There’s a certain amount of arrogance in choosing to remain silent. There’s also resolve. You could throw in some privilege, a hint of the spoiled, disgruntled and the rock solid certainty that what has gone before absolutely does not definite what is or what will be. I’m talking about myself here. But I’m also talking … Continue reading Silence, Armchair Activism, and Award Shows: Why More Men Should Speak Out
So, Ellen wants Kevin Hart to host the Oscars. You may have heard that Hart took himself out of consideration for the role after trolls dug up some old – for old read 2009-ish – homophobic tweets. They used these as evidence that he’s a terrible person who shouldn’t be given such a fabulous opportunity, … Continue reading Kevin Hart, Who Wins? Trolls or the Oscars?
I saw Aquaman on Christmas Day and loved it. Jason Momoa’s carefree, hippie superhero was charming and engaging, and there were even a few black people in the film. A very few, two really, but both had lines and a prominent role in the story line. They were also atypical. No one was on drugs, … Continue reading Aquaman Shows Us Why Representation Matters
I don’t know much about Indian culture. In fact, the closest I’ve been to any is second-hand stories from my friend Deanna, a fabulous movie called “Lion” starring Dev Patel, and my nephew, who is currently in Calcutta or thereabouts on a tour of Asia. I do know that actress Priyanka Chopra is Indian, and … Continue reading Here’s Wishing Priyanka and Nick the Best, Mariah Smith
Ordinarily I’m not one to congratulate anyone for doing what they’re supposed to do. I tend to make fun of people who orate at length about how great they are for behaving the right way. You know, because we’re adults, and that’s how we should roll? You know what I mean. Men who brag that … Continue reading Ellen Pompeo, Thank You for Speaking the Truth
Hello? Police? Yeah. I’d like to report yet another instance of black people being erased from history. Yeah. This time it’s Australian actress Rebel Wilson. She was doing promo for her new film, “Isn’t It Romantic” and had the cheek to tell Ellen Degeneres on Wednesday that she is the first plus-sized actress to lead … Continue reading Rebel Wilson, You Are Not the First
They say everything happens when it’s supposed to. Timing is everything. You get information when you need it most. When you’re ready for the lesson, the teacher will appear, that sort of thing. I believe that, and never more so than today. I was talking to a friend. We’ve known each other for 20 years … Continue reading Can You Handle the Truth?
I almost titled this blog ‘Kanye West and the Art of Not So Public Speaking,’ but that didn’t cover the nuances of the truly awful televised meeting he had with the President this week. I would not consider myself a sensitive person. I don’t get overly emotional about many topics. The only real triggers I … Continue reading Kanye West, Train Wrecks and Political Exploitation
So, Bette Midler, a singer/actress I’ve enjoyed for many many years – who didn’t love Beaches? – sent out a few controversial tweets this week using the n-word. I’ve always liked Midler. She’s a great singer, for one, a true entertainer, and she made it big being different. She made herself a star by not fitting … Continue reading If You’re Not Black, Don’t Say the N-Word