Life of a King

“to teach the un-teachable, to reach the un-reachable, and always think before you move.” Eugene Brown

A few days ago, I watched “Life of a King” on Netflix. Initially, I picked it just to have noise in the background, as I did chores. For some reason, the movie caught my ear and I decided to pay more attention to what was going on the screen.

“Life of a King” is inspired by the life of Brown:

“This movie is based on a true story about an ex-convict who ultimately redeems himself by reintroducing himself into society and giving back by opening a Chess Haven called “The Big Chair Chess Club” for inner-city youth in Washington D.C. In the movie, Brown(played by Gooding Jr.) teaches troubled teens to think before they make bad moves on and off the chess board.”http://mariettachess.com/1/post/2014/01/interview-with-eugene-brown-life-of-a-king.html

The movie is in the same vein as “Dangerous Minds,” “Stand and Deliver,”  “Lean on Me,” etc. I have to admit I’m a sucker for these kind of films.

Yes, these movies tend to be cliché.  The students  (particularly boys) are menacing thugs. The female characters tend to be underdeveloped, if talked about at all. The white teacher who comes to save the day, etc.

However, I love the fact that these are stories about everyday people who made a difference in their community. I especially love when the movie is centered on a black protagonist who empowered black youth. More of their stories need to be told.

Well done Mr. Brown.

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