Chi-Raq

Spike Lee so crazy.

I am a huge Lee fan. I give him props for renewing interest in black cinema almost 30 years ago with his debut film “She’s Gotta Have It.” I think Lee brings a unique style and pro-black stance to the film industry. He represented Black Lives Matter before black lives mattered. You always know when you are watching a Lee production even when it’s not a “black” film (“Inside Man”). Sometimes he goes too far (I’m still trying to figure out what the hell “Red Hook Summer” was about) and he tends to be hit or miss with his black female characters. Mostly miss.

So, I’m curious to see how he handles all the dynamic black women featured in the trailer for his new film “Chi-Raq.”

“Chi-Raq, Spike Lee’s latest joint, is an update of Aristophanes’ anti-war comedy Lysistrata, otherwise known as the play where all the women of Athens stop having sex with their husbands in an effort to bring the devastating Peloponnesian War to an end. Set in the modern day south Chicago Urban war zone nicknamed Chi-Raq (as in “Iraq”) the story sees a group of women organize against the on-going violence after the murder of a child by a stray bullet, by withholding sexual access to the point that even strippers refuse to work. What follows challenges the nature of sex, race and violence in America and the world.” http://deadline.com/2015/11/chi-raq-trailer-greek-comedy-in-chiacgos-south-side-1201605210/

Uh, oh. Black women and sexuality isn’t Lee’s strong point as was shown in the ill-fated “Girl 6.”  There’s also the controversial sexual assault of the lead character in “She’s…” Lee has said to be ashamed of that scene.  As he should be.

Well, we shall see how “Chi-Raq” turns out. What I enjoy about Lee’s films is that there tends to be messages for the black community, white racism, and ourselves. He better not be coming out with some nonsense.

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Randomness: Theresa Randle

You know how you have random thoughts? Like, you’re strolling in the Target and out of the blue you wonder,“whatever happened to all those kids from Goonies?” This happened to me the other day. Theresa Randle just popped into my head:

Photo from: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/theresa_randle/

Randle was a known black actress in the 90’s. She wasn’t as popular as a Nia Long, but you recognized her when you saw her. And like Long (and also an unappreciated Lela Rochon), they were considered the black babe actresses, of the time. Randle was also a good actress. She gave a captivating performance in the movie on Natalie Cole’s life. I know she also had a lead role in Spike Lee’s “Girl 6,” but I’ve never watched the film.  She was a charismatic actress, though. It’s a shame, she has fallen to the wayside, like so many black actresses do in blonde obsessed Hollywood.