Back when we were tutoring kids in Brooklyn, the gritty urban novel Push by Harlem teacher and poet Sapphire was in a surprising number of bookbags. We learned that the book about an abused teenager was considered a good way to introduce city youths to literature, and a sufficiently popular reading assignment to warrant online paper-writing guides. We now learn that a movie version of the book will debut this week at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is directed by Lee Daniels and stars newcomer Gabourey Sidibe with appearances by Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey, and Lenny Kravitz, and is not to be mistaken for the new sci-fi movie Push.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 13, 2009