We all know the powerful story behind ‘The Color Purple’, the movie from 1985 in which Whoopie Goldberg and Oprah played amazing leading roles. After 11 nominations, the movie turned into an amazing broadway musical that also made it to the Dutch theatres. In the première week we made it to the NDSM theatre, where we had the privilege to have witnessed the magic on stage first hand. The ‘all black cast’ made sure to capture the audience and took us on an amazing journey through the story. We strongly recommend you to see for yourself how amazing this play actually is!
“With all due respect I don’t have pity for you black niggas, that’s the way I feel. Screamin’ ‘Black Lives Matter’ ” is the first line that Joyner Lucas raps in his hit “I’m Not Racist”. As I got angry, quite offensive and at the same time goosebumps over my entire body, I continued listening. Joyner started citating the one fact after the other and I noticed that he was not even in the video. Different victims were lip syncing his lyrics. By setting two totally opposites across each other the video became powerful. On the one side of the table there was a white man sitting with a red trump hat citating the famous slogan ‘Make America Great Again’ and on the other end there was a stereotype black man sitting.
As “being woke” became part of our generations vocabulary – let these Trinidadian men inspire you to stay woke. Think less about which aesthetic food spot you are going to visit next – think more about how these places can be a scarcity for our future generations.