The world has endorsed Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, with both word of mouth and millions of dollars. But you know the rules, there’s no such thing as a work of art that’s above criticism.
If you thought that Dave Chappelle was living it up in a deluxe penthouse in New York City you wouldn’t be further from the truth. The comedy star and his family actually live a mostly quiet life on a farm in a town called Yellow Springs, Ohio.
However, despite living in a village of less than 4,000 people, Chappelle still can’t escape police violence and chose to speak out on it at a recent town hall meeting.
State violence does not only show up as false arrests and physical harm. State violence is also the unwillingness of the State to rehabilitate those that are impacted by it’s terrorizing reach.
For those who aren’t as deep into the nerd space as others, Netflix is preparing to release a new Marvel series later this month based on the character of Iron Fist. According to the source material, Iron Fist is about a young man named Danny Rand who travels to a fictional Asian country, learns their sacred martial arts and somehow becomes the best at them, then comes back to the United States to fight evil and corruption.
So, what’s the problem here? Well, Danny Rand is white and that doesn’t sit well with a lot of fans.
Chance the Rapper, a proud product of Chicago Public Schools, was noticeably flustered this past Friday after meeting with Ill. Governor Bruce Rauner regarding funding for the school system.
Some people don’t like it when politics makes an appearance in entertainment, as if politics doesn’t affect every aspect of day-to-day life. Don Cheadle likely pissed a lot of them off recently after he shared his opinions on President Donald Trump and didn’t hold any punches.
When Casey Affleck won the Oscar for his work in Manchester by the Sea last Sunday, many once again pointed out the racial double standard on sexual violence. If you recall, Nate Parker’s Oscar aspirations for his film The Birth of a Nation, initially regarded as a strong awards contender, were swiftly derailed when rape allegations against him from years ago resurfaced. Despite very similar past allegations, Affleck had no dim to his shine through his successful Oscar campaign. Similarly, the downfall of Bill Cosby, when contrasted with the continued success of Woody Allen, illuminates the ways in which anti-Blackness engenders a far more lenient response to sexual violence at the hands of white men compared to their Black counterparts.
Many predicted that this year’s Academy Awards would go to great lengths to celebrate diversity after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy came to a head last year. Fortunately, this year saw a surplus of quality content starring Black actors and actresses for the Academy to choose from.
As a result, Black Hollywood was celebrated in front of the entire world last night.
SPOILERS AHEAD! Don’t @ me.
Over the weekend, Jordan Peele’s thriller Get Out scared audiences all over the nation with that age old American horror: anti-Black racism. The premise is simple enough: a white girl, Rose, brings home her Black boyfriend, Chris, to meet her parents in a wealthy, white suburb in upstate New York.
With the amount of talk on Twitter already, it looks like Netflix may have the next big cultural touchstone on its hands.