When I think of African American films, I think of crap like Next Day Air, but Precious is what an African American film should be like: a true-to-life depiction of what it's like to grow up in the slums of New York, what it's like to have dreams of escaping poverty and early responsibilities, and the constant put-downs by every person who looks down on you and (worst of all) punishes you for their own inferiority complex. Precious, which is an indie that was originally titled Push, is an inspiration to all those who are born without hope and feel no certainty that they'll ever have any. The story is about a teenage girl (newcomer Gabourey Sidibe) named Clareece "Precious" Jones, who is overweight, illiterate, and pregnant with her second child. She has one shot to make it if she enrolls in an alternative school. Paula Patton (Deja Vu) stars as her inspirational teacher, Mariah Carey as her relentless social worker, and comedian Mo'Nique as her abusive mother. Also appearing are Sherri Shepherd ("The View") and rock star Lenny Kravitz.