Tamu and Mallory read Trisha R. Thomas’s Nappily Ever Afterand compare it to the Netflixadaptation. Let’s just say there were high expectations which were sadly not met. However, both the book and movie are pioneers for moving natural hair into the mainstream; hopefully the next movies and books about natural hair will be even better.
Moral to the Story: We are beautiful regardless of what comes out of our heads.
Other Fun Topics Discussed:
The protagonist is really a selfish human.
She cut her hair off and had no new growth as a person.
Mallory liked the first chapter of the book.
Communication is important in relationships.
Don’t get blasted and share feelings because you may end up engaged.
Book break up vs. Insecurebreakup between Issa & Lawrence.
Mallory wondered if the movie was for white people to get an idea of black women & their hair.
The movie’s theme is “if a black man approves”
Most Ridiculous Movie Quote: “Men want realness”
Anything with a dick can still be a dick.
Women & beauty standards.
Sex in the shower can be a thing on wash day.
Miraculously Sanaa’s character can braid, but was unable to do her own hair.
Don’t assume because someone is wearing a scarf that they have cancer.
Mallory found the sexism in the movie!
Tamu talks about the moment when she cut her hair off.
Mallory finds the misogyny in the final pool scene between the father and mother!
Bad@Love Remakes this Movie: Would have been better to see someone with more power in their hands.
Myth Busted: Going natural is not cheap, nor is it quick.
The World According to Mallory: Online dating = Love resumes so use grammar and spell check.
We watched the Netflix documentary, “City of Joy” and learned that sexual violence has been used as a weapon of the armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1996. Women in this region continue to be raped, mutilated and murdered for conflict minerals (Tantalum – aka Coltan, Tungsten, Tin, and Gold) that are used in our cell phones, electronics, cars, and jewelry.
City of Joy has been opened since 2011 and empowers the women who have been brutalized, to learn new skills, love their bodies, release the stigma of being raped, and become leaders in their communities. 1117 women have graduated the program since it began.
Moral to the Story: “The antidote to injustice is progress.” — Stacey Abrams
What can you do? Watch the movie, donate, tell others that this is still happening, find out if your phone and electronics companies are using conflict minerals. If they are, let them know you want no part of their products. Our dollars speak VOLUMES!