“That’s so ghetto!”
“For shizzle ma nizzle”
and worst of all
“What up, ma ni***!”
Too often we use words and phrases that seem ordinary but that in reality carry a heavy weight. Black Americans endured one of the worst tragedies in human history that lasted for over two hundred years and even though they were provided basic civil rights in 1964, they remain one of the most disenfranchised, marginalized ethnic groups in America to this day.
To make matters worse, the Liberal media, in an act of betrayal, has both glorified and ridiculed Black culture, specifically mannerisms associated with the culture and BEV (Black English Vernacular), making it accessible for people to appropriate and satirize Black culture without sometimes realizing whom they’re offending.
The misconstrued slogan “Black Power” arose as a result of inequality and injustice, it is a call-to-arms for self-pride and empowerment in a world that is largely Eurocentric. It is not meant to incite violence or division although a very small minority have used it for such nefarious purposes.
Cinemagics, in a collaboration with Bollywood Over Hollywood, will be screening Dear White People, a critically acclaimed film directed by Justin Simien and starring Tessa Thompson (Selma) and Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris). The film explores these topical issues as well as the more broader issue of Identity Politics, tapping into sensitive questions we all ponder over such as “who am I?” and “where do I belong?”
Dear White People will be screened on Thursday March 17th at 7:30 pm at Cinemagics Theater, Salmiya. A discussion addressing some of the issues the film sheds light on will also be held.