It's been a long time since we had a movie to talk about in the same vein as Spike Lee's early works. But the indiegogo film, "Dear White People," from Justin Simien has brought it back full circle to Lee's "Do the Right Thing," and "She's Gotta Have It."
I'm not sure if Simien realizes just how much of what's new is old.
I was reminded after seeing the movie last weekend, that the more things change the more they stay the same. I invited my daughter to see it with me and she did. And then I told her to be sure to get on social media (instagram, twitter, Facebook) and tell all her friends, who hadn't seen it, to make sure they do. Movies like this don't come around often.
And while there is definitely a comedic side to the film, it tackles head-on a very serious subject - racism in the echelons of higher education - in particular - Ivy League (and other) predominately White colleges.
I hope that it not only encourages dialogue (and keeps it going), but also opens up the eyes of young people to the importance of activism and involvement in our communities.
Don't miss it.