Monday, June 14, 2021
IMDb summarizes the 2021 film In the Heights: "A film version of the Broadway musical in which Usnavi, a sympathetic New York bodega owner, saves every penny every day as he imagines and sings about a better life."
In the Heights is based on the stage musical of the same name by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film stars include Jimmy Smits. The film tells the story of a corner in Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City, where each member of the community pursues their dream of a better life. Immigration is one of the themes of the film.
"Granted, the trailer (and film) showcased Black dancers and there were certainly Black women in the hair salon, but where are the dark-skinned Black Latinx folks with a storyline? After all, this film is placed in Washington Heights, N.Y., right?!"
Hmmmm..... not a single Afro Latino??? In the Heights???? In New York???? Sounds about white(washed). https://t.co/iU0O23a2aq— 🥀Lani Del Rey🥀 (@Marlana) December 12, 2019