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The movie, Long Shot looks like a load of laughs. The movie features Charlize Theron as an American presidential candidate who runs into a childhood friend and they both proceed to get involved in the most unlikely shenanigans. What's more interesting though is the way Hollywood has started to sow the seed for a female president. I had a discussion with a colleague about how Hollywood influences the psyche, the culture and the laws in America (and the rest of the world by extension) only to watch this movie trailer a few days later. The idea of a black American president was seeded over a long time. The earliest I remember was in the 1997 Bruce Willis movie The Fifth Element. The concept seemed ludicrous at the time but it kept coming back to Hollywood. 24 was another good example. A more realistic one. It showed what a black First Family would look like. And the American people bought into it. That is one of the roles of art in a society. Record our history, shape our psyche,
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