.”take our poll - story continues below
The Washington Post described the film as “a powerful look at Black Lives Matter.” It was also labeled “a Black Lives Matter movie” by left-leaning Slate Magazine. But Black Lives Matter’s top organizers dispute such interpretations.
Lots of folks rushing out to see #TheHateUGive this weekend and some are touting it as the first #BlackLivesMatter movie…Important perspective from @Blklivesmatter co-founder @OsopePatrisse and BLMLA’s @DocMellyMel on why it is not that…@thelasentinel https://t.co/hQLtIYdWQA
— #BlackLivesMatter-LA (@BLMLA) October 19, 2018
BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors and Dr. Melina Abdullah both went and watched the movie, agreeing later on to produce a critique together of the film for it’s failure to come out strong enough in condemnation of local police officers.
The activists noted several specific racial observations, including:
Angie Thomas’ New York Times bestseller on which the film is based swapped out the book cover that originally pictured a chocolate-colored Afroed girl, for the light-skinned young actress, Amandla Stenberg…
Stenberg’s braids hang long as she holds a placard that reads “The Hate U Give,” a reference to Tupac’s THUG LIFE acronym (The Hate U Give Little Infants F*cks Everyone)… THUG LIFE, tattooed across his mid-section, was a scathing critique of the White-supremacist-capitalist system that treats Black and poor children with contempt, depriving them of resources, and ultimately causing the whole of society to suffer the consequences.
We might also wonder about the choice to have Audrey Wells, a White screenwriter whose credits include ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ and ‘The Truth About Cats and Dogs,’ adapt an urban Black novel for the screen…
The film asks viewers not to challenge a policing system…but to focus exclusively on “Black-on-Black crime,” even when unarmed Black boys are killed by White cops…
As if that wasn’t already a little bit out in left field, the pair also go on to suggest that perhaps police interests provided financial support for the movie, stating that black folks should not be focused on repairing relations with police, but dismantling law enforcement agencies instead. Cooperation is, apparently, not an option up for consideration.
Being a police officer is already a super dangerous job, but the state of race relations in America, something that’s been produced by and large by leftist politicians and media outlets blowing things out of proportion, has made it all the more perilous.
And yes, it’s even increased the risk for black people too, as everyone is more on edge and likely to react out of anxiety and panic rather than level headed rationalism.
Let’s hope there’s healing in this area, because it is something that is desperately needed.
Source: Daily Wire
American Music Icon Dead at 72; Was Set to Tour This Summer
Rest in peace, amigo.
When it comes to gritty guitars and even grittier songs, there is no act quite like that little ol’ band from Texas. ZZ Top mainlined American blues standards directly into the electric era of 1970’s rock, and then reinvented the genre once again with the synthesizers of the 1980’s. From there, the band toured the world incessantly, bringing their grimy grooves and unforgettable stage presence to audiences from Dusseldorf to Delaware. Now, just weeks before the band was set to take to the road once again, one member of the holy triumvirate of honky-tonk has passed away. Dusty Hill, the bassist for ZZ Top, has died. He was 72. Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard of the Texas-based trio issued a statement to Variety on Tuesday, writing: “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’” And then, echoing the sentiments of music fans the nation over: “You will be missed greatly, amigo,” the statement added. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so we’ll just leave you all with a classic. Make sure to turns those speakers up, y’all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5WB5ouP-8c
Mask Mandates Coming Back to Capitol Hill After CDC Switcheroo
This isn’t likely to go over well with some lawmakers.
With the “delta” variant now raging in some parts of the country, and breakthrough infections of vaccinated individuals continuing to be reported, the CDC has made a stark decision, stating that even vaccinated folks should be wearing a mask when they are indoors or in parts of the country with high COVID transmission rates. This has now prompted the House of Representatives to bring back a previously criticized policy themselves. Capitol Attending Physician Brian Monahan said late Tuesday that the House of Representatives is reinstating its mask mandate – and therefore the threat of fines to members who don’t comply – following updated guidance from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the delta variant of the coronavirus. The White House also appears to be going back to mandated masks. A White House press representative was seen Tuesday swapping a sign saying people are required to wear masks if unvaccinated with another saying masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Monahan didn’t leave much room for interpretation. “For the Congress, representing a collection of individuals traveling weekly from various risk areas (both high and low rates of disease transmission), all individuals should wear a well-fitted, medical-grade filtration mask (for example an ear loop surgical mask or a KN95 mask) when they are in an interior space,” Monahan said in a letter sent to congressional staffers. The move will almost certainly see pushback from the far right side of the aisle, where the mandating of masks has been a very unpopular policy, and a point of contention in almost every arena in which it has been implemented.
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