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Philly: Feminist bad-ass Thembi on HumpDay Holla

October 19th, 2009 · 3 Comments

In the process of giving GD a shoutout, Girldrive interviewee Thembi Ford of What Would Thembi Do? clued me into her appearance on BlogTalkRadio, with Stef Renee, where she dropped knowledge on the upcoming movie “Precious” and the new (and hotly contested) documentary Good Hair, which premiered today in Philly.

Most of the show is devoted to the discussion of “good hair” and the role hair plays in black women’s lives. But towards the end, the women discuss the importance of “Precious,” which tells the story of an overweight, abused, pregnant-via-incest black teenage girl.

Keep your eye out for a review of Precious on Girldrive when it’s released in November. I’m anxiously awaiting the release, partly because the book it’s based on, Push by Sapphire, so affected me back in high school, but also because it makes visible a multitude of issues many young women grapple with, ones most films barely touch: obesity, domestic violence, teen pregnancy, sexual abuse, systemic racism, the list goes on. For now, watch the trailer below (and while you’re at it, check out the host of the show, Soul Sanctuary, a non-profit and writers collective committed to the preservation and proliferation of positive urban culture in Philly.)

Tags: Young Women in the Media

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Monica // Oct 20, 2009 at 12:03 am

    I read Push a while ago, I found it really hard to read actually (it’s in the voice of Precious, who is almost illiterate). It’ll be interesting to see it in a coherent narrative. Also, I heard Mo’Nique and Mariah Carey are actually kind of good.

  • 2 aaronlove // Oct 20, 2009 at 12:05 am

    lookin forward to seeing your review. some of my friends are a little worried about it.

  • 3 SV // Oct 21, 2009 at 11:41 am

    wow! i loved push, it was hard enough on my own mind to visualize, but a movie– that’s done well, well probably going to pull at the heart strings a bit.
    thanks for posting this, i dont sit at the internet to know whats popping, so girldrive is my go to site for a whats what out there. thanks.

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