Archives for November 3, 2016

Ozeri BP2M CardioTech Premium Series Digital Blood Pressure Monitor with Hypertension Color Alert Technology This one is a Must-Buy if you have high blood pressure!

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Do you have high  blood pressure? I do so being able to check it myself is pretty important!

I like this one because it is really easy to use and it seems to be  pretty accurate! It also stores your readings. It is important to follow the directions for the most accurate readings. I would recommend this one for home use and I also store my readings and show my Doctor.

You can purchase on Amazon.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a free product to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received.

Special Movie Offer Through Atom Tickets App

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I just learned about a great app that is a must-try if you love to go to the movies! It’s a new new social, movie ticketing app called Atom Tickets!

With Atom Tickets, families can buy movie tickets to the latest premieres straight from their phone and even pre-order their favorite movie treats at select theaters. We’ve eliminated ever waiting in line with the kids as you simply scan your QR code at tablets upon arriving to the theater and pick up pre-prepared snacks at the Atom Express Lane. Pick your seats and change them at any time using the reserve seating feature and even send your husband/wife a screenshot of his ticket so he/she can come in separately after parking the car. Going to the movies has never been easier and in just a couple easy steps families can book tickets, order concessions, choose seats and skip the lines at their next movie.

This fall, plan the perfect family night out without all the hassle and enjoy the anticipated new Disney film MOANA. Download the free app from the App Store or Google Play and enjoy your next movie with Atom Tickets!

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Our readers also have a Promo Code! The code is SOCALCITYKIDS and it is good for  $5 off your entire order! This is good until the end of the year. There are some great movies coming out this month! DOCTOR STRANGE, FANTASTIC BEASTS and MOANA are all coming out this month!   Personally, I can’t wait to go see Fantastic Beasts!

Atom Tickets also has a promotion this weekend for DOCTOR STRANGE where if you buy 2 tix you’ll get $5 off the entire order automatically.  Just go to http://atomtickets.com/getapp!

 

Self Disclosure: I received free tickets to facilitate this post but not other compensation was received. I have downloaded this app and am quite impressed. I am very happy to be sharing with my readers. 

Do you have young children? These are Must-Haves!

Looking for some great gift ideas for younger children?

Here are some of our favorites and since it is early in the holiday season, you can order now and have them for the upcoming holidays!

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This is just the cutest kit!  I gave this to my niece and she just loves it! Her BTFF sits on her bed every day! This gives a very special meaning to the Tooth Fairy!

My BTFF
My Best Tooth Fairy Friend, or BTFF for short, is soon to be a much-loved lifetime companion for kids and a captivating way for parents to be involved in one of their child’s most memorable experiences. BTFF is a spunky, lovable companion for children who are about to lose a tooth. Inside the gift box is everything parents need to create a lifetime of memories. It’s easy and fun for the whole family! This adorable and naughty character was dreamed up by three parents and encourages children to use their imagination. The gift set comes complete with a handmade BTFF doll, a beautifully illustrated book, tooth vessel, keepsake notecards and sticker badges. BTFF magically appears at the first sign of a wiggly tooth and stays until the tooth comes out. When the tooth falls out, My BTFF takes it back to Tooth Fairy Land, leaving behind special notes and stickers. My BTFF comes back at the next sign of a loose tooth. Children get to name their BTFF, and unlike other magical characters, they are encouraged to touch them! Gift set available online at www.mybtff.com; $34.99. Great ideas and activities are available on the website’s blog.

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I wish this one had been available when my son was a baby! Your Life in Letters is just precious! I remember than I made my own journal for my son and I write in it on his birthday every year. But, this is so much more! I love that you can add pictures and it is perfect for ages 1-18.

Your Life in Letters

The perfect gift for a new little one, “Your Life in Letters” is a beautiful keepsake collection of once-a-year letters written to your child from ages one through 18. Share hilarious moments, special memories and document your child’s milestones as they grow. No need to keep up with the monthly baby book, “Your Life in Letters” will be a gift your child will never forget at their high school graduation, on their wedding day or even the day they have a child of their own. Available in a boy and girl version at Nordstrom stores nationwide, Target.com, BuyBuyBaby.com, BedBathandBeyond.com. www.yourlifeinletters.com; $29.99.

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I just love these! They are helpful and really cute too! These labels are really handy!

InchBug  Orbit Labels
Orbit Labels® from InchBug are unique, reusable, easy-to-use labels for children’s bottles, sippy cups and snack containers (for school, daycare, after school sports. etc). These labels stretch and release for a snug fit around a variety of containers, sippy cups and sports bottles. Invented by a mom, and they can be moved from container to container since they are non-adhesive and reusable – a great alternative to the traditional method of one-time-use sticky labels! They are also great for labeling shampoos and toiletry containers for camp and college-bound kids. Dishwasher and microwave safe, will never peel, fade or wash away and are non-toxic! $12.95 for a 4-pack; http://www.inchbug.com/custom-orbit-labels.html

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photos and info were provided but I highly recommend all the above products!

3 New Moving-Parts Models Blast Off for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Revell Expands Top-Selling SnapTite® ‘Build & Play’™ Line with New Models for Ages 8+

Lighted cockpits! Audible firepower! Movable wings, gun turrets and more! Revell®’s innovative snap-together, lights-and-sound plastic model kits are returning with three new model kit vehicles from a galaxy far, far away in anticipation of the December release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Designed for ages 8 and up, the kit series includes a new Rebel ship that will make its debut in the upcoming film as well as a classic Imperial cruiser and a four-legged Imperial walker – all ready for build.

 

The new plastic model kits are the latest to be released since Revell introduced the Star Wars™ themed SnapTite® Build and Play™ products a year ago to coincide with the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Those four initial kits earned NPD Group’s #1-selling ranking in the model category in 2015 based on consumer purchase data.

 

Like their predecessors, the three newest plastic model kits deliver hyper-realistic replicas of each vehicle that also include moving parts, interior lights, and battle action sounds that bring each model to life. The pre-decorated parts permanently snap together with no need for glue, paint or tools. The lineup includes:

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  • Revell Star Wars SnapTite Build & Play Rebel U-wing Fighter™ (MSRP $19.99) – a model kit replica of a sleek new troop transport/gunship that will be unveiled in Rogue One. The 35-piece plastic model kit features a lighted cockpit that reveals Rebel soldiers ready for combat, rotating wings that can switch between two flying modes, removable landing gear, and battle action sound effects that let kids’ imaginations soar.
  • Revell Star Wars SnapTite Build & Play Imperial Star Destroyer™ (MSRP $29.99) – a plastic model version of the signature vessel of the Imperial fleet introduced in Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. The model kit has 46 parts, is an impressive 15.75” long when assembled, and includes features like light-up engines and movable gun turrets as well as audible engine vibrations and turbolaser fire.
  • Revell Star Wars SnapTite Build & Play Imperial AT-ACT™ Cargo Walker (MSRP $19.99) – the newest iteration of the four-legged All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT™) first seen in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The 45-piece plastic model kit produces a walker with a positionable head, shoulders and knees as well as movable guns, an illuminated command cockpit, and both walking and battle action sounds.

I received samples of the Revell Star Wars SnapTite Build & Play Imperial AT-ACT™ Cargo Walker and my son is currently putting this one together. He likes that it isn’t super easy (He is 13!) but not so complicated that he needs help. I also received a sample of the Revell Star Wars SnapTite Build & Play Rebel U-wing Fighter™ and my son recommends this one for the holidays!

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The model kits take up to an estimated 60 minutes to assemble, keep kids engaged for hours after the last piece is clicked into place, and utilize ABS plastic that provides durability, easy assembly, exceptional detail and interactive capabilities.

 

All models were designed with the same computer data used to create the movie props, resulting in strikingly accurate facsimiles of the vehicles that moviegoers experience on the big screen.

The three plastic model new kits are available  at Toys R Us, Target and Hobby Lobby stores and online at Amazon. Batteries are included.  Look for them this holiday season!

 

 

About Revell Inc.

Revell has been a worldwide leader in scale plastic model kits since 1945. Today, Revell offers more than 7,000 different accurately detailed cars, trucks, ships, aircraft, spacecraft and more scale plastic model kits. The company is a subsidiary of Hobbico, Inc. one of the largest designer, manufacturer and distributor of radio control and model hobby products in the world. For more information, visit www.revell.com.

 

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photos were included.

Trolls – Virtually Impossible Not To Like! Entertaining, Good Message And Incredible Music

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From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks’ Trolls. Featuring original music from Justin Timberlake, and soon-to-be classic mash-ups of songs from other popular artists, Trolls is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. From the beginning, Trolls takes you on a vivid colorful, musical journey including the magic of the Trolls and the roughness of the Bergens. The Trolls daily routines –  hugging every hour, singing and dancing and living everyday partying is endearing and the messages are life-affirming. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ryan R. comments, “If you didn’t know, this movie is a musical.  It is fantastic! I love how they turn well-known songs into their own new version of the song by changing the arrangement.” Morgan B. adds, “The animation is very vivid, extraordinarily colorful and detailed which is perfect for little ones who will love the colors and the fun characters in this film. The way everything so detailed, realistic and whimsical makes this film really stand out in a way that appeals to both kids and adults.” See their full reviews below.

 

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By Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 12

 

 

 

I love the new Dreamworks film, Trolls because it is entertaining, has a good message, has a great soundtrack filled with incredible music and is virtually impossible not to like.  In this movie, it is 20 years since the Trolls escaped from the Bergens. Bergens are giants compared to Trolls. Meet Poppy (Anna Kendrick) who is going to be queen of the Trolls. She decides to have a party, but Branch (Justin Timberlake) warns them not to make a bunch of noise or their enemies, the Bergens will find them. Poppy doesn’t listen and, because of that, the Bergens, capture some of the Trolls. Poppy decides to find and rescue them. Will she save the Trolls or will the Bergens do something to them before she does? You have to see the movie to find out.

 

I enjoyed watching this movie because I love the music.  If you didn’t know, this movie is a musical.  It is fantastic! I love how they turn well-known songs into their own new version of the song by changing the arrangement. Another reason why I love this movie is because of its cast. The cast’s chemistry is evident as you watch the interaction between the characters throughout the film. Anna Kendrick’s and Justin Timberlake’s performances are fantastic because they take you on an emotional journey and make you feel it. I love how Justin Timberlake’s character goes through changes throughout the film and Anna Kendrick’s character Poppy is hilarious. She made me laugh a lot.

 

The supporting cast members are superb as well and their characters, in some scenes, steal the show. For instance, Biggie (James Corden) is so hilarious in one scene, but I can’t say which one because it would spoil the movie. Also the performances of Gwen Stefani, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel and many others will have you laughing as they deliver a bunch of jokes as well.

 

This film is amazing and has a positive message – “You don’t need things or people to be happy.  Your happiness lies within yourself and you should be proud of who you are.”

 

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 6 to 18. I think adults may like this as well. The Bergens may be a bit scary looking so kids under age 6 might find it too intense. I also recommend this to people who like action, adventure, musicals and family movies. This film comes out November 4, 2016 in theaters nationwide. Make sure to see this movie, because it is worth seeing.

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Trolls

By Morgan Bertsch, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 12

 

 

 

This is a terrific film. The small, adorable and fun Troll dolls are making a comeback in the new feature film Trolls. The cutest ever Trolls play opposite the pessimistic Bergens. These are fun, energetic characters as well as grumpy characters who blend together to make this film perfectly engaging. There are also stupendous songs that make you just get up and out of your seat, singing and dancing.

The animation is very vivid, extraordinarily colorful and detailed which is perfect for the little ones who will love the colors and the fun characters in this film. The way everything so detailed, realistic and whimsical makes this film really stand out in a way that appeals to both kids and adults.

 

The cast is brilliant especially Poppy (Anna Kendrick) who is the happiest, kindest, sweetest troll of them all. She always see the bright side of things and reminds me of myself when I was younger. Maybe that’s why she is my favorite character. Plus, Poppy is an amazing singer just like Branch (Justin Timberlake).

Branch the grumpy, sad troll is also very sarcastic and funny. He is a favorite because of how his smart remarks add a lot of humor to this film. Justin Timberlake, who I recently met, is nothing like his character in real life. He is an absolute sweet heart in person. I got to talk with him recently on the rainbow carpet for Trolls and learned that he loves to sing and dance and he had a splendid time working on this film. He is also the executive music producer for this movie.

 

Bridget (Zooey Deschanel) is an unhappy scullery maid who is in love with someone. She needs a little help to get him to notice her and hence, the matchmaking begins. Last, there is Chef (Christine Baranski), the villain we all love to hate. She is crazy and frightful.  She likes to eat trolls and that keeps the story interesting and intriguing for older kids.

 

My favorite scene is when Poppy is singing a fun song called “Get Back up Again” while she is almost eaten, stepped on and everything painful and horrible happens. I love this scene because it made me laugh so hard.  It makes you want to get out of your seat and sing along with her. I also love the way that she gets back up no matter what, thinks positive and tries her best to help everyone, no matter what happens to her along the way.

 

I recommend this film for ages 5 to 18 because younger kids will love the fun songs, colorful animation and the silly adorable characters and older kids will love the scary villain and the story line. This is a feel good family friendly movie that parents will enjoy as well. I give this film 5 out of 5 rainbow troll stars. Be sure to check my interviews on the rainbow carpet where you can meet actors who play these characters and learn more secrets. This film comes out November 4 in theaters nationwide so, go check it out.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

 

Pearl Love & Philanthropy From Jewelry Designer Wendy Mignot “The Hope Freshwater Necklace” is simply beautiful!

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I recently received a most beautiful “The Hope Freshwater Necklace”  to review! This was formerly known as  the “Pink Ta Ta Necklace” from Jewelry Designer Wendy Mignot. It is simply beautiful and the photo does not do it justice!

This necklace is available in the following lengths: 16”, 18” and 20”. I received the 18″ and I just love the color of the pearls!

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It is also quite simple, yet elegant! I highly recommend this beautiful necklace and many other items from Wendy Mignot!

Here is more information about Wendy Mignot:

Jewelry Designer Wendy Mignot’s artistic accomplishments are most visibly seen throughout her trademark Fine Pearls and Leather Jewelry collections, but her most meaningful accomplishments and personal fulfillment stems in her work as philanthropist and humanitarian.

 

Both Wendy and her husband Jean-Noel are known in their local community of Seaside, Florida as engaged corporate citizens and their involvement with various national organizations to raise awareness, funds and promote positivity for issues ranging from women’s health to domestic abuse is ongoing.

SEYMOUR PINK

Every October, the Wendy Mignot flagship store, La Vie Est Belle in Seaside, Florida and the brand’s corporate e-commerce site; wendymignot.com, work simultaneously to raise money in support of Seymour Pink, a national charitable organization founded by Wendy’s grade school teacher from her hometown of Seymour, Connecticut. Seymour Pink raises millions of dollars to support a cure for breast cancer and also provides scholarships, gift baskets and support to families whose lives have been affected by Breast Cancer.  During October Wendy Mignot donates ALL proceeds from the sale of her pink pearls to this important cause. (www.seymourpink.com)

 

THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME

The National Center for Victims of Crime became very close to the hearts of the Mignot family after Wendy’s sister Tamara experienced first hand a violent crime. Their mission is dedicated to helping victims of crime rebuild their lives. Wendy has designed a necklace called  “Shooting Stars” specifically to honor her sister and all victims of crime.

(http://victimsofcrime.org)

 

ANTI BULLYING CAMPAIGN/BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

In 2014 Wendy Mignot hosted her first Anti-Bullying event, “Life is Beautiful and So Are You” to garner awareness and promote the importance of positive lifestyles for our youth and the harmful effects of bullying.  With her own two children’s support Wendy took to the most powerful platform – Instagram to promote inspiring messages and education. With over 30K followers thus far, Mignot continues to use social media to inspire positivity and connect with new generations – bringing awareness of the effects of bullying as well as educating on suicide prevention. Collaborating with fashion designer Nicole Paloma, the duo created a “Life is Beautiful and So Are You” hand-sewn tank top to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast. Wendy also created a special abstract heart pearl necklace with proceeds to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast. To date, Wendy has donated over $12,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast.

 

Wendy and Jean-Noel are delighted to share their “pearl love” and continue to support charities and organizations that are close to heart.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Top photo was provided. Bottom photo: SoCal City Kids. I am personally a big an of Jewelry Designer Wendy Mignot and always love to feature her beautiful items.

 

STACKED is the place to visit for delicious food! You must try the Pumpkin Cheesecake Milkshake and the Pumpkin Bread Pudding this month!

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Looking for a great place to go for lunch? STACKED is the place to go!

I recently had the opportunity to check this place out for lunch and I only have great things to say! The customer service is friendly, the food is delicious and this month they have two tasty pumpkin treats you do not want to miss!

What is really cool about STACKED is that you can place your order on an iPad! I know my son would love this so I plan to take him to lunch there soon!

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You also can add and change things to the food items. I think that everyone would just love to order their food this way. I think that this is the most unique thing about STACKED but it isn’t the only thing. I had heard that the hamburgers are really good but I didn’t know that they have such creative Mac & Cheese dishes! Personally, I’m not a big Mac & Cheese lover but when I saw that they had Stacked Mac in Cajun Shrimp…well, I just had to try it!

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This really is even better than it looks! I was impressed with how many shrimps were in the dish and it was so tasty! My Mother-in-law went to lunch with me and she tried a Stacked Mac with chicken…yum!

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This month there are two pumpkin treats that you do NOT want to miss! They have a Pumpkin Cheesecake Milkshake and it is really good! I honestly think that they should have it all year but it is only there until the end of the month!

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But, my ultimate favorite was the Pumpkin Bread Pudding! Oh my! I wish I knew how to make this one! You can also add whip cream, ice cream or a variety of other things! This is so good that it would be fine by itself but I added whip cream!

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The Pumpkin Bread Pudding alone is a reason to go to STACKED! But, I have to say that the customer service is amazing too! Our Waitress Diana was the best!

To find out more about STACKED, visit their website!  I highly recommend visiting this month!

Happy November!

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Self Disclosure: I received media comped meals to facilitate this post but no other compensation was received. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

Stunningly Realistic Portrayal of Racism and Love in the 20th Century

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This film, which received a standing ovation at its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016, tells the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who fought the Supreme Court to legalize interracial marriage. It captures intimate details of their private lives, which was recorded on film in the mid-‘60s. Most importantly, the story doesn’t dwell on the Civil Rights aspect but on the personal love story between these two people. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Kamhai B. comments, “When I watched this movie, it changed my perspective or at least my way of thinking about love. After watching it, I thought about the life I live today and I realize that without the Lovings, the world would be a much different place.” Juanita S., KIDS FIRST! Adult juror adds, “I can relate to the story because I grew up in Virginia and I was about nine-years-old when Richard and Mildred began their struggle.  My mother, who I credit with wisdom and foresight, realized that in Virginia equality among the races was going to be a challenge. She knew that Virginia’s laws would challenge integration in all areas, particularly in schools. We moved from Norfolk, Virginia to Philadelphia, PA in 1959.” See their full reviews below.”

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by Kamhai Beard, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

 

Before I get started with my review, let me tell you something. Love is the key to everything. If any of you have seen this film, you know the main idea of the story already. But if you haven’t, let me bring you up to speed. This is a sad yet romantic film. When I watched this movie, it changed my perspective or at least my way of thinking about love. After watching it, I thought about the life I live today and I realize that without the Lovings, the world would be a much different place.

This movie is about the true story of an interracial couple who fell in love. In the beginning of the movie, we see Mr. Loving (Joel Edgerton) building a new home for himself and his wife. Little did they know that the police were going to soon find out about their marriage and shortly after, they would end up in jail. Back in 1967, in the state of Virginia, interracial marriages were illegal. But love has no color so Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga) and Richard Loving decide to fight for what they believed in. When the police find out, they try to stop them. As you watch this movie, it makes you think about love, not differences. Now get this – after watching this movie some of the actors from the film came on stage and told us more about the movie. I learned that when Peggy, the Loving’s daughter first meet Joel Edgerton (who plays her dad in the film), she called him daddy and began to cry.

The filming crew truly captures the reality of the times in so many ways.  I recommend this film for ages 10 through 18 and older. Children 10 would not have learned about this subject yet, but when you’re 10 you already start learning about the racism in their country in social studies. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars because it was better than my expectations. It has a good storyline and a good setting and, most importantly, the titles really catches the meaning of the film. This film opens in theaters November 4, 2016 so be sure to check it out.

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Juanita Seon Leary, KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror

 

Loving, a film based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving written and directed by Jeff Nichols, captures what I have said many times – “love knows no color.” I can relate to the story because I grew up in Virginia and I was about nine-years-old when Richard and Mildred began their struggle.  My mother, who I credit with wisdom and foresight, realized that in Virginia equality among the races was going to be a challenge. She knew that Virginia’s laws would challenge integration in all areas, particularly in schools. We moved from Norfolk, Virginia to Philadelphia, PA in 1959.

Loving opens with a beautiful scene of Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga) on an acre of land that Richard purchases and shares his plan to build a home for his love and future wife.  I found it very interesting that the community where Richard and Mildred lived at that time, Central Point, Virginia was more integrated than other towns in the South. The problem was the Commonwealth of Virginia, with its law against interracial marriage.

Loving vs. Virginia is a historical civil rights case that went all the way to the Supreme Court and changed not only the lives of Richard and Mildred Loving but also reaffirmed the people’s right to marry no matter their color.

Richard Loving and Mildred Loving, along with their supportive family members show determination and courage. In one scene, when the attorney Cohen asks Richard Loving what he wants to say to the Supreme Court, he replies “Tell them I love my wife.”

 

Loving is a love story that inspires. It truly captures the feelings and surroundings of that time.

I recommend it for ages 12 to 18 and adults will most likely enjoy this as well. I give it 5 out of 5 stars for a compelling story, well told. This film opens nationwide on November 4, 2016 so go see it and experience what loving is all about.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!