Category Archives: Uncategorized

Good Hair…

goodhair

Can’t WAIT to see this movie…

Review will follow shortly after. ūüėČ

Movie Review – I Am Not A Trekky…

star-trek-movie

5 stars

Written and posted by Tirinda Hixon

Although I was a softcore fan of some Sci-Fi television shows growing up, Star Trek was never on my list of faves. I was never a die-hard fan of the syndicated series and truthfully, I would¬†¬†rather watch, The A-Team or Remington Steele before even thinking to flip the switch to tune in to Star Trek.¬† Nevertheless, I did watch it, sometimes…I mean, enough to know who Captain Kirk and Spockwere…lol.¬† So when me and my husband took my oldest son and nephew to see it last night, I wasn’t expecting too much from the revamped series, now movie.

Oh my. I was pleasantly surprised!

I was totally blown away by this movie!¬† The storyline was strong, the graphics and special effects were amazing and the action-packed fight scenes between¬†“frenemies” and foes were both¬†intense, and exciting.¬†

This version is focused more on the style of the original series. We are reintroduced to all of the original characters, which to me, makes it more inviting to watch. The initial chemistry between Capt. Kirk and Dr. Spock is tumultuous at best, but it eventually fades into an undeniable camaraderie that will definitely fuel the fire for more sequels to follow.  

Even if you hated this series and all the subsequent versions after (Deep Space Nine, Voyage, The Next Generation, etc.), you will still love this movie.  I definitely recommend.

I Am Not¬†Now A Trekky…

The Brooklyn Critic

Book Review – PUSH by Sapphire

PushSapphire1429_f_2

3.5 stars

Written and posted by Tirinda Hixon

Just read PUSH by Sapphire and I‚Äôm not sure what to think, because there is just SO much to think about…

The protagonist in this story is a young girl named Precious Jones, who is a semi-illiterate poet and mother of two small children…fathered by her own father.  This shattering fact is discovered very early in the book, and from then on we learn just how awful an abused child’s life can be. I was shocked and appalled.  Precious’ struggles were just too many for me to fathom.  From being molested by both parents, (yes BOTH), to feeling alienated by teachers and classmates, Precious tries to find some peace for herself within. But even inside there’s a struggle as she tries to make sense of what is happening to her.  She often wishes people would see the real her, the person on the inside. And for a long while she equates her real beauty within to a thin, pretty, white girl that she imagines everyone loves.

Precious begins to attend an alternative school in Harlem.¬† While at the school she meets a great teacher, Ms. Rain and a group of classmates that support and treat her like family. It‚Äôs delightful to see how Precious progresses through this school’s program as she develops better reading and writing skills and even delves into poetry.¬† The influence of this new school also helps her to eventually escape the torment and abuse by her parents. After giving birth to her second son, she flees her life with her mother and moves into a home for girls, with her newborn son.

Things seem to go well for Precious and for the first time in the book, I’m feeling really good about the new direction her life is taking, that is until a dreadful visit from her mother.¬† It is at that visit that Precious learns her father, and the father of both of her children, has died…of AIDS.¬† Soon after, Precious finds out that she too has been infected with the HIV virus, her children were not.¬† Precious is a strong girl and although the story ends leaving the reader guessing, I got the feeling that she would do what she needed to survive.

All in all, this was a hard story of a child’s struggle.¬† It made me smile at times to see her persevere and to read about her dedication to her son. But, most of all, it made me feel disgusted.¬† As a parent, I just couldn’t fathom two people conceiving, and giving birth to a child only to abuse her in that way.¬† Even when she was “rid” of her parents she still lost, in my opinion, because her father left her with a disease that will affect the rest of her life.

The text is written “by” Precious so at times it was hard to keep up with the writing of an illiterate teenager.¬† I found that to be a bit of a downfall in the book for me. Nevertheless, this was a good book and Precious is an audacious character. I’d definitely recommend.

PUSH has been adapted into a movie and has already won a 2009 Sundance Film Award. Check out the sneak peek below:

I’ll be going to see this…and of course, I will review!

The Brooklyn Critic

Theater Review – RUINED

Ruined2

5 stars

Written and posted by Tirinda Hixon

Last night, I went to see the Pulitzer Prize winning play, RUINED.¬† The play, written by playwright Lynn Nottage and directed by Kate Whoriskey, was one of the most riveting pieces of work I’ve seen in a long time!¬† Now,¬†some¬†may¬†think I’m biased for this post¬†because Lynn has been my good neighbor for all of my life.¬† However, that is not the case.¬†¬†RUINED¬†honestly touched my heart in unimaginable ways.¬†¬†Lynn wrote the hell out of this play…real talk.

I first learned of RUINED¬†while casually listening to NPR’s Tell Me More show.¬† Lynn and actress Saidah Arrika Ekulona (Mama Nadi), were on the show to discuss the play, which captured the lives of Congolese women struggling to survive in the midst of a civil war…I was intrigued.

The story is set in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and follows the lives of four women living in a brothel, ran by Mama Nadi, located dead-smack in the middle of a brewing civil war.¬† The women have faced atrocities such as rape,¬†abduction¬†and brutality by male soldiers. One of the worst of all, being raped with a bayonet, unable to have sex again…ruined.¬† Mama Nadi, an astute businesswoman, provides shelter for these women, but at a price.¬† The women are lead to believe that Mama Nadi’s place is a safe haven,¬† one for protection, since the acts of war has done nothing but destroy their villages, tore apart their families and brought shame to themselves.¬† I mean, where else could they go?!¬† The women¬†rationalize that whoring and appeasing these vile soldiers¬†is far better than encountering them on the other side…out¬†in “the bush”, where they would most likely continue to¬†experience¬†the mayhem¬†they had before.¬†It is because of this sad reality that they adapt.¬† The internal struggles of all these¬†characters¬†affected me in ways I didn’t think possible, as a woman,¬†it was something I needed to see.¬†

All in all, RUINED was captivating! I laughed. I cried. I looked away at intense moments. I held my breath in shock and sometimes, anger.  It was all that I needed.  I recommend that everyone see this play. It is now playing, through June 28, 2009 at The Manhattan Theater Club.

The Brooklyn Critic!