A review of my work and goings-on since we last spoke.
It has been quite a little while since we last spoke. I’ve published a few things and made some new strides. It’s all the things that I want to share. Let’s get started.
Official Titles and Stuff
If you don’t follow me on social media (@JonitaLDavis on every platform), then you missed the news. I am a certified independent critic on Rotten Tomatoes. Now, my reviews factor into the “Fresh” or “Rotten” calculations like so many others. I’ll be posting my latest reviews soon. Until then, you can find my latest on The Black CAPE. Check back soon to see my updates list of reviews.
Here is a list of some of the works I’ve published since we last got together. I’ve included a very brief summary. Click the links to read the rest.
For this piece published in The Washington Post On Parentingon Aug. 15, I wanted to speak to parents who are leaving their babies at college this month. We try so hard to shield them from seeing our struggle, especially what makes us cry. However, their leaving and our grief are a part of the transition. Let them see you cry and miss them.
The shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas over the course of a single weekend shocked the country. But, it shouldn’t have. The same racist tactics used to activate those two shooters are the same ones that led to hundreds of dead bodies during the Red Summer of 1919.
I was amazed to find out how little people knew about the Chicago Race Riots of 1919. Those riots ended with 38 people dead and the implementation of systematic racism into the body of Chicago laws. Look close. You’ll see that the city is still segregated.
I absolutely hated my sister, with an anger that never was truly about her. It was about the colorism that forced us to live at opposition with one another. When I read Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye in high school, that all changed.
For two years, a group of fans has been campaigning for justice on behalf of director Zach Snyder. They’ve also raised A LOT of money for suicide awareness and prevention. Get the whole story at The Black CAPE.
In an age when the US government has waged war on the Latinx community, the film Dora and the Lost City of Gold. It’s a film full of positive examples of Latinx family and community. Sadly, we have to humanize our own people these days instead of just enjoying their creative work.
The controversy over the live-action version of The Little Mermaid was wild. And news of Disney’s decision to cast Haile Bailey caused an uproar. This piece is a low-down on the controversy and why the haters were doomed before they started.
These past few months have been a whirlwind of movies in the past few months. I am still getting caught up on the reviews. Here is a list of the most recent ones you can find the rest at The Black Cape.
- The Lion King: An intro to the Pridelands for a new generation.
- Dora and the Lost City of Gold: A Latinx Lara Croft who humanizes Latinx daily life in an era of American xenophobia.
- Beats: A look at the aftermath of gun violence and PTSD’s effects on urban parents in Chicago.
- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: A sexist, racist ode to a time when White men did whatever they wanted. The rest of us just had to get out of the way.
- Yesterday: A fun rom-com that begs the question, What would you do if all your dreams suddenly came true? Become a rockstar or pursue the love that you almost let slip away the first time?
- The Boys: Amazon’s new show is anti-supe with a message. It’s gory and violent, so don’t let the kids watch.
- Hair Love: Matthew Cherry toiled for years to get his animated tale of Black Fatherhood and Black hair on the big screen. It’s playing now, before Angry Birds 2.
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