By Maurice Brian Henderson
Not often has there been a clarion call, a harkening and lyceum for people, viewers and patrons to proceed with action. Bennie Boom’s soon to be released movie on Tupac Shakur entitled “All Eyez on Me” is surely the suggest to do so.
The value proposition is that it is important to support this film as the opus reconsideration of Black males as Endangered Species and America Most Wanted. I know that this is the period of enlightenment which warrants a film like this as a social paradigm shifting. It is the circumstance of work left undone. Bennie knows well about the male experience, he has long since joined the ranks of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the first black male greek lettered organization to be founded in the United States of America.
I stress the belief that “Black Lives Matter” and “All Eyez on Me” is the summation that Hip Hop has and will always matter as a fact floundering and missing pages of black males as a species and gender. I have known Bennie Boom from his student enrollment days at Temple University and his Philly tenure which included a peer group of prominent figures such as Grammy Award winner Jill Scott and Tony Award winner Black Ice. As a faculty member in Temple University’s Pan-African Studies / Community Education Program, I was blessed to have a leading role in his senior year film project that also featured Lois Moses, bestselling, award winning and critically acclaimed writer of books, films, plays and spoken recordings. The need assessment is for everybody, everyplace, elsewhere and anyhow of local, national and abroad to become talking heads and agent provocateurs for this purposeful film that will be released on June 16th, which is three days before the annual emancipation celebration of Juneteenth’s dateline of June 19th. This film should not be referred to as the refrain and lasting namesake of failure, such as the most recent Broadway play that mainstream and hip hop generational audiences refused to attend during its brief theatrical stint on the Great White Way of New York.
Let all of us be diligent, dutiful and participatory in contacting all of our friends, family members, constituents, neighbors, comrades, colleagues, associates, co-workers, siblings, relatives and offspring about the importance of this literary and cinematography expression presented by Bennie Boom. You still have time to make a call, text, email and even go the official website and download promotional material to post in the hangouts of bars, barbershops, beauty salons, laundromats, supermarkets, pool halls and other frequent and routine gathering places. The internet is the distinctive factor to explore the significance of this film especially through the footnotes provided in social media analysis “7 Revelations about the Tupac Shakur Biopic from Director Bennie Boom.” Let’s make sure that we put the word out as most importance through social fabrics of tweet, Facebook, Instagram and all other connectors to listservs, websites, chat sites, meet-up groups, etc.
Lets use all of our current strands of outreach to motivate those contingent of groups, organizations, facilities, centers, secret societies, institutions and bodies of socialization to put the word out about this landmark and pivotal historical event when Bennie Boom’s film, “All Eyez on Me,” is released on June 16, 2017. Check the internet and go to the official website of the film or its director and keep them posted of your progressive intentions.
Maurice Henderson is a Faculty Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Public Health Initiatives and a nationally syndicated columnist. As the
Founder of the National Black Arts Spoken Word Tour, he created and produced the critically acclaimed national touring production entitled “To Be Young, Black and Gifted with Rap.” He can be reached at (267) 230-0317 or firstname.lastname@example.org