Even though a bunch of relatively (depending on your tastes) good looking men took to the field to fight for the Super Bowl trophy, the event was really dominated by a couple of beautiful, talented women.
Before the coin toss, Alicia Keys sang a slow piano version of The National Anthem, yes, live. Personally, I thought she did a good job of making the song her own, and we all know that it’s not the easiest song to sing.
Jennifer Hudson sang “America The Beautiful” accompanied by students from Sandy Hook Elementary choir. I think the unfortunate violent connection that JHud shared with these children made this performance very beautiful and moving.
Of course everyone was waiting for the big Halftime show featuring Beyonce and the return of Destiny’s Child. I could talk about a lot of the things that happened during this performance, and the aftermath on Twitter, but I’m just going to enjoy the fact that all of this happened.
Bonus Jay-Z hugging his wife backstage after her performance!!
“Making its world premiere at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival, here’s your first official clip from George Tillman Jr.’s The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, which stars Jennifer Hudson, Skylan Brooks, Anthony Mackie, Jordin Sparks, Jeffrey Wright, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, in a drama that sees Jennifer Hudson as a drug addict mother whose arrest forces her son and his best friend to fend for themselves.
The script was penned by Michael Starrbury, and by co-produced by Alicia Keys.
Here’s how Sundance describes the Brooklyn-shot film:
During a sweltering summer in New York City, 14-year-old Mister’s hard-living mother is apprehended by the police, leaving the boy and nine-year-old Pete alone to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects. Faced with more than any child can be expected to bear, the resourceful Mister nevertheless feels he is an unstoppable force against seemingly unmovable obstacles. But what really keeps the pair in the survival game is much more Mister’s vulnerability than his larger-than-life attitude. ‘The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete’ is a beautifully observed and tremendously moving film about salvation through friendship and the way transformation sometimes can happen just by holding on long enough.”
Although the independent film may seem to be a bit formulaic, both Hudson (who plays a heroin-addicted prostitute) and Sylan Brooks’ performance look powerful.