Sigh…once again Hollywood don’t love us (black girls). I wonder if Aaliyah’s family had a say. So ya’ll really couldn’t find a brown girl, idc if Zendaya is mixed it’s not recognizable unless someone told you.
Apparently (see link) she will be playing Aaliyah in the upcoming biopic.
The side of Michael Jackson they don’t show you: his ACTUAL RACE.
On 6th February 1984, after winning an unprecedented number of AMA awards Michael spoke to black publication JET magazine about people in his life he was thankful for; Stevie Wonder, who expresses pride of race in his music.
“That’s why I love Stevie Wonder’s album called Songs in The Key of Life… He had a song called Black Man and I just jumped up screaming when I heard that record because he’s showing the world what the Black man has done and what other races have done… He named it Black Man and all these people who have got the album sing it. And that’s the best way to bring about the truth.”
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Rest in Peace Ossie Davis (1917-2005) and Ruby Dee (1922-2014).
"People, I Just Found Out The Loss Of Spiritual Mother, The Late, Great Ruby Dee. I’m Crushed By This Bad News And I Know Ruby Has Already Been Embraced In A Warm Loving Hug From Her Life Partner Of 57 Years, Mr. Ossie Davis.
It Has Been One Of My Great Blessings In Life To Work With Two Of The Finest Artist And Activist. Ruby And Ossie Were In The Battlefields With Paul Robeson, Malcolm X And Dr. Martin Luther King. Ruby And Ossie Served As A Living Example That One Could Be An Artist And A Activist Too,That One Could Be An Artist And Still Deal With What It Means To Be A Black Woman And A Black Man In These United States.
God Bless You Ruby Dee. God Bless You Ossie Davis.
The Both Of You Told Us ‘To Always Do The Right Thing’.”
So I was excited to hear that they were making a Jem and the Holograms movie. This of course is a feature length live action film based on the 80s cartoon that ran from 85’ to 88’. Of course I wasn’t there to catch it’s first syndicated run as I was born three years later (90’s babies whoo!) but I did catch reruns and I loved every minute of the show. Although I thought the Misfits had some of better songs they were
complete bitches lol. The show consisted of four band member Jem (lead singer) who was the alter ego of Jerrica Benton. She gained the persona through a holographic computer named Synergy.
The other band mates were Kimber Benton Jem’s little sister (key board and song writer), Aja Leith (guitar), and Shana Elmsford (synth drums later on bass). Aja and Shana are Asian and African American. They are also the adopted foster sisters and childhood friends of Jerrica and Kimber. They all knew of Jerrica’s alter ego.
As I stated I was excited. Was being the key word b/c I’m all here for films being made to represent girl power and sisterhood. So here is a teaser for the upcoming film directed by Jon M Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation). Also for a clearer look at the stars of the film I added another photo of them out of their character makeup.
Ummmm something about Shana looks… questionable. Yeah I found out the actresses playing her is Aurora Perrineau the daughter of Harold Parrineau (The Best Man, Best Man Holiday, Lost, Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions etc). However she looks more like her mom than her dad and just sticking her in the role because she’s half black is lazy. Really casting people you couldn’t find a black actress?! WAS THERE NO ONE ELSE?! For God’s sake Shana Elmsford had a freaking purple Afro. AN AFRO that braid of $1.99 Kankelon don’t count.
They could have gotten Coco Jones to play he part. She’s the only young dark skinned actress/singer I can think of right now that has a following:
I MEAN COME ON!!!!! I’m really not surprised as Hollywood has a history of white washing (placing white actresses/actors in roles of color or placing lighter actresses/actors of a different ethnicity in roles of color who have darker skin which leads to black face) characters who historically are people of color. This is also the same director who directed a couple of the Step it Up films. Movies about street dancing mind you where the lead characters aren’t even black but play the token sidekicks mmhmm.
I love that people are now being put on notice of this through the spread of anti-white washing campaigns throughout the internet: http://stopwhitewashing.tumblr.com/, http://finite-whitewashing.tumblr.com/, http://korraisnottan.tumblr.com/. These are just some blogs dedicated to spreading the message. You can find countless articles on the subject by googling.
The 80’s show made a valid effort to include women of color. Even when Shana left to pursue a career in fashion they could have easily added another white female character to the group. They decided to bring in a Mexican American female character named Carmen “Raya” Alonso. Having lead characters of color in film and television is just as much need now as it was then and I am sorely disappointed. I’m definitely not taking my niece to see this.
One of my twitter followers said it best when we were discussing this issue:
Disclaimer: This is no shade to Aurora she’s a beautiful girl and maybe she will do well in the role. I just won’t support the film as it participates in the erasure of women of color in film. So it’s not really her fault. It’s the machine behind the movie who are responsible