It would be nice just to go to the movies and enjoy it without there being an issue of race.
There were many that were surprised (according to Yahoo) that The Best Man Holiday was the number two movie in the country. Mainly because it was a sequel to a movie that came out fifteen years ago but mostly because it was a movie about African-Americans.
I would like to think that African-Americans like to watch movies about themselves. But i would like to think even more so than that…African-American movies share themes and topics that all races can relate too. Some topics are universal like love, friendship, relationships, the holiday, etc.
The fact that shows like Scandal and Sleepy Hollow (both headed by black female actresses) is a hit is because it translates beyond race and delves into stories that are interesting and intriguing to the masses. And i believe movies like The Best Man Holiday and other recent movies like Lee Daniel’s The Butler and Fruitvale Station have been popular are because these were stories/themes that appealed to everyone.
Race may play some part in other areas of our lives (politics, education, social beliefs) but it’s nice that when movies come out…we can put race aside and just go and enjoy a movie. Movies after all are supposed to make us feel good about our lives in some ways.
Some of my favorite movies have nothing to do with race but everything to do with the storyline, it’s characters and the themes. Those are areas that bring me pure enjoyment.
Question of the Day: How do you choose your movies?