THE GLORY OF BLACKNESS
Tracee Ellis Ross became the first black woman in 35 years to win a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Comedy or Musical for her role on ABC’s Black-ish; coincidentally her mom won a golden globe at the same age, Diana Ross.
The legendary singer and actor won the Golden Globe for Best New Actress in 1973 for her role in Lady Sings the Blues… “It’s nice at 44,” the younger Ross said during her acceptance speech. “I like it here!”
After 5 nominations, Viola Davis finally wins her first Golden Globes Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for the Movie Fences, it also happens to be the first time a black woman will take the award home in 18 years, amazing feat!
“It's not every day that Hollywood thinks of translating a play to screen,”
In somewhat related news, Donald Glover's Golden Globe Winning Series has been postponed till 2018.
Glover was completely surprised by his double victory, saying, "I was just trying to figure out what kind of whiskey I was going to drink tonight. I was like, "You know, we'll lose and it'll be great."After scoring two Golden Globes wins, the multi-talented actor was speechless. "I'm in shock...There's no words for it. I'm truly excited and happy that I'm being recognized," Glover told E! News.
Atlanta is an American comedy-drama television series created by and starring Donald Glover. The series is about two cousins navigating their way in the Atlanta rap scene in an effort to improve their lives and the lives of their families. The series follows Earn (Donald Glover) during his daily life in Atlanta, Georgia, as he tries to redeem himself in the eyes of his ex-girlfriend (the mother of his daughter), his parents, and his cousin, who raps under the stage name "Paper Boi". Having dropped out of Princeton University, Earn has no money and no home, and so he alternates between staying with his parents and his girlfriend. Once he realizes that his cousin is on the verge of stardom, he desperately seeks to reconnect in order to improve his life and the life of his daughter, Lotti.
The movie won in the same category as everyone's favourite comedy series, Black-ish
Why Hollywood’s Race Seclusion is a Problem
Today, the average child aged 2-5 years, spends 32 hours a week watching tv (read more here)
Now, it should be common knowledge that children pick up a lot of things in their formative years; now if a black or mixed child grows up watching only white casts on every of his favourite tv shows and watch only these cast win movie awards, while he might look like he is just going with the flow and having a good time while at it; it registers somewhere in his head that maybe black actors are no good or not even in existence. To further buttress my point, ever notice how overly excited even you as an adult get when you see a black actor in a movie? Why because something inside of you needs to associate with successful people of your kind as a sort of encouragement and support especially if you are or want to go into that field.
It isn’t even just the lack of nominations in a particularly strong year for actors of colour, because there are just few of them who even make it onto our screens at all; it is Hollywood’s unrepentant lack of representation across all of its films. Have you listened to Dylan Marron’s Every Single Word Tumblr, where he has edited together all the lines spoken by characters of colour in dozens of films from the past 50 years? In the entire Harry Potter film series, nearly 20 hours in total, only six minutes are spoken by characters of colour. Most of that six minutes is taken up by a mini Ian Wright commentating a Quid ditch match. Birdman? Fifty seconds. American Hustle? Forty seconds. Fault in Our Stars? Twenty-eight seconds. Black Swan? Twenty seconds. Frances Ha? Eighteen seconds. Midnight in Paris? Nine seconds. The entire Lord of the Rings trilogy? Forty-seven seconds, but only if you count the orcs as black.
Even when they are eventually cast, say among white actors, they get a stereotypical role; Some truly believe that Hollywood has changed with directors such as Spike Lee and Tyler Perry who cast all African-American films, and who have become such household names paving the way for the rest of the African-American community. Though both directors have significantly different ways of portraying the African American community, the popularity of both directors seems to signify to some that the racial tension in Hollywood has ended. Adding to the movement, Disney introduced the first African-American princess, Tiana, in 2009. People felt that "the color barrier is breaking down in Hollywood". A majority of people may still see the thin line between Hollywood's "new" attitude toward race and their "old" attitude toward race. “The consolidation of a black presence in the movies and television did not signal the arrival of a post racial Hollywood any more than the election of Barack Obama in 2008 spelled the end of America’s 400-year-old racial drama.
Now I’m not here to say black actors should get more awards, if they do deserve it, please by all means! I’m only saying there should be no racial segregation in movies, the future of this industry certainly lies on inclusion of all races.