POC I'm Watching: Jay Tavare & Tembi Locke

They've got some serious fans.
The legendary Jay Tavare and the beautiful Tembi Locke have really gotten the Narrative going wild ever since their infamous sex scene was finally restored to the web, and along with an extended version of their epic kiss.

My copy of Unbowed (1999) finally arrived in the mail last week, so naturally, I've been sharing much of the wealth.  However, I strongly encourage fans to click the link and order their own copies of this rare DVD, as some of the proceeds go to charity benefiting our Native American siblings.

Tavare plays Waka Mani, a trash-talking, rebellious Lakota warrior who's captured and forced to go to a Negro college. There he deals with racism, falls in love with a Black woman, and learns about hot combs.  Locke plays Cleola Banks, a bright student born of poor a dark-skinned woman who's trying to get her daughter married into a proper light-skinned family with money.

From the moment these two see each other, sparks fly with a vengeance.

The appeal is obvious; two good-looking POC hooking up in a film which explores a part of POC history that's often ignored.  No wonder getting a copy of this film has been a year-long, uphill battle.

Awards

Best Film (Nanci Rossov) and Best Actor (Jay Tavare)
American Indian Film Festival

Audience Favorite (2nd Place)
Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles

Best Screenplay (Mildred Inez Lewis)
Jamerican Film Festival




















Comments

  1. Praise Krishna, Jesus, Allah AND Buddha!! That man is HOT!!! That's the kind of dude that gets a girl reeaaallll stalky. REAL stalky.

    *looking all wide eyed and lecherous*

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  2. Hot damn! I'm sorry I can't think of anything else to say. I'm going to buy the DVD.

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  3. @ zoopath

    It's worth the purchase.

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  4. That artwork is genius. Whoever did it nailed it.

    I'm with BlackPeopleSufferFromPTSD. I'd stalk the shit out of that fine ass man. Jay makes me want to continue one of my shorties that was inspired by him.

    The way he and Tembi look at each other, and the fact that she is compelled to be with him, especially during her time of greatest pain, speaks volumes. And when she tells one of her friends: "We will make our own ways," that shit spoke to me. Waka Mani wanted Cleola just as she was, not as what someone else wanted her to be: the wife of a proud Negro.

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  5. I would say something like "That's my Baby's Daddy."

    But he's so handsome it almost seems... disrespectful to lust after him that carnally. A man of his strength and dignity is to be regarded with wistful awe and longing.

    That is a MAN.

    @ Zoopath

    Hot damn, indeed my friend. Hot damn.

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  6. Digital Coyote9/15/11, 8:00 PM

    Just when I thought I was going to get a break from a week of spontaneously ovulating because the rugby world cup game on regular tv was late today, you go and post that.

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  7. Damn. The pix are out of order.

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  8. Now that is serious chemistry!

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  9. Can the DvD be shipped to Sweden? I REALLY want this movie! PRONTO!... ;) Ever since I was younger I kinda followed his career...I remember when I first saw "Street Fighter"...OMG! I was like "WoW, he looks GOOD! Love his hair! The looong braided hair! Nice body too".. ;)

    I would love to have other Jay fans in my facebook friends list... Click on my name and you´ll get there. Write a small message attached to the friends request so I know who you guys are, otherwise I will not accept...

    MY GOD! I can´t seem to get Jay´s ass out of my head!... And his smile?! Gawd! *faints* LoL

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    1. Email Jay Tavare on facebook or at www.jaytavare.net and he will give you futher instructions on how to order the dvd. He is very nice and will get back to you quickly.

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      Name, please.

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  10. i hope this movie ends with them together, happy somehow, and not one of them dying or getting locked up or whatever the fuck always seems to happen with POC couples. I just want a historical romance that doesn't feature white people all the damn time. This seriously looks like some hot shit and if someone can sorta reassure me it ends well imma slap down the 20 bucks to buy it

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  11. Thank you for posting these screencaps. I love the chemistry these two had together. I can't wait to get a copy of the DVD.

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  12. Another way to order Unbowed: http://jaytavaresforum.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=unboweddvd&action=display&thread=52

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  13. I love this. I want this DVD. How do I get my hands on it?

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  14. I've looked into every movie web page I could find, and didn't find it. I emailed all suggested (jay) pleases, and their was no responds. So I'm giving up. This movie triggered my past. I guess it's
    time to let histories of this sort stay asleep. To the one who posted these pictures, and videos, Thank you. It wasn't the love scene, as much as it was the connection. Thank you again from Lavonne.

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    1. You can order it from here (http://filmanthropic.blogspot.com/2011/07/to-order-first-official-dvd-release-of.html, and I've placed several excerpts on YouTube and the Blasian Narrative.

      Enjoy!

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  15. OK, Ankhesen, I did! I think I ordered through paypal, which, I believe was
    a big mistake! I ordered this DVD on 5/7/12, and I haven't received anything.

    "LaVonne"

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    1. Did you receive it yet? I'm aware they got a new distributor because of the high number of requests:

      http://Kunaki.com/Sales.asp?PID=PX00S5413B

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  16. No! I still hope I'll receive it. Of course, that makes me feel really foolish! I'm not ready to admit it was a transaction gone bad! If I receive it, I'll let you know immediately. LaVonne.

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  17. I'll keep the (July 1st. Posted) email address. If I ever get the nerves, I'll use it. Thank you. LaVonne.

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  18. Thank you for bringing attention to this wonderful film. I ordered my copy through kunaki and it is due today. The processing took two days (they take the funds immediately) I paid for priority shipping and from start to finish if delivered today a total of 5. If I wasn't so impatient I would say that is a pretty good turn around. I hope that there is a sequel or someone starts writing romance novels on these two characters. I vote for Jay being on the covers. Again thanks and deuces!

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  19. At the other Anonymous; I've re-published the love scene on the Blasian Narrative.

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  20. Order this movie! It's WONDERFUL! Jay is my new movie star crush! When you see the movie you'll know why!

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