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.)