Was I Right about the NAACP Image Awards?

Alright, alright, alright now.

I think I want to offer a formal congratulation to everyone who won and was nominated for an NAACP Image Awards. It is super important that African Americans are honored for the work they do on and off the screen, and I am happy that there is at least one day where an award show is quality enough to be for us, by us. With that said, I have mixed feelings about the award show.

Misty Copeland’s Documentary Set to Air on Feburary 8th

On February 8th, BBC will air a documentary about the life of Misty Copeland, the first Black principal ballerina in the American Ballet Theater.  

While growing up, most children are told that they can be anything that they want. As a child, I went from wanting to be president to a lawyer in the span of an hour. However, as I got older, I realized that as a Black girl, society believes that you don’t belong in certain roles. As a young woman of color this can be disheartening and isolating. When there are no role models, who are you able to look up to?   

First Trailer Released For Miles Davis Biopic ‘Miles Ahead,’ Starring Don Cheadle

For a decade, Don Cheadle has been tied to the Miles Davis biopic entitled Miles Ahead. Ever since he was chosen to play the famous jazz musician in 2006, Davis has worked tirelessly to bring the beautiful, complex image he crafted in his mind onto the big screen. It even led to him becoming the film’s director.

Slavery Stories Can Be Great But We’re Rarely the Ones Telling Them

Nate Parker broke records last week when his Nat Turner slave revolt film Birth of a Nation was picked up by Fox Searchlight for $17.5 billion. While this is exciting news, Parker’s success isn’t the benchmark for movies in this genre nor is it a logical signal to Hollywood to make more slavery era movies.

The news about Birth of a Nation came at a time when the debate surrounding the recent Oscars nominations and the blatant absence of any Black actors and actresses was at a fever pitch. The lack of recognition for these entertainers has been said to be linked to the fact that Black actors and actresses too often are only awarded for playing stereotypical roles like maids, butlers, slaves, and civil rights leaders.

Snoop Dogg Sits Down To Meet With Mayor Of Flint About Water Crisis

While wearing a shirt that read “FLINT LIVES MATTER,” Snoop Dogg met with Mayor Karen Weaver during a water drive this past weekend to discuss the current water crisis. While Snoop is one of many celebrities to join the movement and donated water and funds, not many have taken the time to sit down and talk to officials.

The Diversity of the SAG Awards Brought Out the Racism of #SAGsSoBlack

This article was originally posted on Water Cooler Convos.

It’s always funny to me how racists come out of the woodwork whenever they think they have the least  bit of coverage or validity in their bigoted views. And when numerous actors of color were awarded at this past weekend’s SAG Awards, they saw it as their opportunity to strike back at #OscarsSoWhite. If they had the ability to logically form an argument, they would have seen that the wins at the award ceremony only elucidated the Oscars’ race problem.