Most people were exposed to Jamie Foxx during the years of Keenan Ivory Wayan’s “In Living Color.” Living in Texas more than 25 years ago, I had the pleasure of watching Jamie locally as he did the work to build his career opening for major acts that came to the area.
Jamie Foxx, a little known entertainer at the time was soon a familiar name on the circuit and many of us looked forward to his humor, as well as, his singing. Talent was an understatement and of course as the years have proven his talent has spanned a number of genres.
Oprah’s “Next Chapter” exposed us to Jamie’s perspectives on many of the decisions and opportunities that he has been afforded as he has become a mega star. We were also introduced to his oldest daughter who represented her father as a parent. Watching those interviews I was proud to see how far he had progressed.
I’m not sure why Jamie would sign on to star in the soon to be released movie “White House Down.” This film due in theatres on June 28, 2013, written by James Vanderbilt and Directed by Roland Emmerick, is disturbing at the very least. Jamie Foxx plays a President of the United States during the time of an attack by a paramilitary group. The movie trailers, designed to drawn an audience of action thrill seekers, features scenes of the White House being blown up during the attack.
The box office is sure to reach record highs, with Jamie Foxx according to Variety Magazine, being nominated for a 2013 Emmy.
Good stuff, except where do you draw the line? The world is filled with people that watch these films for more than entertainment, and take these ideas and try and duplicate them. Whether it is due to untreated mental illness or sheer hatred, our country has witnessed too much blood shed of innocent people.
President Barack Obama is blazing a lot of trails and doing a lot of good for our country, however, he is on a battle field of hatred that most other Presidents have not faced at the level of racist attachments that he has. The facts show that his death threats have increased following being elected for a second term.
Romans 12:2 ESV, comes to mind when I see the advertisements for this movie, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Sometimes we have to say no when a situation or circumstance does not line up with our beliefs. Jamie performed at the inaugural balls and was recorded talking about the historic importance of such a time as this.
Tanya M. Wilson is an inspirational speaker and writer living in Charlotte N.C. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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