I promise you, I wanted to hate The Help, Kathryn Stockett’s blockbuster novel about a white woman who pens a controversial, dangerous tome about the trials and tribulations of black maids in Jackson, Mississippi. In fact, last year, while moderating Writing Across Racial Lines, a panel featuring best-selling crime fiction author Karin Slaughter (Broken), Mara Shalhoup (author of BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family) and Aliya S. King (Platinum), I'm pretty sure I questioned how effectively a white author could tell an authentic story about the lives of black women and why said authors always get major cash and all the glory for penning such novels while African American authors get absolutely no shine for writing similar stories about our experience told from our perspective.
But then I read Stockett's book. And the story just blew me away. I mean, I absolutely could not put the book down; the characters, the drama, the intrigue, the humor, the intense panic I felt for the maids who put their lives on the line to tell the stories all of it was downright addictive. For sure, I was mad when I got to the last page. I didn't want The Help to end.
But, come August, I get to relive the magic when The Help comes to the big screen starring our girl, Academy Award®“nominated Viola Davis (Doubt) as Aibileen, Octavia Spencer as the firecracker Minny (my personal favorite the one with the chocolate pie!) and Emma Stone as Skeeter. And guess what, sweeties? I got my hot little hands on the movie trailer special for the MyBrownBaby audience. Take a look enjoy!
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