Thanks for the heads up Peanut. A bit slow on the uptake, I watched Talk to Me, Kasi Lemmons 2007 film based on the career of legendary black radio and TV star Petey Greene the other day. Good times, very enjoyable indeed. The film explores the up and down relationship between Greene (played by The Cheadle) and Dewey Hughes (played by Chiwetel 'holding it down for the British-Nigerian faction' Ejiofor).
Although not entirely factual (there is a particularly Chuckle Brothers esque moment when Hughes locks everyone in their respective offices to enable a smash and grab take over of WOL by Greene) Hollywood doesn't seem to have sunk its grasping claws into this production too much and in my humble opinion, the feel good moments in this film just enhance the pleasure of being able to watch the life story of such a legend. If you haven't seen it yet, why not dust off your daishiki, throw up a fist and do so on Saturday to commemerate the death of Mr Greene.
The smoky pool hall scenes, day light eclipsing afros and absolutely world class, life affirming garms (there is a point to it all and it is dressing like a 60's go-go dancing queen to the best of ones abilities and at any available opportunity) reminded me some what of my life in Dalston. Bear with me here, but being unemployed does facilitate the spending of a lot of time in smoky pool halls, the growing and pruning of ones afro to perfection and the daily visit to Oxfam to play dress up. What better place to do all of this than glorious Dalston? It goes without saying that the sound track on Talk to Me is finger licking good too and so on this beautiful winters day in Dalston I have been listening non stop to Sly and the Family Stone If You Want Me To Stay, my favourite track from my favourite film of the week.