Dear Mo’Nique,
February 6, 2010

Congratulations on your Academy Award Nomination and your recent Golden Globe win.  I don’t want to jinx anything, but you and I both know that you are favored to win this year’s Best Supporting Actress statue.  I am nothing but elated.  Your performance as Mary Jones was both haunting and powerful.  You should be nothing but proud, however that is not what I am here to talk about.

We need to talk about your legs.  I know that you are against shaving your legs.   On The View in 2006, you were quoted saying:

“I must show America what a real leg looks like … because it’s too much in the morning, every morning, to shave, to cut, you got Band-aids baby … I really think hair on a woman’s legs is a black woman’s thing.”

I get it Mo.  You don’t want to shave your legs and that is truly your prerogative, but please don’t label it as a “black woman’s thing.”  It is strictly your thing.  Now that your acting is being taken seriously, and you are in the public spotlight, you have to be a little careful who you include in your statements.  Also, don’t pull up your beautiful gown on the red carpet.  Shaved or hairy, that is not cute.

On another note, your speech at the Golden Globes was heartfelt, well-spoken and by far the best of the night.  You have become a role model and you have my complete support.  I wish you all the best on March 7th and I will be watching.

Love,
Wil

P.S.  If you don’t win, I will riot.

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It’s begun.
January 10, 2010

Every year at this time, my life becomes consumed by one thing:  The OSCARS.  My love of movies peeks every year this time as the oscar race begins.  I follow predictions of nominations, rumors and speculation about the academy and I see the nominees to judge for myself.

My favorite magazine, Entertainment Weekly, puts out a list that becomes my commandments.  It is the 25 movies to see before Oscar Night.  I finally got this years issue and here is the list (in order).

Up in the Air
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Precious*
Inglorious Bastards*
Invictus
An Education
Up*
A Serious Man
The Messenger
Julie & Julia
A Single Man
Crazy Heart
The Blind Side
The Last Station
Nine
Star Trek*
District 9*
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Lovely Bones
(500) Days of Summer
It’s Complicated
The Young Victoria*
Bright Star
The Informant!*

So far, I have seen 7 (marked by *).  I am so behind.  Thank god FIT’s winter break is not over until the first week of February, so I can catch up a little bit.  Last year I broke my own record and saw 15 of the 25 movies.  This year I want to do better.  The list is more important than ever this year because the Academy has changed the rules again.  There will be 10 nominations for the category of Best Picture, instead of the previous 5.  That means 10 movies I must see.  The official nominations are being announced on February 2nd, but in the meantime, I am going with this list.

The Oscars will air on March 7th.  The host has not been announced, but veteran Billy Crystal is getting a lot of attention for the honor.  I have 2 months and 18 movies to go.  I need to go the theatre right now.

footnote:  If you want to see any of the above with me, let me know.  I love a fellow movie lover.

Sapphire is a Gem
September 20, 2009

About a month ago, I finally finished Push: A Novel by Sapphire and here is my review.

PUSH: a Novel by SapphireIt was great.  I really enjoyed it.  It is a very short read, but it was hard for me to get through.  It is extremely well written, but it is written in the first person of Precious Jones, the protagonist.  Precious Jones is a 16-year-old girl who is illiterate and has a an unbelievably rough life, so the beginning of the novel is written almost completely phonetically.  Sapphire really impressed me with her writing skills, because as the story progresses, you can see Precious’ spelling and writing gradually become better.  On top of that, the content is so intense, I really had to take my time to get through it.

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Previously, in a ‘trailers to watch’ posting, I wrote about the highly anticipated movie Precious coming out.  This is the book that that movie is based on.  The movie debuted at Sundance this past year and won multiple awards including the Jury Prize for Mo’Nique role as Precious’ mother.   Now Mo’Nique is already being considered for a Best Supporting Actress Nomination in the 2010 Academy Awards.

Mo'Nique Precious

The story takes place in the late 1980’s in Harlem, blocks away from my old apartment. The book was so rough and so real that I am not sure how much they will have to edit down to make it a major motion picture.  Precious’ history with her mother and father was nothing but negative and her life was an uncontrolled downward spiral.  The ending of the book was a little hopeful and uplifting, but still completely depressing.  I am sure things will have to be lightened up for the movie.

Overall, the book was excellent and I would highly recommend it.  And I cannot wait for the movie.  And to top it off, Oprah is an executive producer, so I feel like it is going to be an instant classic.  The release date for the film is November 6th, but I recommend reading the book ahead of time.  You will be blown away.

trailers 2 watch
May 18, 2009

I am so excited for Precious, formally know as Push: Based on a novel by Sapphire. This movie looks incredible.  It’s introducing Gabby Sidibe as Precious and she is really bringing it.  But the breakout-star is Mo’Nqiue.  She has been raking in the awards and receiving great reviews for this role.  It is a big step up from Hair Show and Phat Girlz.  The movie won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and has Oprah’s stamp of approval.  The cast is full of a weird mix of actors who haven’t really had a chance to shine, including Paula Patton (Idlewild & Deja Vu) and Mariah Carey (Glitter), but the mix seems to work.  I hope they hold this movie until Oscar season cause it is looking like a good contender.  Plus, that gives me time to read the book.

The Girlfriend Experience is something I came across on Apple Trailers.  I know nothing of the film or the people in it, but the trailer was so interesting.  I was blown away.  It was clever and very well edited.  The star Sasha Grey, is an acclaimed adult film star who is making her debut in a mainstream film. If the movie is anywhere near as fascinating, I will see it.

Little Ashes is going to be nuts.  I cannot quite figure out how I feel about it.  It is Robert Pattinson‘s chance to prove he himself as a talented young actor, maybe the next Leo, and NOT a typecast for every tween romantic comedy.  Twlight put him on that map but if he wants Hollywood to take him seriously, he has to wow us here.  Playing Salvador Dali can go really right, or really wrong.  He seems to have picked a good role (Hollywood loves a straight playing a gay), but can he follow through?  The preview looks weird, and a little anti-climatic.  I hope I’m not disappointed.

Finally, Nine looks like heaven.  It is basically everything I live for in a Hollywood movie musical.  It looks like a combo of everything I love from Moulin Rouge mixed with everything I love from Chicago and Dame Judi Dench to seal the deal.  It is over flowing with Academy Award winners so the fact that Fergie is in it throws me off.  This also look like an Oscar contendor, so I am sure we will not be seeing it in theatre for a while.  This is high on my list.