Fruitvale Station: A MUST SEE MOVIE!!

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Fruitvale Station is a film that depicts what we see when we hold up a mirror to America and gaze into its long standing history of racism and injustice that doesn’t seem to go away.

Fruitvale Station is the portrayal of 22 year old, Oscar Grant’s (enacted by Michael B. Jordan) last day of life. New Years Eve 2009, marked the day Oscar Grant’s friends were beaten by Bay Area Transit Police on a subway platform and he was fatally shot and murdered by an officer while handcuffed on his knees. The events throughout the movie lead up to that fatal moment where lives would be forever changed and a city would ignite in rage.

The film does not depict Oscar as a person who always got everything right. Nonetheless, it shows how he was an ambitious young man who was in the beginning stages of turning his life around. It depicts how he deeply loved and cared for his family, especially his four yr old daughter (Tatiana Grant). As the scenes progress, you begin to step into the shoes of Oscar and quickly become attached to his character. The audience’s heart shatters as His mother, Wanda (enacted by Octavia Spencer), learns of her sons tragic death. This remarkable film puts a name and a face to all the daunting statistics of unarmed black men who are murdered by law enforcement. Oscar Grant was a man of compassion, dreams, and hope. It diminishes the media’s portrayal of young black men as dangerous animals and pierces hardened hearts that deny racial division.

This TRUE STORY is brilliantly and passionately enacted. And in light of the recent Trayvon Martin case, it couldn’t have been timelier. We all have struggles, we all yearn to love, in one way or another, we are all Oscar Grant. Its message of the beauty of life and the cost of senseless hatred is profound. Fruitvale Station is an ABSOLUTE MUST SEE!

R.I.P. OSCAR GRANT. FATHER. SON. DREAMER.

(Movie Trailer) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yy1znso-fc

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About Christina Michelle

Christina Michelle is a blogger, special education teacher, and spoken word artist. She loves to write about the joys and misadventures of newlywed life. When shes not writing or teaching, she's exploring new things in the city with her husband and friends.
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One Response to Fruitvale Station: A MUST SEE MOVIE!!

  1. Thanks SO much for this blog my Christina girl !! Your Aunt Rena loves you dearly and i can’t wait for my cousin “Wandie” (Oscar’s mom) see’s this !! I have to go bk and be in Bay Area for a week at the end of August and I will not only tell her of it BUT I will sit with her in her home in the Oakland Hills and I will read it with her again and she WILL e-mail you bk or and she’ll have me call you’ so she can speak to you personally !! Love you ! Aunt Rena

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