As a black person, I’m becoming impressed with the boldness and open-mindedness of Hollywood and brands these days. As the world continues to turn with the endless racism it’s filled with, there’s still opportunities that not only we as black folks can create for ourselves, but others are recognizing the potential and true talent of my brothas and sistahs. I’m not a part of Hollywood, however, I was never oblivious to the fact that the opportunities for black folks were reduced to minuscule levels at best.
BUT…times have changed
Not only in Hollywood but brands such as Sports Illustrated which has recently named Serena Williams as “Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year”.
Primetime television is winning with black women and their leading roles, such as How To Get Away With Murder‘s Viola Davis, Scandal‘s Kerry Washington, and Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson. Let’s not forget Shonda Rhimes who practically takes over ABC on Thursday nights with a lineup of her shows.
The NBC production of The Wiz Live scored big in ratings. The chocolate folks showing the world their talent as everything from LIVE theater actors to costume designers left an impressive mark on my heart. I couldn’t write about Hollywood and all the blackness in it without mentioning Black Girls Rock. This brand/mentoring organization has always been a personal favorite of mine. Founded by Beverly Bonds, this organization beautifully reflects the heart and soul of that ‘black girl’ and her ability to achieve greatness despite a society that tells her she’s not enough. I always look forward to the annual televised celebration, honoring those public and local figures who dedicates their time helping their communities.
Unfortunately, there’s always a slew of white folks who gets all in their feelings when they feel “left out”. They somehow forget about the Hollywood superiority and privileges they’ve had for years.
Let’s talk about Serena being named Sports Illustrated Person for 2015 and how folks cried a river because American Pharoah, a HORSE and Triple Crown winner, was not chosen.
If Sports Illustrated looked for a Sports ANIMAL of The Year, I’m sure American Pharoah would’ve got the cover but Sports Illustrated didn’t want a fuckin’ animal! Nothing exemplifies white folks’ tantrums so effortlessly than the reaction of Serena winning over a horse. That’ so 2015 of y’all.
When J.K. Rowling, the mastermind behind The Harry Potter franchise, introduced a black actress to portray “Hermione Granger” for an upcoming stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, there was mixed reaction.
The adult versions of the characters will be played by 36-year-old Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley), and 45-year-old Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger).
Who could forget about the pools of white tears shed about The Wiz Live because no white folks were in it?
Did these people NOT grow up with The Wizard of Oz?
First Lady Michelle Obama was criticized for attending The Black Girls Rock celebration. Black GirlsRock is all about empowering and mentoring young girls of color. Why wouldn’t Mrs. Obama be invited? “Others” aren’t looking into that, unfortunately. They see the word “black” and immediately get offended! First and foremost, what our white friends don’t seem to understand is that when we say ‘black girls rock’, we’re not saying y’all don’t! White women and girls have been “rocking” for fuckin’ centuries! Let us black women and girls have our opportunity to shine in a world that tells us we don’t! We need a black girls rock movement because it reminds us that we can do and be whatever we choose to be while proving society’s perception about us as WRONG. Mrs. Obama was invited and participated because as The First Lady, she is A BLACK GIRL WHO ROCK!
Dear white people,
Uplifting women of color is not a bad thing
An all star cast of The Wiz that are all black is not a bad thing
Serena Williams winning over a horse as Sportsperson of the year is not a bad thing
A Harry Potter character portrayed by a black woman is not a bad thing.
I’m going to need my white friends to get out of their feelings. Stop acting like y’all watch television, watch movies, watch the news, read magazines and NOT see the negative and discouraging images of people of color. Yes! WE NEED Shonda Rhimes and her leading black actresses. Yes! We need The Wiz Live to be all black (as they have been since the 70s), because y’all have The Wizard of Oz! Little girls and boys of color need to see positive and colorful images of people who look like them! While y’all continue to cry pools of tears over the most bulliest of bullshit, keep in mind the lack of fucks we’ll continue to have, as we come up in the game. Truth be told…there’s enough room for anyone and everyone to share their talent, individuality, and positivity in this world. As long as we’re not degrading or hurting others, it shouldn’t matter what color a person is. The sooner EVERYONE realizes that, the better.
Us black folks are just proud people. Especially when we’re given grand opportunities to show the world what we can do. When we celebrate, we celebrate HARD, even in the form of social media. We don’t need our white friends spoiling the celebration with their social media tantrums. Y’all get more than enough attention and have been for years.
Ponder that shit