To celebrate Black History Month, women’s media and entertainment company Refinery29 present two special screenings of Whitney Houston’s classic film Waiting To Exhale, along with a panel celebrating women in black cinema with Entertainment Editor Jazmin Koposhta.
Jazmin says: “After the Oscars run this year I found myself struggling to make my way through all the films that people were excited about: If Beale Street Could Talk, BlacKkKlansman, revisiting 12 Years A Slave. I noticed that the ones I struggled with most were the ones that focused on the black experience (great, finally) but through the lens of pain (difficult, always). As impactful as these films are, we know that the black experience isn’t just about hardship, there’s so much about our culture and the people in it to celebrate, too.
Waiting to Exhale is just that. I want these evenings at Everyman to honour and celebrate singular black women: the ones who pop up in white films, tv shows and spaces as representatives of a culture that does not play to the rigid stereotypes we’re too often handed. There are so many ways in which entertainment has to level the playing field and better represent the world around it, and its representation of the varied beauty, intelligence, power and spirit of black women is still lagging behind. We're excited to screen a film that has harnessed that powerful spirit.
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