If Beale Street Could Talk

By: Bunnie Mae

Beale Street must be one of my favorite spots ever! Beale Street captivated my mind, my enormous appreciation for music and the love in being surround by people who understand that there is more to life that what you see on the surface! I was presently surprised to see that I was not the only person to share that found love when I was introduced to the film “If Beale Street Could Talk”

My mind immediately went to the things that took place that I would prefer my kids to never know about. Based off the James Baldwin novel, this version of “If Beale Street Could Talk” had nothing to do with the memories in my head.

Stephan James as Fonny and KiKi Layne as Tish star in Barry Jenkins’ IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, an Annapurna Pictures release.Addtl. InfoCredit: Tatum Mangus / Annapurna Pictures. ©2018 Annapurna Releasing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Placed in the 70’s, “If Beale Street Could Talk” is a romantic story that brings to life some issues that we often still see today. As a young African American couple, wife-to-be Tish (played by newcomer KiKI Lane) is forced to tell her story on how her fiancé, Fonny, has been falsely imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit.

As much as we wish it wasn’t, it is a strangely familiar scenario. Makes you realize that maybe our parents were right. Sometimes history does repeat itself. Barry Jenkins did an amazing job recounting a story so real and so raw that I’m sure every woman could place themselves in Tish’s shoes.

The Premier of “If Beale Street Could Talk” was held at the world famous Apollo Theatre and the premiere afterparty was held at popular Harlem restaurant Red Rooster. Perfect setting to celebrate a momentum in such a historic location!

Photo Credit: Dave Allocca/Starpix, StarPix©2018

With guests such as actor Lakeith Stanfield, actor Michael K. Williams and actress Samira, The red carpet premier was nothing short of star studded and amazing!

Through the unique intimacy and power of cinema, “If Beale Street Could Talk shows the unique imagery and makes you feel emotions that you may not even know you have.  

- New York, NY - 10/9/18 - NYFF 56 U.S. Premiere of "If Beale Street Could Talk" -Pictured: Diego Luna, Teyonah Parris, Brian Tyree Henry, Colman Domingo, Stephan James -Photo by: Patrick Lewis/Starpix -Location: Apollo Theater

I always like to say that love conquers all. Ignorance, hatred, confusion and fear of the unknown are always overcome by one simple act of love. This film shows the dedication of love through more than one simple act!

Don’t take my word for it! Check it out for yourself!

Director: Barry Jenkins

Writer: Barry Jenkins

Producers: Megan Ellison, Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner

Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Beach, Ed Skrein, Diego Luna, Dave Franco, Pedro Pascal