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My Excitement to See the New ANNIE Movie & Escape Police Brutality News #AnnieMovie

My Excitement to see the New Annie Movie & Escape Police Brutality News ~ MommyTalkShow.com

One definite activity I’ve put on the family calendar for Christmas Break  is taking A.J. to see the new Annie movie starring Oscar nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallise and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx. This 2014/2015 spin on the book and Broadway play will probably be the only version of Annie A.J. will ever know and I couldn’t be happier about it.

It stars a brown-skinned girl just like him with big hair and a beautiful smile as Annie  – played by Wallise. Foxx plays an updated version of Daddy Warbucks as Will Stacks and rescues her from the horrible conditions in her foster home.

It’s way overdue for movies like this to reflect what our country and our would look like now.

Our president is Black.

The most powerful couple in entertainment, Beyonce and Jay Z, is Black.

Black producers, Jay Z and Will Smith, are among the team that brought this updated version to the big screen.

My Excitement to See the New ANNIE Movie & Escape Police Brutality News #AnnieMovie ~ MommyTalkShow.com

 

My Excitement to See the New ANNIE Movie & Escape Police Brutality News #AnnieMovie ~ MommyTalkShow.com

Photo credit: SPE,Inc./Dave Allocca

Given what we’ve endured this year with the George Zimmerman verdict in Trayvon Martin’s death, failure to indict officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. for shooting Michael Brown to death and no indictment for the Staten Island Police officer whose choke hold led to Eric Garner’s death – I just need to escape and see a delightful movie.

I need something to be happy about.

I need a delightful escape.

I need this moment in the theater where my brown son can look on a movie screen and see his image reflected back to him in mainstream media.

He may not understand it now.

In fact, this week he taught me how little he knows about race when he couldn’t tell the difference between someone who’s Hispanic or Asian. Of course, he’s met people of other races and attends a diverse elementary school. But to him people are just Black or White.

Sadly, I’ve already noticed negative comments about the new version of the new Annie movie starring Black actors and it’s sickening. In some areas we’ve come so far – racially. Then social media comments like those and international headlines about police brutality in this country show us how much work still needs to be done.

I have vague memories of seeing ANNIE on Broadway when I was younger. I don’t remember many members of the cast looking like me. So when A.J. sees the new Annie movie I’m excited for him to hear the songs of my childhood: “Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.” I expect he’ll belt them out like most kids do “Let it Go” from Frozen (not one of his favorite movies, by the way.) Already his anticipation is growing about the movie especially when he saw the cast on Good Morning America. Now if he wants his own dog like Sandy, we’ll need to have a long talk.

My Excitement to See the New ANNIE Movie & Escape Police Brutality News #AnnieMovie ~ MommyTalkShow.com

Photo Credit: Good Morning America

My Excitement to See the New ANNIE Movie & Escape Police Brutality News #AnnieMovie ~ MommyTalkShow.com

Photo credit: SPE,Inc./Dave Allocca

I hope you don’t think I’m diminishing the deaths of these men by saying I want to escape. Believe me. As the Mother of a Black Boy I can’t really escape imagining how the victims’ families feel. I’ve shared my own concerns about how A.J. may be cute now when he’s 4, but the world will have an entirely different perspective on him when he’s 14. I also supported the Essence Magazine campaign #HeIsNotASuspect.

He’s Cute at Age 4, But Will You Call Him a Criminal When He’s 14? ~ MommyTalkShow.com

The new Annie Movie hits theaters December 19, 2014 but there’s already been a New York premiere featuring celebrities like Beyonce and cast members like Cameron Diaz on the red carpet.

Follow Annie Movie on Instagram. Visit Annie-Movie.com for photos, clips and more interactive news about the film.

Check out this preview clip from Sony Pictures:

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13 comments

  1. It looks super good! Every time I see a preview I think to myself, I need to go see it!
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  2. I so can’t wait to see this movie. I’ve been waiting to see it all year. My kids have seen the original version and the 99′ version. I can’t wait for them to see this one.
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  3. Oh my goodness, the kids and I can’t wait to see the movie. It looks like it is going to be such a cute movie. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I still remember when my parents took me to the theaters to watch this movie, I was probably 7 or 8 years old and I loved it! Not too long ago my 10 year old son and I were watching it again on TV so, I can’t wait to hit the theaters and watch this new version of it!
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  5. I truly love the diversity of the cast. It’s about time!! Q is just adorable….love her.
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  6. I cannot wait to see this movie – we’re going as a family to see it 🙂

  7. I’m looking forward to taking my little one to see Annie also. It looks like it’s going to be so good!
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  8. The only thing I wish they had done with the movie is to use the iconic dress from the comics as her end look. She deserves to wear the icon, too…not just a rebooted something! 🙂
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  9. You are going to love it! I don’t even want to tell you that because … just tell me what AJ says.
    All of the actors did a good job. I would surely watch it again.
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  10. My daughter really wants to go see this movie! She saw Annie at a live theater this year and said she want to go see it at the movies too.
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  11. I saw the movie this week with a friend and two children, and I thought it was absolutely phenomenal! My sons are too old to want any part of it, so I had to borrow some kids to take (6 and 7 year-olds). They loved it, and so did we. My friend’s daughter (she’s bi-racial) wore her hair out because she said it’s like Annie’s. 🙂 I was amazed at how talented and charismatic Quvenzhane is. The producers did an excellent job with the casting for the most part, and the story was really good. My friend didn’t think she wanted to see it, but we were both laughing out loud and tearing up throughout the whole movie. The only sad thing is that some want to make a big deal about the color of Annie, but she is a fictional character, so she can be any color we want her to be. It is 2015, and I thought this movie was a really good thing for young girls of all ethnic backgrounds. I was thrilled to see people of all ethnic groups in the theater enjoying the movie along with us. Thanks for the write-up!

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