The Air Up There
In September, Complex Magazine released a list of Hollywood movies that glorify, what they dub, white savior complexa social fallacy that proliferates the idea of people of color always needing to be saved, uplifted, or absolved by Anglo counterparts. Some of the flicks mentioned include Dangerous Minds (1995), Machine Gun Preacher (2011), The Air Up There (1994), and The Blind Side (2009) to name a few. Check out the entire list here.
In the spirit of NBA basketball legends like Dikembe Mutombo and even fictional Hollywood stories like that of The Air Up There, arrives Elevate, an intriguing documentary about the journey of four African athletes that come to the U.S. in pursuit of hoop dreams. They face academic adversary, social stereotypes, and even personal shortcomings, all while trying to become part of the select few that earn the opportunity to play Division I (NCAA) basketball. Inspiring!