If you’ve already read Push, the debut novel by Sapphire you won’t soon forget it. (If not, you should read the book now!). It’s the haunting tale of Claireece Precious Jones, an overweight, undereducated, abused black girl trying to survive. And the author, a poet, has written it just the way she talks (which will take some time to decipher). The reason you should read the book now is to get ready for the movie which should make its way to a theater near you sometime later this year.
Lee Daniels, who produced, Monster’s Ball, is the director who has brought this gut-wrenching saga to the screen. And along with sweeping both the Audience and the Grand Jury awards, an unlikely actress is getting rave reviews for her performance. Any guesses? Wait for it… It’s Mo’Nique, star of The Parkers and Phat Girlz actual got a Special Jury Prize for her portrayal of Precious’ cruel mother.
But it is a newcomer named Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, who tackles the tough role of Precious. Her performance had the audience in tears as well as her co-stars, Mo’Nique and Paula Patton (with Lenny Kravitz and Sherri Shepherd rounding out the cast).
Although some of us may not find the subject matter entertaining, this is a must-see for many reasons. Primarily, this is a reality for many young sisters. So instead of sticking your head in the sand, take a big girl pill and see this film. Better yet, take a group of young girls with you and discuss it afterward.
Now the audience who saw the film and awarded this film top honors was overwhelmingly white. And now there is all this buzz surrounding this movie. But we need to see it too. Or will this be another case where white audiences support a movie and we don’t? Thankfully, we all have some time to make sure that isn’t true.
Check out her audition tape below:
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