Archive for March 23rd, 2010
Does Wayne Brady’s daughter look like a browner version of reality TV exile Cara Gosselin?
Love to see a Disney show with these two. Who cares if they can act? I don’t think that’s a prerequisite for your own show on Disney, all you need is cuteness which these two have in abundance.
People who are interested in BF/AM couplings in real life will want to read this article on the “Black Women Deserve Better Blog”. My good friend Jo Gans was interviewed by my other good friend Lorraine.
Jo uprooted and moved to China a few years ago where she met and married the man of her dreams earlier this month.The article talks about how she dealt with family dissension:
When I made the decision to date Asian men, you can imagine the flack I got. People told me things like I was crazy, ”they” only dated their own kind, you’re too fat, or too dark, or just too strong. I laughed because the negativity did not affect me in the least. I reasoned that Asian is what I want and that is what I went after — and got.
Living in China as an African American woman:
I find the Chinese people a little naive about real Americans because they only know what they see on television — and that is regulated by the government here.As silly as it sounds, most assume that Americans are mainly white.
And her overall attitude about love:
If he is worthy of your love, then love him. This is a recipe for a happy life
I have been meaning to write about this for a while but I keep forgetting. Back in January I turned on the TV and saw a “Dollar Van Demo” commerical with someone who looked so familiar. Kept looking, voice sounded familiar. Who was this chick?
I don’t want to be a shill for McDonalds who has taken mass production burgers around the world and probably will have the first hamburger stand on Mars, but it’s great to see that they are bringing creative, underlooked artists to fore (and hopefully also throwing some money their way.
There’s a new commercial out now with verbal artist Wordspit.
I love the commercials and definitely looking forward to more Dollar Van Demo commericals.
From the time nominations are announced until a week after the last award is handed out we know the drill; someone will lament the lack of good roles for African Americans then the type of roles African Americans actually win for. It’s not necessarily a knock against the wonderful acting talents of Halle Berry, Denzel Washington or Mo’Nique it’s just that people wonder why an award is given for a dirty cop and not more roles that depict a blind musical genius (like Jamie Foxx for Ray).
The fact is, when it comes to the big screen or the small screen Hollywood uses African Americans and other minorities as secondary characters to the white main characters. In yesteryear we were maids and manservants who had the quick quips and the words of wisdom to help the white protagonist find their way. Today we are confidants, sidekicks, magical negroes or surrogate parents who again are there to help white people find their way. Sometimes when our story is told then it’s told through the lens of a white character where they get to be the hero (see Mississippi Burning) or another person who gets to stand in for the white community (see Secret Life of Bees and soon The Help) because that is the only way whites can understand a black storyline. Black emotions, life and world get filtered through white eyes with the realization of a white character, “They feel just like us!”.
But Hollywood forgets, Black people want to see stories, too, that tell our stories with or own voice. African American pundits like to tout that African Americans buy a lot of products and the average black household watches more television than white ones but it never translates into any type of power that makes anyone comes in search of our dollars. Why? Because they don’t have to seduce our dollars away from us. We will spend our money outside the community and we will watch shows that don’t have black leads or well rounded black characters. The people who are writing the shows and producing the shows are often white males whose views of blacks are like the white producers parodied in Hollywood Shuffle.
I propose we turn the TVs off and for the month of April participate in Script Frenzy. For 30 days you write your stage play, screen play, graphic novel or TV show and the goal is to reach 100 pages. Because we are writing in a frenzy there’s no time for (cringe) proofing or rewriting. Your goal is to write the type of show you want to see on TV instead of sitting passively in front of the boobtube or whining on forums that what you see in everyday life is not represented.
If you are unfamiliar with the format that you choose check out the Script Frenzy website for examples. I plan to do it for the month of April and hope to reach the 100 page mark. If you choose to do it, too, leave a comment with your blog address or send me an email.