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I live in a constant state of early 90s.
When college rock was good, and black people were still on TV.

     Oscar-nominated Black actresses still can’t find work.

But Kristen Stewart, by her own admission, can snap her fingers and get a role.

I’ve seen a collection of photos from shady-heaux floating around tumblr leading off with Viola Davis.

It needed a video.  It needed this scene from Doubt where Viola Davis gives the performance of the century so far and makes Meryl Streep look like an amateur.  I can’t watch this scene without tearing up every single time because Viola takes acting to a place where Kristen Stewart can only pray to catch a corner of one day.

The fact that any woman can do THAT and still have to beg for scenes in a movie “opposite so-and-so” after two Oscar nominations is all you need to know about what it’s like to be Black in Hollywood.

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12:40 pm  •  15 September 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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     The Oscar nominations came out.

They’re here.  And they’re boring.  So they don’t deserve a whole post.  But:

  • Now I have to use both Jonah Hill and Bridesdmaids in the same breath as Oscar nomination?  Oh…….ohkay then….
  • I love Octavia Spencer.  I want her to be in every movie.
  • I feel a little warm in the heart for Madonna that something she’s attached so personally to is nominated for an Oscar, even though it’s just costume design.
  • Is it sad that I’m probably only going to watch to see what kind of tribute they put together for the end of Harry Potter?  I mean, they have to do something right?  Right??

Obviously I stopped taking them seriously once Sandra “I Drove A Bus Under the Direction of Keanu Reeves” Bullock won an Oscar.  I can’t believe that was a real thing…

8:18 pm  •  26 January 2012  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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     Watch this video.

Sunday Videos: Trailers from Movies I Need to See This Summer.

The Help (August 12)
Emma Stone, Mike Vogel, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Allison Janney.

Wikipedia:  Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) is an African-American maid who has often talked back to her employers, leading to being fired multiple times and causing her to have difficulty finding work; Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone) is a young white woman who has recently moved back home after graduating from the University of Mississippi [3] to find that her beloved childhood maid has mysteriously disappeared. These three stories intertwine to explain how life in Jackson, Mississippi revolves around “the help”; yet despite the intimate quarters in which whites and blacks live, there is always a certain distance between them because of racial lines.

I love Emma Stone (she’s going to be a huge star) and Viola Davis is amazing (and totally robbed of that Oscar for Doubt).  I’ve never read (or heard of) the book upon which the film is based, but I”ve just learned that it was a surprise sleeper hit of last year around the world.  The movie looks really well done with just the right amount of humor, but I’m always a little apprehensive about watching movies about race relations set in previous time periods.  

And I definitely learned my lesson about seeing those movies with white people.  When Amistad came out, I was dating this white dude and we didn’t speak the entire movie.  Afterwards, I pretty much wanted to punch every caucasian I saw, but at least he had the good sense to say “so…I’ll call you in a few days, okay?”  Apparently there was animosity and hate bouncing all up offame.

So holler if you are a colored person (or brave white soul) who wants to go see this with me.

2:04 pm  •  12 June 2011  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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