TAVIS SMILEY’S DOCUMENTARY FILM: “STAND”

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I must admit, that I wasn’t all that enthusiactic about Tavis’s film “STAND” beforehand.  Not that I have anything against Tavis, I actually admire and look up to him. However, when he starts to “pontificate” (new vocabulary word, look it up) I sometimes disagree with him and end up losing interests.  I assumed this film was going to be along those lines, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.  This was a very moving tribute to my culture. Tavis and friends explore the diversity and complexity of the Black male experience in America past, present and future.  I found myself, being empowered and inspired throughout the film. I felt I was on the journey with them.

It is a compelling documentary chronicling an extraordinary road trip taken by Tavis and 10 remarkable black male friends that affectionately call themselves the “Soul Patrol”. On this journey is renowned philosopher, scholar, Princeton professor, author and civil rights activist Dr. Cornel West; his brother, songwriter and producer Cliff West; author, commentator, public intellectual and Georgetown University professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson; Princeton Professor of Religion and African American Studies Dr. Eddie Glaude; Grammy Award-winning gospel artist BeBe Winans; actor and founding director of the Ebony Repertory Theatre Wren T. Brown; comedian and activist Dick Gregory; Smiley’s longtime special assistant Raymond Ross; and young Memphis student activists Daron Boyce and Robert Smith.

The film presents unscripted dialog and debate about race relations, politics and the legacy of the civil rights movement as they make stops at the home of Sam Moore of the the singing duo “Sam and Dave,” Fisk University, Stax Records, Mason Temple, (the church in Memphis where MLK delivered his “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top” speech) They wrapped up their journey at the Lorraine Motel the place Martin Luther King was assassinated.  Tavis and friends explore the diversity and complexity of the Black male experience in America past, present and future.

Check your local TV listing for the re-broadcast on TV One of the film.

     

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