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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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”.