Celebrities are starting to all look the same to me. I feel like RuPaul and or LaToya Jackson are the standard of beauty that the rest of Hollywood wants to reach.
What do you think?
I actually could have added a few more people to this composite.
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#OscarssoWhite is a trending hash tag that is meant to bring attention to the lack of diversity in the work that the film academy recognizes as excellent. All of the nominees for acting awards that are nominated are White. To this I say so what. Hollywood is not special. I think that people perceive Hollywood to be liberal and progressive but if you pay attention to the work that they put out and recognize as excellent it is clearly seen that they have a very narrow scope of how they view people of African descent.
The film industry is a vehicle that White people use to affirm themselves. Hollywood is there to tell White stories. Even when they tell stories about a person or group of people that are not White they still manage to make a White person the protagonist of the film. Good examples of this are “Dancing with Wolves” starring Kevin Costner and “The Impossible” starring Naomie Watts.
Most industries that create celebrities i.e. movies, films, music, fashion are White affirming. They put White people on a pedestal and tell the masses how beautiful, talented and brilliant they are. This happens even when they mimic Black culture. Sometimes the object of the admiration and attention deserves it but other times their fame is a product of social media hype and gossip magazine stories. The only exception is athletics and that’s because it is mostly objective.
I’m sure there are Black actors that deserved to be recognized for their work this year but did not get the proper accolades. But that is what happens to Black people in the American work force at large. It’s happened to me more than once. The American work force affirms White people and I am not White. Sorry, but I don’t have time to feel bad for Idris Elba or Ice Cube’s son. They are certainly better off than I am.
Black Americans really need to grow up and stop being so surprised by racism. This country has never seen us as equal and it may never. Please stopping begging for acceptance. I feel that the desire to be validated and accepted by mainstream culture is one of the biggest burdens that Black Americans face.
Art is a subjective thing and there is no way to argue what is worthy of recognition and what is not. To complain about the Oscars lacking diversity is a petty, first world concern. People of African descent live with a lower quality of life than their peers in almost every category. That is true of Blacks that live in industrialized prosperous countries as well. Let’s set our priorities straight and let pampered actors have their evening to themselves. My life is not going to be changed in any way if Idris Elba wins an Oscar.
I’m off from work for a week for Holiday vacation. One of my plans for my break is to catch up on a few movies that I’ve been wanting to see. One of those movies is “War Room” which I watched last night on Movies on Demand.
The film was pretty good but I didn’t like it as much as a lot of other people did. “War Room” has a great Christian message about the power of prayer that a lot of people that has encouraged many. I would describe the film as a love story minus the sappiness. It also has a great message about mentorship and family values.
I have enjoyed other Christian movies such as “Fireproof” and “Remember the Giants” more. There were parts of “War Room” that are a bit dull but it is definitely worth seeing. It finishes strong.
I also like that the movie features a mostly Black cast but the film is not about what Hollywood seems to think are typically Black subject matters. i.e. picking cotton, organizing marches, playing basketball, gang banging or break dance competitions just to name a few. I have thoroughly enjoyed movies that cover all of these subject matters but it’s a shame that Hollywood has such a narrow view of African Americans. It’s great to see something different.
I would recommend “War Room” if you haven’t seen it yet.
I really like Viola Davis’ acceptance speech at the Emmy’s on Sunday. It has been on my mind since I heard it. She is absolutely right. There is no difference between Black women and anyone else other than the opportunities that we are offered. I’m not a Black woman in Hollywood but I am a Black woman in the American work force.
My experience and observations in and of the American work force have shown me how little American culture values Black women. A Black working woman in America will be over looked and cheated out of an opportunity before any other group. It has happened to me many times. Sometimes I look back at my career experience and I feel that if I had never tried to do better, earn more, or stand up for myself everything would have been ok. I would not have had to cope with as much friction or drama.
But I am a woman that wants to do my best and live up to my full potential. I don’t want to just accept what I am being offered. Black women are usually offered the very least of every thing. We are offered positions that offer the least amount of money, perks or influence. It’s very hard to get over that hump. It’s the same hump that Viola Davis described in her speech which was a quote from Harriet Tubman. Black women will be relegated to low wage, dead end positions regardless, of talent, contributions or education.
When you speak to a supervisor about advancing with the organization is when the problems start. In my case they are unable to come up with a real reason why I can not be promoted to a better position. The next step is for management o start problems for you which forces you to either submit to mistreatment, fight or quit. All three of those are poor options because you can never really win.
I’m very proud of Viola Davis for her accomplishment. I’m sure it will mean a lot for Black women in Hollywood. It means a lot to me as a Black woman in the American work force. I hope that in time people will begin to see Black women as leaders and not just lowly subordinates that should be grateful for whatever crumbs they are given. I also hope that more Black women will begin to see their value and fight for their stake in the American dream.