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Stacy Who? Joke at Oscars

This one was a shot, probably missed by many in the audience and public, at black conservatives being used as front men in politics and some corporations, the fake “Diversity” efforts of tech firms an the media, and the lack of sincere effort by white dominated industries (including Hollywood).

Slate picked it up for the culturally uncognizant –

Here’s What That Stacey Dash Joke at the Oscars Was All About

At Sunday’s Oscars, Stacey Dash popped onstage with Chris Rock—as the “new director” of the Oscars’ “Minority Outreach Program”—to say one thing: “I cannot wait to help my people out. Happy Black History Month.” If you were left scratching your head, here’s a quick explanation.

It all started in January, when, in response to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, Dashtold Fox & Friends that the BET Awards and Black History Month should be done away with:

Because we have to make up our minds. Either we want to have segregation or integration. If we don’t want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards, where you’re only awarded if you’re black. If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard. 

For her part, Dash has also already issued an explanation of her Oscars moment. From Patheos:

When they added ME to increase the diversity, I’m sure many black people rolled their eyes. I’m not “black enough,” they say. But guess what? I’ve heard that all my life. I would rather be a free thinking, black than a cookie cutter black who thinks—and votes—just like all my friends.

Backstory aside, Dash’s appearance at the Oscars was a joke that, for the most part, those outside the sphere of Black Twitter might not have understood. In some ways, bringing Dash into the fold for a joke the white audience wouldn’t necessarily understand might have been Chris Rock’s biggest coup so far.

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Chris Rock Oscars Monologue

In case you didn’t watch…Here it is…

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2016 in The New Jim Crow, The Post-Racial Life

 

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Nat Turner…”Birth of a Nation”.

Quite frankly, I would hold off on any “Winning the Oscar” predictions for this dramatization of the Nat Turner Rebellion. As any student of American History should know, the Nat Turner Rebellion was one of many acts of defiance and outright rebellion by slaves being held in bondage. Making the Southern Myth of “happy darkies down on the Plantation” utterly bankrupt.

The film has been a major hit at the Sundance Film Festival, whether that will carry through to larger commercial success dealing with this decidedly uncomfortable chapter in American History for the confederate flag waivers…Is yo be seen.

‘Birth of a Nation’: Sundance’s Record-Breaking Remedy to #OscarsSoWhite

Acquired for a Sundance Film Festival record $17.5 million, Nate Parker’s dramatization of Nat Turner’s slave rebellion will be a major Oscar contender in 2017.

Actor-director-producer Nate Parker made history by inking a landmark $17.5 million Sundance deal to sell his slavery drama The Birth of A Nation to Fox Searchlight, starting his 2017 Oscar campaign a full year early. The vibrant and lyrical portrait of the divisive African American hero is an incendiary inquiry into themes of racism and faith that still echo today.

A perfect storm of elements converged to make Parker’s pre-Civil War slavery biopic the most electrifying debut of this year. It began, of course, with the provocative true story of Turner, a slave and preacher turned rebel leader whose violent uprising left 60 white slave-owning men, women, and children slaughtered and has long occupied a morally ambiguous place in American history books.

Then, from Nat to Nate: Parker’s own seven-year quest to bring Turner’s story to the screen—boldly co-opting its title from D.W. Griffiths’s 1915 film, one of American cinema’s most famously racist “classics”—saw him quit acting for a year to finally make it happen after being discouraged time and again. In the end it took a village, as evidenced by end credits naming four production companies, over a dozen exec producers, and special thanks to folks like George Lucas and, curiously enough, Mel Gibson.

And third, the fortuitous confluence of timing that aligned The Birth of a Nation’s world premiere with peak industry fury over racial homogeny at next month’s Academy Awards. This year’s Oscars will be so white, but 2017 now already has its first Best Picture contender of color since 12 Years A Slave—not coincidentally, also about the ugly stain slavery left on America’s past.

As journalists scrambled to ask every marginally famous celebrity about the lack of black Oscar nominees this year in the snowy white-blanketed and predominantly white ski resort town of Park City, Utah, The Birth of a Nation felt all the more urgent and relevant. “If it doesn’t get nominated next year,” I heard a (Caucasian) man joke, cluelessly reaching for the zeitgeist while waiting for a shuttle at Sundance, “there could be an uprising!”

Some might dismiss the film’s hot buzz as merely a byproduct of the diversity crisis in Hollywood—particularly serendipitous timing for a movie directed, co-written, produced by, and starring an African American filmmaker, about the most despicable era for racial injustice in our country’s history. But it’s not so much the series of documented events depicted in The Birth of a Nation that earn it its resonance, as it is the stirring, soulful, and incendiary spirit that courses through its veins, anchored by an utterly extraordinary performance by Parker himself.

The real Turner was a slave and homegrown Baptist preacher famed for spreading the gospel in sermons to other slaves. He reported having religious visions and took a solar anomaly in the skies in August of 1831 as a sign from God to commence his bloody insurrection…Read The Rest Here

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2016 in Black History

 

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Voices From Under a Rock – Stacy Dash

The poor pathetic Auntie Tomisina is so brain damaged it’s absurd. Already having been kicked off the air once, they brought her back from under her rock to attack Jada Pinkett Smith…

Jada’s husband, Will Smith has been nominated and won numerous Best Actor and Film accolades…That is 50 Awards and 95 Nominations.

Jada has won 4 Awards, and has been nominated for 21.

Stacy? One nomination for a Film Award…20 years ago.

Guess Stacy didn’t “earn”…Anything.

 

Stupid!

Stacey Dash rips ‘hypocrite’ Jada Pinkett Smith: Black actors must earn Oscars because ‘segregation’ is over

Fox News contributor Stacey Dash asserted on Wednesday that Jada Pinkett Smith was a “hypocrite” for expecting some black actors to be nominated for an Oscar while the black community was enjoying special privileges like Black History Month and the BET channel.

In a video posted to Facebook earlier this week, Smith revealed that she would not be attending the 88th Academy Awards to protest the fact all of the major nominees were white.

After recently being suspended from Fox News for saying President Barack Obama did not “give a sh*t,” she was back on the network on Wednesday to respond to Smith.

“I think it’s ludicrous,” she opined. “Because we have to make up our minds. Either we want to have segregation or integration. If we don’t want segregation then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the [NAACP] Image Awards, where you are only awarded if you are black.”

“So you say there should not be a BET channel?” Fox News host Steve Doocy wondered.

“No, just like there shouldn’t be a Black History Month,” Dash replied. “You know, we’re Americans. Period. That’s it.”

“Are you saying there shouldn’t be a Black History Month because there isn’t a White History Month?” Doocy pressed.

“Exactly!” Dash insisted.

According to Dash, the real problem was that Hollywood’s support of President Barack Obama had not inspired filmmakers to create more black roles.

“We’ve had a president who is black in office for the past eight years, who gets most of his funding from the liberal elite in Hollywood,” she said. “Yet, there are not very many roles for people of color. How can that be and why is it just now being addressed?”

 

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2016 in Black Conservatives

 

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Jada Pinkett Smith – “Stop Begging…Boycott the Oscars”

Right on point…

Black folks generate between $1.5 trillion to $2.0 trillion of the $17 trillion dollar US economy. If that were a country, it would rank somewhere between 10th and par with Russia and Canada, and larger than Australia, South Korea, pain, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world’s countries.

Beg?

 

10  Russia[n 2] 1,860,598
11  Canada 1,785,387
12  Australia 1,442,722
13  South Korea 1,410,383
14  Spain 1,406,538
15  Mexico 1,291,062
16  Indonesia 888,648
17  Netherlands 880,716
18  Turkey 798,332
19  Saudi Arabia 746,248
 
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Posted by on January 18, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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WhOscars

Have to admit that the two programs I never watch or pay attention to are the Oscars, AKA the Academy Awards, and the Golden Globes (followed by the various Music Awards) or seemingly dozens of award shows where folks with little connection to reality get to gather. The whole thing smacks too much of the recipients patting themselves on the back.

While I, as well as what seems the vast majority of people on earth with access to the product – certainly appreciate the cinematography, art, and quality acting which goes into a good show or movie…The selection process seems like bumbling herds of elephants following along after each other at the behest of the major studios. The cowherd Belles of Tara…Indeed.

The Academy Proves That Oscars Are Only For White People, Again

Oh, you thought non-white actors would get Oscar noms? Good one!

The 2016 Academy Award nominations rolled out Thursday morning and highlighted a roster of acting categories made up entirely of white performers.

And that should bother everyone.

The lack of diversity among Oscar nods has, sadly, become tradition and things don’t seem to be getting any better. In fact, they’re getting worse.

Following in last year’s footsteps, not a single actor of color is up for an award this year. The only films featuring a cast with people of color that are nominated this year are “Straight Outta Compton” for Best Screenplay, “What Happened, Miss Simone” for Best Documentary and “Creed” for Best Supporting Actor — but for these films, only their white contributors were recognized. “The Revenant,” whose director, Alejandro González Iñárritu, is Mexican is also nominated. It bypassed actors like Will Smith, for “Concussion,” Idris Elba in “Beasts Of No Nation,” Samuel L. Jackson in “The Hateful Eight,” and Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler for “Creed,” all of whom have been heavily praised for their performances this year.

Widespread fury erupted last year by people everywhere who flooded social media with #OscarsSoWhite to voice their frustration with the Academy for recognizing so few actors of color. That hashtag, which was created by twitter user @ReignOfApril, has now resurfaced, bubbling up similar expressions of disappointment by the dismal state of diversity among this year’s nods.

The discussion around the lack of representation in film has become a big issueparticularly in the last year. President of the Academy Cherryl Boone-Isaacs, a black woman, said she is well-aware of the poor state of diversity in film and that diversifying the field is important.

“The whole discussion about diversity is a great discussion, because now it’s at the top of everybody’s mind, not just the academy’s,” Isaacs said last year during an Academy reception.

And while widespread change is understandably slow to come, there has been no progress in the last year.

However, Isaacs is far from the only person to be held accountable for the lack of representation and recognition of actors of color. Hollywood executives are are mostly white and mostly male and they have failed to prioritize color-conscious casting in their films.

UClA’s 2015 Hollywood Diversity report highlights that the problem starts at the top, which is dominated by white, male gatekeepers who run the industry’s top three talent agencies and major studios. In 2013, 94 percent of CEOs and/or chairs and 92 percent of senior management in the film industry were white, according to the report.

If these executives don’t start making an active effort to recruit and hire people of color, Hollywood will remain saturated with white performers in films. And that’s not only terrible because it robs the opportunity from talented and deserving actors of color, but because it is a poor representation of the diverse audiences who view them.

A more appropriately toned Trophy

 

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2016 in The Definition of Racism

 

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