At last night’s Screen Actors’ Guild Awards, Viola Davis took home the award for Best Female Actor in a Drama Series for her performance in How to Get Away With Murder. The show had generated plenty of buzz (not all of it racially sensitive) before it even aired, with one critic referring to Davis as “less classically beautiful” than other people Shonda Rhimes could have cast in the lead role. The win seemed to be particularly gratifying for Davis, who in her acceptance speech turned her focus on the lack of diversity in Hollywood.
“When I tell my daughter stories at night, inevitably, a few things happen,” Davis said. “No. 1, I use my imagination. I always start with life, and then I build from there. And then the other thing that happens is she always says, ‘Mommy, can you put me in the story?’ And you know, it starts from the top up.”
She then went on to thank Rhimes and others for believing that their “mysterious” lead character “could be a 49-year-old, dark-skinned, African-American woman who looks like me.”
Davis’ speech with certainly resonate during this awards season, where all 20 Oscar nominees in the four acting categories are white and the show as a whole has come under fire for its lack of racial awareness.
Spike speaks on race in America, social media’s role in uprisings across the world, and his thoughts on police brutality.
Director Spike Lee on race in America: “If you’re African-American in this country, you know what the deal is.” Fusion’s Jorge Ramos spoke to Lee about his latest documentary “I Can’t Breathe,” problems with the NYPD, race in America and the impact of social media on his projects.What do you think?
After being pretty much a nonexistent voice concerning issues in Black America, Michael Jordan finally comes out and makes a bold statement against Donald Sterling.
via USA TODAY
“I look at this from two perspectives – as a current owner and a former player. As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. I’m confident that Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly. As a former player, I’m completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA – or anywhere else – for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed…. In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level.”
Glenn waxs poetic about what those black people should call themselves when it comes to the 2010 census. Even if he has a point he is still a racist and is in no position to be speaking on the subject due to his past outrageous statements. Sorry Glenn we still hate you!
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Much to do about nothing. Once again Fox made a big deal about the “Barack Hussein Obama” song when none of the actual parents of these kids did. Are they that desperate that they have to manufacture controversy on a daily basis to get rating?
The people who are watch Fox are obviously brain dead racists who will never question their shady tactics. Trust me this is not an endorsement of any of the other networks, but Fox just seems to be out for the blood of President Obama and are willing to do absolutely anything to get it.
Financial services providers that do not attempt to reach African- Americans are missing out on a treasure trove in their midst, asserts a recent Marketing Daily story.
Marketing Daily reports statistics stating that over two million African-American households have incomes of $75,000, and the aggregate income of the most affluent African-Americans is $116 billion. Additionally, the collective purchasing power of African Americans from all income levels is projected to reach $981 billion by 2010.
At the same time, much of the financial services industry has not tapped into this market. Continue reading