A Love Song For Latasha | Chicago Reader

A Love Song For Latasha

Justice may be denied for women like Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, yet the beauty of their memory should never be forgotten. In 19 devastating minutes, A Love Song for Latasha encapsulates the beautiful life of Latasha Harlins, a 15 year old Black child who was shot by shopkeeper Soon Ja Du. Harlins story is most frequently remembered in the context of the Los Angeles riots, the injustice of her death falling 13 days after the videotaped beating of Rodney King, adding additional fuel to the white-hot rage of that already tragic moment in history. Director Sophia Nahli Allison has encapsulated the essence of Harlins in an artistic rendering of memories as told by her cousin Shinese Harlins and her best friend Ty (Tybie O'Bard.) But to call this film a memorial is to do injustice to the artistry Allison has mastered, weaving together the frayed threads of a broken life to create a warm tapestry of the ebullience, joy and hope this young girl had for her own future, and the future of others in her community. The roots Harlins planted in the lives of those who were fortunate enough to be touched by her continue to bloom to this day. A Love Song for Latasha is quiet, powerful film that should be viewed by all who truly believe that Black Lives Matter.

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