Hidden Figures Are Worth Their Hype

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Well I’m no movie critic expert, but I can rave about the movie “Hidden Figures” without others sharing my sentiment. Everyone has a right to his or her opinion, and I personally found the movie worth its hype.  Why? The movie has many dimensions hidden in layers   of the storyline.

It’s a movie poignant and quite pertinent in the societal climate of today. There are many parallels transcending generations. If you’re looking for all the truths to reveal itself in the storyline you will miss out on some of the truth not included.

Early in the 60s, three African American women, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson, former employees of Langley Research  Center, played key roles in assisting in the launching of USA’s Friendship 7 satellite rocket on February 20, 1962. The backdrop is the segregation era. These women maintained roles of obscurity until their stories were exposed to the world in theatres.

Despite of, no matter how hidden these powerful figures were- their truth is found in the hidden realities of history.

This is a must see if you not have seen. A wonderful way to show tribute to observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. The movie carries the theme of liberty and justice for all. The way I see it,  “Hidden Figures” is a reminder of how far we have come and how far we must go.

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

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In the late 60’s, African American actor, Sidney Poitier starred in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” The show aired around 1967, as time passed, it was the first movie I had viewed of its kind especially during the wake of Civil Rights and on the heels of racism. Yet, a vibrant, charming and beautiful Caucasian, “Joey”, falls in love with a handsome, articulate and intelligent African American and decides to bring her guest “Dr. Prentice” (Sidney Poitier) for dinner to meet her parents.

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The movie has since become a classic and has transcended generations. Its cutting edge storyline addresses the issues of racism and the skepticism prevalent by some because of differences in ethnicity. Viewers were intrigued by the genuine love and chemistry between the two while they also shared mixed feelings and emotions because of the differences in diversity and ethnicity. In other words, love is love, but when love is between two who share different hues some struggle with acceptance of love. Why is this?

The answer is found in societal resistance to acceptance of differences and the uneasiness of mingling or interacting with others simply because one may have a different hue.

I imagine it took courage and determination by the writer, William Rose, to speak truth and address what others feared. More than likely, Rose knew his movie was controversial and others during the social climate might not receive his message, but he dared to do the right thing when it was not popular. He lent his talent and voice.

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A sad commentary is the difference in one’s skin can make the difference in social acceptance, the way one judges another’s character, or the way one view another value.

To make it a little clearer, in society today, one might not be viewed with the same sense of humanity just because one’s skin tone is a different shade or one is born outside of another’s race. He or she can actually lay aside his or her moral convictions or sense of doing the right thing just because another does not look like him or her.

We are better than this, we can do better than this. We can rise above the shallow, narrow-minded characterizations of others and think on a higher order or a higher level of thinking. We are more resilient, more compassionate, and we are more caring as a society than to allow others differences to blind us from seeing humanity first. Even if we must adjust our views, adjust our perspectives, or even better than that, change our hearts if necessary to see the humane aspect of individuals.

This is a new day, the world is perpetually changing. Whatever the differences are move beyond them or put them in perspective. Society is not and will never be the same as you have known before. It is time to adapt and change. The tables have turned. The table is set. Other guests are waiting. They do not all look like you.  Guess whose coming to dinner?

Be Brave, Not Cowardice

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It takes courage to stand up and do what is right

instead of hiding behind cowardliness.

It takes courage to speak up and say what is right

instead of remaining silent.

It takes courage to do the right thing

instead of rendering evil in your own hands.

It takes courage to act with integrity

instead of acting immoral with malice.

It takes courage to embrace and respect others differences,

instead of resisting and despising others because of the differences.

It takes courage to be different instead of conforming to fit in.

It takes courage to stand alone

instead of standing with others who are wrong.

It takes courage to be brave,

instead of acting in cowardice ways.

Stand strong, be behave!

Be brave, not cowardice!

False Perception – False Security

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In the wake of racial and social tension across this nation one of the systemic factors is fear of the unknown. Those who fear do not have a desired sense of security, regardless of the origin of fear.

Possessing a false perception of perceived threat can perpetuate the need of false security. Either the sense of security leads one feeling secure or the sense of vulnerability leads one fearful and  insecure. In these instances, both are false perceptions.

Security is not a surety or a guarantee, it only offers a sense of well-being. Fear is often connected to perception and is not always based on reality.

So, what does one do without security? Should one react to protect him or herself? Of course, but the question more importantly, what’s the best recourse of action to ensure protection?

The truth is, rendering evil for evil equals evil and this is not the solution. It does not produce the solution but exasperates the problem.

Demonstrating empathy and kindness towards victims of despicable acts of racism and terror alone will not provide the solution to change the forces of evil, but it will impede the spread of infectious evil forces.

Well, what is the answer? There is NO single answer to systemic and complex problems. There is  need for collaborative efforts of individuals sharing differences to ensure all benefit in a created assimilation of security. In other words, there is more need to “reason together” instead of generate efforts to “divide asunder.”

Overall, there are benefits of laying aside the perception of “what appears” and become better informed of “what is.” There is more strength in unity than separate disparities of individualistic thinking.

It’s time to join forces in unity with those sharing like-minds, and in time, divisiveness is dispel and helplessness can dissipate. Only then can security become a reality not in appearance only.

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Liberty and Justice for All

Liberty and Justice for All
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WE ALL WANT OUR LIBERATION.

YET, SOME HAVE TO FIGHT FOR THEIR EQUALITY.

WHY SHOULD SOME HAVE TO FIGHT

FOR THEIR RIGHTS TO BE FREE

WHEN THIS WORLD WAS CREATED

EQUAL FOR ALL TO BE FREE?

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ARE WE LIVING IN A WORLD CREATED BY MAN?

IF SO, WITH ALL HIS CREATIVE BRILLIANCE,

WHY WOULD MAN CREATE HIS WORLD

TO INCLUDE THOSE HE WANTED

TO HAVE NO PART OF IT?

WAS MAN GIVEN THE RIGHTS TO LORD OVER OTHERS?

OR, IS THESE WHY THINGS ARE SUCH A MESS?

WHAT A SHAME, SINCE WE’RE ALL CREATED OUT OF THE

SAME EARTH.

SO, WHO IS MAN TO HAVE CLAIM OVER IT?

THERE ARE POISONOUS WASTES IN OUR GULF STREAMS.

THIS WASTE POLLUTES OUR OCEANS,

AND THEY THREATEN OUR SEAS.

YES, CONTAMINATED WATER

IS A SOCIETAL DISGRACE,

BUT, WE’RE NO BETTER THAN THE WASTE

THAT WE ALLOW TO POLLUTE OTHERS

WHEN WE ALLOW PRIDE, BIGOTRY, AND HATRED,

IN OUR HEARTS AGAINST OTHERS.

WE LET THESE POISONS RAGE SAVAGELY

THROUGHOUT OUR SOUL,

AND THEN WE ALLOW THEM TO CONTAMINATE OUR BEING.

THEN, THE STENCH FROM THEM ARE ALLOWED TO

SPILL ALL OVER THIS WORLD.

WHEN WE BICKER BECAUSE OF DIFFERENCES

IN RACE, SEX, AND CREED,

WHERE IS MAN TO PUT THESE THINGS IN CHECK?

WHO SHOULD WE THANK?

IS IT MAN?

BETTER YET,

WHO SHOULD WE BLAME FOR ALL OUR MESS?

IS IT MAN?

IS IT THE SAME MAN WHO THINKS HE IS BETTER THAN OTHERS?

THE MAN WHO THINKS HE RULES THIS WORLD?

THEN, MAN, IF YOU’RE LISTENING, YOU SHOULD GIVE US A BREAK?

WHILE MAN IS BUSY FIGHTING OVER TRIVIAL MATTERS

AND FIGHTING TO BE A SOMEBODY,

OUR CHILDREN ARE CRYING TO BE NOTICED,

BUT, TOO MANY ARE DYING UNNOTICED.

SOME ARE DYING AT THE HANDS

OF THOSE WHO SHOULD PROTECT THEM.

MANY OF OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED

TO HAVE A DECENT CHILDHOOD

BECAUSE THEIR INNOCENCE WAS STOLEN

BY COWARDLY, AND DESPICABLE, ACTS OF TERROR.

OFTEN THESE ACTS ARE BY

THE FRIENDLY HANDS THEY KNEW,

IN SOME CASES, THEY’RE THE HANDS

THAT SHOULD HAVE HELD THEM CLOSE

AND MADE THEM FEEL SECURE.

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ARE WE EVER  GOING TO GET THINGS RIGHT?

ARE WE EVER GIVING UP ALL

THE BICKERING AND PETTY FIGHTS?

WILL THIS WORLD REVOLVE

AROUND UNITY AND PEACE?

 

WE WILL NEED TO WAIT FOR ANOTHER LIFE

BEFORE WE TURN THIS WHOLE WORLD AROUND?

SOON THIS WORLD WON’T BE A BETTER PLACE,

UNLESS EACH ONE OF US MAKE AN EFFORT

TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT.

LET’S LIVE UP TO THE PRINCIPLES

THAT WE PIOUSLY SING ABOUT,

IN THIS PRESENT LIFETIME,

THIS PLACE IS NOT GOING TO BE

HEAVEN ON EARTH, BUT

CAN WE JUST HAVE SOME LIBERTY

AND JUSTICE FOR ALL?

IF WE CAN’T DO IT FOR OURSELVES,

CAN WE DO IT FOR THE CHILDREN?