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Friday, February 25, 2011

Our people need to step our movie game up...

...directing that is. You mean to tell me of all the films that were released in 2010, not one of them featured an Oscar worthy story line, director or actor? Is that a reflection of our population in this country, that being only 12% of the population. Are we counting only those who are upstanding, responsible members of society because by my observation, I think we have much more than that!

Seriously, I've watched most of the films nominated for an Oscar including "The Fighter" with Wahlberg & Christian Bale and between that film and "Black Swan", I think the realism portrayed in the boxer movie was much more relevant and worthy of something. However, if Don Cheadle played a drug addicted, former star athlete brother to a maladjusted nobody from a industrial neighborhood like say, West Oakland would it garner that much attention from the Academy? (F*in politics...)

And Mr. Tyler Perry with his million dollar, having all the jobs as director, actor and producer in most of his productions couldn't even be mentioned for even trying to portray a movie about the struggles of Black Women? Oh, that's right, since it was "For Colored Girls", the rest of the population, including the Academy didn't see it. "Fried Green Tomatoes" dealt with some abusive themes and it was nominated. (F*in politics)

So I ask, where are the Spike Lees, the Lee Daniels, the John Singletons and the Van Peebles of the world (as long as he doesn't do another Boyz in the Hood) of the 12% population of Black directors? I'm sure one of us can produce something Oscar worthy and relevant to us and the rest of the world.

But will we care?


  1. If it's mainstream, it's "unrealistic" (Tyler Perry portraying successful, ahem, people). And if it's independent, it gets no play at all. I wonder if these guys get awards at Cannes, Sundance and whatnot...? And if those might be more valuable anyway. You DO remember the last time black actors won Oscars it was for portraying a badly acted abusive mother and a corrupt cop, right? I'll pass.

  2. hmmm...i remember and this too shall pass. LOL