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, yeah. Rachel Dolezal has a new documentary coming out on Netflix, “The Rachel Divide.” Cue gag reflex. My eyebrows legit met my hairline when I saw this story. I thought about it, but ultimately I can’t get my back into a blog denouncing Netflix as a heretic for airing this misguided pathetic-ness. At the end … Continue reading Why Won’t Rachel Dolezal Go Away?
So, Black Panther is like the King of the cinematic world right now, and the movie is still two weeks out. There goes the myth that black movies don’t sell to anyone except black people. The film has already broken several pre-release records including first day advance ticket sales, and it’s Fandango’s top-selling superhero film … Continue reading About That Myth That Black Films Don’t Sell…
Hollywood remains a cut above when it comes to industries actively trying to correct their diversity issues. You know, as opposed to some lukewarm acknowledgement of a problem and vague, ephemeral plans to work on a solution. This week FX CEO John Landgraf went on record saying that he’s made significant changes to ensure the … Continue reading Lights, Camera, Diversity Action
Hollywood might be one of the most action-packed industries out today when it comes to diversity, with the possible exception of sports, pun intended. With the recent and continuing Academy drama over the upcoming Oscars and its dearth of nominations of color, the critical commentary on the gender wage gap and various well-known faces lending … Continue reading Meryl Streep Is Not the Enemy
So, earlier this week actress and Fox News Contributor Stacey Dash said in an interview that we should not have Black History Month or award shows that only feature black actors. She was responding to questions after several prominent, black Hollywood names publicly declared their intention to boycott the Oscars because for the second year … Continue reading Stacey Dash, Please Stop
The Interview, the comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, has been yanked from theaters following the now well-publicized leak of emails from Sony Co-chairman Amy Pascal and others. There are three important things we can all learn from this communication debacle.
1. Nothing is private. If you think anything affiliated with the internet is private, don’t kid yourself. If someone built it, someone else can hack into it. Period. It’s best to operate under the assumption that there is a clear glass wall between what you write on the ‘net, what you say in public – and occasionally in private – and the entire civilized world. So, keep it classy.
2. Keep it professional. Write all email communiques as though your mother is looking over your shoulder. And if your momma was mean, write like somebody else’s momma is looking over your shoulder. It doesn’t matter what kind of relationship you have with the person you’re writing to. You could have been friends for 30 years, been intimate in a biblical sense and/or have shared a bank account or a last name. Assume someone will hack into your email and air out everything. Continue reading “3 Things the Sony Hack Can Teach Us About Communication #Sony #TheInterview #AmyPascal #diversity #race”
Congrats to Lupita Nyong’o for becoming Lancôme’s first Black spokesperson. The world should celebrate black beauty. It is as common as any other kind, after all. And congrats to Lupita for riding a very elegant magic carpet of success all the way to the top.
I’m not sure there was an award she qualified for that she didn’t win this past award season. And damn did she look good every single time anyone saw her! Lord have mercy she was fabulous! Not because she was runway ready but because she owned every scrap of fabric that graced her body. She was proud. She was different, and she quite obviously could care less. Every graceful line of her body seemed to wink and say, yeah, I know. She looked in the face of traditional definitions of beauty and had a big ole belly laughter, and seemingly everyone – certainly every big name in Hollywood who rushed to shake her hand and offer congratulations – laughed right along with her.
But did it occur to anyone else that she, and Halle Berry before her, were essentially rewarded for playing the lowest, most degraded and humiliated characters it’s possible for a Black woman to play? Continue reading “The High That Comes From Being Low…#Lupita #diversity #films #beauty”
So Quvenzhané Wallis is playing Annie, and as the moment of truth – also known as the film trailer release came and went – there has been a ton of, um, concern from people who are confused and chagrined the nine year old African-American is playing the iconic role.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, the original film Annie was a little white girl with curly bright red hair. Wallis is far from that, and the backlash has been impressive. Continue reading “What’s Wrong With a Black Annie? #Annie #diversity #discrimination #film #movies”