“Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing in it.”
– Jesse Owens
I’ve been in a mad frenzy to catch up on all the Oscar nominations before the 88th Academy Awards show on February 28th. One of my guilty pleasures are the previews of upcoming films.
I’m happy to report that it’s finally happening! There is a biopic on the Olympian track star, Jesse Owens, aptly titled Race opening next month and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I fell in love with the lovely–inside and out–athlete when I was researching Silky. Fifteen years ago it amazed me that a film on this American legend and hero had not yet been made. And it’s baffled me ever since.
In 1936 Lady Sylvia Ashley attended the Berlin Olympics–hosted by Adolf Hitler–with Douglas Fairbanks Sr., a Jew. An avid lover of beauty, she was captivated by Jesse Owens’ grace and agility, his talent and his bravery. He won four gold medals and basically made a mockery of Hitler’s notion of Aryan supremacy. And to think of the racism he endured his whole life–in his own country–to do it!
There are some enlightened souls put on this earth to speed up the spiritual evolution of humanity. Jesse Owens was one such soul. You’ll find me weeping into my popcorn with joy and sorrow on February 19th. Come join me!