Harlem Nights 1989
An absolutely great film.
» Critics hated this film. A prime example of white people not understanding a thing, so they shit all over the thing, point to it, and call it crap. Eddie was so upset by the critical failure, he didn’t watch the movie for years. He appreciates it now for what it is, but can you imagine working so hard on something you love with people you admire, putting it out in the world and then having it trashed?
This movie is amazing. It’s hilarious. One of Eddie Murphy’s best. The writing is on point. The direction is on point. It’s a cult classic in the black community, because we know gold when we see it.
If you haven’t seen Harlem Nights get your life and get it done.
This line encapsulates the concept of a good kid in a bad city, and it cuts into one of the most moral questions in human existence: Can good come from evil? The best part about the line, as is true of the best poetry, is that it doesn’t answer the question it asks. For Kendrick’s immediate purposes, he’s the flower and the city is the dark room. The question is: Can you trust him?
In the book of James, the Bible tells us that we should wait for God’s promises like a farmer waits for his harvest. Now, I’ve never seen a farmer plant a crop and then worry night and day about whether or not it’s going to come up. He doesn’t lose sleep thinking, “Oh, I hope that my corn is going to take root. Please, God, let my corn bring a harvest.” No, he waits with confidence, knowing that the harvest will come. He does his part, and he knows that seed will produce a good crop.
In the same way, we should wait confidently for the promises of God. We have to stand firm on His Word. It’s not enough to just hope that your situation is going to turn around. Instead of the attitude, “I hope I get well,” have the attitude of confidence and say, “Thank You, Lord, that I am getting well.” Start waiting like the farmer. Wait with a knowing. Wait with confidence. Be sure that as you put God’s Word into practice, just like the farmer, you will see that harvest of blessing in your own life in return.