‘Southside With You,’ captivatingly depicts the Obamas’ first date

Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers depict the Obamas in 'Southside With You.'

Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers depict the Obamas in ‘Southside With You.’

By Carmen Glover

With the paucity of movies depicting black love, ‘Southside With You,” an independent film which beautifully brings to life the first date of Michelle and Barack Obama, is as timely as it is inspirational. Parker Saywers resonates as Barack through spot-on mannerisms and Tika Sumpter, who is one of the producers shines as Michelle.

Set in Chicago’s south side, where the couple has roots, the film is written and directed by Richard Tanne, with singer John Legend serving as one of the executive producers.

In a scene from the movie, the first couple takes a walk on their first date.

In a scene from the movie, the eventual  first couple takes a walk on their first date.

In a running time of one hour and twenty-four minutes, the film captures the nuances of the couple’s different backgrounds, education, family and work lives as well as what pushes them to excel. The move fills in images from the first couples’ various recounting of several aspects of their first date. However, the dialogue is developed from the screenwriter’s imagination, since he obviously was not on the date with the couple.

Nonetheless, the film is a satisfying, charming portrayal of two attractive, educated, driven black professionals who took a chance and eventually re-wrote history. Treat yourself to this movie, you won’t regret it!--OnPointPress.net–

Happy 54th Independence Day Jamaica!

Jamaican track stars Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Jamaican track stars Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are currently in Rio, Brazil, representing the island in the summer olympics.

Jamaica, the tiny, enchanting island in the West Indies that beckons to visitors and nationals every day, celebrates 54 years of independence today.

The Jamaican Flag.

The Jamaican Flag.

Thank you Jamaica, for emphasizing faith, family, education and one love. Yes, out of many, we are one. Happy birthday Jamaica!—OnPointPress.net–

March on 8/2 for ‘National Night Out Against Crime’

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By Carmen Glover

Throughout the nation, residents are concerned about the spate of crime that has its grip on different communities. Crime is a topic that is discussed during every news cycle, from varying perspectives. But now you can get involved if you would like to partner with law enforcement, churches and community organizations.

On Tuesday, August 2, “National Night Out Against Crime” events will take place across the country, offering everyday civilians the opportunity to make their views known. For residents in the northeast Bronx, churches, including Trinity Baptist, will partner with the 47th precinct and the 47th precinct community council to hold a peace prayer march.

The march will begin at 3:30 p.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m. at the 47th precinct, east 230th St. between Laconia Ave. and Grenada Place. Make your voice heard, join the effort.–OnPointPress.net–

Is trauma the USA’s Black legacy?

 

What life expectancy does a Black child in the USA have, when all the different variables are considered?

What life expectancy does a Black child in the USA have, when all the different variables are considered?

From the days of slavery to the Jim Crow and civil rights eras, the Black experience in the USA has been one seeped in profound trauma. The unrelenting spate of police-involved murders of Black men and women, coupled with out-of-control inner-city violence, deaths due to illnesses and accidents demonstrate, quite clearly, that the legacy of trauma will not disappear anytime soon.

Instead, more Black residents are prone to become victims themselves, even as they mourn the deaths of other members of the community.

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The protests that have erupted across the nation in response to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, followed by the brutal massacre of police officers in Dallas, Texas by a deranged army reserve, have emerged due to a palpable sense of fear, rage and despair from many residents within the Black community who are tormented by one question: Will I be next? Will my loved ones be next?

As the ministry of foreign affairs in the Bahamas issued a travel alert designed to keep its natives safe when traveling to the USA, it will come as no surprise if other Caribbean nations decide to follow suit, in a bid to keep its citizens vigilant in their USA travels, as the novelty of the American experience for Blacks loses its shine and the painful, raw reality hits forcefully.

A Black male mourns at the site of yet another tragedy where lives are lost.

Gone are the days when naive visitors and arriving immigrants felt that the USA was a welcoming nation, a haven of sorts for the ambitious. Now the veil has been lifted and the ugly scourge of racism and a longstanding reign of terror against Blacks, who are gunned down while walking, driving, marching, jogging or in their homes.

So, rightly, Blacks of all stripes need to be on the alert and proactive in seeking counseling to address the sustained trauma that has weakened the psyche, tortured the soul, sapped the spirit and damaged the sense of dignity and safety that all citizens should feel in their homeland. The Black reality in the USA seems unchanged, in many respects, from the days in our past that we hoped were long gone–OnPointPress.net–

 

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Happy Independence Day 2016!

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Independence Day is a wonderful time to celebrate America’s freedom from Great Britain, and it is even more poignant with England deciding to leave the European Union (EU) via the Brexit vote.

But for many Americans, Independence Jay, July 4, will be marked with food, fun and family activities, in the form of barbecues in backyards and at parks, going to the movies or just relaxing at home with friends and family. Whatever form your celebration takes, be safe. Happy Independence Day–OnPointPress.net–

Timely, bold sit-in for gun reforms

Rep John Lewis, civil rights icon, staged a sit-in on the House floor on Thursday, June 22, to demand a vote on gun control. The sit-in continues despite House Speaker Paul Ryan's decision to adjourn the session until after July 4 holiday, which is a week and a half away.

Rep John Lewis, civil rights icon, staged a sit-in on the House floor on Thursday, June 22, to demand a vote on gun control. The sit-in continues despite House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision to adjourn the session until after July 4 holiday, which is a week and a half away.

When Democrats in the House of Representatives decided on Thursday, June 22, to invoke the tenets of the civil rights movement and launch a sit-in on floor of the House until a vote is made regarding gun control, House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed their action as “a publicity stunt.” Ryan was wrong. Inordinately wrong.

Rep. John Lewis, an icon of the civil rights movement, led the sit-in with a very precise and clear message: “We want a vote! We came here to do our jobs!” Ryan responded by turning off the microphones and cameras that ensure the feed by C-SPAN and eventually deciding to go on break until after the July 4th holiday, which is a week and a half away.

Breaking out into a rousing rendition of “We Shall Overcome,” and chanting “No Bill, No Break!” and shouting “Shame! Shame! Shame!” at Ryan, the Democratic House caucus members made it clear that they were steadfast in their agenda to demand and ensure a vote on gun control as citizens needlessly continue to lose their lives due to lax gun laws.

As we witness the carnage wrought by assault weapons landing in the wrong hands, it is inspiring to see the Democrats take a bold stand. They read Martin Luther King Jr’s powerful Letter From a Birmingham Jail, they sustained themselves with pizza, they used their smartphones to record the speeches that they delivered from the floor. And they remained stoic and deliberate. This is the type of action that true leaders take, making their voices heard and acting within the realm of their limited powers.

The spate of gun violence cannot continue despite the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) stronghold on the Republican Party. The time to act is now. The House Democratic caucus members have taken a bold step and they should be supported and lauded–OnPointPress.net–