I love all varieties of music, EXCEPT for the one note “bitches and ho’s” hip-hop sub-genre, which is misogynist and glorifies murder and money. But, having said that, I have always loved Outkast and Andree Benjamin. Ever since I heard their song “The Whole World” I was hooked. To me, it’s THE best hip-hop song of the era. Andree Benjamin is a true musician. He can reinvent himself and his music to embody an epoch and is not afraid to branch out into other musical genres. This morning on HBO, I just finished watching Benjamin’s movie Idlewild and while the story was only passable, the music and dance numbers were outstanding. However, the true, unsung stars of the film were the general direction, editing, cinematography, and set direction. Beautiful! I love movies set in Depression era USA and in the old south. Idlewild recreates this era wonderfully. Editing deserves a nod as well. Camera angles, fades, and transitions, background paintings, and visuals were stunning! Big Boi is good as Rooster (love the talking flask and other surprising elements) and you get to see many of your favorite black actors: Cicely Tyson, Ben Vereen, and Ving Rhames, doing what they do so well. It’s a shame that some movies don’t get as much play or recognition simply because the actors are not the “right” color and I don’t recall any Oscars being handed out to Bryan Barber for Best Director, let alone any art awards. It’s a shame. Of course, I haven’t watched the Academy Awards since Billy Crystal was host and even then I only watched it for his monologue alone. They ceased to be relevant in the 1980s IF they were relevant at all! But I digress. I would recommend this movie despite the weak storyline just because it is a gorgeous mix of color and sound.