Monday, 1 March 2010

I'm Tired Of...

I'm so tired of looking at the world through white people's eyes. A recent birthday celebrated in Black History Month has really brought it home for me, and I'm not only tired, I'm pissed off as well. Can we please mix up our screen images a bit more so that other people are looking at the world through our eyes? It's 2010 and I see a bit of progress, but it's still not enough for me. trey anthony's series, Da Kink In My Hair (based on her very successful play) disappeared from television to be replaced by...NOTHING! Lee Daniel's film, PRECIOUS has been nominated for an Academy Award. Are Black people just supposed to be content with a nomination every once in a while?

White people, surely you must be tired of not seeing images that look like your friends and family on screen? Everybody is worried about the same things these days: jobs, economy, health care, and we all fall in and out of love, and try our best to raise the children right, so how come those universal stories are only shown through white eyes.

I could go on about this, but like I said, I'm tired, and Melvin Van Peebles, has done a great job of deconstructing the image of Blacks on screen in the documentary Classified X. Have a look:



The complete documentary is available in the Toronto Public Library.

2 comments:

九份 said...

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gordgin65 said...

I agree it would be great to see different faces and a different perspective on universal issues. My only concern is will people support such films/tv shows or theatre.