Beyond The Lights | Movie Review

The secret to telling a successful love story is hidden in how one reveals the details and no one can master this craft like director, Gina Prince Bythewood



Bythewood’s talent is real, uncanny and quite unique. The plots planted in her heart are nurtured until they blossom on the big screen and giddily dance in the hearts of millions like a field of wild flowers.

It’s hard to disagree, when most of us are still deeply embedded into a love story that began with two 11 year olds playing ball. The classic film, Love & Basketball proves itself to be hallmark of kindred spirits, Monica to Quincy and undeniably, Bythewood to feature films. 

I wonder how many times First Lady, Michelle Obama was asked if she would settle before she met POTUS?

I often wonder how many times First Lady, Michelle Obama was asked if she would settle before she met POTUS? Imagine, twenty something year old Michelle, ivy educated, tall, radiant and absolutely beautiful. 

However I’m sure as most conversations go with twenty something’s after a brief round of questions about schooling, careers and other priorities, she soon found herself leaning in close as someone with a sly smile whispered “So, tell me about the boys.”


There are several thoughts that run through ones mind before addressing the topic. My initial thought is “how did we get here?” coupled with “Why again, am I single?” When it comes to checking off the “marketable” criteria you’ve got all the boxes filled. Yet you’re fumbling to find the one square you’ve missed that solidifies why you're “alone.”

I’m sure the initial outward response is laughter but the most awkward part is realizing the person is unamused and staring at you, waiting for an answer. What am I suppose to say? “Oh the boys? Why yes. Yes I am involved with a young man that I have not told you about because I enjoy torturing you with thoughts of my singleness.”


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