Beyond the Lights-dir. Gina Prince-Bythewood

“can you stand the rain?”

this is a cautionary tale-to white women who have black babies, to black babies who have white mamas, to kris jenner-it’s a beauty-fully shot movie that slid under the radar, but it’s worth the watch-just to see a singer transition from rihanna to amel larrieux. but in all seriousness, it’s an excellent look into the realities of the music industry for women, and the complication of the mother/daughter/agent/talent relationship, as well as a subtle not-subtle discussion of unavoidable race politics (bloodlines).

a few years back, i got an all-caps text message asking me, WHY DID THE FACT THAT YOU’RE BDAY TWINS WITH FOXY BROWN NEVER COME UP?! which led to the sobering realization that all three of us (me, inga, and the texter) were 16 when ill na na came out. i mean, two and possibly three out of three of us had not had sex yet, let alone led a sexual revolution in rap. but this puts her about 14 when she first started recording all the songs that jay-z wrote for her, and we know his proclivities with young recording artists. he just covered his tracks better than r. kelly, but there could have been deeper reasons behind that tour not working out, i’m sayin’. shouts to amar’e stoudamire on the production tip of this one-you know we had to bring it back to love and basketball.

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