The Wiz Live burst onto our television screens last night, leaving traces of shea butter, black excellence, and the joy of one thousand Baptist fits. The cast - which included big names such as Stephanie Mills, Queen Latifah, and Mary J. Blige as well as newcomer Shanice Williams - paraded blackness dipped in gold and jade across our living rooms. It was pure unbridled joy drenched in molasses and browned butter.
It was a moment for black folks. A moment of unity and powerful representation during which black folks of all shapes, sizes, and colors showed off their acting and singing chops in a celebration of artistry the color of smooth onyx.
Somewhere, someone is writing a think piece about The Wiz Live…
About how it’s representative of the way black joy and self-actualization overcome adversity and how the revolution was led by a young brown girl who persevered even when the men in the movement started to turn their backs on her. ‘Cause black girls are magic. They’ll rave about her womynism ‘cause “Ain’t nothin’ wrong with being a woman.”Read More