Anything is Possible with Blind Ambitions

Blind Ambitions

 

 

Blind ambition is when ambition prevents people from seeing what’s happening around them. Sometimes blind ambition is a great trait to have too. Sometimes we need to block out what is happening around us in order to do what seems impossible.

Sometimes you can gain so much encouragement from a book. “Blind Ambitions” by Lolita Files, did exactly that for me. Another book that I got from a local library book sale for next to nothing, yet I have read it so many times. And each time I pick it up, I can’t put it down. It was that good.Although I haven’t read any of her other books this fascinates me enough to want to read her other books that people seem to raving about. With this novel Files, just captivates you with compelling female characters that exuberates the ups and downs of being an African American woman in Hollywood and trying to balance their lives at the same time. Upon reading this book, you’ll get a real glimpse of what it’s like for actors, writers and producers in the entertainment industry. This book will have you questioning how much faith I had in yourself. And how hard are you willing to work to get to where you want to go in life. Would you make the sacrifices? Are you willing to let go of all your past digressions in order to relinquish the flow of happiness threatening to come your way? Learn to take chances because it just may open the door to opportunities.

Blind Ambitions follows three women in their 30s, Desi the actor, Sharon the producer, and Bettima the receptionist. I loved all three of the characters but each for a different reason. I felt a connection or some kind of relation between me and them. Desi starts out battling the thought of getting a regular job or continuing on with her dream of being an award winning actress, until a writer named Daniel comes along and offers her a lead acting role she can’t refuse although the show hasn’t even gotten off the ground yet.  Sharron, Desi’s bestfriend is already  a well-known producer in hollywood ,but that doesn’t stop her from getting shunned by leading professionals in the business. But that is the least of her problem juggling between two men unable dissolve her commitment issues. Daniel solicits her services as the producer of the show and she waste no time hitting the ground running. Bettima on the other hand lucked up as a receptionist  a production company where Daniel works as a writer, in hopes of one day becoming a writer/producer.  But to support her lifestyle, she uses men for money and sex until she realizes she needed to change her ways in order to change her life. And with the help of Daniel also becomes involved with the production of the show. These three women become the best of friends in the process, creating a long lasting bond.

Would I recommend this book? Of course this is a classic story of following your heart,  learning to love and be loved, and to go for what you want.

GET THE BOOK HERE: Blind Ambitions: A Novel by Lolita Files
Link: http://amzn.com/B003ODI1R4

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lolita files

Lolita Files is a contemporary African-American author, screenwriter, and producer. Among her six bestselling novels are book club favorites “Scenes from a Sistah” and “Child of God.” Files has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Florida and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

In 2005, rap artist Kanye West optioned the film rights of her fourth novel, Child of God. Files reclaimed the film rights for “Child of God” in 2009. Files’ sixth novel, “sex.lies.murder.fame,” was optioned for film by Carolyn Folks for Entertainment Studios. Files adapted the screenplay. “sex.lies.murder.fame” is on track to go into production in Summer 2015. Files also co-wrote the adaptation of award-winning novelist/playwright/essayist/poet Pearl Cleage’s bestselling book, “Babylon Sisters,” to be directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker, artist, and educator Ayoka Chenzira. In 2014, the film rights for “Child of God” were optioned by Gee Roberson of The Blueprint Group and Brian Sher of Category 5 Entertainment with Files co-producing the film adaptation.

Files is currently developing projects for television and film with her writing partner, Detroit native Jay Anthony White. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a professional member of PEN, the world’s oldest and leading human rights and international literary organization.

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For Colored Girls: Empowering Black Women

For Colored girls book

Now I know we’ve all seen Tyler Perry’s, “For Colored Girls” and if you haven’t shame on you.  Just Kidding!! But, I bet you didn’t know that it was an adaptation of the famous choreopoem by Ntozake Shange called “For Colored Girls That Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf”. Tyler Perry took Ntozake Shange’s vision and gave it a new life using a different type of platform. Ntozake poetry gave black women a voice where they talked about  personal crisis, heartbreak and other challenges, things that black families are known for sweeping under the rug that reveal different issues such as, abandonment, rape, abortions, domestic violence, HIV, std, and unhealthy relationships that impact women in general and especially colored women around the world. Tyler Perry created his movie around the monologues, implementing them at some of the most surreal times grabbing hold of each character’s emotions. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know, hell I didn’t realize it either until I spotted the book a few weeks after it came out at a library on their little book sales cart for 50 cents. If I could’ve died! Only a book nerd could understand my genuine excitement I felt at that very moment. Little did I know how much these 20 poems would mean to me.

The book is structured like a normal book of poetry with side notes of what it would be like on a theatre stage. Each woman is represented by the colors red, green, brown, yellow, blue, purple and orange. And each woman or color would tell us a story, her story. In these pages we are introduced to girls that then introduce us to other kinds of people of color, other worlds. We open ourselves to these realities all within the same lines, where we learn to live smile through our pain. In her rather revealing intro about how how For Colored Girls was born, Shange refers to the “cruelty” that we often think we endure alone, when in actuality we do not. Shange captures many hearts and speaks to our souls with every stroke of her pen. I’ll also bet that Ms. Shange couldn’t have known in 1975, that once she began to find her voice, she would give other women the courage to  find their own and speak their own truths. And by sharing with one another begin to find strength  and help bring to light the common cautionary tales we women face.

Shange originally wrote the poems in 1974 as separate poems, and just before the end of that year she performed the poems alongside four other women. As time went on she continued to work on the piece and by 1976 after moving to New york, Shange and her play was making its debut on Broadway. making it the second play by a black woman besides, Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 “A Raisin in the Sun”, to ever make it to broadway. For Colored Girls has been performed on and off broadway, adapted into a book by three different publishing companies;twice in 1977 and once in 1980, before it was adapted into a television film on WNET-TV/ PBS in 1982 and last but not least the theatrical film/version by Perry.

Ntozake Shange, was inspired by events that happened in her life. She came up with the concept while driving on the freeway and was overcome by the appearance of two rainbows that brought upon the feelings of near death and catastrophe. And once she drove through the rainbow those feelings went away. That’s how she came up with the title and used the colors of the rainbows to represent the essence of each woman. For Colored Girls, tells the story of the everyday struggles that comes with living in a racist and sexiest society. The play consisted of the choreopoem accompanied by dance movements and music, in which it touches on the concepts like love, empowerment, struggle and loss into a complex representation of sisterhood. This is one form of artistry all women and especially women of color should read or watch in theatre or film form.

 

About the author

Ntozake shange photo

NTOZAKE SHANGE is a renowned playwright, poet, and novelist. Her works include Some Sing, Some Cry, which she with Ifa Bayeza; Betsey Brown; and Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo. Among her honors and awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund and Pushcart Prize. A graduate of Barnard and recipient of a master’s in African American Studies from the University of Southern California, she lives in Brooklyn.

 

GET THE BOOK HERE:

For colored girls who have considered suicide/When the rainbow is enuf
by Ntozake Shange
Link: http://amzn.com/B003YUC28Q