The actors are out there, it’s also the films that are lacking. When Sidney, Denzel, James Earl were doing it, their performances became bigger than the roles - they were representing the race, reflecting our struggles, hopes and dreams on the big screen - we put ourselves in their shoes. We wanted to be them. We NEEDED to see them.
Halle did it in Dorothy Dandrige, Angela Bassett did it as Tina, Cuba did it in Boyz N The Hood; It’s talent meeting the right roles and stories we can believe in.
I’m a filmmaker. We gotta step our game up and make those memorable movies again.
On the same token, audiences need to want to see those stories.
The Great Debaters was one of my favorite films (Denzel was in it) but a lot of young talented black actors were there and not many people came to see that film. It was an inspirational film.
Red Tails is coming out this January with a slew of new actors and familiar faces as well. Do you know if folks are checking for Red Tails? They should be! Pariah is opening this week, new director and new talent too. I need to check it out.
There’s more to be said, but thanks for posting this man! Keep up the good work on tumblr and the music front!
Without naming a rapper/entertainer, can you list 5 black actors age 35 or younger? Maybe you can. I know I couldn’t off the top of my head. Who is going to to be the next Denzel, Forest, Jeffrey Wright*, Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman, and so on**? Denzel was the progression of James Earl Jones and…
“I don’t know if ‘Native Son’ is a good book or a bad book. And I don’t know if the book I’m working on now will be a good book or a bad book. And I really don’t care. The mere writing of it will be more fun and a deeper satisfaction than any praise or blame from anybody.”—Richard Wright, How ‘Bigger’ Was Born (via doctorcolossus)
“That’s the whole secret, is if you hire great people and you don’t mess them up with a lot of analysis and conversation and speculation and nonsense—if you just get out of their way and shut up, they give you the performance that has made them the great performer that they are.”—Woody Allen on directing actors