Long time readers of S&A will already be familiar with the below video clip of a very frank Sam Greenlee (The Spook Who Sat By The Door) dishing on the state of “black cinema”.
As some of you know by now, I post this once a year, usually right around Oscar time; and I’m posting it again this year, for those who haven’t seen it, as well as a reminder for those who already have.
I could post this every year quite frankly, and it STILL would be topical (which is quite sad) next year, the year after that, and so on… until something drastic happens to bring about real change, that is.
It fits nicely into the myriad of conversations we’ve had on S&A, and continue to have, everyday, every week, every month about (broadly-speaking) the amount of progress that black people have made in this industry that’s a century old.
So while we continue to debate the lack of a varied, diverse representation of black people on TV, film, and at the Oscars tonight, consider Mr Greenlee’s words.
I also can’t say it enough: with the same passion and enthusiasm that you criticize those depictions you don’t like, support those that you do.