Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Curious Career of Taraji P. Henson

I've been a fan on Taraji P. Henson since she came on the scene in "Baby Boy." I always thought her career should be much bigger, and i'm sure it would be if her skin wasn't brown. It's so sad that talented Black actors and actresses don't get the same burn in Hollywood as their Caucasian counterparts. I guess that's just the way of the world.

From the gullable girl in love in "Baby Boy," to the hooker with a heart in "Hustle and Flow," around to a detective on the Lifetime show "The Division," to Don Cheadle's crazy girlfriend in "Talk to Me," or the lesbian hit woman in "Smoking Aces," Taraji always puts in work. I'm a fan. I'm sure she could play any role she wanted, but it's all about the offers.

Well, Ms. Henson got her chance when she was given the role in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." My husband and I went to a sneak preview of the movie and my girl was awesome. She held her own against, and in my case outshined, Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, and anyone else who was in that movie. She's a scene stealer, always has been.

I feel like someone I know was nominated. She seems like a really humble, down to earth sister. I just wanted to give her a shout out. I'm proud of her. It's great to see someone get what they deserve. I hope she'll finally begin to get the roles as well.

I also have to shout out Viola Davis who was nominated in the same category for her role in the movie "Doubt." Girlfriend had to do her thing opposite Meryl Streep.

Here's to all the Black actresses that sacrifice so much for their art, even though they don't always get the roles or recognition they deserve. Go sistas!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

No Words Needed

I'm speechless so i'll just let the images speak.

Monday, January 19, 2009

On this day

On this day
We celebrate the life of a man
Not a mere mortal
An angel
Sent here to save us
To save us from ourselves
Even those who didn't want to be saved
Those who thought they were the savior
That they deserved the "power"
On this day
We look back
On a life
A life that was cut short
Yet seemed so long
What an impact
For one man to have
Never violent
Always thoughtful
Extremely courageous
On this day
We think of the words
"I have a dream"
And feel as though our dreams
Can actually become reality
It seems as though
Anything is possible
If you have the audacity
To hope
On this day
We look to tomorrow
The day when it happens
We'll have a new President
A Black President
But not the Black people's President
He will truly be
The people's President
The realization of the dream
The dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
And even though
On this day
We know we're not there yet
It still feels as though
We're a little bit closer
I can feel it
We may not get there together
But we as a people
Will get to the promise land
On this day
I feel blessed
And for the first time in a long time
I am proud to be an American