The Photograph Movie: First Impressions

As an aside, this post is dedicated to all of the lovely ladies who encourage us to post more about black love. It never ceases to amuse me that people will come to a blog dedicated to women expanding their options, bemoaning the fact that we do not feature black men. (That said, we do acknowledge that we can do more to explore intercultural posts, as part of our mandate, and will look for opportunities to do so in the future.)

I feel like I am am true millennial now that I am upping my meme game.  


Jokes aside, never fear ladies! We have a black love story just for you. There is a movie trailer that is making waves across the internet. The Photograph trailer was shared online on November 1, 2019. It is set to be released in theatres on Valentine’s Day 2020. You can watch the trailer on Twitter and on YouTube



On Valentine’s Day, Issa Rae (HBO’s Insecure, Little) and LaKeith Stanfield (FX’s Atlanta, Sorry to Bother You) connect in a romance where a woman must learn from the secrets in her mother’s past if she is to move forward and allow herself to love and be loved. 

When famed photographer Christina Eames unexpectedly dies, she leaves her estranged daughter Mae Morton (Rae) hurt, angry and full of questions. When a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box is found, Mae finds herself on a journey delving into her mother’s early life and ignites a powerful, unexpected romance with a rising-star journalist, Michael Block (Stanfield). 

First Impressions

I, for one, am extremely happy to see this movie being released. The female protagonist is portrayed by Issa Rae. I still remember watching her show religiously on YouTube, The Misadventures of an Awkward Black girl, rooting for her and Jay to work out. I haven’t seen Insecure, as I don’t have HBO, but I have heard amazing things. This will be Rae’s second feature film, after Little.

Outside of Issa Rae, they have a stellar team behind the movie. Rae herself is an executive producer, along with Meghie and Erika Hampson. The film is also produced by Will Packer, who also produced major films like Girls Trip and Think Like a Man.

This trailer is beautifully crafted. The visuals are stunning. I loved the change in lighting and background as the film switched from from past to present. The acting looks solid so far, with believable dialogue and behaviour. Then again, we are just speaking about five minutes of video. There might be a bit of predictability or a cheese factor involved, but what is Valentine’s Day without a sappy element? I do hope that they saved some amazing parts for the rest of the film.

This is the kind of positive imagery that black women need: a beautiful black woman who is being loved and pursued by a quality man. The opportunity to be vulnerable, yet holding a zest for life at the same time. The chance to live life on your terms and have a beautiful love story. 

How to Support the Film

Go see the film! I plan to watch it, that is for sure. You can also follow the developments of the film on its website, and social media pages (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook). Share about the film on social media.


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