Earlier this week I had the awesome pleasure of attending UKafrolista’s private screening of Girls Trip movie, which was in collaboration with Design Essentials haircare. It was a hot ticket event. On 21st July at 6:59 pm there I was seated on bench at my local pool dripping wet with cold fingers at the ready. I pressed get ticket, nothing happened. Then by 7:02 pm … SOLD OUT! My inner three years old  kept pressing ‘get ticket’ on Eventbrite until I went straight to waiting list. When I got the good news some days later that a ticket had become available, I dropped everything to claim it. There’s something to be said for seeing a film with people who would get the references. The screening was filled with women of colour of all ages excited for the 2 hours 2 mins sisterhood joy ride, that’s Girls Trip.

Girls Trip Movie screening

Girls Trip is set against the backdrop of the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. Now if that isn’t the ultimate celebration of Blackness I dunno what is. The movie cast is: Regina Hall (The Boss), Tiffany Haddish (The Wild One), Larenz Tate, Mike Colter, Kate Walsh, Kofi Siriboe, with Jada Pinkett Smith (The Mom) and Queen Latifah (The Gossip). It doesn’t matter that it’s an Afro-American cast with Afro-American experiences because there are traditions, beliefs, issues and values that are common throughout the African Diaspora.  The synopsis:

When four lifelong friends—Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah—travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. 

6 Reasons to see Girls Trip:

  • The power of sisterhood and being your authentic self
  • Fun positive images of Blackness
  • Women unapologetically having wild crazy fun
  • The nod to 1996 movie Set it Off (also staring Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith)
  • Larenz Tate (oh yes he deserves his own point which requires no explanation, jus’ Larenz Tate)
  • Black women with headscarves ready for bed. No trivial point, if you know you know.

Thank you Rachel and Design Essentials for a fun evening… mwah!

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