Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Happy 4th of July everyone! I'm not literally celebrating Christmas in July, but a DVD that I've been waiting to see for several months finally arrived yesterday! Even though it's a Christmas movie, I watched it last night. The movie is called Christmas in the Clouds. What a wonderful film!
I'm not sure if it's ever been shown on cable or network television, but it's full of humor, romance, mistaken identity, beautiful surroundings and has that feel-good timeless quality about it, which makes it a Christmas classic in my eyes. It would be great to see every holiday season. I especially loved the quirky and charming vegetarian chef! He really doesn't want any of the guests to eat meat! The actor Graham Greene is wonderful! I found a Massachusetts connection with the beautiful and talented lead actress, Mariana Tosca. She's a Bay State girl!
Also I was watching and thought I saw Rita Coolidge. I watched the credits to be sure and it was her! Remember her 70's hit Your Love Has Lifted Me Higher? I used to love that song! It was good to see her again. I guess she's doing well, on tour and will have a PBS special coming on later this month.
Here is another quick movie review from an interesting website that I just found on Native Networks, which has a lot of information about film and video created by indigenous peoples of the Americas and Hawaii.
It was interesting that I just received this film at this time, which has a largely Native American cast, because I've also been feeling very sad about the current state of the relationship between African-Americans and the Cherokee Nation. You can read more about the situation here on the Cherokee Phoenix. I'm not going to get into all the specifics here, because this post is getting too long, but I will probably revisit it in more detail later. NPR has an interesting interview regarding some related current legislation. Here is information about the legislation with another link to it.
Most African-Americans have grown up learning that we have some Native American blood. Some can trace it back; some cannot. In my family, I learned that some family members lived on a reservation in Oklahoma. I have no specifics and I'm still researching, but with all that it is going on, it somehow seems a little more personal.
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