Girls Trip Will Make You Appreciate Friendship In A Whole New Way
When I was a kid, I had two friends that I was super close with. We grew up doors down from one another; we woke up, went to school together; came home and did our homework together. We were inseparable from the ages of 5 years old to our mid-twenties. As an adult looking back at those friendships I am even more thankful for the women I have in my life as an adult.
Girls Trip Movie Preview
While I was attending the BlogHer ’17 conference in Orlando, I had the opportunity to see a special preview of the new movie Girls Trip. Universal Pictures held a fun event featuring cocktails, popcorn and so much more. It was a room full of amazing ladies, some of these women that I have known for so many years. Friends that crossed the threshold of being an internet acquaintance to all of sudden being super important to my heart. Needless to say, it was going to be a good night.
First the cast is AMAZING. Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett (who doesn’t look a DAY over 25 OMG!), Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish & the oh so fine Kofi Siriboe.
When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.
Next, the trailer is insane. I already knew that the film was going to be crazy. What I didn’t expect? To be screaming and laughing hysterically. I’m not talking about keekee-ing in my seat, I’m actually talking about laughing so hard tears were coming out, leaning all the way into my friends arm, standing and cheering, dancing and singing along in my seat, giving praise hands, gasping loudly. Tapping my friends in front of me to confirm (did you SEE that?), and crying at the end quietly to myself with my own personal reflections (more on that in a minute).
Girls Trip had a TON of cameos, and it was set in the stunning New Orleans during the annual Essence Festival. Within the movie there were tons of mini concerts from Maxwell, New Edition (which got ALL of us right on our feet!!!) and even Puff Daddy!
Me vs. Friendships
I’ve always struggled with women friends–not acquiring the friendships, but trusting and really opening up afterwards. A bad experience in my youth caused me to shut myself down to real, authentic friendships. However, the past year has been probably one of the hardest of my life and I had no choice but to reach out to the women around me. My friends were there, without judgment, and arms wide open. They laughed and cried with me. They checked in. I’ve never been so grateful.
Girls Trip had a fantastic and most perfect ending and in one of the final scenes Regina Hall’s character Ryan mentioned that there is something powerful about being in the presence of people who know the real you–and I couldn’t agree more.
The movie had us talking for days after we saw it. I can’t wait to see it again once it comes out!!