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Film Review: Nappily Ever After

By Atika Aliyah

Sanaa Lathan gives a raw and riveting performance in the Netflix original movie, Nappily Ever After as Violet Jones. The film is centered on a black woman’s quest and inward journey for self-love. The audience is most certainty in for a bumpy ride as they go along with Violet, peeling back the many layers that make up a black woman.

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Based on the introduction, this movie may seem like the perfect chick flick melodrama, where the successful woman gets the perfect man. However when Sanaa’s Violet receives a tiny Chihuahua, instead of the marriage proposal she had everyone expecting. The movie stops becoming a love story based on a man and a woman, into a love story about falling in love with oneself.

There is quite a bit to unpack in this film, but all the messages are delivered and imbedded in a way that is both impressionable and relatable. Violet’s image obsessed mother Pauletta, played by Lynn Whitfield. Gives life to the stigma that black women and girls’ hair must acclimatize to European standards of beauty, in order to be considered attractive. Even if this means having your mother come to your house in the middle of the night while your man is sleeping. To put a flat iron to your head, that sizzles with ever pass. Causing not only damage to your hair but also underlying psychological damage, just for you to return back to bed before he wakes. Giving the illusion that the first thing he sees in the morning is what he thinks is perfection.

A bit extreme, but an actual representation of the lengths woman go in the black community, by sacrificing and manipulating themselves to maintain someone else’s standard of beauty. This film gives women of color the opportunity to look in the mirror and start embracing their true authentic selves. It took Violet multiple identity changes before the clippers came, where she was able to finally start stepping out of the box that she and other woman like herself, had been placed in for so many years. Violet experimented with different hair colors, lengths, and styles, and with everyone she adapted a new persona.

 

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When the time came for the big chop Sanaa Lathan opted out of utilizing a bald wig cap and took the plunge for real. In an interview with CNN Entertainment, Lathan stated that she was in a place where she was ready to do the big chop. Lathan went on to tell CNN about her role, “It came in my life at a time I was kind of rethinking beliefs and desires, and actually my hair was a big part of that,” she said. “I felt like it was definitely the stronger choice, it was committing to all she (Violet) was going through.”

The transformation that developed on screen was empowering and emotional. Violet begins mentoring the young black daughter of the single father. That owns the hair salon where her natural hair journey began to take root. Through Violet and young Zoe’s relationship, you can see the same challenges that Violet faced as a little black girl, coming of age in a society that constantly puts an emphasis on appearances. This particular kinship on screen makes this a perfect film to sit down and watch with adolescent black and brown girls. It could positively impact their outlook and ideas of the meaning of beauty.

Nappily Ever After unifies women of color by paying homage to the natural hair movement that continues to grown day by day. In the movie we have a women re writing her own narrative, while we also have woman and girls all over the world that have the courage to do the same. There is a strong connection between hair and identity in the black community and we take pride in our roots, literally. The film is liberating and affirming; yet it is important to understand that this is not a call only to black women, but a call to all genders and ethnicities. To begin defining themselves on their own terms, and re defining this thing called beauty to be all-inclusive and unconventional.

 

Lovizionz Multimedia Production Company: Atlanta’s Own Event Premiere Headquarters

By: Keidra Ponder

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Looking for TV and Film production? Call Lovizionz Multimedia. Looking for Script Writing? Call Lovizionz Multimedia. Looking for Distribution for Film or Music? Call Lovizionz Multimedia. Looking for Photography? Models? Actors? Dancers? Even if you’re looking for Event and Studio rental, call Lovizionz Multimedia.

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Owner of Lovizionz MultimediaFilmmaker Leylo, has produced and directed a full featured film, “Fakin” and has another on the way “Da Story B4 Da Glory”. He is also a published author, his book “Daddy’s Shadow’s” is available for your reading pleasure. He is the “King of Clubs” when it comes to media in Atlanta, you can find him directing videos and producing content for some of the most notable individuals.

 

His latest venture “Atlanta Night Lights” is a adult show which showcases the livelihood of Atlanta. Watch as the host Karess attends events and interviews artist and other attendees. This is a chance to view first hand why Atlanta is called the production hub of the south. Click the link and catch the action. Atlanta Night Lights Episode 1.

 

 

 

Reviewing A King’s Genetic Memory with Author Craig Pickney

 

As a writer I’ve always had respect for fellow authors. The creative process is tedious and sometime unruly, but the finished product is well worth the sacrifice. I’ve known Craig since school days but I grew to respect him as a man while reading his works. His words are well thought out with much meaning. He is valor with much insight to give. His ability to make it out of Daytona Beach, Fl. with his mind in tact and ambition in full force is what I most admire. Once I read his literature we connected on a conscious level, here is some insight on the man behind the intellect.

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For as long as I can recall I’ve had a love poetry, song writing and music production. As a young boy I would study the Webster’s dictionary to enhance my vocabulary. This was when I started freestyling full verses, which lead to rap songs and small poems. Throughout my childhood I never stopped writing, however it wasn’t until a deployment to Iraq in 2003 that I would start to put material together for publishing. Unfortunately writer’s block would take its course until 2009 while deployed to Afghanistan, I wrote and wrote feeling good as the inspirational poetry began to rush in. By 2011 it was time for me to reconsider my future , did I want to remain in the Army or pursue writing full time? I decided to go for it, I left the military and in this time all I did was attend college and write. I chose to further my education, gaining my Associates in Business Management and Internet Marketing so that it would better facilitate my publishing goals.

I believe that in one lifetime you can be what and who you want to be if you’re wiling to put the work in. I have a following on Facebook which I give a combination of inspiration and real life logic, I try to interact with my readers as much as possible. I’m very open minded and can relate to most personalities, I usually can get people to look at things at an angle never before seen.  The future of my brand (AKGM) or (A King’s Genetic Memory) is focused on the future and open to where that future may lead. I currently have two published bodies of work and I have material composed for my next 3 projects as well. Click the links below to check my manuscripts out.

“A King’s Genetic Memory; The Royal Inspiration”

https://www.amazon.com/KINGS-GENETIC-MEMORY-Royal-Inspiration/dp/1612041574/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1487018640&sr=8-3&keywords=craig+pinckney 

“A King’s Genetic Memory; Satin Sheets”

https://www.amazon.com/AKGM-Satin-Sheets-Genetic-Memory-ebook/dp/B0149JXB76/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487018640&sr=8-1&keywords=craig+pinckney 

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