Nov 4, 2013

You're going to have to forgive me for the fact that I'm not sharing everyone's enthusiasm as far as the film 12 Years a Slave is concerned.  Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the movie is phenomenal and deserving of all the accolades its receiving.  I can guarantee had it come out two years from now I'd be at the front of the line shouting those accolades.  The problem is I'm just oversaturated with these types of movies.
Is it just me but it seems like movies The Help, The Butler, Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave, are just running together?  All these movies were good in their own right, but can a sista please get a break?
It seems as though the only movies starring black people that gets any critical acclaim is when we're playing slaves or servants.  Trust me, I'm not one of those negroes whose ashamed of our history as it relates to slavery and Jim Crow.  I truly respect this aspect of our history and I definitely think these stories deserve to be told, but why does it seem like these are the only stories being told?
Can a sista get a little variety?  Is that too much to ask for?  We, as black people, are such a dynamic people.  Surely, there are plenty of stories that relate to us that can be told outside of us being slaves and servants.
Am I the only person that feels this way?  Please let me know your thoughts.


  1. I am not interested in seeing 12 Years a Slave, either. I know the story is real because I read and learned about it. It is hard for me to watch movies/ documentaries about slavery and Jim Crow era. Especially, slavery that is why I did not and will not watch Django Unchained and Roots.
    I am not ashamed of my history, I respect and appreciate it. That is why I learn about it and know it. For me, it is not necessary to watch movies about it. I know the actors and actresses performances are great and heartfelt. However, those types of movies are not for me.

  2. I have not seen the movie nor do I intend to. I have enough imagery in my head about what occurred during that time. I get very angry watching slave movies. Thankfully the movie is not showing near me. If it had been, I may have at least bought a ticket to support it.

    On the flip side, I think we have to push the accounts of slavery out there because too many are trying to minimize that time period and its lingering effects. Though some may revel in seeing the images in oppression. Yet I hear you on variety because we desperately need that.