Directed by Ty Hodges; Written by Jacquin DeLeon and Ty Hodges
The movie, A Girl Like Grace, follows seventeen-year-old “Grace” (Ryan Destiny), who grows up in a dysfunctional home raised by her single mother “Lisa” (Garcelle Beauvais). Grace fights for acceptance in the world while being bullied at school by “Mary” (Raven Symone). Grace looks for guidance from her best friend “Andrea” (Paige Hurd) and becomes heavily influenced by Andrea’s older sister “Share” (Meagan Good). Grace spirals into a dark world of sex, rebellion and her idea of womanhood. The movie offers a view of growing up female, where notions of femininity, independence, sexual identity and survival are starkly at odds.
So what exactly is “bullying”? The American Psychological Association defines bullying as “a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words or more subtle actions.” Resource: http://www.apa.org/topics/bullying/
Although A Girl Like Grace, the movie, is primarily focused on the life of a teenager, there are other important stories within the movie that can help both teens and adults alike. The movie highlights relationships between parent and child, friend to friend, teacher to student, lover to lover – it’s a well-rounded film that covers a multitude of issues surrounding bullying and all of the players it affect. Please take your child, niece, nephew, friend’s kid, church youth group, whomever to see this film; but most importantly, discuss what is gleaned from it. Together, as a community, we can make a difference in both the bully’s life as well as those being bullied. There is power in knowledge, and even more power in what we do with that knowledge.
Since I’m such a research geek (I love qualitative and quantitative research), here’s what I found that is worth mentioning. Bullying Statistics, http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/, is a web-based resource tool designed to help educate on bullying issues, such as bullies in the school and the workplace. I particular recommend this website because it covers an area that most bullying sites do not focus on: bullying amongst adults. Yes! To my surprise, women bully men and vice versa. Women often use our sexual sense of nature to bully men to behave a certain way. But I digress and that’s a whole other blog!!! … This website talks about bullying in detail and also provides resources for the bullies, those being bullied, and its effect on the families of both. We all, as a community, can play a part in identifying and preventing bullying. Don’t just be a spectator! Someone’s life depends on it. Why do I say that? A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying. That is heartbreaking! Not only are teens taking their own lives because they see no other way, but we also have adults doing the same.
Ty Hodges, as the creative genius he is, recognize what is happening in the real world and has made it his mission to produce content that will ultimately educate a nation on real issues, real life, right now, relevant and needed in the entertainment business. THAT is why A Girl Like Grace is a must see movie, and just one of many to come. (You can learn more about Ty and his work on my Monthly Spotlight page!!!)
Ty co-labored with a great team to produce A Girl Like Grace. Specifically:
Executive Producer: Steve Anderson
Producers: Matt Keith, Ty Hodges, Datari Turner, Meagan Good, and Carnetta Jones
Co-Producers: Jacquin DeLeon, Anne Anderson, Amy Harrison, Leah Daniels
Associate Producer: Ameer Baraka
Visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3507138/ to learn more about the cast members as well as other interesting facts about this fantastic movie. Follow them on Facebook to stay informed on A Girl Like Grace … Coming soon to a theater near you!