Film archivist and historian CHARLES WOODS (aka The professor) sat down to talk about the depiction of Black Love on the silver screen, and share his insight into three films- HALLELUJAH (1927), NOTHING BUT A MAN (1964) and BEYOND THE LIGHTS (2014). He offers a great breakdown on the depiction of black love in Hollywood. It shows that over the years that Hollywood has never been fully comfortable with black people expressing love for one another. We have to be conscious enough to understand that the negative depictions of us is being done on purpose.
I also like this video above. It’s a great discussion with black men and black women talking about what is black love. They are all being very open and honest about what black love means to them. I think we need to have more discussions like this on social media as well as in person. We need safe places where we can discuss things ls. we are being hammered every day with anti-blackness. Every day we are told by the media that we are not good enough. Or that black people are “less than human”. After what I showed you in part one and two it should be obvious that the racist media wants to keep us fighting one another. Black self acceptance and black love is a very scary thing to those in power. This is one of the main reasons they push interracial dating on us so much. They want us to look at other “options”. Whether that is dating a white person,asian person or even someone of the same sex. None of these alternatives is pro-black. They are either anti-life or will not produce black children. Which is their main goal.
Here’s some posts on Black Love worth checking out:
We can no longer let the media divide us. We have to realize that we need one another. The Black Man must be open to listen to black women and their pain. As well as black women must be able to listen to the struggles of the black man. But we must listen with not only our ears but our hearts and without judgement. Stop blaming each other. This is the first step if we want to defeat our common enemy. Here at Kushite Kingdom I’m always talking about uniting and having black pride. Well if we truly want to unite,bond and grow in our relationships….we must heal. We must bring closure to the anger and pain from the past. We have to do this to end the dysfunction in our community. So that we don’t past this on to the next generation.
This is a great video with Naazir Ra and his beautiful wife Okeba Ra. It’s a video about Black Love Redemption Day. Which I think is a better alternative to European inspired Valentine’s Day. I think you’ll really like the video. They make a great point about how love,communication and building a strong black family is what’s most important. Healing one another and working together is the our path to redemption. And I believe that once we do this we can find joy. And realize that with dedication and discipline we can repair our relationships. And bring back Black love to our community. This is how we can heal and ultimately find peace.