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What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

“…Cotton was a teenager in the late 1990s and was so talented at basketball he seemed destined for the NBA.”

The world-famous Langston Hughes wrote the above poem. In it, he talks about the difficulties that come with losing an opportunity, but even more, Hughes discusses what can happen when the going gets rough. What exactly does this have to do with Manchild: The Schea Cotton Story? The answer: everything. Schea Cotton was a teenager in the late 1990s and was so talented at basketball he seemed destined for the NBA (National Basketball Association). But he never made it to the big leagues.

He had everything going for him: a caring family, coaches from around the country doing everything they can to ensure that he plays for them, and all of the physical attributes needed for success in the game. Everything was looking up, and it appeared that Cotton’s dreams would soon come true. However, difficulties impede the journey, and his goal now hangs in the balance. With potential tragedy staring him in the face, Cotton must decide if he’s willing to fight for what he wants or be brought down by life’s obstacles.

Manchild: The Schea Cotton Story (2016)

Directed: Eric ‘Ptah’ Herbert

Written: Eric ‘Ptah’ Herbert, Michael Landers

Starring: Schea Cotton, James Cotton Sr., Gaynell Cotton, Michael Landers, Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson, Meta World Peace, Randy Moss, etc.

Movie score: 8/10

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"…we are all human beings, and we understand that no one is perfect."

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