Black Love in The Photograph Movie is Beautiful and seeing it is like poetry in action. Zora Neale Hurston an American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker once said that “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” That’s the best quote that I can think of, that really describes what black love is all about.
Although, I can’t really recall the last time I watched a predominantly black romantic movie when the preview for the Photograph appeared on my Facebook feed I was immediately intrigued. So it was definitely time for a feel-good romantic movie with characters that I could relate to.
My husband and I really enjoyed #ThePhotographMovie. It highlights the complexities of black women. #SeeThePhotograph in theaters on #ValentinesDay pic.twitter.com/XHlAx7N5Za— Cleverly Changing (@Cleverlychangin) February 12, 2020
Prior to watching the film, I had a chance to listen to Shienelle Jones, cohost of the Today show, and the gifted filmmaker himself Will Packer who is credited with producing films that have grossed over $1 Billion dollars at the box office. So, I listened to his words intently as he spoke to the crowd about his receipts, which include “Girlfriends, Think Like a Man, Takers, Little, and many more.” He said something that stuck with me, and this is paraphrasing his words, he said, you have to produce greatness and have receipts in order to get a seat at the table. Those words are powerful within my mind because this is my year to THRIVE. So try to produce better and grow in order to excel.
This movie, The Photograph is the very embodiment of black love, patience, intelligence, and knowing ones’ worth. Issa Rae is strong, funny, beautiful and complex in the movie. LaKeith Stanfield is her educated love interest who works hard and is passionate and intentional about his relationship with others.
My favorite part of the movie is the depictions of freedom within love. Yall, I can’t really unpack that sentence without giving out any spoilers, so I will leave it at the movie is a beautiful expression of love between friends, family, co-workers, etc. And in this every man for himself type of economy, this type of Black Love is refreshing.
Overall the most beautiful aspect of the movie that it’s okay to achieve your dreams and love deeply and passionately at the same time because pursuing both producing an unparalleled joy.
The romance is tasteful, visit a theater near you and watch the movie. It’s nothing too deep, just pure entertainment.
Special thanks to Comcast NBC Universal, who hosted the event.
After the screening, Shelly from MomsWithTots and Dr. Lisa Leslie Williams from The Domestic LifeStylist and I discussed the Photograph Movie.