We haven’t had a film with a cast of melanated beauties that broke box office records since ‘Waiting To Exhale’ (No offense to the success of Hidden Figures). So, when I heard that ‘Girls Trip’ made 30 million on opening weekend, I was ecstatic as if I was a part of the cast! That number also makes the Will Packer film the largest opening weekend for a live-action comedy so far in 2017.

With that said, I’m proud to say I’m one of those theater patrons who spent money to see this film. And you know what? I’d go see it again! It was just that damn good!

I love how they used an authentic event like The Essence Festival in New Orleans as their go-to trip for the film. I’m sure it made those who attended the festival feel like they were there with Ryan, Sasha, Lisa, and Dina.  It also gave those like me who have yet to experience The Essence Festival, a taste of what it’s like to be there.

What can I say about the characters?

Each of them is relatable in more ways than one! Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith had me reminiscing to the ‘Set It Off’ during one scene together. To see “Stony and Cleo” together again tripped me out! It was cute to see them together, looking beautiful as ever. I am always in awe of how Regina Hall’s Doe-like eyes light up the silver screen, and her talent as an actress is beyond impressive. She can go hard in suspenseful thrillers like her last film, ‘When The Bough Breaks’, then turn around and be silly as ever in ‘Girls Trip’. Tiffany Haddish is definitely the scene-stealer throughout the film with her hilarious and raunchy antics. The funny lady represents the wild one that every girlfriend crew has.

‘Girls Trip’ gave me a much-needed laugh. When I say I laughed, I mean I had one of those hard to breathe, laugh out loud laughs, that leaves tears in your eyes! The film gave me something I yearned for when I left my house on an impulse with the film in mind. I had a tough week but ‘Girls Trip’ took away my stress for a good two hours! I was in “Fantasy land” AKA New Orleans with Ryan, Dina, Lisa, and Sasha, gettin’ MY LIFE with them.

The 7:30 show was sold out, so I waited two and a half hours for the 10pm show. And you know what? It was worth the wait. I laughed AND cried, thinking about my own friendships (past and present). I even learned some things! One thing in particular…THE GRAPEFRUIT METHOD!!! Who knew about that??

I want to thank Will Packer and his team for creating a film that reminds the industry that black actresses can carry a film to box office success with humor and looks good while doing it!

I want to thank the cast for portraying black female friendships in a positive light. It helped me to re-evaluate the friendships with the women in my life. It also helped me to realize that I, as an aspiring traveler, deserve to get loose and have fun.

I want to thank the fine ass men of ‘Girls Trip’ simply for gracing the silver screen with their good looks. Larenz Tate, who by the way will never age, Kofi Siriboe, and Mike Coulter.

I want to thank those who have supported this film. Despite a lot of the men who are skeptics over the “chick flick” stigma behind the film, ‘Girls Trip’ still managed to pull in 30.4 million dollars opening weekend.

Just one question….can we get a part 2 or nah? I’ll be sure to go to the Essence Festival next year. Maybe I can get a walk-through scene next to Larenz and them.

 

 

When it comes to great films, I think it’s important for them to have a soundtrack that represents the film’s theme so effortlessly. The films that I’ve chosen are guaranteed to be among the list of many movie/music lovers when it comes to favorite soundtracks. Simply put…these soundtracks will never go out of style.

 

The Beautiful Ones - Prince

Movie’s release year: 1984

Favorite track: “The Beautiful Ones” by Prince

 

Movie’s release date: 1995

Favorite track: “Count On Me” by Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans

 

Movie’s release year: 1997

Favorite track: “Hopeless” by Dionne Farris

 

Movie’s release year: 1996

Favorite track: “Missing You” by Brandy, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, and Tamia

 

 

Movie’s release year: 1997

Favorite track: “We’re Not Making Love No More” by  Dru Hill

 

 

Movie’s release year: 1991

Favorite track: “I Wanna Sex You Up” by Color Me Badd

 

 

Movie’s release year: 1996

Favorite track: “On The Line” by Michael Jackson

 

Movie’s release year: 1994

Favorite track: “Anything” by SWV

 

 

 

Movie’s release date: 1994

Favorite track:  “Crooklyn” by Crooklyn Dodgers

 

 

Movie’s release date: 1998

Favorite track: “Your Home is in My Heart” Chante Moore and BoyzIIMen

 

Movie’s release year: 1999

Favorite track: “What You Want” by The Roots

When Viola Davis accepted her Oscar Sunday night for ‘Best Supporting Actress’  for her role in fences, she actually made history!

Ms. Davis has become a part of what the industry calls the “triple crown club”. She has won an Emmy, a Tony, and an Oscar, making her the first black artist to do so.

Via NME:

By winning the Best Supporting Actress award at last night’s Oscars for her performance in Fences, Viola Davis made history.

The actress added an Academy Award to her Emmy (which she won in 2015 for her performance in TV’s How To Get Away With Murder) and her two Tonys (for King Hedley II in 2001 and Fences in 2010) to complete the so-called “triple crown of acting”.

Davis is the first black woman to achieve this impressive accolade. Though Whoopi Goldberg has also won an Emmy, an Oscar and a Tony (as well as a Grammy – making her an ‘EGOT’ winner), neither her Emmy nor her Tony was won for acting.

Davis becomes the 23rd person ever to complete the ‘triple crown of acting’. Other stars to have achieved the accolade include Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Frances McDormand.

 

 

Actor and filmmaker, Nate Parker, deserves a gold star!

The accomplished actor and director of ‘Birth of a Nation, will launch The Nate Parker School of Film and Drama in the Fall of 2016. It will institutionalize at Wiley College in Texas.

 

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