Is there such a thing as ‘Black Hollywood’? If not should there be?
*Just a side note. It’s funny how as I am writing this ABC News is doing a piece about actor Alec Baldwin being loud as hell and disrespectful on an American airline flight delaying take off and just being ignorant. Typical, that fool always acting crazy and yet he still gets work. Anywho…
…..what does that have to do with Black Hollywood? Recently Chris Rock sat down with Alec Baldwin for his show and answered a couple of questions. What caught my eye was Chris Rock saying this:
‘99% of the time when you hand somebody a script they pick a person in the movie that they identify with…When you hand somebody a black script they don’t relate to anybody in it.’source: http://www.theroot.com, 2011
I kind of agree with him as far as that script situation goes. If you peep out the tv shows and movies prodominantly black casted what do you see? What is the common denominator? In my opinion it’s stereotypical of how blacks act. It’s cool for sometimes to have a funny stereotype but to make it the whole concept of the show it’s a guarantee that the show will not pop off for a long time.
Please don’t get it twisted, I’m not hinting that we need to sell out what I am saying is that we need to step out of our comfortable zone box and challenge ourselves. Not all black people lived in the hood, sold drugs, was in a gang, carries guns in their purses or cannot speak anything other than ebonics.
Unfortunately it’s a hell of a lot harder to pitch an ‘urban’ movie, tv show or a novel for that matter. By now we should be elevated to a higher level. But with that being said should we have a ‘secret society’ type club just for Black actors/actresses? Would that be too offensive to the black actors already in the game? I would love to hear your opinions.
Peace & luv!
- Atlanta Poised to Become the Black Hollywood (onebluestocking.wordpress.com)