THE BANKER Takes On Civil Rights Buying And Renting Homes!
On Monday, March 2, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nia Long and the cast and crew attended the celebration of Apple TV+ THE BANKER at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN!
Continue on to see Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nia Long and the cast hit the red carpet…
CelebNMovies247.com reports that THE BANKER, a film set before the 1964 Civil Rights Act, it tells the story of an African-American entrepreneur, Bernard S. Garrett.
The film is based from true events about Bernard S. Garrett takes on racism in real estate and banking. The film uses the David and Goliath setup while tackling the days of white racism and black righteousness to soft-sell a tale of inequality.
Anthony Mackie leads the charm offensive as Bernard, a Texas-born mover and shaker trying to get his in a time when the odds were against him because of his skin. Bernard has big plans when he and his wife, Eunice (Nia Long), move their tiny family to Los Angeles. It’s 1954 and to Bernard the City of Angels looks like a great opportunity, despite its discriminatory housing practices. Its a time when tinsel town was the place where dreams are made while the city was racially divided by segregated streets.
Things pick up when Bernard meets Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson, having a demonstrably good time). A businessman with deep pockets and a joint called the Plantation Club. The men join forces they realize Bernard’s plan of buying, renovating and renting homes in white areas to the city’s growing black middle class. Of course, they hit road blocks of discrimination from tenants and police.
It’s a great film of what black America had to deal with then and still deal with now. The film may show a time of when it once was, but why is when still part of the present?
THE BANKER stars Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson and Nia Long out in theaters on March 6 and the platform on March 20.