Parenting Takes Courage

After a little over two years, I was finally able to watch the movie “Courageous” again. I couldn’t watch it before because it was one of the last movies I watched with my husband that deeply moved the both of us. In fact, the movie touched us so much, I wrote about it here. I remember us sitting on the couch, sniffling and wiping away tears. That’s how powerful the movie was for us. Now, … [Read more...]

The Pursuit of Happiness

“Do you want to be happy?” This is the question the young minister I’ve been seeing recently asked me. “Do you want to be happy?” We’ve been spending a lot of time getting to know one another, and all of the issues of my heart have been bubbling to the surface for him to see. Much of it deals with the guilt I feel because of how my husband died. I didn’t have the chance to say goodbye and tell … [Read more...]

Life: Not a Tyler Perry Movie

When I was in college, I loved taking film classes as elective courses. I studied filmmakers such as Julie Dash (“Daughters of the Dust”), Mira Nair (“Mississippi Marsala”), and Halle Gerima (“Sankofa”). I studied how these masters told compelling stories through the subtle nuances of cinematography, lighting and sound. The courses introduced me to a host of classic, underground and underrated … [Read more...]