By Annie Mark-Westfall When I posted “Me Too” on Facebook last week, my husband came to the living room, stood in the doorway
By Annie Mark-Westfall Dear Grandma Bea, Today I told my editor about you. About your letters. She wants to hear more, but
By Annie Mark-Westfall In my family, the value that reigns supreme is Family. This is true for the immediate family of my
“I’m so tired of the system. Juvenile detention to adult prison ... All those years behind bars, but I never got the help
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For you parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. out there -- please bring a child to the theater.
"Sure, it's always great to see family; it's great to walk into a kitchen and smell a pie in the oven," said Lynch. "But
Millions out of work; homeless camps filling up in every town and those lucky enough to have a job barely getting by, always worried. Stratification everywhere, either you're a have, or a have not and the gap between seems unbridgeable.
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I viewed Annie at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco, it was the first time I had seen the production. The national touring company plays in San Francisco now through June 14th. Here are 11Things I learned:
We need to tell new stories. We need to see new actors who look, sound and act like the real America. Racism is not just a concept. It is as staring down at us from the big and small screens.
It's a hard knock life for poor black and brown youth and their parents not because they are not willing to work hard, but because of the legacy of discrimination embedded in the structure of past federal government policies such as the New Deal.
This 50 year old man, who prefers the plenty of action and adventure type when it comes to movies, couldn't wait to see Annie," starring 11 year old actress Quvenzhané Wallis.
To see the incredibly talented Quvenzhané singing "Tomorrow" in the trailer gives me hope. Maybe we'll see more starring roles for people of color in the future. Maybe a little girl will see the movie and see herself. Perhaps this will be the start of her career.
Before you start shouting that "blacks are destroying everything that is white" or that "political correctness is destroying America," here is some historical fact that will prove otherwise.
I don't mean to suggest that problems of systemic racism can be solved in a movie theater. But I do think that sharing observations about the casting of our movies is a great place to start.
Everyone needs to calm down and think about the long term. The studio is sitting on a goldmine called The Interview which now has more awareness and interest than it would have had without the controversy.
It is strange to expect a wish-fulfillment story like Annie (no matter which version) to offer trenchant commentary on anything, and especially unsettling when a critic born in the Jim Crow era decrees that actors of color must still deliver some specific "black angle" in 2014.
On the surface, there is absolutely no reason to update the classic Broadway show Annie, which was already adapted for the screen in 1982. But this multicultural cast redux adds a hip swag to the classic kid's story. This Annie is urban, emotional and fun. But far from perfect.
Will Gluck’s “Annie,” which hits theaters on Dec. 19, transplants the beloved Depression-era musical into the present day
CM: He's a merry prankster, always shaking up the system. Who is the most surprising person you've found that loves the film
Yesterday afternoon, Blackfilm.com attended the World Premiere of the musical film Annie, which hits theaters on December