Markell Spivey

Storyteller

The Best Friday in Fourteen Years (#BestManHoliday)


The Best Friday in Fifteen Years
by
Markell Spivey

If you are expecting a film review of The Best Man Holiday, you should stop reading and go see the excellent film. This is a thank you letter to Writer and Director Malcolm D. Lee. Simply put, Malcolm, you did it. What “IT” is can be measured on all accounts revolving this film. The Best Man Holiday is a precise blend of comedy, drama and romance. While successfully illustrating educated images of African Americans, you explored the truth about love, forgiveness and friendship. Since 1999, you have made millions of people fall in love with Mia, Lance, Shelby, Harper, Candace, Quentin, Robyn, Jordan, and Julian. There are not many storytellers that can convey such captivating characters, but you did it. Just as the original film, The Best Man, this sequel was real…it was powerful…it was truth.

Over the past fourteen years, we have witnessed our local video stores disintegrate into Netflix and DVD kiosks. Our walls of DVDs have been reduced to gigabytes into our smartphones and DVRs. However, it is films like The Best Man Holiday that reminds us to say, “Let’s go to the movies.”

Five times! In 1999, I went to five different movie theatres to see The Best Man…five times (I counted). Hey, I was young and single…still am. Anyway, as I sat in those theatres continuously pretending to have watched this film for the first time, I was drawn into the story of these characters. The ladies were intelligent and gorgeous images of African American women, whom I knew and have seen in my family and community. I connected with the brothers as well; they looked like me, they talked like me and they spoke of my same thoughts and fears. I saw my friends and myself in all of these characters.

The character Quentin Spivey and I shared more than the same last name. Fourteen years ago, I was very much scatterbrain too. Going to school part-time, while working in the telecommunications field, I struggled to pursue my passion as a storyteller (filmmaker). Until at the 2001 NBA All-Star Game, a young kid saw this icon roaming through the crowded arena. I was in such disbelief and tongue-tied, all I could do was reach out and say “BEST MAN!” I went on and on about how inspiring The Best Man was to me. I expressed my passion to become a storyteller (filmmaker). And what did this icon do? Malcolm, you stopped and leaned against the wall to share your knowledge and experiences with a young man on how to pursue his dream. That was exactly what I needed. It was at that moment, I seriously began to believe I could do it. Sure, my parents and family have always been a blessing and very supportive. However, your time and encouraging words helped shape my future.

Fourteen years later, I am still very much like the cast of The Best Man; still single and as honest as Quentin, sometimes noticeably vulnerable as Murch (Julian) and faith-driven like Lance with the determination to succeed like Harp. Yet, one thing has changed…my career. I am a storyteller. My stories are not selling out box offices yet. However, that 2001 fifteen-minute conversation with an icon was the signature plot point in my story. Thank you sir. I owe you.

If you are not Malcolm D. Lee and still reading this with your nosy self, go see THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY!! YOU WILL LOVE IT! #TheLadiesAreStillFine #BlackDontCrack #CheckYourTickets #SupportBlackCinema #GoSeeThisFilm

People, please remember to tell your story. You never know who and how your story can inspire and change one individual. Peace and love…

#BestManHoliday was incredible! I’m going to see it again!  #BlackExcellence @malcolmdlee did a superb job!  #GoSeeThisFilm   #TakeYourFamily #TakeYourNeighborhood #SupportBlackCinema #CheckYourTickets View high resolution

#BestManHoliday was incredible! I’m going to see it again! #BlackExcellence @malcolmdlee did a superb job! #GoSeeThisFilm #TakeYourFamily #TakeYourNeighborhood #SupportBlackCinema #CheckYourTickets

ROSEY is getting views in Dubai! A Doc w/ 1250 views on YouTube! #Respect #Love #Blessed Check it out http://youtu.be/Mwct7i1mwEc #Global #Thanks View high resolution

ROSEY is getting views in Dubai! A Doc w/ 1250 views on YouTube! #Respect #Love #Blessed Check it out http://youtu.be/Mwct7i1mwEc #Global #Thanks

President Spivey! Kick up your feet Uncle D…Congrats!  President of NAREB #Accomplished #Presidential #NAREB #HardWork #BlackExcellence #Suit&Tie #SuiteLife #Blessed #Love #Spivey #James #Denver #Bmore #BeGreat #BlackBillionaire #ExitRealty #Success #AllBlackEverything  #SuitAndTie #AfricanAmerican #Family #LaFamilia #HeadoftheFamily #NewRules (at Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center) View high resolution

President Spivey! Kick up your feet Uncle D…Congrats! President of NAREB #Accomplished #Presidential #NAREB #HardWork #BlackExcellence #Suit&Tie #SuiteLife #Blessed #Love #Spivey #James #Denver #Bmore #BeGreat #BlackBillionaire #ExitRealty #Success #AllBlackEverything #SuitAndTie #AfricanAmerican #Family #LaFamilia #HeadoftheFamily #NewRules (at Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center)

The Same Room - Official Trailer (Special Screening) (by Markell Spivey)

Checkout this great product Key-Z!  I had the privilege of being the Director of Photography on this video promo produced by Eddie Bartel!! Watch this video and support Key-Z!  
 

Roosevelt “Rosey” Spivey, a Master Barber celebrates a historic 50th year of servicing the Marble Hill community, located in the Bronx, NY.   Rosey speaks on his path of migrating to New York from North Carolina in the 1960’s to pursue his dream as a barber.  Directed by Markell Spivey.#ART #ROSEY #BARBERSHOP #FILM #DOCUMENTARY #MOVIE #NEWYORK #BRONX #FAMILY #ENTREPRENEUR #LOVE # MANHATTAN #AFRICANAMERICAN #BLACK 

My cousin, Danielle Butts, hit the game winning shot at the buzzer! She pulled in 7 points and as a guard she grabbed 11 rebounds! SHE GOT GAME!! Its hereditary…Lolll!!! On a serious note, she is truly a fighter. After making a turnover, she shook it off and kept fighting. That’s the key to life, shake it off, keep on fighting and stay ready for GOD to pass you that winning opportunity! #PutGODFirst #Blessed #NeverGiveUp #Winning #10 #Ballin #UNC #Tarheels View high resolution

My cousin, Danielle Butts, hit the game winning shot at the buzzer! She pulled in 7 points and as a guard she grabbed 11 rebounds! SHE GOT GAME!! Its hereditary…Lolll!!! On a serious note, she is truly a fighter. After making a turnover, she shook it off and kept fighting. That’s the key to life, shake it off, keep on fighting and stay ready for GOD to pass you that winning opportunity! #PutGODFirst #Blessed #NeverGiveUp #Winning #10 #Ballin #UNC #Tarheels

Back on track…focused #picoftheday #inspired #greatweekend #nyc #DC View high resolution

Back on track…focused #picoftheday #inspired #greatweekend #nyc #DC

Goodnight New York City… #red #paintthetownred #goodnight #empirestatebuilding #nyc #empire #powermove #fellowship #nightfall #AIDSDAY View high resolution

Goodnight New York City… #red #paintthetownred #goodnight #empirestatebuilding #nyc #empire #powermove #fellowship #nightfall #AIDSDAY

Roots… #reflecting #DC #SE #TheBIGChair #nofilter #sunset #washingtondc #sky #beauty View high resolution

Roots… #reflecting #DC #SE #TheBIGChair #nofilter #sunset #washingtondc #sky #beauty

OVER 300 VIEWS! Not much but, its something! #Blessed #Video #Retweet #Grateful #Passion #Rosey View high resolution

OVER 300 VIEWS! Not much but, its something! #Blessed #Video #Retweet #Grateful #Passion #Rosey

My newest family member. Meet my 9 week old cousin “Spot” love this little guy… #puppy #family #love #NC View high resolution

My newest family member. Meet my 9 week old cousin “Spot” love this little guy… #puppy #family #love #NC

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