Spencer plays Aunt Honey, James Brown’s aunt, who raises him after he is abandoned by his mother, in Tate Taylor’s Get On Up. The movie explores the “tough love” relationship between the pair and how it contributes to Brown’s rise from poverty to music stardom. Co-starring Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Jill Scott, and Dan Aykroyd.
She doesn’t use him. She lets him know that if he’s going to be under her roof, that he has to be a contributing member of the household. When you have mouths to feed, everybody has to contribute. At the end of the day, she did take this child in, and she already had the women there that she had to take care of, and their kids. So, she could have easily said, ‘No.’
Spencer plays Minny Jackson, an African-American maid living and working in 1960’s Jackson, Mississippi in Tate Taylor’s The Help based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett. The Help tells the story of African-American maids and how they view their white employers as recorded by a young, white, female author. Co-starring Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, and Allison Janney.
I think the “The Help” reminds us of our humanity. And it’s socially relevant even today. I think you can substitute the plight of the African-Americans and their quest for civil rights with homosexuals wanting the right to marry. Revolutions usually happen when the underserved or underclass find their situation no longer tenable. Look at Occupy Wall Street fighting for the shrinking middle class and poor, you know what I mean?