Friday, 5 January 2018

Girls Trip + 3 Fab Black Girl Comedies

I finally saw Girls Trip this week and honestly, what a treat. I think the reason it resonated with so many people, including myself, is because it showed the pretty normal side of black women that we so rarely see on screen. Girls Trip gave us a representation of black women that wasn't tied to our struggle or stereotypes or the caricatured angry black woman, black women best friend or the slave narrative. It showed that can be  carefree and have fun and we're sensitive and we're smart and we're loyal and we're our own bosses and we're great friends anddd I could go on.  And it also showed the power and strength of female friendships and how good friends are your home. And in a world of Real Housewives (though I do love me some Atlanta Housewives), we don't get to see a lot of non catty, bitchy women on screen. It showed black joy! And all the black girl magic !

This film is able to keep the amazing comic sequences and laughing out loud one liners coming and while developing all of its characters. Tiffany Haddish, I should add, gives a scene stealing performance and deserves all the accolades going her way.Its not a super long film but you get a really good sense of who these ladies are as people, we get some good cameos that are woven into the plot nicely and, we genuinely believe these 4  have been lifelong best friends, a chemistry that is so hard to get right in 1.5 hour film.

In case you haven't seen it yet, Girls Trip is about the "Flossy Posse" a group of best friends from university who have grown distant over the years. So, when Ryan Pierce (Regina Hall), dubbed as "the next Oprah", is invited to be the keynote speaker at the Essence Festival, she extends the invitation to all her friends and turns it into a girls trip. Of course they all have some issues going on in their personal lives and a little bit of chaos ensues !

Now what did surprise me, was how everyone was talking about this film, as if it's the only all black female comedy, because I've seen quite a few.  We 100% do need more and this will only happen if we have more POC behind the screen producing, directing and writing. But we also have to put our money where our mouth is and support the ones already out there.

Here are my 3 favourite black female comedies.


No not the ITV show ... this one:
This is honestly one of the most underrated TV shows. I'm telling you Girlfriends was doing everything we're praising Girls Trip for ... in like the year 2000. Smart, successful, confident, funny, sharp black women with their own very distinct personalities on screen ... for 8 seasons're very welcome.

Think Like A Man + Think Like A Man 2

Do you know what, if you want a longer list just Google Regina Hall movies. Again,you're welcome. The plot of this film is:  there's a best selling book by Steve Harvey called Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man (real book) and this friendship group are all in a bit of a rut regarding their love lives.  So they all read it and take on the book's advice, quite literally.

The Best Man/The Best Man's Holiday

You know what? Imma just tell you about The Best Man's Holiday which I've talked at length about here if ya want more details. It has Christmas and families and really strong black female friendships that have stood the test of time and been though the best and worst of situations. It'll make you laugh and cry and it's just all the feels. And do you know what it doesn't matter that it's no longer Christmas watch it, I first saw it in like June.

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