Movie Review | RACE (biopic of Jesse Owens) Wednesday 10 February, 2016

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Will Packer (director of Ride Along, Think Like A Man) with cast members of Survivors Remorse supporting Stephan James (middle) in Race Movie in Atlanta

Focus Features kicked off Black History Month with a special RACE Atlanta Premiere at Atlantic Station that I was very excited to pre-screen for the film. RACE star Stephan James introduced the film to three packed theaters of celebrities, influencers, dignitaries and students, encouraging everyone to be #LikeJesse. It was a movie based on the biopic of the late Jesse Owens who was once labeled the fastest man on Earth as a leading African American track star in the 1930s. Upcoming and coming actor Stephan James, who plays Jesse Owens in this movie did an amazing job. He is also a little cutie and hopefully this breakout role for him leads him to many successful leading roles in the future. 

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Atlanta celebrities in entertajnment + Ambassador Andrew Young to support Race Movie

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Official Synopsis: Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. “Race” is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend.

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Stephan James speaks out to the Atlanta audience to speak about his role as Jesse Owen in the RACE biopic.

My Opinion:  RACE deserves an Oscar. Yes a 2017 Oscar! What the depiction of MLK in the movie did in America, is what Jesse Owens did in this biopic of Race. I will admit I knew of Jesse Owens race history a little bit before seeing this film, but had NO IDEA that he did the Olympics in 1938 around the time the Holocaust was going on. Racism was so prevalent in America already, so imagine having to prove your worth in another country who is having even more racial issues and stigmas. There is a famous quote in the film that was quoted by Stephan James who brilliantly played Jesses Owens in the film said, “There is no such thing as race on the track. Only fast or slow”.

That is important because the Olympics were important as they are today, and during that time, Jesse Owens was the fastest man in America. No matter what racial injustice was going on in America, the board of directors wanted Jesse definitely to represent America and go over to Berlin to do our country justice! Would you have wanted to go to a country where Hilter was ruling in his prime? What pressure Mr.Owens must of been under, but the best thing about the film is that he was so confident without being overly cocky – to represent our country to the fullest. I promise after watching this movie you will be PROUD to be an America.

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The real Jesse Owens winning a gold medal in the Berlin 1938 Olympics

I was proud to see Jesse Owens strength and abilities as an athlete to keep going, even through racial adversities but there is one important fact. It seems like in America that the line between race is blurred majority of the time if sports and entertainment is involved. I didn’t eve realize African Americans were allowed to play in the Olympics in 1938, but see that goes to show you how we are told Black History as the norm in America. Once a month once a year about the same people such as MLK, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, etc…we know all their stories so vividly and fluidly because we re-evaluate their stories each year. Watching this Jesse Owens stories shows that there are more African America heros in this country. They may not be on the front line of the civil rights movement, but like Jesse Owens they are heros all the same during times where the color of your skin will always gives you a disadvantage of opportunities.

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I seriously urge you to see this film. It’s Black History Month and it would be an great way to learn the history of such a heroic man. In America we are not taught Black History to it’s full potential like we should, but very appreciative there are more films trying to visually recap the stories so we can relive history and see what is not being taught in books. Jesse Owen’s story is amazing in RACE and I promise you that you will be move and cheering as you watch. All races will be proud of him! This isn’t just black history alone, it’s America History. Stephan James I am rooting for you and your future Oscar!

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RACE premieres in theaters nationwide on Friday, February 19. #LikeJesse #RaceMovie

What are your thoughts of Jesse Owens playing in Berlin during the era of Hitler’s ruling?

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