I saw this movie this weekend.
I grew up in a housing project in a small town on the west side of the state of Illinois. I knew and know people like Precious. Is this movie gratuitous? Yes. Is it uncomfortable to watch. Yes. But, I think that people like Armond have their own demons. My thought is that he truly has less of a problem with the movie than he does with white people seeing the movie. Shhhh... we don't won't white folks knowing that poor black women have been abused.
It's okay, Armond. Your existence isn't lessened or invalidated by a movie that shows a fairly stark and realistic portrayal of *one* slice of the African American experience, circa 1987. Heck, I know people right now in Gary, IN, where my family is, looking for the hookup. Waiting for a check from some govt. agency and getting severely under-served by the education system. Abuse of all sorts is prevalent. Daniels does show middle class blacks in the movie.
I think we need to stop being embarrassed by this movie. It will be categorized in the fiction section of your Blockbuster video.
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