All Eyez on Me - Tupac Shakur Biopic
Before diving into this post, I must confess that I prefer silence, literally absolute quiet, to playing music. I have three albums in my house (although we do not own a record player). They were gifted to my husband by his mother. Educational records that she used to teach him the alphabet, numbers and foundational principles of respect for self and others. They have tremendous sentimental value. We have a box with some DVDs and CDs in the garage. The last stop of every household item before we drop them off at the GoodWill store. I do own an iPod, it was a gift from my husband for a birthday (or anniversary), but I couldn't tell you where it is. Maybe in the car. The point is I'm out of the loop when it comes to the latest and greatest coming out of the music world. Regardless of the genre, music usually enters my consciousness through one of two ways; either my sister informs me, or the song is such a sensation it's being played everywhere all the time. The story is pretty much the same when it comes to movie news. Although I am keenly aware of Marvel's Black Panther movie that's due for release February 2018. Very excited to see this one, but I digress! Back to All Eyez on Me.
Now you would think I have little interest in watching a movie about Tupac Shakur, but you'd be wrong. It's true, I only know the title of one Tupac song, "Keep Your Head Up" so, to call me a fan would be a stretch. However, I've come to appreciate Tupac posthumously through interviews I've seen on YouTube. He was quite outspoken about:
- unity in the black community
- economic empowerment
- elitism and greed
- religion and a host of others things
Tupac was a knowledgeable brother that had a firm handle on many of the issues plaguing our communities. He was not a perfect man, but he did accurately pinpointed the causes of many societal ills. It is because of his take on the issues that I am now interested in his music. I don't think I was ready to hear him early on in my life journey. To be perfectly honest, if someone or something did not present itself in what I considered an acceptable package, I would discard it. I probably rejected a lot of things based on appearance and language in my early journey. That's my loss. As I've grown older, I realize wisdom and knowledge come to you in many different forms and often in ways you never imagined. It's up to the individual to assess why they would discount the value of the messenger or the message. I'm just glad that I have the opportunity to discover Tupac's music. That is the beauty of recordings, the artist's message is forever captured.
All Eyez on Me has already exceeded the studio's projections for its opening weekend. Fingers crossed that the momentum continues. I know I will plunk down my money to see it because I view this as my opportunity to support a film made by and about black people. I'm not expecting it to be flawless so there is no need for me to read reviews or criticisms of the movie. This is simply one way we can lift one another up in the community of color. Let's support the talented brothers and sisters in the film industry, those behind the scenes and in front of the camera, while they perfect their craft. In my mind, the larger vision is for ownership of studios and cultivating distribution channels. So develop your knowledge of the business, hone your skills as producers, directors, cinematographers, etc. When the time comes, you will have the opportunity to present a far wider variety of our stories flawlessly. And, I will support you then as I do now.
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