Last night, my husband and I attended the screening of Dave Chapelle’s documentary “Untitled” at Target Center in Minneapolis, MN. I’m a fan of Dave Chapelle’s late work and practically caught up on all his specials on Netflix thinking this event would be similar to what I’ve seen. Spoiler alert, the event was not at all what I expected and you should probably stop reading this as I’m about unveil some details of the event.
2020 was a rough year for many of us due to the obvious current events that took place. But nothing shaped us more as people and as the Twin Cities more than the unfortunate incident that succumbed to George Floyd. This was the first time in a long time my emotions about George Floyd resurfaced since the long weeks of protests of our hurting city. I surprised myself crying thinking these emotions were numb after so many weeks of protests, night curfews, fires, and gunshots in the neighborhood.
This literally hit home and it was personal. I had no idea of what to expect from this show and thoroughly felt this was a tribute to George Floyd, the fallen ones, their families, and to the people of the Twin Cities. The families of George Floyd and the fallen ones were flown in and were present in the audience.
There were surprise performances from Justin Bieber and Usher. It was a night of surprises, tears, joy, and laughter. A whole series of emotions that quite frankly made me feel human. Dave Chapelle really honed in on wanting us to know how the world views Minneapolis from the outside. In paraphrasing his words, “Minneapolis changed the world.” And as a fellow Minnesotan, born and raised in the Twin Cities, I’m humbled.
What an experience this show was. The element of surprise, laughter, and love was surely there and I was so moved. Thank you Dave Chapelle for being who you are and using your platform to make this world a better place.