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    I Believe

    I have my mansion now, Oh
    I Believe, I Believe, I Believe
    I'll have me mansion now, Oh
    I Believe, I believe just what he said


    I'll do all things through Christ, Oh
    I Believe, I Believe, I Believe
    I'll do all things through Christ, Oh
    I Believe, I believe just what he said


    He shall supply my need, Oh
    I Believe, I Believe, I Believe
    He shall supply my need, Oh
    I Believe, I believe just what he said


    BRIDGE I:

    By faith I believe it, By faith I receive it
    By faith I can have it, By faith I can share it
    I believe just what he said


    I have my mansion now, Oh
    I Believe, I Believe, I Believe
    I'll have me mansion now, Oh
    I Believe, I believe just what he said

    He worked it out for me, Oh
    I Believe, I Believe, I Believe
    He worked it out for me, Oh
    I Believe, I believe just what he said


    Bridge II:

    By faith I will know it, By faith I will show it
    By faith I will bare it, and now I'll declare
    I believe just what he said


    I have my mansion now, Oh
    I Believe, I Believe, I Believe
    I'll have me mansion now, Oh
    I Believe, I believe just what he said

    I Believe, I Believe
    I Believe, I Believe, I Believe
    I Believe, I Believe
    I Believe, I believe just what he said


    He loosed the guilty stain, Oh
    I Believe, I Believe, I Believe
    He loosed the guilty stain, Oh
    I Believe, I Believe just what he said

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19 January 2007

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I agree about the regular stories about black people. That's what I loved about "Love Jones." It was a regular movie about some pretty cool creative people who fell in love, were focused on their careers and hung out with their friends. They all just happened to be black.

Some of these pimp/thug type movies, I just wonder who the heck are these people? My family and friends aren't like this. This shouldn't be so much of what is put out there for public consumption.

Keep in mind that the movie making business is just that: a business. By pandering to the lowest common demoninator, Hollywood knows that they can make good money with low budget Black movies instead of spending considerably more money on production and good writing for something along the lines of "Love Jones" or even "Dreamgirls." If recent memory serves me correctly, "Dreamgirls" received a number of Oscar nominations, but it never cracked the Top 5 in the box office (not even on its opening weekend during the Christmas holiday)! On the other hand, "Stomp the Yard" (which I enjoyed) had a much lower budget than "Dreamgirls", will never get an Oscar nomination (unless there is one for choreography), but it was the Number 1 film for 2 straight weeks.

"Stomp the Yard" isn't a gangster-type movie, but it was written to a strict formula, was highly predictable, was written for a Black audience (the movie was panned by just about every white reviewer that I read, and it didn't ask the audience to do much work to interpret what was going on).

It's a sad commentary on the state of affairs in this country that we still have "Black" movies... sad indeed.

I hear you on that, especially the catering to the lowest common denominator. I guess that’s Hollywood’s modus operandi with all groups, with our numbers it might be harder to justify stories of better quality fiscally speaking.

I guess it’s the same story with Music. I also agree movies should be “movies” as music should be “music” not Black, White or whatever. I think we have gotten to that point where we as African American writers should focus on the story moreso than the race of the characters.

The screenplay I wrote and am working to produce is just that, a story with a mixture of characters.

So...no one called for more films like Soul Plane?

But seriously, I would like to see more the hard working families and less "Thug Culture"(Mainly because over the years, the filmmakers seem to miss the point of films like Carlito's Way as much as some of the fans did). I guess, movies that reflect the realities of life (for any race). But the fact that "the Black Movie" has almost become a genre unto itself like Horror or Sci-Fi is disappointing. I think it helps divide more than bring together. Not to mention, there are three formulas (Violent Thug Drama, Dope Comedy and Dance Movie). I just want ordinary people who struggle in the day to day, maybe love their kids and significant other...am I asking to much?

Hello Thom, you wrote:

“I just want ordinary people who struggle in the day to day, maybe love their kids and significant other...am I asking to much?.”

I am inclined to agree, but it seems like for the moment, that is too much to ask from Hollywood.

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