By Black Youth Project, Nov 19, 2009 11:10 AM
Editor's note: The Black Youth Project blog is a Chicago-based cyber-resource center for black youth and all those who are committed to enriching the lives of black youth. This piece by Alexandra Bell originally appeared here.
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire is a film about an obese, sixteen year-old black girl growing up in Harlem. She is illiterate, has a really mean mama who beats, rapes, and berates her. She has two children by her father, who also infected her with HIV. Think Color Purple. After getting kicked out of junior high for being pregnant (and not for being too damned old) she arrives at an alternative school where she makes friends with other disadvantaged colored youth and finds herself by reading and writing. Think Lean on Me.