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”.

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

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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.