Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I watched "Diary of a tired black man"

Bond. James Bond. I have always been fascinated with Bond movies and the character and personality of Bond. He looks like a pretty cool guy. There's a new Bond movie out and I had the chance to see it yesterday for like 3 dollars. I shunned that opportunity to watch another movie/documentary. Why not? I was going to watch this documentary for free, and as some of you may know, I've been on a 'spending-nothing' spree for some time now. The documentary I ended up watching was called 'The Diary of a Tired Black Man'. Yes, it does sound like 'the Diary of a Mad Black Woman'. This film/documentary supposedly is an answer to its sister of a similar name. But what are Black men tired about? Why should we be tired? We just elected a Black man as president. Nothing should tire us out from achieving our goals, dreams, aspirations or desires. According to this documentary, some things that happen to Black men do tire them out. Let's find out.

I couldn't help but recognize the main actor, Jimmy Jean-Louis. He's the same guy who played the African man (man with the accent) in the Phat Girlz movie which featured Monique and had 2Face Idibia's African Queen on the soundtrack. If we were gonna talk about a tired black man in America, were we going to choose a Haitian man with an accent? Not that it really matters, but that was something. This trailer above is just part of the movie and is a clip Tim Alexander showed to several people across the United States from different demographics and sought opinions, experiences, thoughts and stories about relationships involving black people.

I am not going to delve into all the issues that this video above may spark but these are some (that I wrote down while watching the 108 minute video):

piece of mind, stress, angry black woman syndrome, dysfunctional, divorce, single-parent household, African families, family values, baby mamas, perceptions, past experiences, short-term man, bad boy, God, argument, royalty, trophy wife, queen, African queen, ownership, strong black woman, blind date, raise standards, stereotypes.

Quite a heated discussion arose after we watched the film. The man was pretty much a protagonist and the lady Tonya an antagonist. It seemed to portray a 'good man' doing all he could to keep a relationship with a 'bad woman'. Tim Alexander says the film is just showing one point of view, which is not shown in many 'Black' movies. The discussion didn't exactly end because, because the people in the audience were all critical to come to much conclusion. So the discussion should continue amongst us.

I always say to attack the root of the problems. Put in measures to make sure women don't become mad or angry, men don't become abusive and we all live in love. Amen.

So, I kinda ended up being the only grad student in the audience at the end of the movie. I think so. I am growing too old, am hitting quarter of a century and am facing a quarter-life crisis. I don't even have money to take girls to Macy's instead of Walmart, Olive Garden instead of MacDonalds, or ride in a Lamborgini instead of the local bus. Maybe if I had Verizon, I could see the horizon, but till I get there I'll be singling out myself with my Singular phone while I demobilize my T-mobile eyes. Chaa.

I hope you all get the chance to watch the full movie when it comes to theaters this winter.
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