The Second Time Around: Think Like A Man Too

 

Think Like A Man Too
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I love it when a sequel is done right! With the TV promos, radio interviews and press junkets in heavy rotation, it wasn’t a surprise when I rushed out of the office early and went straight to the movies to buy advance tickets of Think Like A Man Too. The promotion for this movie was on point. I even splurged on a later showing for my mother and I. She’s a fan of the movie too.

When the first movie, Think Like A Man was released back in 2012, the concept was centered on Steve Harvey’s New York Times Bestseller, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man. So when the sequel was released today, I thought maybe Harvey’s second book would be the concept, but as I began to see previews for the movie, I walked in the theater with no expectations.

What I received was even better. The winning combination of director Tim Story and power producer Will Packer does not disappoint. There was no complex storyline. The movie was just simply funny.

Everything picked up where it left off as the cast reprised their roles like no time has passed. The whole cast is back for part two of an incredible ride of laughter and fun even leaving room for some new faces. The chemistry comes alive once again, which only makes perfect sense why the sequel would take place in Sin City.

The plot of the movie is reminiscent of a cross between The Hangover and The Best Man, except no one is keeping a deep dark secret and everyone remembers what happened the night before. But one aspect does hold true. Michael (Terrence Jenkins) and Candace (Regina Hall) are getting married, so we all know what that means – the gang is back together again! While the excessive alcohol, naked strippers, and the inevitable drama of the bachelor and bachelorette parties prove to be run-of-the-mill, it also provided a bit of nostalgia. For me, I wondered what my bachelorette party would be in 5 or 10 years.

The men and women were easily divided as one group tried to out do the other. Which group can throw the most epic party? The character’s personalities shine through even when their roles were clearly defined in the first movie. There was the over-zealous friend much like Cedric (Kevin Hart). He overspent on hotel accommodations (See, the way my bank account is set up…) to ensure his friends had the best time. There were memorable scenes, like the girls accidentally getting high when Kristen (Gabrielle Union) gives all her girls pot breath strips given by her now husband Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara). We also get to finally meet Tish (Wendi McClendon –Covey) who is Bennett’s (Gary Owen) wife transform into a bombshell when the girls perform Bel Biv DeVoe’s hit Poison. All of these moments are components for a true instant comedy.

After seeing this movie, I completely understand why Hart wants to get rid of the term ‘black movies.’ There was nothing racially themed about this movie. It would be a shame if it were clumped into the same theory when more than three African-Americans are the main characters in a film. In the words of what Hart said to the concierge: “I don’t mean to be rude, but you can keep that sh**t!”

Think Like A Man Too has one central theme in which everyone can relate – the ability to move forward. We see that when Michael and Candace finally stands up to his overbearing mother, when Maya (Megan Good) forces Zeke (Romany Malco) to let go of his past, and finally when Lauren (Taraji P. Henson) and Dominic (Michael Ealy) make sacrifices in their careers for the sake of their relationship. Cameos from Drake, George Wallace, Coco, and Wendy Williams only adds to the repertoire of an excellent plot, great cast and awesome scenes. Plus, many more surprises along the way.

Think Like A Man Too is no-holds barred, in your face romantic comedy that will be talked about for many summers to come. As soon as the ending credits were over, my mom looked at me and said, “Excellent.” I agree. She’s a harsh critic too.

What do think? Have you seen the movie? If not, Think Like A Man Too is theaters now.

Is Social Media Enough To Bring Our Nigerian Girls Home?

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Two weeks ago, militants abducted over 200 Nigerian girls from their boarding school in the town of Chibok. It is now being reported that the girls are being sold into mass marriages for $12. Out of the 200 missing, 14 girls escaped, but large portions of them are still missing.

Parents and relatives of the missing children are not satisfied at the way the Nigerian government is handling the situation. They feel the safe return of the girls are not the government’s nor Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s first priority. Protests and rallies occurred in the wake of this devastating ordeal and sparked international outrage. But not in the way you would think.

I’ve been following this story for the past week and it gets more and more heartbreaking. Part of the reason why I started Candid Commentary was to write about difficult topics not consistently covered in the media, and unfortunately, this story is one of them. Every time I tune in to any type of mainstream media outlet, it seems as though this story is slipping under the radar. I keep hearing about the recent job report and even about Malaysian Flight 370, but no one can take the time to analyze or even report on the missing girls. The only way I could get updates was through the Internet.

The safety and protection of these young girls just trying to get an education is a REAL issue and should be covered 24/7 like everything else. It’s sad to say, but this story is just evidence of how society views black women. Much interest in this story appeared on social media and it has now sparked a full campaign. According to the BBC News, the hash tag #Bringbackourgirls generated over 360,000 tweets and retweets since it’s creation on April 23. Many celebrities and Nigerian residents joined the cause expressing their frustration with the Nigerian government and are demanding answers.

One cannot deny the power of social media. It’s known to bring missing girls home in the U.S., and can generate enough interest to increase change when it comes to activism. Even Black Twitter is known to have tremendous power in amplifying issues to initiate change. But is it enough? Will our concurrent likes, retweets and posts really make a difference in trying to find our girls? When the government fails, can we rely on social media to advocate for more media attention and involvement from international organizations? That’s why it’s so important for us to continue to follow new developments and to continue to tweet, post and talk about this story until each girl is rescued.

A petition on Change.org was created by Ify Euleze to support all efforts in rescuing the missing girls. The petition urges that all children deserve to be safe and protected especially in educational environments.

What do you think? Can social media be the driving force to help #bringbackourgirls? Click on the post and comment below! Be candid in your response!