I love old movies that have plots involving African Americans. I watched a movie called “Cornbread, Earl, and me.” The movie was made in 1975, and starred old time favorites like Bernie Casey, Michael Dunn, and Rosalind Cash. It also starred a current favorite, Lawrence Fishburne. The plot is about a high school basketball hero who was accused of a crime that he did not commit. He was running home in the rain, and was gunned down by police. Does these sounds familiar? When the movie debuted, I was twelve years old. I never thought that we would be seeing much of the same violence today. It has been over 40 years, and American still has not addressed the needless murders of African American men.
I choose to do a review on this movie because the plot is real. This movie is great because the cast was not afraid to address the issue of law enforcement and the African American man. Cornbread, the character in the movie, is a symbol of the victims who are shot by law enforcement today. I know that a review is supposed to analyze the dynamics of the movie, but my reviews are designed to analyze issues that affect our everyday lives. We have to ban together like the cast of the movie to find the why this is happening, and to find a solution to stop it from happening again. This movie gets a “Thumbs Ups”, because of the issue that was overlooked in the 70’s, is now one of the biggest social issues that we face today. Maybe it is time for us to look at our past, to help solve these problems in the future