This. Is. A. Major. Movie. Alert. (Cue Flex Bombs!)
“To love well is the task in all meaningful relationships, not just romantic bonds.”
bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions (a Black woman who be knowing)
Hey Everyone! How are those New Year’s Resolutions holding up? Shout out to those who are still hitting the gym, still making those green smoothies and the ones who will get back to their resolutions when they’re good and gotdamn ready. I see all of y’all.
What I’ve also seen, which I hope many of you have had the opportunity to check out is If Beale Street Could Talk which is directed by Barry Jenkins and is based on the book written by the late James Baldwin. What do you get when you put these two geniuses together? You get perfection. You get dopeness. You get art and more importantly, you get love. Black love.
This film is so important for so many reasons and all of them have to do with the depictions of the different types of Black love we get to see from the page to the screen. I’m just gon’ admit right now that I haven’t read the book but based on the movie, I’m sure I would love it.
As a community, we tend to say Black love and automatically think #RelationshipGoals. You think Will and Jada, Boris and Nicole, Ozzie Davis and Ruby Dee. But we have also loosely assigned the phrase Black love to everyone out here who happens to be Black and going through the motions in many times, raggedy ass, toxic ass relationships.Think Juelz Santana and Kimbella. This is not the Black love that we get in the film (nor do I want, #sorrynotsorry.)
Jenkins takes Baldwin’s words and visually represents the beauty and depth of Black love that is undeniable. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I’m gonna try my best not to spoil too much for you and by try my best, I mean I’m gonna spoil some shit for you. Just know you’ve been warned. Secondly, watching this film took me back to moments in my own life that I am going to talk about so yes, y’all gonna be my audience/therapist too.
With that being said, where do I begin?
I guess at the beginning.
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