Jamie Foxx was masterful in his portrayal of Ray Charles.
I’m still in a mental daze following Saturday’s verdict. My thoughts and words come in angry spurts. After commenting early Sunday morning, I found myself in a spectator seat to more division among us. We’re just as divided today about how to react to the situation as we were on Friday when one’s Blackness was gauged on what your Facebook profile picture featured. I’ll give my views on everything shortly.
We’re all witnesses to the power of music. Today, I’m asking for your top five movie soundtracks.
1. Superfly (1972) – The great Curtis Mayfield gave the world a glimpse into the no-so-pretty world of a drug dealer’s life with “Pusherman”. “Freddie’s Dead” is the pulse for this 1970’s classic.
2. The Wiz (1978) – Kansas is transformed to Harlem as this remake of the original “Wizard of Oz” featured icons in the entertainment industry. Michael Jackson, Lena Horne, Richard Pryor and Diana Ross led an all-star cast. “Home”, sung by Diana Ross (Stephanie Mills on Broadway) brings this great production to its climax.
3. Purple Rain (1984) – Prince’s autobiographic tale produced a musical masterpiece. A front to back classic.
4. Ray (2004) – Only Denzel Washington’s portrayal of Malcolm X surpasses Jamie Foxx’s role as a R&B legend Ray Charles. The soundtrack takes you from Charles’ humble beginnings on the “Chittlin’ Circuit through his epic performance of “Georgia On My Mind” in front of the Georgia General Assembly.
5. Do the Right Thing (1989) - I couldn’t close my list without a Spike Lee Joint, there could have been as many as three on my list. This story of racial unrest in New York’s Bedford-Stuyvesant prepared this 70’s baby for the LAPD, Mark Furman and George Zimmerman. Public Enemy said it all in three words: Fight the Power.
Honorable Mentions: Shaft, Juice, Love Jones, Sparkle, Mo’ Better Blues, Boomerang, The Five Heartbeats and Jungle Fever.
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MoKnozSports is out (Paper li).
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Here we go again (NY Daily News).
Tracy Martin tweets after verdict (IFWT).
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Team U.S.A. fails to medal (ESPN).
Probably won’t see “The Butler” but “The Last King of Scotland” was great.