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Last year, my friend Neil Drumming blogged here about the making of his movie "Big Words." That movie is now a fact and will be on display at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on this Friday


The backdrop for the movie is election night 2008--though Obama is really beside the point. The plot is nominally about four dudes from a golden age hip-hop group stumbling into reunion. But they don't make any music. 

I've seen the movie, and I love it. I love it mostly because it features black people as actual black people--which is to say not standing around discussing how blacketyblack they are. I'll be in the house on Friday. I hope you will too.


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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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