The most important film you’ll see this year has to be “The Film Black Friday: What Legacy Will You Leave?” a documentary about African-American economic empowerment. This tightly produced motion picture is the brainchild of filmmaker and Executive Producer Ric Mathis, with Producers Brad Lewis, April Love and David Anderson, hits the mark on several levels, more importantly being the subject of the power of money and how the African-American community has either overlooked it or taken it for granted. Opening night November 13 at the Impact Church Center was positively significant judging by the anticipation of the crowd.
The film starts with the concept: when we die, will we leave bills or benefits? What legacy will you leave? These are powerful thoughts that become strengthened throughout the film by such contributors in the field of finance, empowerment, motivational speakers, entertainers, entrepreneurs and everyday people. The partial list includes Dr. George Fraser, founder of urban professionals networking platform, Fraser Net, Munson Steed, Jewel Tankard, Michael Imhotep, Dr. Jim Clingman, The film is sprinkled with true, inspirational stories from Jacob York, Judge Glenda Hatchett, Chike Akua, Lynda Harris, Ona Brown, Coletta Davis, Hill Harper, Dr. Umar Johnson, David Banner, Dr. Claude Anderson, A.J. Johnson, Cynthia Bailey, Johnny Gill, and more.
The film’s direction touches on how the economics of money affects parenting, the effects of integration, the state of Black America, group economics and solutions as they should be. These are further broken down to show examples and facts about how these are affected.
African-Americans use, rather misuse, of money is documented throughout history. The economic lifestyle dictates where we go and wind up, whether it’s living paycheck-to-paycheck, spending on things wanted rather than needed, or just not saving for a future that will ultimately come. The film works on so many levels as it refreshingly targets the 21st century.
How many of us realize that parenting goes through a cycle of poverty that can and does affect children and where they go to school and live? And what becomes of mistakes versus life lessons? The effects of integration points out the marketing of race, whereas group economics today is more about “the state of me,” stressing that as a community we should be buying from people who buy from me. Some of the solutions highlight that we should learn from others in order to rebuild the community. This is what the film embodies when it comes to how the power of money is not the root of all evil, but rather how the need to understand how African-Americans use it to affect a positive and long lasting base.
As the film expresses, an entire community whose roots is a pivotal and most important heritage stemming from the fact they are the true original people of this earth, the African-American community is the least knowledgeable and prepared financially than any other that also inhabits this earth. Some facts coming out of this film is the same community that spends $1.2 trillion dollars annually does not support their own community. But to be fair, it is more than a trickle-down action because so little gets back to where it should be. The term “hood-rich” comes to mind to put it in understandable terms. To quote one of the film’s participants, the film is a call to action, not entertainment.
Who would have thought that a chance meeting by Mathis and Anderson in the restaurant Mangos would lead to this wonderfully refreshing film? The result after one-thousand hours of footage with over one-thousand individuals for this project is exciting, educational and empowering at the same time. During the viewing you can’t help but admire how rich production-wise the finished product is. Ric Mathis, known as a video journalist and author for the newspaper Rolling Out, had the team, talent and connections to get this made but it wasn’t a vanity production as you might think. Now, “The Film Black Friday” becomes an important contribution to the African-American diaspora. Make sure this is on your “must-see” list.