As I got older and the themes of heartbreak and deception started to resonate in my own life, I really understood how important this movie was. In such fragile times, our sisters are our strength and earthly salvation.
Angela Basset’s character, Bernie, was always my favorite. When Bernie delivered the most EPIC MONOLOGUE of all time before setting her husband’s shit on fire, I was like, oh hell yea. She cut her hair and learned intimacy in a whole new way, while the life she built crumbled before her. That’s revival. That’s dope.
And I can’t talk about the movie without getting INTO that soundtrack that I still play twice a week. It starts bumpin’ with Brandy’s ‘Sittin up in my room,’ and gets so vulnerable with Faith Evans’ ‘Kissing You,’ and ends with ‘Shoop’ which is like, the black girl’s musical recipe to healing and moving on.
It’s breakup/makeup/baby making/heart ache/sisterhood all wrapped into one glorious collection. It’s life.
Monique John, Staff Writer
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Waiting to Exhale is a hands-down classic. I was only a little girl at the time it was filmed and put out in theaters, but even years later, its themes of sisterhood and standing up for oneself as a Black woman are still relevant to me as a millennial 20 years later. I think Waiting to Exhale is also a movie that people love to watch and hold dear to them because it’s one of the few movies we have that shows Black women for who we are as vulnerable, emotional, beautiful and sexual beings. It’s no secret that we’re frequently cast aside as side-kicks or as one-dimensional, uninteresting people. Therefore, having four Black women hold the spotlight in a movie that’s as fun and honest as Waiting to Exhale is definitely something to celebrate for years to come.
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