I have no desire to see 12 YEARS A SLAVE. I'm waiting for a black hollywood that doesn't require you to fill a slave or maid role.
Okay… but in the meantime we’ve been waiting for a film that was from the point of view of an actual enslaved person instead of a sensationalized depiction from the perspective of white people who are trying to appeal to white people. I agree that there needs to be more roles open for black actors, but I’m not looking at the film in terms of race relations in film. I’m looking at it in terms of race relations period. The Help was a mess, The Butler was a mess, Django was a mess, but 12 Years a Slave was a powerful film made by a black man with black actors. Also how often do you hear people complaining, “god not another slave movie” but when a WWII movie comes out over and over again no one says a word. No one is trying to hear or tell the honest story about the events that laid a foundation for the country we live in, because it’s inconvenient for white people. When we do get a chance to remind the American conscious, it is a watered down piece of shit. Not supporting good slave films or civil rights films does absolutely nothing for black folk in the grand scheme of things. All that does is take money out of the pockets of black directors, writers, actors etc. I think we need to look at the bigger picture.
edit: also the story needs to be told and I don’t think you’d want a white man playing Frederick Douglass in the next big movie.
yea but films like these keep Black people in a slave narrative. Black people speak about how our history didn’t begin in slavery, but for all intents and purposes it might as well have being that the only movies that seem to get made about us are tyler perry flicks and slave period pieces, which one might argue one is an extension of the other.
What good is a black director or black actors if the only thing they are allowed to bring to the table are about one of the worst times in black history. A hundred slave movies and not one of them is about a revolt.
12 years a slave is powerful? Really? What power is it giving off? Making white people uncomfortable? If there was power in slave narrative then Black people would have been runnin shit, overtly. Nah B, I aint wit it. Black director, Black actor can we have a flick about Black superheros? A black speculative science fiction movie? A Black movie about AU history. A movie entrenched in metaphysical thinking that hits niggas on a subconscious level, BC to this day niggas still talk about Morpheus in the Matrix. Anything that will allow a nigga to dream. The only power in slave narratives is that it keeps niggas mired in fuckin misery, keeps us grounded in a history of chains and abuse. If that’s anyone’s power that’s definitely white power. Congrats on the individualistic accomplishments by a Black director and Black actors for having a movie produced in White Hollywood, that’s as far as their power goes.
Slave narrative movies do not allow niggas to dream.
I’m all for more inclusive roles for black people in film, but I absolutely disagree that slave narratives only act to make niggas sad. I think there should be variety, but that variety should include slave narratives because that shit was HUGE! Movies need to be made because slavery is pervasive and it isn’t just because people keep making movies about it. You see it in conversations about skin color, with the prison industrial complex, with the justice system. Presenting the slave narrative presents a parallel. I think the narratives allow people to dream of a better future and act on it. Yes we want superheroes and yes we want stories about black writers and inventors and we want out of this world sci-fi because black people are more than just slavery. But we can’t gloss over the fact that that shit happened and it mattered.
Praise GAWD for this. This shows the ongoing debate with the clashing opinions of today’s society. All I’m presuming are from black people of this generation. Just the fact that this stemmed from just a anon is even more of a reason for us to talk about it. After reading both sides (because both sides are equally represented on this thang) it’s easy to see the viewpoint of both. But if a period in time such as slavery is still causing such a debate then aren’t we obligated to talk about the emotions that are igniting these LENGTHY RESPONSES???? I totally agree with the fact that the black representation in Hollywood America has ALWAYS fallen FAR from the bar it should have met. It gets annoying to see the continuation of the production of these crappy ass Madea movies and sappy ass slavery movies. It’s enough to make someone not even want to support it anymore. Which is exactly what white Hollywood would prefer, so that we ACTUALLY STOP MAKING THOSE MOVIES and just shut up so that they can stop being chastised about it. But I also agree that until we are equally represented, what do we have to lose? We’ve already been stripped of so much, an amendment can change the law but what about the heart? Emotion is what drives us as a species, it’s what makes us different. And until we can tap into the emotional realm of those who want us to shut up about the wrong been done to us, we will continue to be the only race in this country who is still reaping the seed planted by a man of a different color, over a hundred years ago. No matter how you look at it, we are STILL suppressed. And something needs to change about that.
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