CHIRAQ is a Wake Up Call for America

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               The Spike Lee movie CHIRAQ hit theaters on December 4th. From what I see,  the film is probably one of Spike Lee's best. I have grown up on Spike Lee films. As a kid I remember watching Do The Right Thing which was filmed in my father's neighborhood in Bedstuyvesant Brooklyn.

           Spike Lee tells the truth with his films. Also written by Kevin Willmott, CHIRAQ is based on Aristophanes' Lysistrata classic Greek comedy play. A play about women withholding physical affection from their husbands as punishment for fighting in war. The film is a dramedy that stars actress Teyonah Parris who plays girlfriend to Gang leader played by Nick Cannon. Frustrated by the ongoing  gun violence in Chicago, she starts a sex strike by banding other women to abstain from sex until their boyfriends/husbands decide to end the unnecessary violence.

                  The film also has a stellar cast with: Angela Bassett, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Samuel L. Jackson, Steve Harris, John Cusack, & La La Anthony. Followed by a killer soundtrack with: Nick Cannon, R. Kelly, Mali Music, Jennifer Hudson & more.

This film is a dramatization on the real violence that is going on in Chicago but sad to say not that far from the truth. Although I do not live in Chicago. Unfortunately, the news is constantly reminding me how bad the violence is escalating in Chicago . It doesn't seem like their is a solution in sight to the gun violence that is killing men, women , & children of all ages. It makes no sense to me. The gang violence is crippling a community & the awareness has reached across the nation but where is the solution? How can the Police department grab a hold of a situation that is out of their reach? It is unfortunate that the communication between the black community & police department is weak. The senseless deaths at the hands of cops do not help. Somehow our community has to rise above this.

The film is in theaters now & I will definitely being going to see this film. I know some people have voice their opinions on not supporting the film because of the depiction of violence it shows in the city. Don't knock something until you see it. We need more films that represent the black community despite the violence. It is the TRUTH. If you don't like it, do not be part of the problem, be part of the solution.

Shaundell Newsome Jr.


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