As we welcome March, I can’t help but feel excited! Spring is just around the corner, officially March 20 to be exact. Spring always signifies rejuvenation and revival for me. The snow begins melting, the flowers begin to pop up everywhere, the birds chirp louder, and the atmosphere just seems so much brighter. Is it just me? Well, we’ve said goodbye to February where I got to celebrate a lot of wonderful people: my paternal grandmother, my little brother, my wedding anniversary, and we cannot forget celebrating the legacy of black people in this country. This month however proved to be a bit difficult, especially in Texas because of Winter Storm Uri. Many were left without electricity, heat, water, or even a proper place to stay. There were tragic deaths all in the hopes of generating heat. While I am grateful to have had power and water throughout the storm, it was indeed still difficult getting around on the icy grounds and cold. Thankfully the temperature is rising and the snow has melted. Yes to the heat! Let’s keep the Texans still recuperating from the storm in prayer.
While February proved to be a bit of a doozy, there are two things that made it to my faves list.
Movie: Judas and the Black Messiah
Directed and produced by Shaka King, along with production by Ryan Coogler and Charles King, comes a riveting biographical drama piece about the betrayal of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in the late ’60s. This movie made my February Faves because it captured the humanity of the movement, the man, and the mission. We got to see the vulnerability of not only Fred (played by Daniel Kaluuya), but of William O’Neal (played by Lakeith Stanfield), the man who betrayed him. The movie’s storyline flowed well and the actors in their various roles were superb in taking us into their experiences to share in the pride, agony, rage, skepticism, sorrow, hope, joy, and betrayal. I could not believe that I never really knew the story of this 21-year-old revolutionary. The state was scared of a 21-year-old black man whose words stirred up pride, dignity, and a hunger for justice and change. This young man didn’t just stir the hearts of black people — no, he got many people of different races and ethnicities on board to fight for equality and justice. You would think that this is a common story, but while some may know of the legacy of Fred Hampton, or his contribution to the civil rights movement, that’s where it stops. I just love how the story gives us a glimpse of how he could have been in real time. After the movie, my husband and I could not stop talking about what it means to be a revolutionary, especially in this day and age. We pondered over whether we were revolutionaries in our sphere of influence, could one raise their children to be revolutionary, leadership in the black community, among other related topics. We were sure of one thing though: Fred Hampton’s story is truly inspirational. He was so young, yet his powerful way of speech and his work transcended time. I encourage you to watch this film if you haven’t, and do supplemental reading of the great work the Black Panther Party did. Furthermore, do you consider yourself a revolutionary? What do you think it means to be revolutionary? Drop a comment below.
The day after Valentine’s Day is my wedding anniversary date! Because of the winter storm, many places were closed and we were forced to adapt a bit, but I truly enjoyed celebrating our love and one year in marriage! It made my February Faves for the obvious reason that it is the day we said “I do” to each other. However, even more so, it was another reminder that I am married to my best friend. Something I’d like to share from that day is a conversation we were having over some wine and dinner. We touched on whether we thought the reality of marriage matches the dream of marriage — does marriage look like what you thought it would as a kid. We both gave our answers, but what stood out to me is that we both mentioned how no one really tells you how much work goes into marriage growing up. Yes, you marry someone you love and care about, but this is still an individual with their personal quirks, strengths, challenges, hopes and dreams, failures and disappointments. There will be times when a strength of yours clashes with a challenge of theirs; or a preference of yours clashes with a preference of theirs. What you choose to do during those times shapes your marriage time by time. And there are many ways you could choose to handle a situation, and everyone’s marriage is different. What stands true across the board is that you have to make the choice daily to cherish the love you have. As time goes on, we learn more and more of who we are. I learn more and more about Francois, and even more and more about myself — and vice versa. I made the choice a year ago that day to fully commit my love and devotion to this relationship, regardless of what life throws at us. A year later, I can say that while marriage takes active dedication, I am happy I chose to actively dedicate my time and love to this man.
A movie and an anniversary date made it this time to my Raving my Faves list! I wish I could have added more but life happens — specifically a whole winter storm in the south happened. BUT! We are grateful nonetheless. There is always something to be grateful for. On that note, do you have any highlights from February? What are you looking forward to in March? Drop your comments down below! And may you March forth in joy this month.