Saturday, March 22, 2008

Spectrum

Barack Obama gave a first-rate speech in which he analyzed the current state of race relations in America. He did what very few other politicians would have done: he spoke to us as grown-ups.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the scale, we have the state of Black Cinema. The New York Daily News reports, "Tyler Perry's 'Meet The Browns' is a bit of a letdown". No kiddin'?

What is it about the fetish of black comedians donning the guise of fat women? Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, and Tyler Perry have all done so in the past few years. Clowns.

If it's not such hilarious fare, then it's gritty urban violent hip-hop gang-banger movies or "be somebody" competition films where there's a showdown dance-off, drum-off, skate-off or the like.

Can we have a movie made by a black director and/or black stars that isn't primarily about Blackness? Forest Whitaker can't do everything...

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