They said what????
I am concerned with the level of scrutiny that is being said in the public media. I completely believe that people are responsible for their words and that we have a right to question what we hear in a public forum. I think its laughable when people feel a personal affront for what is posted on a Facebook wall or get a reply to their tweet. Social media is an open forum and people are allowed and encouraged to respond to anything that is available for public view or consumption. A photo I posted from a rally in November provoked someone to call me a stupid c*nt. Not my favorite reply tweet but they have the right to post it and have a response. Now of course, I then had the right to block this person from any other contact. It's all fair in love and war. What makes me uncomfortable is the attack mode that is happening when someone says or responds in a way which people don't approve. I posted on my Face book about Patricia Arquette's Oscar speech. Though I understood the sentiment, the actual wording I found a little problematic, it spurred discussion which I really loved. I am not looking to get Patricia Arquette wiped off the face of performance but I thought it was a possible moment of discussion about feminism and inclusion. There are people that make me really upset like McConnell, the Koch Bros and everyone knows about Murdoch. If I was spurred to write an angry note or feel a sense of righteousness it would be sent to them with a bow on top. Now the latest, fire on social media is a comment on Fashion Police that is now exploding on the internet. I am not as disturbed by the comment as others but that doesn't mean it isn't worth a discussion about what is appropriate but I wish that the concern that we have over the comments of the absurd like a Fashion Police was vented onto the comments of the truly entitled . That Sean Penn's comment in response to a director he has actually worked with and have a private relationship is not the same as the antics of Rick Perry who determines peoples economic progress in the state. To put these in their proper perspective and not elevate it to the place of critical. Yes, there is money and popular influence but it can't change policy, it wont be on the desk of the Supreme Court. I just hope all of is, myself included don't get roped into the okey-doke and the media machine. Lets all put the energy toward people who's remarks can affect countries, incomes our personal choices. Lets tweet in defense of human dignity and personal responsibility . #socialmedia #activism #oscars2015 #blacklivesmatter
SELMA -THE MOVIE
I have to admit, when I went to see the movie, I was not thrilled that all the major leads in this film was British. It hurt to think that we aren't capable of portraying our lives? I couldn't understand, there is no story more American than the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. King is such an explosive, complex. blindingly intelligent, fallible human being, who would not want the honor of that role? I was heartened by the fact that Ava Duvernay was the director ,who's work I fell inlove with in the Middle of Nowwhere. She is the kind of director I hope to work with in the future. I am a fan of quiet storytelling. I love to have the opportunity to have full moments of expression in a film, to just be present in the emotions without the distraction of comment. Your director has to really trust you and you have to really trust they wont let you stand out there alone. Its a beautiful communication when it happens.
As all this was processing in my nuggin, I was also quite excited. I hadn't felt this sort of anticipation since "Precious". I was aware of the beauty of the photography, the slow unraveling and the threat of violence in every moment. There were moments that didn't work for me, specifically Malcom. I don't know why we can't seem to get a comfortable balance on the two of them but that's another post. Though you were able to see women at the table, more than usual in this bio pics their presence was still sideline. The moments that did work for me completely overwhelmed the moments of disappointments. As an person active in the fight for a just world, you can become tired, disillusioned and just disinterested. There is no financial compensation and sometimes it feels you have a spoon against the mighty ocean of greed. What I loved most about this film it inspired me. I left so clear why this work must not stop, a legacy that I am intertwined with that I have an obligation to continue. I felt proud of the work and could only hope to make a difference on any level. It made me love Dr. Kin g even more , if that is even possible and admire the people who put their lives on line for gratitude they would probably never receive. There was lovely shots, incredible performances and all the rest but it was the spirit that moved me. This was a project of love, it had to be. You can't take such an iconic moment in history, a man that at this point ,is damn near a mythological figure and make him human, accessible while being devoid of histrionic emotions. It was almost completely shut out of the Oscars except for Song.(which is beyond ironic) and Best Picture but with 10 nominees that loses its impact. In time, it will be an achievement, this is a film that will be shown in schools, become a mandatory viewing in Feb and will have a long life. Duvernay has a very bright road ahead of her and this will be one of the lights on her yellow road. #selmathemovie #selma #mlk #blackhistory #oscars2015 #acting #blackwomen
An Actor/Director sharing her thoughts on creativity in this crazy metropolis, New Yawk Citay.