Queen & Slim Was Everything…BUT…

By now everyone has seen Lena Waithe’s critically-acclaimed, harsh reality film Queen & Slim. It’s been the talk of media every since. The film shows drama, a thrill, anticipation and unfortunately reality. The innocence of Queen and Slim quickly turned from that to fatal survival. Queen was a attorney and Slim was a religious “good catch.” Those two blended personalities created the perfect storyline—knowing the system and having faith.

The movie was great BUT there were a few things that seemed odd, For one, Queen’s attitude from the beginning through the middle of the film was stank. I understood that she was an attorney and her client had received the death penalty and the only reason she decided to get dinner with Slim is because she didn’t feel like being alone. Sooo it seems like she only went out with him because she wanted a free meal.

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Needless to say, Slim aka Earnest, was still in good spirits. He remained a gentleman throughout everything, even when he was harassed by the police. When his protective reflexes kicked in when the officer shot Queen, he had to think fast and protect himself and her, which led to him killing the officer.

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You would think that Queen being an attorney, she would make better suggestions on what to do after that but she insisted on her and Slim running.

One scene where Slim didn’t act the wisest, is when he and Queen went to the gas station to fill up but since they didn’t have any cash, they wanted the cashier to give them the gas for free with the persuasion of having a gun.  The weirdo cashier wanted to hold the gun that Slim was pointing at him. What did Slim do? He gave the gun to him…without taking the clip out.

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Luckily the guy didn’t shoot him.

The most comedic part of the film was from Queen’s uncle Earl, played by Bokeem Woodbine. He was an ex-army, turned pimp…or just a guy with 3-4 girlfriends, who stayed in New Orleans. He had a bad accent but he was quite entertaining.

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A random scene that we could’ve done without is when Queen and Slim left uncle Earl’s house in New Orleans, and they seen the horses and she suggested Slim get on one. If you’re on the run then maybe you shouldn’t be lolly gaggin on some horses.

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One important thing that I LOVED is the support they received by strangers while on the run, starting with the guy that they accidentally hit and took to the hospital. The people at the bar just danced around them and the bartender said they were safe there. There was even a white couple who let them hide out in their house, which led to a black police officer finding them in the couple’s garage. The officer stared them dead in the eye and let them go! 

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Then there was the ONE black guy who snitched on Queen and Slim just to get the reward money. Of course he wasn’t loyal enough to not snitch on them because he didn’t know them, but damn he could’ve been like the other supportive black folks.

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In the midst of all that, the pair came across a young boy who was inspired by what they did even though it cost them to be on the run. The young boy was participating in a protest when he decided to pull a gun on a black police officer and shot him in the face. As a result of that, the young boy was killed. The pair didn’t know that they had that much influence over people, let alone the youth. Honestly, that was a sad scene that I could’ve done without.

Lastly, the ending…..when it was coming to an end, Queen said she wanted to live and they both talked about having a legacy and being part of each other’s legacy. Yes, in a perfect world, the two would’ve went to Cuba and lived a low profile life until whenever. BUT unfortunately, Queen and Slim were gunned down…no weapon in sight….hands shown in plain sight…and yet they were gunned down, Queen being shot first.

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I found it interesting that we never heard they’re names mentioned throughout the movie. We assumed they were “Queen” and “Slim” but after they’re tragic death we found out they were Angela and Earnest.

Overall the film was great BUT there were a few unnecessary scenes and questionable character moves. I loved that it was 70% realistic and that it was black written and directed. The black excellence within and behind the scenes of the film was EVERYTHING.

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Oscars 2018 Fashion

I want to dedicate this post to the lovely Black Women who came and slayed the 2018 Oscars this year.

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Oh, the men looked fine too!!

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I loved these looks from the stars and SHOUT OUT TO Tiffany Haddish honoring her father by showing homage to her roots of Eirtrean gown on the red carpet…

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AND for wearing her dress for the white Alexander McQueen gown a third time at the Oscars lol. She had originally said she paid $4k for the dress so she’s going to keep wearing it lol.

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Danii Gold Out!

Black Panther Greatness

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Talk about GREATNESS! Did you know that Black Panther made $218 MILLION over the weekend all over the country? Andddd it’s Black History Month! That some Black Excellence. I’m so proud of the movie’s debut success!

I went to see Black Panther on Friday, just like every other black person did this weekend and I enjoyed it of course. I will be the first to say that I’m not a Marvel fan….at all!! I’m not into superhero movies like that but I just HAD to see this film because:

  • Black director, Ryan Coogler
  •  Black film
  • Dope cast; Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’O, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett
  • And last but not least–Michael B Jordan.

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Spoiler Alert: I LOVED the story line and it made me think—maybe there is a whole different galaxy or planet or even a different country that has the advancements of technology that Wakanda had. The movie seemed more present day, especially with the settings of being in South Korea and London. I LOVED that there was a family tie between T’Challa (Boseman) and Killmonger (M.B. Jordan) and fighting for the throw because of a bad grudge being held.

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Also, I loved that Black Women played a significant part in the movie, from his sister being helpful with her technology knowledge by helping him drive a car while she was still stationed in Wakanda, to T’Challa being in South Korea. Also, Okoye being his right hand (wo)-man by helping him fight and using her sword power (like she did in Walking Dead). Also, Nakia was his eye candy but also a great spy working along to save others lives before T’Challa walked back into her life.

You hear a lot of one-man band superheroes but never a lot of black women superheros. There are Black Women Superheroes from the Marvel series like Storm from X-Men, Misty Knight, and Monica Rambeau, and maybe this movie will be the start of trying to make movies about them.

I’m just sooooo excited that black people mainly, but all races in general came out to A) support a Black Film, B) a Black director, C) a Marvel film that brings people from all races out…to support a black film–Black Panther.

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Fun Facts about the director: Ryan Coogler:

  • He directed his first film at age 27, which was Fruitvale Station
  • He directed his second film at age 29, which was Creed
  • Third film he directed was Black Panther, at age 31.

 

If you haven’t seen the movie….see it! If you have seen it…see it just ONE MORE TIME lol–for the culture–for the young directors like Ryan Coogler making a come up!!

Danii Gold out!