Last week, Kevin Costner and Anthony Mackie brought their star power to Atlanta for the screening of Black or White at Regal Atlantic Station. Other celebrities came out to show their support, Phaedra Parks, E. Dewey Smith, Towanda Braxton, Claudia Jordan, Demetria McKinney, along with a list of Atlatnta’s finest, Ryan Cameron, Andrew Young, Rashan Ali, and Hank Stewart to name a few.
The film also stars Octavia Butler(WeWe), Bill Marr and newcomer Jillian Estell as Eloise. This film is based on a true story and centers around a grieving grandfather that is in a custody battle with his granddaughter’s paternal grandmother. I must admit that when I saw the preview I didn’t want to see it. I thought that it would be another movie of a White person being the savior of Black people. Black or White was totally the opposite.
Black or White holds a mirror to our prejudices and holds us accountable for our inability, at times, to see things for what they really are and not for what we want them to be. The movie posed a hard question as to what is best. Is it best for Eloise to live with her White Papa or live with her Black WeWe? Anthony’s character is a lawyer and we all know lawyers do and say whatever it takes for them to win a case. That was an interesting dynamic and I don’t think WeWe wanted to play the game. It film also showed that you can’t force someone to be a parent. Eloise’s dad is a junkie and didn’t want to be a part of his daughter’s life and couldn’t be. He wasn’t ready.
This is a great film and as suggested my Anthony, take someone with you that doesn’t look like you. Black or White opens nationwide this Friday. Go see it. You won’t be disappointed.
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