Jacquie Taliaferro, LaHitz Media CEO
E-News January 25, 2016
ACADEMY WHITEOUT CAUSES OSCARS BLACKOUT
Without even a mention of an Oscar for Black actors in "Concussion," "Creed" (Sylvester Stallone is nominated while Michael B. Jordon is passed over and also overlooked, the Black film director & writer of "Creed" Ryan Coogler of "Oaktown"-no nomination for the director who also made the critically acclaimed "Fruitvale-Wow!); "Straight Outta Compton;" "Beasts of No Nation;" "Chi-Raq;" to name a few, will Hollywood continue to act like the "Soup Nazi of Seinfeld!" "No Soup," rather "No Oscar for you, today!" Will Hollywood own up to its lack of diversity? KTVU carried the story on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
Jada Pinkett Smith one of the first to call for the Boycott of Oscars 2016 made her announcement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18,2016.San Francisco film industry experts gave their insights.What others are sayin'....Don't just wait til the Oscars to complain:Whoopi Goldberg says she's not boycotting...Spike Lee Quote Dr. King As He Declines to Attend to Accept His Honorary Oscar..."There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right."Actress, Dancer, Director, Debbie Allen supports Jada Pinkett Smith and during an interview with "The Hollywood Reporter" says people should do what they feel and shared examples of unconscious bias in working on Amistad with Steven Spielberg.Charlotte Rampling, Nominated for "45 Years," told a French Radio Station that the boycott "was racist to white people." and..."We can never know if it was really the case, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to be in the final straight." Rampling regrets her remarks.Don Cheadle,at Sundance talking about his direction debut for "Miles Ahead," chimes in to support Chris Rock, anchoring the February 28, 2016 Oscars. Chris Rock reportedly will adjust his monologue to address the boycott controversy. That's nothing new for Rock who opened his remarks during the UPN Network & WB merge to the CW in 2006 with "All I see is White people," garnering him nervous laughter from the internal audience gathered in LA to find out about the changes. Rock's "Everybody Hates Chris" was one of very few surviving Black shows from the previous networks that had built their brand on Black audiences.Ben Carson, Presidential Candidate..."But at the end of the day, the American people have far more important concerns than a few Hollywood elites handing themselves awards."First Aunt Viv on "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" TV Show that launched Will Smith's career, Janet Hubert...We got bigger sh_ to worry about than the Oscars.As an added note... to those who say "it's only Hollywood," keep in mind that at the end of the day, Hollywood generates millions of images everyday that impact millions of decisions financially and socially, whether you get that loan or a Black child is shot dead in less than two (2) seconds by police without a thought. Dr. Jerry Kang of UCLA, explained years ago "In Trojan Horses of Race " the power of images. Images can help create bias."These implicit biases "have been demonstrated to have real-world consequence - in how we interpret actions, perform on exams, interact with others, and even shoot a gun."Lighter Film News
SF Filmmaker Jacquie Taliaferro talks with San Francisco Carnaval's Director Roberto Hernandez and KBLX' Big Russ and CJ Flash of the "World Famous Rick and Russ Show with CJ Flash" about "Ride Along 2" moments after they viewed the film starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart with San Francisco's own Benjamin Bratt at the Metreon Entertainment Complex. (click image for video courtesy of Kali O'ray.)
MLK DAY IN SAN FRANCISCOTHE SERIOUS ISSUE OF HOUSING SPAWNS PROTESTSTHE LIGHT MOMENTS OF MLK DAY GENERATES LIBATIONS & BOOKS, Art & MORE
Nalo Hopkinson, one of many writers and artists at the Black Comix Festival Featured @ MLK Day at Yerba Buena Gardens.VIDEOS By Ken Johnson