Mama Davis

I’ve always hated the film Losing Isaiah.

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So, it was not without irony, I found myself watching the film the other night. I flipped the channels desperately trying to avoid the movie. However, nothing else interesting was on. It has been years since I’ve seen the film, and thought perhaps it wasn’t as bad as I remembered. I was wrong.  It wasn’t long before I changed the channel. I just couldn’t take Halle Berry twitching as a “crackhead” and speaking poor “Black dialect.” While, on the flipside, Jessica Lange played a loving and articulate middle class woman.

A synopsis of the film, Berry’s child is adopted by Lange’s character, after she leaves him in a trash can while high on crack. Later, Berry goes to rehab and gets clean. After a dramatic custody battle and not being able to bond with her child, she decides Lange should be in her son’s life. A Black mama needs a white woman to show her the way. The film was, and will always be offensive.

A couple of days later, I was scrolling through old posts, and came across articles I’d shared on the Hart children.  I felt again, an overwhelming sense of sadness, as I stared at pictures of the children. It was disturbing to know that their smiles were covering the pain of emotional/mental/physical abuse.

Back in April, four adopted children (Markis, 19, Jeremiah, 14, Abigail, 14, and Sierra 12) were murdered by their “mothers,” Jennifer and Sarah Hart. Two other children, Devonte, 15, and Hannah, 16 bodies have not been found. It’s assumed they were also killed in a car crash, orchestrated by the women. It wasn’t long before reports came out that the women had a history of abusing the children. They moved from state to state, whenever social services got too close.  It seems the most recent investigation on the family, was going to finally reveal the evilness of these women. So, they decided to kill the children, instead of facing the consequences of their actions.

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Black or White Official Trailer

There is a new show on Vh1 called “Hindsight” in which a woman is transported back to the mid-90’s . The upcoming film “Black or White” makes me feel like I’ve having my own back to the past experience.

“Elliot Anderson is widowed after the car crash death of his wife. Elliot has raised his granddaughter Eloise since his daughter died in childbirth. As he struggles with his grief, Elliot’s world is turned upside-down when the child’s African-American grandmother Rowena demands that Eloise be brought under the care of her father Reggie, a drug addict who Elliot blames for the negligence that led to the death of his own daughter. Elliot finds himself deeply entrenched in a custody battle and will stop at nothing to keep his granddaughter from coming under the watch of his reckless son-in-law.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_or_White_%28film%29

Didn’t we go through this with the 1995 film “Losing Isaiah?” The film starred Halle Berry as a drug addict who abandoned her baby and said baby is saved and later adopted by a white social worker (Jessica Lange).  A custody battle ensues. There are some tweaks. In “Black or White” instead of a loving white woman we get a loving white man (Kevin Costner), a black “crackhead” father (Andre Holland), and a quirky black grandmother (Octavia Spencer).

“Black or White” is directed and written by white guy–Mike Binder. It seems Hollywood loves these “white savior” type films as “Losing Isaiah” was directed by a white man/written by a white woman.

The film looks cliché. The rich white people vs the working class black people, white person not knowing how to do black hair because “it’s so hard,” the rhetoric that love is colorblind, etc. Le sigh.

It’s 2015. Is it too much to ask for black stories that aren’t centered on the love and acceptance of white characters?