It’s Black History Month, and things look bleak. There’s the scandal of Jussie Smollet possibly having fabricated his story about a racial and homophobic attack by fanatic MAGA supporters. There’s the video of Steve Harvey pleading with Monique that they as wealthy black entertainers are now in the “money game”, which is neither white nor … Continue reading Black History Month looks bleak – and it’s not because of Jussie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i18z1EQCoyg Recovering from The Birth of a Nation is no easy task. As the molten anger dries on your cheeks, the message melts into your heart. You could label the film “visceral”, but it would never quite explain the way it wrenches the emotion from a weary soul. It would never quite explain how it … Continue reading The Birth of A Nation
Underground, a fictional television series based on Harriet Tubman and the famous railroad resistance, was recently cancelled. Despite the star power of actress Jurnee Smollett and executive producer John Legend, both vocal activists against injustice in various ways, the show only enjoyed two seasons. Whether it was a question of lack of ratings or opposition … Continue reading Are We Sick Of Slavery On Screen?
“God forgives murder and he forgives adultery, but he is very angry and he actually curses all who do integrate.” Uttered by a representative of the well-meaning white women of the post-racial 1950’s America concerning the abomination of desegregation. I am Not Your Negro, directed by Raoul Peck, narrated by Samuel Jackson, combines such salient … Continue reading The Story of America through James Baldwin’s eyes