Last Monday I got into a very interesting discussion about Sophia Stewart– the self-proclaimed “Mother of the Matrix.” She is the woman who claims that The Terminator and The Matrix were both her ideas and that they were stolen by James Cameron and The Wachowski Brothers respectively. Wanting to find out more about her case I did some research on her earlier this year and stumbled upon her court records. I was flabbergasted. Not only did Ms. Stewart not win her case she failed to show up for her hearing! How do you just not show up with so much on the line? On top of that, her team of attorneys failed to submit “sufficient evidence” to the judge who was still willing to have a hearing despite the lack of evidence to further explore testimony and any new evidence. The case was dismissed and far as I can tell, an appeal has not been filed. Although this is official public record, the Internet with its blogs, tweets and Facebook updates would have us believe a very different story. It seems many folks are still adamantly convinced that Sophia showed Hollywood’s Good Boys who is the real mastermind of post-apocalyptic Neo genius– a Black woman. In terms of urban folklore Sophia’s victory is of Candy Man proportions—epic, real and so, so serious. “Prove it! And say ‘Morpheus’ three times in front of a mirror,” I’m taunted by newly irrational friends. I share the link to the court docs and to Snopes, a site which disproves many urban myths and I get no response. Time after time I feel like I’m telling a child Santa doesn’t exist. It always ends in heartbreak.
So I asked the room full of women: “Why do so many folks believe so fervently in Sophia Stewart’s triumph when, with one Google search, it’s clear she lost her case?” One friend responded: “It’s modern day reparations. We need to believe somebody got their 40 acres.” Another sister-friend chimed in, “It’s our way of (re-)claiming what is rightfully ours.”
Maybe because last Monday was Columbus Day. Maybe because I was sipping some good red wine. Whatever the reason I finally understood why this urban myth just won’t die. It’s Black folks, Native Americans, Latinos, heck people of color, needing to know one of us got their due and beat The Man!
Even still, knowing that Stewart lost, hasn’t diminished my belief in the power, brilliance and truth that is Black Genius. We created the Pyramids, mathematics, rock & roll, Their Eyes Were Watching God, the refrigerator, hiphop, Killer Of Sheep and Bitches Brew. So okay we may not have come up with The Terminator, but we are still masterminds.
Of course it does not help that the Matrix Mama herself is going around speaking of her victory. She says this on her Facebook Page:
“I am the true source of Matrix & Terminator. I won both cases! The Third Eye Book will be available in three weeks or less.” She continues: “I am the revelation of TRUTH soaring at light speed within the elegant resonance of stillness–this is my abundant Recourse!”
Someone named Kyle responds:
“No ma’am you own no legal copyright. You lost your case, you may have filed an appeal but until that goes through you hold no legal right over The Matrix or Terminator.”
Sophia then goes ballistic:
“I am an Oracle whether anyone wants to believe it or not. I am a Prophetess, some will believe and some will not. I won because I am the creator and I am the only one that holds the legal copyrights to the Matrix and the Terminator whether or not the Court system acknowledges it. I will MAKE MATRIX4. I am here to share my vision with those that have taken the red pill. If you choose to take the blue pill…be my guest… go back to sleep.”
Girlfriend can spit some convincing fire, but from the sound of things, I think she may have taken both the red pill and the blue pill. What do you think? Do you believe?