12 Reasons Why 12 Angry Men Should Be A Christmas Movie

By Jeremy Carden

Considering that Christmas is less than 10 days away, I found myself watching one of my favorite movies this past weekend. I did find it strange that despite it being December, I was watching a movie that was not related to Christmas. However, I began to rethink that notion…

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I watched “12 Angry Men” on December 16th while I was cleaning my apartment. I realized that the genius behind the movie is the fact that it was just a dozen men sitting in a room arguing back and forth for 99.8% of the film! There are not a lot of people that would find that kind of concept interesting enough to focus an entire movie around.

Now, the reason that I think this movie should be a Christmas film is because it truly relates to the experience of being around a lot of family members for an extended amount of time. Hear me out on this one, I am heading home for a few days this weekend for the holiday. Am I nervous? A little bit, but that feeling comes more from seeing my extended family rather than my parents and sister.

By extended family, I am referring to my aunts and cousins on my father’s side of the family. I think a lot of you will be able to relate to having family members that you cannot stand for one reason or another. There is a #ChristmasWithBlackFamilies and #GrowingUpBlack hashtag for a reason.

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Not to mention, the clapback memes are too accurate to not be funny!

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During the holiday season, you are likely to be around your family for about five or more days. Either by your own choice or being forced into it, you go to the family dinner where 20 or more people are packed into the same house for several hours. Not everyone there is going to be in a good mood, and you might have to sit across the table from someone you would not talk to if your life depended on it. This film is all that and more!

When I really thought about it, I realized that each of the 12 jurors in the movie represents a family member that we can all relate with on some level.

Don’t believe me? I think the 12 jurors can give us 12 reasons why you should think otherwise.

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  1. Juror #1

This is the relative who sits at the end of the table like the head of the family. He gets the conversation going, and is not against stepping in when necessary when things get out of hand.

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  1. Juror #2

The meek family member that is easily talked down to or talked over when trying to voice his opinion.

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  1. Juror #3

The loudmouth member of the family who explodes at the drop of a dime. He is willing to start a fight over the slightest thing with anyone who he feels stands against him.

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  1. Juror #4

The straightforward family member who is 100% serious 100% of the time. One might consider him a buzzkill though because his logic kills any joke that you try to tell him. However, he would be the best candidate to ask if you need to hold a few dollars because he has a successful business.

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  1. Juror #5

The relative that grew up in the ghetto, but climbed their way to middle-class status. However, they do not like it when anyone brings up the way they were raised. Even though they tried to leave their old lifestyle behind, they can show you a trick or two if you find yourself in a knife fight.

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  1. Juror #6

A relative that is not too nice or too mean. He is a happy medium in terms of demeanor, and is not too bad to have a conversation with. Most of his income comes from odd jobs that he does around the neighborhood. If you need a paint job around the house or some repairs, then this handyman will gladly do the job for the right price.

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  1. Juror #7

The out-of-town relative that has 1,000 different places that he’d rather be at than the family gathering, but your auntie made him come. He is always complaining because of how badly he wants to leave, or tells a joke every chance that he gets. However, only a few of his jokes stick because most of them are usually a jab at another family member. He does not throw any shade towards Juror #3 since he does not want to start a fight that he cannot finish because no one else would jump in to help.

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  1. Juror #8

If there is a heated topic being discussed, this is the one family member who has a different opinion from everyone else. At first, they are unsure where they stand. However, they will present hardcore evidence as to why they feel differently about the subject. Juror #3 is not his biggest fan, but #8 might end up changing the hearts and minds of everyone in the room.

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Even though he is the most level-headed person in the room, he is the only one in the family that carries around a pocketknife. Luckily, he jabs it into the dinner table or another piece of furniture rather than another family member.

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  1. Juror #9

The family elder that is as kind as they are old. Even though their kindness is refreshing in a room full of diverse people, they can sometimes lose their train of thought. Be prepared to repeat yourself several times when talking to this person because they may forget what you were talking about to begin with. Do not underestimate them because sometimes they notice things that no one else can!

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  1. Juror #10

The bigot in the family that always voices their opinion even if race or politics has nothing to do with the conversation that is happening at the time.

Do not start a conversation about politics, religion or race relations with this person because it will get very ugly very quickly.

No one has told them off for their way of voicing their opinion without a filter because Juror #1 wants to keep the peace, and Juror #9 is sitting too close to him to deal with any fighting.

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However, he will eventually say something so messed up that it causes most of the family to leave the table.

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  1. Juror #11

The one family member with an accent that sounds familiar, but you cannot identify it if your life depended on it. Could they be Hispanic? German? French? They could be from New York or New Jersey. It does not matter because they are well-mannered and just a joy to be around.

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  1. Juror #12

The annoying family member that will not shut up about work. They are constantly talking about how well their job is going even if you did not ask them about it.

Honorable Mention:

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The one member of the family that got arrested earlier that year, and the rest of the family cannot figure out how they did not go to jail. If you are nervous about some of your secrets being exposed at dinner, this family member will end up getting the most shade thrown at them.

After reading through the list, I bet you had at least six family members pop into your mind!

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Even though this movie does not have a signal snowflake, I do recall there being a heatwave and a downpour of rain. This entire film was basically a family at the table having Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner while throwing shade and talking about some deep topics.

Are there any non-Christmas films out there that you feel could be labeled as one? Think about it carefully like I did with this film and you might surprise yourself with what you find!

Be sure to follow my blog for more interesting topics and I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

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Tyler Perry’s The Haves and The Have Nots Theory: Candace Gets the Haves out of Jail

By Jeremy Carden

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January 5th will be here before you know it, and Season 4 will be gracing the screens of our televisions once again. I am truly excited to know that it is now officially less than a month before the HAHN makes it glorious return!

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Recently, I posted a meme on Facebook and Twitter outlining the last 3 blogs that I would do before the show came back.

Thankfully, I was able to come up with a blog topic that I never thought of until today! I still plan on writing blogs about the 3 topics above.

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It is a theory about Candace doing something that is highly unexpected of her. My prediction is that Candace gets the Haves (Jim, Katheryn, David and Veronica) out of prison!

You are probably wondering why in the world she would do something “nice” like that. Not to mention, I think it is also going to be a bit difficult for her to do such a task given the circumstances:

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  1. It is unknown whether or not Professor Cannon gave Candace a new letter allowing her to skip to the bar exam before he was killed. Remember that when Jim had movers take Amanda’s things from Candace’s apartment, he also had Candace’s possessions taken as well; including the original letter Cannon gave her in exchange for telling Amanda to stop stalking him. Candace did call him to ask for a new letter, but it is never mentioned if she got the letter from him off-screen.

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  1. Candace and Jeffrey have enough on their plate with Quincy’s (potentially) dead body on the floor!

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What would make Candace even want to help out the Cryers and Harringtons?

I think it comes down to 2 reasons that may or may not end up being linked together:

  1. Hanna forces her daughter to do something to help the Haves
  2. Candace has her own motives for wanting to get them out of jail

Why would Hanna make Candace get them out of prison?

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Remember that Candace never explained to Hanna and Benny how she came into that much money (millions of dollars), and at some point she will have to tell the truth. I can imagine that Hanna would not find out about everyone being sent to prison until she goes to work the next day.

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True, she does not have a house and have Quincy Jr. in her care at a hotel (or motel). If she does not go to work, I can imagine that she will do something in order to give Quincy Jr. a place to stay. Aaliyah said that she would come back for a home check, and Hanna will need something to present to them to secure that little Q is in her custody.

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She will go to Benny’s house, admit that her house was destroyed by Quincy Sr. or ask Katheryn for the help that she turned down a few episodes ago.

After finding out that her boss is now in jail, the secrets will have to come out of the closet.

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Hanna is still in the dark about the Haves covering up for Wyatt hitting Benny and Little Lizzie. Wyatt almost told her, but Veronica stopped him before he could.

Going back to what I said before, if Hanna does find out about Candace extorting the money from Jim; she will make her get them out of jail as reparations for what she did (not sure if that will happen if she knows about the cover up of Benny being run over).

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Candace would have her own reasons to get them out of jail. It would be “nice” to at least get Katheryn out of prison. Benny would have been dead if Katheryn did not help to move him into another hospital! Candace was even surprised when Benny told her about that.

I am not sure why she would get David and Veronica out of jail. Unless Jeffrey pulls the “if I didn’t save you when I did; Quincy would have killed you” card making her do it!

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Jim on the other hand…

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Candace has no money at this point, and it is really because of David sending Brandon (Oscar) into her life to take it back. Her fury is directed at Jim (mistakenly), and she could keep him in jail.

I think that she will visit him with a choice to make. Of course, each time Jim is not in a position where he can come out on top. She will get him out of jail on the condition that he gives her money (either the same amount or more than she originally took), or he rots behind the prison bars.

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Let’s say he agrees in order to be released, she still has the photos and sex taps from the War Room as blackmail to check him in check. I can imagine that Jeffrey finds out about her parents being locked away (thanks to Wyatt) on TV or something, and then Candace finds out.

She will use this to her advantage in order to get what she wants (money and revenge). In any case, I have explained why she will potentially get them out of prison. Now, I have to speculate on how she is going to pull this off.

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I mean if she does not have the letter from Cannon, she will have to cram to pass the bar exam. She could work with Maggie or someone in order to get a “fake” degree to be the lawyer representing the Haves.

Remember that when Tony had Hanna in court for Benny to be taken off of life support, Candace walked into the front of the court in an impressive display of knowledge that held the final court decision off (without her degree!).

As Hanna told her, if she really put her mind to her law studies, she would make an amazing lawyer some day! This would be her chance to do it because of the stakes being so high.

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Wyatt said that he would testify against his parents and the Harringtons in court. Will he admit to the hit-and-run charges in a public courtroom? If so, how in the world will Jennifer make it so that he gets no jail time?

Can you imagine Candace in court representing the Haves, and she is performing a pretty good case making it appear as if they are really going to be released.

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However, Wyatt makes a surprise appearance during the case to go to the stand. Candace finds out why Wyatt is there and is shocked to learn that he hit Benny! Jeffrey knows about this but has not told Candace…

Either way, this is going to be very interesting in the grand scheme of things! How do you think this will go down?

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Will Candace help the Haves get out of prison? Will the Haves be stuck behind prison bars? Will Candace get her revenge on Jim? How will Candace react when she learns about Wyatt hitting Benny? Can Candace regain her lost fortune?

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