Join (free) | Login 

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

Signed Bookstore | Authors | eBooks | Books | Stories | Articles | Poetry | Blogs | News | Events | Reviews | Videos | Success | Gold Members | Testimonials

Featured Authors: John McCoy, i WhiteWolfSpiritBear, iJames Skivington, iLiana Margiva, iAuntie Val, iJennifer Miller, iRandy Richardson, i
  Home > Arts/Entertainment > Articles
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Nordette Adams

· Become a Fan
  Notify me of new titles
  added by this author.

· 77 titles
· 1,021 Reviews
· Share with Friends!
· Save to My Library
Member Since: Jun, 2004

   My Blog
   Success Story
   Contact Author
   Read Reviews

· The Goddess and The Skylark, Dancing Through the Word Labyrinth

· 13 Years of Lessons Since 911

· Mother of Scott Sisters Praises God for Her Daughters' Freedom

· Michael Jackson's Mother's Book: Where to Buy Never Can Say Goodbye

· The Cylons Cometh: Human-Machine Hybrids and our Impending Immortality

· It's the Old Spice Guy: Look at Him, Now Look at Your Man

· 300 Plus Words on Aberjhani, Award Winning Writer

· Michael Jackson's Message on a Napkin, Have Mercy

· Making a Killing: Charlaine Harris and Sookie Stackhouse

· Walt Whitman's Connection to New Orleans

· I See a Child's Blood (The Revelus Family Tragedy)

· Woman Found with Heart Missing

· Note to Self, Number One

· What Shall I Make of My Broken Heart? (Video)

· Aberjhani's Angel for New Orleans

· Poets Should Not Post Love Poems On The Internet

· Brokenhearted Survivor's Sonnet

· I See It Now

· An Unhappy Christmas Poem

· And then I Had Not One Delusion

· A Long Week of Thanksgiving

         More poetry...
· Poetry Life & Times publishes video with Aberjhani's poem

· Review of Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls is Live at Blogher

· Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder hacks Tyler Perry, movie mogul

· Susan B. Anthony Liked Socialists and Other Educational Info

· Gulf Coast Oil Spill Worsens

· The Solly Forell and Jay Martin Obama Assassination Tweets

· A Decade of Women of Color in Blogging: What Does WOC Mean?

Nordette Adams, click here to update your web pages on AuthorsDen.

In his new film, based on a true story about a Chicago man, Will Smith co-stars with his own son Jaden and plays a single father who has custody of his son. They are evicted from their apartment and Smith's character, Chris Gardner, has only 21 dollars in his pocket. He overcomes, attaining wealth, and this movie should inject us with a wealth of spirit as it encourages perserverence and a postive image of a black male on the big screen. It's a boost for black fathers who really want to do right by their children. Due out this Christmas, The Pursuit of Happyness promises to be just what the healer ordered, a feel-good movie for everyone. The song 'Ooh Child' in the trailer certainly brings back memories for some of us Baby Boomers.

Will Smith, his son Jaden, and the 'real' Chris Gardner recently appeared on Oprah.

UPDATE: I saw The Pursuit of Happyness

"The song 'Ooh, Child!', Pursuit of Happyness and History"

From Goddess Blogs

Will Smith's New Black-Father-Friendly Movie, The Pursuit of Happyness

"It's the American Dream. It's a story about the beauty of what makes America great. At the same time, you know, the paradox being, it's also a story about what makes America such a difficult place to survive." ... Quote from Will Smith about The Pursuit of Happyness (link to official site)

Will Smith with son JadenI just heard about Will Smith's new movie The Pursuit of Happyness, and while I've only watched the trailer, I'm arleady weepy, weepy but elated. We need this movie! It's wonderful to see a movie that revolves around a black father's dedication to his son who shows his love by excelling in the business world.

In other words, in this movie Will Smith does not play a stereotype we've seen at the movies previously , that of the desperate black man robbing banks, committing burglaries, or selling crack as though these are the only ways to make life work for his child. And it's based on a true story. Yay! Furthermore, Will Smith stars opposite his his real-life son seven-year-old Jaden, the son of Will and his wife, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith.

In The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith plays single parent Chris Gardner at rock bottom financially until he grows into success through Dean Witter's highly-competitive internship program. He tells his son in the movie, "You got a dream, you got to protect it. People tell you you can't do something, it's because they can't do it. You want something, go get it!" Oh, amen, man. Something to tell every child in America, especially a black child.

The story is based on the life of a Chicago man who went from poverty to wealth. The following is from an article at
Smith's new role is a rags to riches tale about a Chicago man. It's based on the true story of a homeless single father who went from living on the streets to living large, as a self-made millionaire. ... (Click here to read story at
In the movie, Will Smith's character Chris Gardner forges his way into a stock brokerage firm to do what he must to support his child. He's spurred to take aggressive measures toward success after they are evicted from their apartment and he has about only 21 dollars in his pocket. (See the trailer at this link.)

real chris gardnerAnd you can click here to read about the real Chris Gardner. (Chris Gardner's story on ABC) Furthermore, the "real" Chris Gardner, Jaden Smith, and Will Smith joined Oprah on her November 22 show. Click the link here for Oprah's show. Mr. Gardner also has an official site of his own at

picture of Thandie Newton in movie RiddickThe Pursuit of Happyness also stars Thandie Newton (Pictured here in a shot from the movie Chronicles of Riddick) and was directed by Gabriele Muccino. It's scheduled for release by Sony Pictures December 15 with a rating of PG-13.

As a side note, The Five Stairsteps sang the original "Ooh Child". Love that song! It brings back memories. I can't tell from the trailer which version of the song the movie's using.

Whenever you have trouble opening a link, please consider your pop-up blocker may be the culprit.

  • The 'real' Chris Gardner, Will Smith and son on Oprah, November 22.
  • Movie's offical site at Sony Pictures, The Pursuit of Happyness
  • Chris Gardner's official, personal site
  • The real Chris Gardner, homelessness to wealth
  • Chris Gardner book excerpt
  • The Pursuit of Happyness movie trailer at Moviefone.
  • About Will Smith at
  • The Pursuit of Happyness at IMBd
  • "Will Smith Loves Idea of Playing Obama"
  • Will Smith's classic MIB video
  • Father-related poetry by Nordette Adams
  • Guess Who?

    click for pursuit of happyness official site

  • Other Links

  • Jada Pinkett Smith: Heavy Metal Queen?
  • Kings and Kindreds: Poetry in Admiration of Good Black Men
  • Poet Observes Perceptions About Black Men
  • Taye Diggs' New Series Day Break, a tried but maybe not tired premise

    click for more information

    Have you tried the new Internet cultural game "Guess Who?" yet?
    Don't stress. There's no win or lose, just play!

    Copyright 2006 Nordette Adams

  • Web Site Goddess Blogs

    Reader Reviews for "Will Smith's New Black-Father-Friendly Movie, 'The Pursuit of Happyness'"

    Want to review or comment on this article?
    Click here to login!

    Need a FREE Reader Membership?
    Click here for your Membership!

    Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 11/18/2006
    something i'm going to take my crumb snatchers to go see
    thanks for sharing and love that ms Newton
    Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 11/17/2006
    Sounds like a great family movie.

    Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/17/2006
    Thanks for sharing Nordette!!

    love Tinka

    Books by
    Nordette Adams

    The Goddess and The Skylark, Dancing Through the Word Labyrinth

    Arts/Entertainment Articles
      1. Lee Marvin Silences Vegas Vic
      2. Discipline of the artist
      3. Whiplash: Film/Poem Review
      4. Cinderella: Film Review
      5. American Sniper: Film Poem and Review
      6. Hollywood Legends
      7. Ever After: Film Review
      8. The Man who Killed 'The Thing'
      9. Wayne County Community College District Dr
      10. Last Vegas: Film Review
      11. John Landis and Me
      12. Sinatra, Mitchum, Marvin, & Crawford's Bra
      13. Saving Mr. Banks: Film Review
      14. Peter O'Toole Remembered
      15. Frozen: Film Review
      16. Big Eyes: Film Review
      17. Angela's Ashes: Film Review
      18. Jessabelle: Film Review and Poem
      19. Body Art of Africa
      20. Michael Caine Stops Bigot by Using Humor

    You can also search authors by alphabetical listing: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

    Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
    Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

    Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen

    AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.