Reality Check: Trayvon Martin Inspires!

Reality Check: Trayvon Martin Inspires!

As we watch the rising coverage of the tragic murder of young Trayvon Martin, what better way for you as an artist to express your outrage, than to bring to life projects that build on this reality, to illuminate the masses. So, get up off that couch and get busy!

Is there a Black filmmaker out there gathering footage to make a documentary? Hope so. Cause you know someone else will – and they’ll get awards and recognition right, left and center.

You open with that clip of the President saying “my son would look like Trayvon” and you go from there.

Note that this took place in a solid middle-class enclave, not the hood. So start writing those scripts set in picturesque communities, where hard-working Black folks live with the hope that their young sons can survive in relative safety. If they’re lucky.

The irony that Trayvon does in fact look like a young Obama should not be lost in the barrage of facts. Hoodie notwithstanding, this young man was not a gangsta – although they may try to paint him as a thug before this is all over. Let him serve as a model for some of the characters you feature in your scripts – nice-looking, clean-cut, with nary a criminal streak. Just another teenager with a girlfriend and his dreams.

And have you seen the young sistah who is the family’s attorney? Direct, intelligent, succinct and super-model fine! Step up your narrative prowess and people your films, TV scripts and webseries with that kind of decency. Give the gold-diggers and whores as lead characters a rest.

Most impressive is the great dignity displayed by Trayvon’s family, in the midst of their grieving. We see a mother and a father – a very handsome couple – together, as a unit, speaking eloquently about the facts as they know it. Gently but insistently asking for justice. No big bawling, no falling on the floor – their well-groomed, finely articulated presence speaks volumes.

Run, write and film that!

Cause tomorrow it could be you.

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Carol Speed

When President John Charles Fremont and the original Black Repblicans were assassinated in Washington, D.C. after President Fremont won his second term, Abraham Lincoln, who never won an election, was placed in President Fremont's second term, the genocide in America truly started. Trayvon Martin is just part of the genocide of black people in the Americas.

Yoshi

I can't get passed the classism and Talented Tenth tone of this article. Trayvon's murder would be deserving of artistic tributes whether his family was middle class or if they were on welfare. "American Violet" is a great example of such a tribute regardless of the protagonist's class status.

I also agree with Boomslang. It's way too early to even begin trying to write a story based upon Trayvon's murder. It takes time and serious reflection to create a story able to maintain the weight of such an event. "Beloved" wasn't written overnight as soon as Toni Morrison learned about slavery.

VLAD

Hey Guys, I have been moved to see how we have nationally responded to the 'Travon Martin' Tragedy and tonight I would like to continue the national discussion as my episode of 'The Good Wife' tackles the same issue when someone from our community have been wrongfully murdered. Tune in at 9pm on CBS tonight and watch a preview video for episode below! Thank You God for letting me be a part of a socially relevant episode!

http://www.cbs.com/shows/the_good_wife/video/2214484850/the-good-wife-preview-blue-ribbon-panel

onyx

My initial reaction was to look at how literature, movies and real life events intersect to continue pushing the stereotype of the black male as someone to be feared, even by black females.

http://acriticalreviewofthehelp.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/i-am-trayvon-stop-stereotyping-black-males/

BIGBLACK

BIGBLACK is already on it. I am 60% into a new screenplay, action-drama, based on the senseless killing of Trayvon. Stay tuned. Stay tuned.

Simone

Raph Ellison 60 year ago, wrote invisible man, and he explained the difficult to be a black man in the world, the book called the evil by his mane. Mr Ellison book express very well what was happened to Trayvon, I advice people to read the book, invisible man, people refuse to see him and consider him like man. Please justice for Trayvon. quote taken from invisible man "I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids — and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination — indeed, everything and anything except me. Nor is my invisibility exactly a matter of a bio-chemical accident to my epidermis. That invisibility to which I refer occurs because of a peculiar disposition of the eyes of those with whom I come in contact. A matter of the construction of their inner eyes, those eyes with which they look through their physical eyes upon reality." I think Invisible man could be adapted to become a movie.

Kim

well put

Ghost

Well BET has already started with a special on this set for Monday. And you already know some white filmmaker has already started his research. I wouldn't put it pass Lifetime, Degrassi, Glee, CSI, Law & Order or some TNT show to already have a "ripped from the headlines" story set up for this.

Boomslang

Not sure whether we need a scripted docu about this just yet if at all . Black filmakers need fresh idea and concepts. The boy has not been buried yet. This is a disgrace. And Trayvon looks like Obama ? um.. really ? . That's like saying Oprah looks like Halle Berry .

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