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by Barry Burch Jr.

Could someone call a Black man master for once?  Is it possible to spread the royalty in Hollywood, or is that reserved for Whites only?

Nick Cannon is speaking up about the current state of African-Americans in Hollywood.  He, along with several other Black actors, are tired of movies like “Django Unchained” and “12 Years a Slave.”  Though the common theme seems to be protesting movies like those mentioned here, the views of the protesters vary, as reported by Atlanta Black Star.  Some see the movies as a promotion of white guilt and believe them to be responsible for giving African-Americans the opportunity to play the victim.  Others see the movies as mere reenactments of slavery to which they see no point.

Orville Lloyd Douglas of U.K.’s The Guardian wrote an article titled, “Why I Hate Being Black” which has gained a wide range of criticism.  He offered his opinion on the film “12 Years a Slave,” directed by Steve McQueen.

He wrote, Frankly, why can’t Black people get over slavery?  Or, at least, why doesn’t anyone want to see more contemporary portrayals of Black lives?”

Cannon, though not on the side of contemporary portrayals, does believe there ought to be better representations of black people and he thinks movie studios should dig deeper into black history in order to do so.

He declared on Twitter:

“If I see another d@mn slave movie…AARRRGGHHHH!!!!!  I think they keep making them because they want to keep Black folks on edge!  They don’t want us to get to comfortable!  Yeah we know about Obama…But don’t forget about Toby!”

A little later, Cannon posted a photo of his grandmother with a comment.

“They called this lady a slave, I call her my grandmother’s grandmother.  Why don’t they make movies about our African kings & queens? #OurHistory I would love to see a film about Akhenaton and his beautiful wife Queen Nefertiti! Or Cetewayo, a King who was a war hero. Im about to drive to my office RIGHT NOW and start the development! New Hollywood Trend, Black King and Queen films! Starring Black People!! #NoDisrespectToElizabethTaylor.”

Barry is a scholar, who enjoys writing, arithmetic and politics.  Reach him @ Barryburchjr@gmail.com

 

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