This bears repeating: Black women are awesome. In a few weeks–actually, in a few days–if you asked someone who Antoinette Tuff is, there is a chance that the response will be, “The lone woman MC named in Kendrick Lamar’s verse,” or something else equally silly and clueless. Even though we will, we shouldn’t forget Antoinette Tuff’s name. She saved a lot of lives, including that of the person who tried to take hers. Last week, Tuff, the bookkeeper at McNair Elementary School in an Atlanta suburb, saved numerous lives by talking a gunmen out of opening fire in the school by being compassionate, empathetic, and vulnerable. She’s a hero.
- Fixing of Tuff’s life with Iyana Van Zant. Tuff was able to reach Michael Brandon Hill, by talking about the difficulties she’s experienced in her life, including a divorce. I’m sure if the media delved a little more deeply into Tuff life, Iyanla would find some reason to take a trip to the A, start calling Tuff Beloved and telling her, in the kindest way ever, that she ain’t shit.
- Sex tapes brought to you buy Russell Simmons, et. al. What happens when a black woman saves a gang of lives? Folks start making jokes about how she entrapped a white man to execute her heroic duties.
- Hiring by Paula Deen. Tuff is a little too uppity for the Butter Queen, yes?
- Tuff biopic. Lee Daniels’ The Bookkeeper has a ring to it. But please, no.
- Viola Davis as Antoinette Tuff is said biopic. In the scene that garners Davis another Oscar nomination, she’s on screen, telling Hill, “You is smart, you is special, you is impo’tant.”
- More calls from the POTUS. Can you picture it? Barack hollers again, only to put Arne Duncan on the line to asking Tuff to become a spokesperson for charter schools. She’ll become the title character in the sequel to Waiting for Superman.