I know many of you will have to fight the urge to “see themselves represented” on screen but before you plunk down your hard-earned money to see the latest Tyler Perry minstrel show on Friday I’d like to remind you of a few things:
- Black people are operating under mass dysfunction, lies and utterly insane notions of what passes for “black” and “black culture” these days.
- Tyler Perry bulldozed his way onto this project by pushing out a BLACK WOMAN WRITER/DIRECTOR.
Furthermore, Perry doesn’t even like black women! We are simply his cash-cows and as long as we support his projects he can use our money to further denigrate us!
The collective silence and true lack of sisterhood between black women helped facilitate Ntozake Shange’s mental anguish when she originally published For Colored Girls. We could also include Pearl Cleage’s Mad At Miles, Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston and any number of AA women creatives who told it like it is and have warned us time and time again.
IF BLACK WOMEN ARE GOING TO THRIVE WE HAVE TO DRAW A LINE IN THE SAND!
We know this already but we keep going back for more abuse as the denier/liar brigade continues their assault at our attempts to dismantle dysfunction. Look at the insane response from the black woman hating misogynists (both male AND female) who’ve attacked the BWE/BWIR forums, Bill Cosby/President Obama’s attempts at addressing the fatherlessness mass dysfunction and the motley crew of Internet Ike & Ikettes who’ve latched onto tearing down No Wedding No Womb.
That’s all too obvious but what’s worse are those who compromise themselves and want to sacrifice us in the process by accepting mediocrity if not blatant warfare.
You’ve heard the arguments:
“There are so few portrayals of us blah blah blah”.
This is an abdication of any responsibility on our part for not having an infrastructure (esp when so many black stars are making upwards of $20M per picture) AND placing blame with outsiders (blaming white people AGAIN for not “giving”).
Remember Oscar Micheaux? — via Wikipedia:
The advent of the motion picture industry intrigued him as a vehicle to tell his stories. He formed his own movie production company and, in 1919, became the first African-American to make a film. He wrote, directed and produced the silent motion picture, The Homesteader, starring pioneering African-American actress Evelyn Preer, based on his novel of the same name. He used autobiographical elements in The Exile, his first feature film with sound, in which the central character leaves Chicago to buy and operate a ranch in South Dakota. In 1924, his film, Body and Soul, introduced the movie-going public to Paul Robeson.
Given the times, his accomplishments in publishing and film are extraordinary, including being the first African American to produce a film to be shown in “white” movie theaters. In his motion pictures, he moved away from the “Negro stereotypes” being portrayed in film at the time. In his film Within Our Gates, Micheaux attacked the racism depicted in the D.W. Griffith film, The Birth of a Nation.
The Producers Guild of America called him “The most prolific black – if not most prolific independent – filmmaker in American cinema.” During his illustrious career, Oscar Micheaux wrote, produced and directed forty-four feature-length films between 1919 and 1948 and wrote seven novels, one of which was a national bestseller.
“If only whites would do this for us (slavery reparations, etc). It’s because of racism”
Racism isn’t going away anytime soon as long as black engage in self-defeating, predatory, misogynistic, violent, criminal behavior against each other. As long as black males continue to mistreat black women the “white’s man boot” isn’t getting off his back. It’s called karma. Blacks have all the tools and resources at their disposal when and if they decide to thrive – on their own.
“This is a celebration” as if one caveat as the exception opposed to the steady diet of depravity makes it ok.
As Gina stated in her post on why those offering even tentative praise to BET for one program doesn’t undo 30 years of utter evil and foolishness, blacks are far too gullible and willing to settle. Now there’s yet another post stemming from the indoctrinated mind of a black women who should know better suggesting that because a rap artist/criminal admits his lucrative career denigrating black women may have actually caused harm (really?!) that automatically means he’s repentant. Huh? Pedophiles who admit they like raping children are not SORRY about it! They’re just letting you know that they know EXACTLY WHAT THEY’RE DOING. Sociopaths and narcissists do not have the emotional capacity to feel remorse!!
STOP FINANCIALLY SUPPORTING YOUR BLACK-SKINNED (USUALLY MALE) BLACK OPPRESSORS
People complain about the Black In America series which is such an obvious attack on what’s left of the integrity and image of better functioning blacks but they keep going back to watch…and complain. When non-African Americans seek to exploit black pathology for their career gain (yeah I’m talking to YOU Soledad) but deliberately paint a rosy picture for their own ethnic group (compare the Latino in America series) it’s a HIT JOB plain and simple. Yet some of you keep watching!
JUST. SAY. NO.
People (I fell for this one) who watched the BET Awards to see that promised Michael Jackson tribute but got a career criminal rap artist sexualizing his 10-year old daughter while she danced to his song about %&^* multiple random women.
JUST. SAY. NO
Look, I know the idea of seeing Mrs. Huxtable in a major motion picture may cause many of you to cave but remember this: That money you’re spending is lining the pockets of a very damaged man with some serious unresolved issues who regularly trashes black women.
The only reason why he chose to hijack this film is his ego needs to be fed and he covets an Oscar and respectability from whites. Even though Tyler Perry owns his own studio and may or may not be paying his writers their rightful union wages (finding loopholes to steal from blacks while claiming to celebrate blacks) people are confusing a grudging admiration for his work ethic with quality of product. He does nothing beyond the 2010 version of Coon-A-Thon. Hollywood will take his money but they do NOT respect him (Oprah non-withstanding).
Speaking of Oprah, have you noticed how graphic her shows on abuse (particularly sexual abuse) have been? After she gave a one hour commercial to Mo’Nique’s sick brothers and enabling parents to make excuses and deny her abuse last April I was disgusted. Now that it’s her final season she and her producers have spoken explicitly about the physical details of abuse of the guests they feature. There is NO BENEFIT for random strangers to know how someone was raped.
I use this as an example because this is where the line has been crossed between letting go of shame by naming your abuse and stepping forth boldly as a survivor…and a sick fascination with depravity. I’d love to hear from qualified mental health professionals about this.
By the way, I thought I’d also remind folks that Lucifer is equally as resourceful and keeps very busy as well. Being destructive.
I cannot tell anyone else what to do. I can point out that for those black women who want to separate themselves from the pack and the mass delusional thinking supported by a majority of African-Americans would best be served by thinking about the long-term impact of their support.
How are things ever going to change if we keep riding around in circles – making other people rich – while our collective image further slides into the gutter? Why can’t those black women eager for acceptance and affirmation purchase Ntozake Shange’s works directly and buy the DVD from the 1982 production?
Stop Letting Black Males Hijack Our Stories (On Your Dime)!!