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Join Us Today! S&A Livecast Season 2, Episode 10 (Career Comebacks and Choices)

Join Us Today! S&A Livecast Season 2, Episode 10 (Career Comebacks and Choices)

So guess what today is? Another great live podcast with the S&A Crew! Come chat with us Wednesday at 8:00pm/est about great black cinema news. So what’s on tap you ask? Careers…comebacks and choices!

Is Django Unchained a good fit for Jamie Fox and will it be the ultimate comeback role if he gets it?
-Can Dark Tide put Halle Berry back on the map?
-Has Idris Elba made smart career moves and can he really become America’s new leading man?

Don’t forget to call in or you can log into the chatroom. As usual, you can listen or download the podcast after the show and then come back and tell us what you think…good or bad. Go HERE.

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Heck if I had known you were going to bring up this topic I would’ve showed up last night. I need to check in more often. Once I find the time to listen to the show I’ll see if there’s anything I’d like to add.

I have to confess I know exactly why Life popped into my mind with regards to the slavery movie – just didn’t want to think about it too much at the time. But both these films deal with background issues which are absolutely NOT FUNNY particularly to black folks. Two black guys with futures in front of them get sent to prison for life over crimes they never committed, spending every minute of that movie to get out but they inevitably die there decades and decades later having missed out on the integration of MLB, Malcolm and MLK, James Brown I’m Black and I’m Proud, the first black astronauts in space all while watching their fellow inmates die off one by one and suffering daily from the racist mindset of the warden and guards (although even they get a little humanized on the way). Who the heck would take those circumstances and put it into comedy form esp. since we know that ish really happened… and still happens? Thank God for DNA testing – provided evidence was preserved. And yet, that movie cracked me up. Someone mentioned Blazing Saddles and again – unfunny circumstances which produced hilarious results. It can be done if done the right way – and if WE do it. Heaven knows we’ve made slavery jokes for how long w/o blacks getting bent out of shape -whether it’s a skit on the Chappelle Show or that house negro scene in Hollywood Shuffle. At heart, it’s not the circumstances [ i.e., slavery, Jim Crow, or yep even the 9/11 attacks] that are comedic but the reactions and thought patterns of the characters going through those circumstances in light of what we know and experience today. Is anything off limits? In the right hands, nothing is or should be.

James Madison

Had a blast as usual guys!

Great talking/discussing topics with Monique, Cynthia, Carey and Lue (please forgive me for the spelling)

Thanks for having us all on.


Great show! Too bad I wasn’t able to join in and because of a previous engagement I can’t be on next week’s show either. One day I’ll be back


I am going to post this over here in case it gets lost in the back pages.

Over at the post “Case Depart” the following conversation/comments caught my eye.

JMac said, in short… Okay I’m gonna put myself on the opposite side again and say this film might -MIGHT -be good. Why? The potential character arc of these two men.

Vanessa j. then said:

Slavery… as comedy? Comedy?? Now they want to make it a joke? My we’ve become good little european / americans. You should pray, really hard, this movie never makes it to the U.S. Shame on you. Shame. Encouraging the French to make a joke out of it.

Then Misha said: JMac I agree. There is lots of potential here. Let’s hope it’s not wasted.
I can see the comparison with the movie, Life…a movie I love. But Life was ultimately about Ray and Claude’s friendship. Race/racism was merely the backdrop and I imagine that was intentional by Murphy, who created the storyline. For this film to be effective I think, the writers can’t skirt around the main issue (slavery/racism). In other words, less Murphy and more Dave Chappelle/Richard Pryor…

Then I said: misha, I think Jmac was pointing to the issue of how whites react when the light is shined on them, not the issue of slavery, nor the fact that it’s a sort of “buddy” flick. In the movie “Life” many of the jokes were at the expense of evil white folks. In fact, the whole premise of the movie was based on the injustices of whites in power.
Consequently, I don’t believe the writer will skirt around the main issue (slavery/racism). How could they and why should they, it’s a comedy?

But your comment and Vanessa j’s comment brings up a very interesting issue, that I hope the podcast will address tonight. I am going to call in and see if they will address/discuss the issue of what topics, situations, issues, people and/or places should not be laughed at, mocked and/or made into a comedy?
That discussion leads me to another issue that hit the board this week and in past weeks. That is, what is the significance, payoff and rewards of expanding the black voice in film, by opening the doors on topics that might be a no-no, or disinteresting to the vast majority of black viewers. Several films that hit the board this past week, may fall in the above categories.

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