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Fruitvale Station

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You know how it ends, but you wish that you could somehow change history…yeah… That’s how I felt leaving the theater today after a matinee showing of Fruitvale Station. It depicts the untimely death of Oscar Julius Grant, III on New Year’s Eve 2008 in Oakland, Calif.

I remember when it actually happened but at first the story was vague. I didn’t follow the story feeling like I knew the outcome,  had seen it many times before. It only gained attention because there was cell phone video phootage (thank God for technological advances!) of “the incident,” which opens the movie.

If you don’t know the story,  research it. If you haven’t seen the movie, you should. It stars Michael B. Jordan, a talented young actor who is finally garnering attention. Produced by Forest Whitaker and co-executive produced by Octavia Spencer of The Help fame, who plays Grant’s mother.

As the credits rolled, you could hear sniffles; people did not move from theur seats.

There is still a lot of work to be done…

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Posted by on August 20, 2013 in Civil Rights, History, Movies, Race, violence, Youth

 

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