If there is a movie that you’re thinking of taking the family to this month, make it Dreamgirls, Y’all. I never got to see the musical, so the movie is the next best thing. Take it from me y’all, It is da bomb. To say that the movie is both poignant and funny is to understate it dramatically. The music is beautifully done and the major cast members with the exception of Danny Glover sings beautifully. Eddie Murphy’s performance is particularly funny and bittersweet in light of today’s events. You’ll understand if you see it. I don’t want to spoil it for y’all. Jennifer Hudson of American Idol fame really is a singular talent and this movie signals the beginning of a bright future for her. The costumes and acting are all top notch and Beyonce’ is always breathtakingly slamming. Seeing is believing so see it.
The savvy, beautiful, and accomplished Mrs. Sandi Jackson, the wife of Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr has filed her paperwork to run for Alderman against the daugther of Alderman Beavers, setting up an interesting contest and another step for the Jackson political dynasty. Mrs. Jackson, an attorney like her husband, is training director for the Democratic National Committee and a shrewd political operative in her own right. Jesse’s aborted run for Mayor set the stage for Mrs. Jackson’s assent to power.
Focused on the House of Representatives, I am hoping Congressman Jackson will use the opportunity of Democratic power to challenge his homestate colleague Rahm Emmanuel to become the next Democratic Speaker of the House. A right-wing DLC Democrat, Emmanuel would be a disaster for progressives. These two seasoned black politicians could become, in time, the most formidable black power couple in the nation. As Speaker of the House, Jackson could become the most powerful black politician in the history of the country. Especially if Barack Obama doesn’t make the next ticket. Jackson has a great set of political skills that uniquely qualify him to turn the Congressional Black Caucus around from a corporate front group into a progressive force. His actions in the coming years of Democratic control will tell the tale of his suitability and I don’t think he will disappoint.
Mrs. Jackson personifies the belief that behind every successful black man, is an equally successful and accomplished black woman.
Sad news came this morning that the Godfather of Soul has passed. I am shocked and deeply saddened. He was admitted to Emory Long Hospital yesterday here in Atlanta and died early Christmas morning at 1:45 A.M. of heart failure. He will be remembered as one of the greatest R&B artists and showman of all time. His music, zest for life, and passion for the well-being of our people touched me. I thank God for his life and example. Pray for his family and children and may he rest peacefully in the arms of God.