Y’all. I see a LOT of movies over the course of a year.
In the last couple of weeks, I’ve seen Annie AND Selma.
Y’all know I love a good musical. Hence the subject of today’s post.
Yeah. I know that’s not the new Annie. SO? I can like the old Annie too.
And, yes. I liked the new Annie. It was cute and I totally got why the kids loved it.
I was 10 when the original Annie came out. Which, incidentally, is about the age the new Annie is geared toward.
AND? The 10 year old that I went with loved it.
I know people complained because the new Annie was black NOT THE 1982 ANNIE, but listen. I ran across this FB post that explains
perfectly why the new Annie is appropriate.
Aside from the fact that Annie is a fictional character and REALLY can be any damn color the writer chooses.
Including blue. Although I feel like trying to pass off an Avatar as a human child would be reaching.
But I guess we’re not here for this today, are we?
We’re here ‘cause it’s THE REVEREND DOCTOR Martin Luther (the) King Jr Day. And I’m at work. While most of y’all are not.
Work on the plantation is never done, y’all.
And since I *AM* here, I may as well talk about Selma. Since it came out this weekend, and I saw it.
NORMALLY. I’d say no to this kind of biopic.
Because it’s been done.
“We shall overcome….”
“I have a dream…”
BLAH. BLAH. BLAH. JESUS. DID MLK, JR. SAY ANYTHING ELSE AT ALL?
(Turns out he did. You’re welcome!)
And really, I kinda know how it ends. He’s ASSASSINATED.
That’s not a spoiler! Because:
1. THIS IS HISTORY, SO EVERYBODY SHOULD KNOW THIS.
2. That’s not what this movie is about!
Which. Is why I liked it so much. I mean, in so far as you can like a movie about racist America being racist.
This movie was ONLY about the march to Selma. And about how our government ain’t shit.
BONUS: I didn’t have to listen to anybody sing “We Shall Overcome” at all. But. They said it an AWFUL LOT.
Still though. I’m calling it a ‘W’.
(QUITE POSSIBLY A SPOILER ALERT. SO SKIP THIS IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW THIS. EVEN THOUGH THIS IS ALSO *HISTORY*)
The Marches from Selma to Montgomery were inspired by the death of Deacon Jimmie Lee Jackson. He was beaten and shot by Alabama State Trooper Bonard Fowler while participating in a peaceful voting rights march in his city. He was unarmed; he died several days later in the hospital.
FORTY-TWO YEARS LATER (2007) Fowler was indicted in Jackson’s death, and then in 2010 he pleaded guilty to manslaughter. he was sentenced to SIX! WHOLE! MONTHS! in prison.
LOOK AT ALL THIS JUSTICE BEING SERVED*
*still don’t have a sarcasm font
Also: I was struck by the fact that it’s been 50 years since this March. And we’ve come SO. FAR.
I mean… now all of the pictures are in color.
Then here’s another MLK Jr BHFOTD:
Did y’all know that in 1999 a Memphis jury found the United States government guilty of conspiring to assassinate Dr. King on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968 in a civil lawsuit?
Related quote from Dr. King: “Justice too long delayed is justice denied”
As always, if you’re looking for more BHFOTD, you don’t have to wait on me. They’re just out there waiting. Now’s your opportunity!