Black Storytellers: Should they have a Black spouse?

I saw this trailer about a month ago.   It’s for a six-part mini-series called Guerrilla on Showtime.  It’s about an interracial couple who are activists in London during the 1970’s.  It kind of  reminds me of the Black Panthers or Black Liberation Army movements.  It stars actor Babou Ceesay and actress Freida Pinto. Actor Idris Elba also is in the series. But I thought it was strange that the film had Indian actress Freida Pinto has the lead actress.  And I saw virtually no black women in the trailer.  Black women have been fighting against racism and sexism since forever.  Is this the erasure of black women? And even if there are some black women in it…why is the lead female an Indian?  I guess some will say that it’s to show that Indian people struggle with racism as well.  But why can’t we ever show black men and women working together against their oppression?  Why can’t we see many more films of black men and women loving each other? What are we  supposed to take from films like this?  That it’s better to fight racism and oppression if you’re having sex with a  non-black person.  This is utter nonsense! And we can no longer fall for this trap. Black unity and black love  is the answer.

Freida Pinto...

Who needs Assata Shakur? Yaa Asantewaa is not needed either.  Freida Pinto will lead black people to freedom!  She is the savior for black people! This would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

John Ridley....

So after seeing the trailer I wanted to see who was the creator of this series.  I found out that the executive producer is John Ridley. Ridley is a screenwriter,novelist and director. He won an Academy award for his screenplay of 12 Years a Slave. He also is the producer of the show American Crime.  The picture(above) is of Ridley and his Asian wife Gayle.  His wife isn’t black so is this why he didn’t cast a black woman as the lead in his new series?  And why are all these men without black wives telling black stories?  And he’s not the only one. I have noticed black actors,directors and producers telling black stories without black wives.

Steve McQueen.....

This is director Steve McQueen.  McQueen grew up in London. He’s good friends with John Ridley because he directed 12 Years a Slave.  This picture(above) is McQueen and his Dutch wife Bianca.

David Oyelowo...

Actor David Oyelowo is another black British man.  He has been in films like The Butler,The Help,A United Kingdom and Jack Reacher. He even played Martin Luther King in the film Selma. Should this man be playing black historical figures?  This is a picture of him and his white wife Jessica.

Get Out poster....

Jordan Peele....

Actor/filmmaker Jordan Peele got a lot of praise for his horror film Get Out.  It broke box office records making over $160 million.  Some say it was a great horror film.  Some say it was a film that had a much more deep psychological meaning to it.  It definitely had a lot of subliminal messages regarding racsim,occultism and organ harvesting.  But some may not know that he’s biracial.  Peele has a white mother.  And his wife Chelsea is a Zionist Jew.  So even though he told some truths in the film Get Out..will expose it all? Will he tell black people everything that racists whites are doing in Hollywood?  Is wife is a Jew so I know he has some insider information.  But the question is…who is he loyal to?

Underground...

John Legend...

The television drama Underground takes place during slavery.  It has been getting good reviews from critics.  One of the executive producers is singer/songwriter John Legend. He will even play Frederick Douglass in an upcoming episode. His wife is model Chrissy  Teigen.  Her mother is Thai and father is white.  That makes her a hapa. If you don’t know what that is go look it up.

Nate Parker....

Of course we can’t forget actor/director Nate Parker. Parker directed the controversial slave rebellion film The Birth of a Nation.  The film had some good elements and some truth in it.  But it was mostly controversial because back when he was in college Parker was accused of raping a white woman. He claims he was innocent and that people should support the film.  I’ve seen him in interviews and he seems intelligent and articulate. But he can’t be too smart because if that white woman caused him so much grief why did he go and marry a white woman.  What sense does that make??? Some negroes never learn. Anyway this is a picture of him and his ugly ass wife Sarah.Sunken Place....

I bring up this issue because I wonder can they be trusted. Can they accurately tell the black experience?  Can they express our pain and struggle?  Can they express the truth about our oppressors if they’re married to them?  Can they be about black love but not married to black women?  These are the questions that come to my mind. But I think they hire these type of men because they know they’re not about black empowerment. They will always be intellectually dishonest about the black experience.  They know that since they have non-black wives they have already been compromised. The interracial element just adds more confusion to the black psyche. We must be careful watching anything by these men. These films have a way of  distorting black consciousness. And keeping us stuck in the “sunken place”.

Black Snake(1973)- I Miss feel good films like this!

Black Snake..

This is a clip from the film Black Snake back in 1973.  It was made during the Blaxploitation era.   It was a black film subgenre very popular back in the seventies.  Most of the acting wasn’t always very good but they had some interesting plotlines.  Many of theme dealt with fighting drug dealers,pimps and getting revenge on the “white man”.  I stumbled upon this clip about two years ago and thought it was interesting.  I thought the ending was great.  This was better than Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave.  They don’t make endings like this in Hollywood too much anymore. Although there is a lot of hype over the upcoming film about Nat Turner’s slave revolt.

Turner...

In Black Snake a racist white man is stabbed to death.  And a white female slave master is burned alive!  I don’t know if the Nat Turner film can top that. It has a lot to live up to.  Enjoy the clip.  Just a little something to brighten your day! 🙂

Tales of Buffoonery: Episode 13(Chiwetel Ejiofor)

Chiwetel..

I haven’t done a Buffoonery post in awhile.  And I know a lot of my followers like them so I thought I’d bring it back.  When I saw this article I knew I had to do a post on it. British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor recently said that homosexuals have it harder than blacks.  Can you believe that?  It’s bad enough his wife is white but to say something like that is unforgivable.  And people still tell me the gay agenda is not real. I thought I had misread it when I first saw it. Chiwetel Ejiofor believes Hollywood still marginalizes people because of their sexuality. The industry has been accused of a lack of diversity following the 2016 Academy Awards nominations, where no African-American actor or director was nominated for a top honor for the second year in a row, but the actor “believes it’s harder for someone to succeed if they’re homosexual than if they’re black. “I hope this changes (but) I think it’s probably harder to be gay,” he said.

“I think sexuality is still marginalized in a way that is pretty open. I think it’s tough. I think for one’s own peace of mind, for one’s own sense of self and psychological health, I feel like that’s the horrible thing about ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’… Because it produces a sense of shame, and therefore this sense of being ‘less than’, you know? And I hate that. I hate that for anybody.”

But Ejiofor, 38, argues that at the same time, a person’s sexuality isn’t anyone else’s business, and if the individual wants to, they should be able to declare their preference without fear of it affecting their opportunities in life in any way.

“If I hadn’t had the opportunities and the fortune that I have had, of course I would have a very different perspective to that, but I can’t be completely intellectually dishonest about what has happened in my life… It’s a tiny bit more nuanced for me to talk about,” he explained.”

This is taking self-hating coonery to a new level.  Hollywood is ran by a bunch of Jewish butt pirates…but they have it harder than blacks??  What do you think?

Amerikkkan Hollywood Cinema- Most Racist place on Earth!

This is a great scene from the film Hollywood Shuffle. I remember seeing this film as a kid.  I think the director Robert Townsend was really ahead of his time. This film is considered a classic by many. This scene perfectly illustrates that Hollywood is not very liberal at all. Hollywood is full of racist stereotypes and always has been. Many in Hollywood like to think of themselves as being liberal minded but they are far from it. The entire industry is ran by racists in my opinion.  Even though this film was made way back in 1987 the racist stereotypes persist to this very day.  Hollywood has made a fortune by portraying black people as maids,criminals,pimps,drug dealers,slaves,mammies, hustlers and sexual deviants.I’ve also noticed that many times black people die first in their films. We are always killed very early in most films.

This is a pattern I’ve seen over and over again. It just goes to show that we are seen as expendable. In their eyes our lives don’t matter very much and no one will care if we die. These racist stereotypes are nothing but conditioning the mind that black lives do NOT matter at all. The stereotypes are endless and have never stopped.

Pimp

There is always The pimp. The pimp is there so that people see the black man as abusive and controlling. A horrible stereotype that Hollywood loves to use.

12 Years

The Slave image never seems to go away. Back in the 1970’s you had the television drama Roots. But there have been countless others.  Films like Amistad,Drum,Belle,Beloved,Glory,Mandingo and 12 Years a Slave. The slave stereotype is a constant reminder that blacks are second class citizens. And that blacks are here to work for white people. The fact that Obama is in office means nothing. That’s why slave films are so popular. It reminds the white audience that blacks are inferior. And to remind black people what their position is supposed to be.  As if we didn’t already know right?

Rappers

The Black Criminal is a must in racist Hollywood. Not only are there many black criminals in films but gangster rappers help to reinforce the “scary black man” stereotype.  Hollywood has an obsession with black pathology. Anything that has to do with black death,violence or black degradation…..Hollywood is there to promote it! These gangster rappers are being duped. All they care about is getting paid. But there are being used to perpetuate the fallacy that most black men are demonic,sex crazed,blood thirsty criminals. Hopefully one they’ll wake up and see the truth.Pickaninny

The Pickaninny is back again! The Pickaninny was very popular back in the 1920’s and 30’s.  You saw this stereotype in cartoons a lot.  Buckwheat from the Little Rascals television show was a popular pickaninny character. Usually the character has their hair standing up looking unmanageable in some fashion. Now there is a show called Orange is The New Black with a woman named Crazy Eyes. It glorifies female prison life. That’s her in the pic up above. You thought the pickaninny was gone right? Don’t worry…racist Hollywood has you covered.

The Mammy stereotype is another one that wont go away. This video clip shows how the mammy has always been used. This shows black woman as maids and always their to take care of the white children. She is usually am overweight dark skinned woman. She is always seen as non-threating and there to help whites in any way she can. Oprah Winfrey plays into this stereotype a lot. The mammy works alongside the slave stereotype. They both are there to serve the needs of white people. Even above their own personal needs.

The Help

That’s why the film The Help was so popular and got lots of awards.  These are not all the racist stereotypes. There are many more. But these are some of the most popular stereotypes. The comedy Hollywood Shuffle was made twenty-eight years ago. It was a great commentary on how blacks are stereotyped and pigeonholed in a racist industry. So I ask you…how much has changed?

It’s official! Black women are finally considered pretty now!

Lupita
Lupita2
It took over 400 years but the day has finally come. Black women are finally considered attractive. It was announced today that People magazine named Lupita Nyongo the most beautiful person in the world. I guess now that a mainstream(white) magazine has said it–it MUST be true. Of course I’m being sarcastic, but I don’t believe the hype. I think many black women,in particular dark skinned women,will see this as a triumph. I personally think many dark skinned beauties are overlooked in the media. They love to glorify the mixed/biracial types. The ones that I consider “pseudo-black”. So the fact that a dark skinned,full lipped woman with natural hair is on the cover seems surprising. But there’s been quite a lot of hype around Lupita this past year. It’s due to her portrayal in the slave film,12 Years a Slave. She was very good in that film I must say. Although I’m tired of the “slave,butler,maid” films. But that’s another subject altogether. I don’t want black people to get too excited over this cover story though. I believe that Lupita’s beauty is fetishized by the media. There are so many white/latina/mixed women seen as beautiful in the movies that Lupita seems like an alien by comparison. The media portrayal of dark skin is always put in a negative light. No matter how beautiful a dark skinned woman might be,she never will get the praise a white women does. Or a biracial woman for that matter. As a matter of fact the last woman of color to make the cover of People’s most beautiful list was Beyoncé back in 2012. A decade ago biracial beauty Halle Berry graced the cover. I guess it was a slow progression until they got to a woman with dark skin. But the past years have been Kate Hudson 2008,Christina Applegate 2009,Julia Roberts 2010,Jennifer Lopez 2011 and plain Jane Gwyneth Paltrow in 2013. All average looking women in my opinion. Although I will admit that Lopez does have nice curves. But even having nice curves,nice butt and full lips are still more recognized in the media when they are on a non-black woman. A woman like Lupita should have been on the cover a long time ago. To be honest I think Lupita is hands down the prettiest woman they’ve ever had on the cover. But I think it’s just one moment in time. This fascination with Lupita reminds of when I was a kid in the 80’s with Grace Jones. The media was fascinated with this “tall,dark skinned African looking” woman. I don’t think it will last. In a system of white supremacy you have to make black people feel that they’re ugly,inferior and less than. There’s no way they will keep this trend going. It would throw a wrench in their system. You have to instill a sense of inferiority in people of color. This is what happens in films,television and magazines to keep the system going. Even Lupita herself has battled with issues of skin color. Earlier this year she was at an awards show and spoke from the heart.
She mentioned how she would pray to God that she would wake up with lighter skin, “I tried to negotiate with God: I told him I would stop stealing sugar cubes at night if he gave me what I wanted; I would listen to my mother’s every word and never lose my school sweater again if he just made me a little lighter, but I guess God was unimpressed with my bargaining chips because He never listened.”
That’s a very painful thing to hear. But it’s a reality that many young black girls have to live with. Black parents must instill a sense of pride in their children. So that they’re proud of their culture,race and heritage. It would be nice in the coming years if People magazine were to name Lauryn Hill,Kelly Rowland,Tika Sumpter,Lanisha Cole and Tomiko Fraser has the most beautiful. But…..I wouldn’t wait to long for that. I don’t think we should wait for validation from white owned publications to tell US what is beautiful. We as black people know that we have unique beauty all out own. I say congrats to Lupita. You are a gorgeous sista. But you were already beautiful as a young girl growing up in Kenya. Long before you ever knew about People magazine.