Happy Thanksgiving I Love You,
On this Thursday, November 27th 2013 also known as Thanksgiving, I am so thankful. I'm thankful for Dr. Brown and his ability to perform surgery on a 3 day old and turn my knees around. I walk because of him!! I'm thankful that my aunt despite what her intentions may have been ran home to tell my dad, that by the looks of that baby you are the father. I'm thankful for my elementary school detecting my hearing loss. I'm thankful that my mother allowed me to never feel like I was less than any other child. I'm thankful that I had a plethora of cousins to play with growing up. I'm thankful that my aunt and uncle taught me toughness, resilience and strength all through their words and board games. I'm thankful that my dog Tamu protected me and was my first best friend. I'm thankful for my neighbors as a kid, young and old who were our village. I'm thankful for that guidance counselor who heard my story and reacted. I'm thankful for Tracy, Sherry, Queen and Marisa who were the best friends I needed in those various stages of my life that they were present. I'm thankful for the many books my mom purchased that I would lose myself in at night. I'm thankful for ABC television for creating shows like Ryans Hope, Loving, The City, All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital...they were my escape. I'm thankful for my uncle for making the decision to get clean and for giving me the opportunity to tell his peers how much he meant to me. I'm thankful for my grandmother allowing me to play poker with her, my grandpa and the members of their senior group. I'm thankful for my great aunt who took the time right before she suddenly died, to tell me about her and my grandmas first time coming to New York and why. I'm thankful for the cousins who i'm no longer close with but whom I think about often and hold dear in my heart. I'm thankful for Mrs. Orrico who called me to the front of the class in fifth grade and asked me to read my story to the class because it was so good. I'm thankful for flat screen televisions. I'm grateful for Tivo. I'm thankful for 80's soul music, 90's hip hop and the fact that I can say memba when music was good. I'm thankful for pagers, two ways and cell phones. I'm thankful for the music industry and the opportunity it afforded me in meeting some of my favorite artists and making lifelong friends. I'm thankful for my Nana who didn't always physically shower me with affection but showed me a kind of love I don't think I shall ever have again. I'm thankful for my Dad who gave me two beautiful brothers who make me feel like an awesome big sister. I'm thankful for my cousin Tisha and the fist fight we had in our 30's...it taught me how incredibly stupid even adults can be. I'm thankful for my cousin Yolanda who through her sheer presence shows me friendship on a different, unassuming, stressless and loving level. I'm thankful for Swiss Miss making hot chocolate. I'm thankful for Starbucks. I'm thankful for American Airlines in spite of the price discrepancies between tickets. I'm thankful for Tortola and Argentina. I'm thankful for the gold fish that came and went. I'm thankful for the Ferris Buellers Day Off, Love Jones, Love and Basketball, The Best Man Holiday, Grease, Can't Buy me Love and The Notebook. I'm thankful for Huntington Village and all of the great restaurants they have. I'm thankful for all of my friends, family and complete strangers that donated to my hearing aid fund. I'm thankful for my former boss who sent an email to my branch encouraging their support of me. I'm thankful I have a job. I'm thankful my employer employed my best friend. I'm thankful I finished my memoir. I'm thankful that I got to vote a black man into presidency. I'm thankful that I can say I have diverse group of friends. I'm thankful for this blog. I'm thankful for this Samsung Ultrabook that is simply awesome. I'm thankful that I won a kindle and own an Ipad. I'm thankful for Mariah Carey, The Temptations, The Jackson and now Mary J. Bliges Christmas music. I'm thankful to be flying to Vegas with some of the women in my family to spend Christmas there. I'm thankful for Fella even though all he does is whine, sleep, shit and sleep....dogs...smh. I'm thankful for Facebook and Twitter, and Tumblr, and Instagram and all of the other crazy apps I've downloaded for keeping me in touch with folks. I'm thankful for the friends who don't go out of their way to make time for me because it makes me appreciate the ones who do, that much more. I'm thankful for the food I'm going to eat today. I'm thankful for Planet Fitness. I'm thankful that my uncle married my aunt she's awesome....hard to recall when she wasn't in my life. I'm thankful for my mother and her gift of being. I'm thankful for so much that these few mentions don't even touch on them. I'm thankful that you're reading this.
Happy Thanksgiving I Love You,
Last night I saw The Best Man Holiday and I must say it was a rare time where I felt the 12.50 I paid to see it was money well spent. From the opening credits that reminded us of the first feature while simultaneously updating us on where the friends are present day, to the “cliffhanger” ender, I was fully in tune with this offering. When the first movie came out I was a quarter of a century and open to what life had in store for me. The original movie was refreshing, funny and classic. It spoke to me, I related! It’s predecessor is all of that and more. The Best Man Holiday is that rare follow up that has you clamoring for more. It had all of the elements that hold moviegoers throughout including comedy and drama.
After leaving the theatre, I was silent for a moment and simply listened to all of the chatter. As people filed out of the theatre I noticed conversations about the movie between complete strangers. I noticed smiles on the faces of women and men alike. I noticed a wave of joy and happiness permeating throughout. How awesome! Awesome, because it’s something you don’t always see whether the cast is primarily black or primarily white. How refreshing.
My goal with this blog entry was not to write a review of the movie and give away plot lines. I’d rather you go see it in the theatre for yourself. The Best Man Holiday is a movie that should be seen by all people that like feel good movies. It should be seen by people that enjoy movies that make you think and appreciate the ones you have in your lives. The Best Man Holiday is the kind of movie that won’t get an Oscar or Golden Globe, but it’s one that I can guarantee will be awarded classic status in the hearts and minds of the viewers who take the time to go see it.
I know that casts featuring people of color in staring, supporting and background roles aren’t a new thing. But the fact of the matter is that it happens in waves. This year there is a plethora of movies and like the 90’s I’m pretty sure it won’t be a mainstay. It’s been quite some time where I’ve gone to a movie and the majority of the previews were movies that featured a primarily black cast. I have hope that this will remain a trend as opposed to a fad like it has over the years but in the meantime, I plan to enjoy this “renaissance”. Run don’t walk to the theatre and I suggest if you’re seeing it today, order your tickets online. The theatre WILL BE PACKED!!
My name is Tamieka Blair and I live on Long Island in New York. I write, I read, I write, I work, I write, I support..I WRITE!!!
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