David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike Co-Star in True Tale of Forbidden Love

 

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DVD Review by Kam Williams

David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike Co-Star in True Tale of Forbidden Love

Upon the untimely death of his father, Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) was crowned the King of Bechuanaland at the tender age of 4. But his Uncle Tshekedi (Vusi Kunene) assumed the reins of power until the heir apparent could complete his education.

While studying law in Great Britain, Seretse fell in love at first sight with Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a lowly clerk at Lloyd’s of London. Their whirlwind romance ignited an international firestorm of controversy because of their color, not their class, differences.

For, he was black and she was white, and this was 1946, a time of strict racial segregation. So, the couple’s scandalous liaison was met with resistance both in England and back of Africa.

Although they found themselves assailed with racial slurs like “slut” and “savage” while out on dates, the hostility only served to intensify their feelings for one another. Meanwhile, Seretse was threatened with the loss of his throne, since Bechuanaland was a protectorate of neighboring South Africa, a white supremacist nation. Nevertheless, he got down on one knee and proposed to Ruth and the two married just a year after they met.

Unfortunately, major impediments were subsequently placed between the exiled young monarch and his governing, and that struggle is the subject of A United Kingdom. Directed by Amma Asante (Belle), the film was shot on location in Botswana, which is what the country has called itself since gaining independence in 1966.

Because the movie telescopes tightly on Ruth and Seretse’s relationship, it’s success or failure is destined to turn on the performances of co-stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. The good news is that they’re very talented thespians capable of disappearing into their roles while generating the requisite chemistry to make their characters’ enduring affair convincing.

The film’s only flaw is that it feels a bit rushed, as if director Asante had a long checklist of touchstones from “Colour Bar” (the 432-page book it’s based on) she was determined to shoehorn into the encyclopedic biopic. Nonetheless, the final product is a praiseworthy production reminiscent of another true tale of racial intolerance.

Can anybody say, “Loving,” African style!

Very Good (3 stars)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality, profanity and ethnic slurs

Running time: 111 minutes

Distributor: Distributor: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: The Making of A United Kingdom; Filming in Botswana; The Legacy of Seretse and Ruth; and London Film Festival Opening Night Gala Premiere.

To order a copy of A United Kingdom on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, visit

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y4S4VBX/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  Baret News

Gifts That Give Back to Others

 

Gifts That Give Back to Others

by Amy Lignor

 

When it comes to the holidays and the long, long list of places to shop, things to buy, etc., it’s nice to know that there are companies out there not only providing quality goods for the holidays, but also using your money – the buyer’s money – to help worthy causes. It’s a great time of year to support those out there who need the
brothervellies.comsupport. Not only that, but also supporting companies striving to use only eco-friendly products when it comes to their goods and/or services. Although some prices may be higher than the consumer wants to spend, it beats throwing your hard-earned money away on those HDTV’s or cell phones. With these gifts you will be receiving the added gift of knowing that you helped out the right people and/or did your part in preserving the planet.

From diverting resources from landfills to women’s empowerment to sustainability, here are unique gifts to give to the people you love and support brands that have literally signed up to change the world.

We begin with the country of Africa, which has garnered many news headlines as of late. It is the Ambassador Amina Mohamed who spoke about how Africa is attempting to unleash its full potential in the coming years. For those who are unaware, Africa is not only the cradle of mankind, it also plays home to the youngest population in the world. The people in charge wish to enhance their economic growth by promoting democratic ideals in the years to come, and put their trust and support behind these young minds so they can literally grow up and change the world.

Made in the very first African workshop that makes high heels for women, comes the Brother Vellies Bianca Boot for Christmas. This is something that all women will drool over and beg to have as part of their wardrobes. (brothervellies.com)

Also from Africa comes the Indego Africa Mini Liyo Bag. Handcrafted and stunning, the profits made from this wristlet handbag are used to fund educational training programs for the women of Africa who handcraft them. (shop.indegoafrica.org)

Peace Treaty Hamba Earrings are incredibly modern and created by a cooperative based in Jaipur that generates sustainable income for Muslim, Jain and Hindu artisans. (apeacetreaty.com)

For the runner in your family, the Veja Esplar leather sneakers are perfect for both male and female. Created from wild Amazonian rubber harvested by local families, the consumer will not only love the sneaker, but also be proud that only sustainable methods were used to gather the materials and absolutely no trees were harmed. (veja-store.com)

Ace & Jig is a great brand that has offered women who love to wear athletic clothing, a new leisure item. Working with a textile mill in India, by purchasing the Ace & Jig pants, you are supporting a fantastic company that provides free childcare for all their weavers/employees. What a great idea to offer employees in this country, don’t you think? (garmentory.com)

Africa, eco-friendly, Peace Treaty Hamba Earrings, Omondi Pullover, Patagonia Recycled Jacket, incredible gifts, earth friendly, Christmas, gift ideas, Ace & JigAlthough there are many recycled jackets on the market, it is the Patagonia Recycled Jacket that has all the cool guys and manly-men yapping. As rugged as Indiana Jones would don, this product is made from 100% recycled down, wool, and polyester. This is definitely a company working to save the planet one jacket at a time. (patagonia.com)

Also working with gathered and repurposed fabrics, but from vintage stores, the Omondi Pullover made by designer Recho Omondi features hand stitched embroidery and will become a wardrobe favorite immediately. (rechoomondi.com)

There are a great many companies working all year round to product the most amazing goods for all of us to savor at Christmas, while also doing their very best to stay eco-friendly, and support their citizens, and you can find them on the Internet under all eco-friendly brands/stores.

One not to be missed out on, however, is a company called Bambeco. Beginning on Earth Day 2009, it was while the two founders were standing on a dramatically receding glacier in the wilds of Alaska—when they saw evidence of how the shift in climate had begun to harm the surroundings—that they decided to act. They began to wonder if they put together one resource for home goods where every product offered impacted the world in a positive way, if consumers would gravitate towards them. They did. Bambeco is now the premier brand for sustainable home goods, offering an assortment of products that are all original in design, reclaimed, recycled, repurposed, renewable, natural or organic.

So this Christmas, as you’re scurrying around to shop for all the ones you love, take some time to check out these incredible gifts that offer both the giver and receiver a great feeling of having done something awesome for this planet…and its people.

 

Source:  Baret News

Spotlight on Africa

 

Spotlight on Africa

by Amy Lignor

 

As the year winds down and comes to a close, it is Africa that is receiving some headlines that call for many changes and improvements to be made in the coming years.

It was Ambassador Amina Mohamed (Nairobi, Kenya) that spoke recently about the African Union Commission (AUC) and how the group must provide leadership in the coming years. After all, the nation of Africa, Amina Mohamed, Agenda 2063, social change, the vision, climate change, social justice, peaceAfrica is, in truth, the cradle of mankind. They also house the youngest population in the world. There is huge potential to be garnered from these young minds, and it looks as if Africa and its government wants to do nothing more than to take that path. Africa has huge potential in many areas, and by enhancing their economic growth and promoting democratic ideals, they have a chance to do great things.

The Ambassador stated: “I strongly believe we can drive an agenda that realizes a common vision of integration, cooperation, collaboration and committed leadership.”

What was “introduced” was the African Union’s blueprint: Agenda 2063 – The Africa We Want. This Agenda speaks of many things, from business to social changes. The ways to implement a variety of new markets, and increase trade and investment with other nations is talked about, as well. Communication between nations was touched upon, and ideas to decrease the infrastructure deficit were shared. Taking a step forward includes sharing ideas and resources with other countries, which will allow a door to be opened to bring more education across the continent. And development of infrastructures would bring about more intra-Africa rail, road, air and water linkages that would help the people and businesses of Africa gain momentum.

 

The African Continent looking at fast-tracking their mining industry in the coming years is an added extra to make themselves heard and respected on the global scene in all areas of commerce. If Africa takes greater responsibility for financing its development and programs, which was the agreement made by the Finance and Planning Ministers in 2015, with the leadership at the AUC, their ideas can be fully implemented.

 

The headlines in regards to Africa also focus on the citizens. Agenda 2063 talks about creating a human force that will resolve Africa’s challenges. This “force” will certainly stem from the capacity of their youthful population. (In 2015, African Youth aged 15 – 24 years accounted for 19% of the global youth population; this is projected to increase to 42% by 2030). Those in charge state that women must be fully enabled to play an inclusive role in all areas of Africa’s development. It is an absolute goal for every African to live a life of dignity, be free from harm, and attain social justice. Peace can come from the fact that everyone has the opportunities to realize their full potential. And with peace and pride and dignity, Africa can find its stability.

 

Amina Mohamed

Ambassador Amina Mohamed

Making strides in various areas, Africa has expanded access to both better education and better health care. By investing in agro-processing, they believe they can increase Africa’s global market share. And when it comes to the issues of climate change, Africa’s government believes in global cooperation in order to get these issues solved before it’s too late. Africa actually remains the most vulnerable to effects from global warming, which is why Agenda 2063 speaks about everything from adaptation measures to utilizing indigenous knowledge to generate solutions to building more resilient communities.

 

As we move forward into 2017, it will be interesting to see what Africa does and what its government is able to provide. It is most definitely time for successful journeys in Africa, and for its people to gain opportunities. The vision of an independent Africa is a good one, and hopefully that realization, through the government and the AUC, will occur.

Source:  Baret News