Hidden Colors Documentary – Free Public Viewing (NBUF)
Saturday, August 13 · 4:00pm – 7:00pm
7717 West Good Hope Road , Milwaukee, WI
NBUF (National Black United Front) and Alkebulan Village Society will sponsor the public viewing of the dynamic documentary Hidden Colors. This event will be free to the public, food and drinks available.
Hidden Colors is a groundbreaking documentary about the real and untold history of people of color around the globe. This film will discuss some of the reasons why the contributions of African and aboriginal people have been left out of the pages of history. The film makers traveled around the country talking to scholars, historians, and social commentators who uncovered such amazing facts about things such as:
- The original image of Christ
- The true story about the Moors
- The original people of Asia
- The great West African Empires
- The presence of Africans in America before Columbus
- The real reason slavery was ended
and much more…
Hidden Colors is executive produced by New York Times bestselling author/radio host Tariq Nasheed.
Please come out and support this event.
Vendors welcome – for more information call 414-248-4922
“Are We There Yet?”
Black TV: Cosby vs. Madea, Are You Still Tuned Into Vaudeville Buffoonery?
If someone would have told me in 1980-something that Icecube would be a Disney type star, TV producer and all around Hollywood celebrity, I would have laughed and told them to go straight to Compton with that old bullish….
So fast-forward it’s 2011…Icecube is a Hollywood star, Disney movie maker, TV producer, still making rap albums (although lacking compared to old Cube, in my opinion). His new show is called “Are We There Yet?” and it features a sound cast but a weak script. Ice plays a stereotypical thug-like character that does have military training. And the show, well, I found it Tyler Perryish and that ain’t good!
Tyler Perry found his nitch early on. People, particularly black women loved the combination of funny kinfolk we could relate to, good music, and Gospel themes in his plays. He used common dilemmas of black women and men to fuse his worldwide take over, then the bubble burst. With the help of Queen Oprah, Perry got greedy off the buffoonery of his characters and we began to see Maybelline “Madea” Johnson everywhere. The translation to the rest of the world got lost on “Madea” and her antics and left us to explain why she was part of a larger piece of black Americana. Do you think they got that part?
This latest TV offering had me wondering “is Black TV there yet?”
If you would have asked me last year with the oversaturation of Tyler Perry productions, I would have said HELL NO! But these past few months I have noticed that BET and TV1 are making major headway in offering shows that are not the typical step-and-fetch negros, shucking and jiving around for laughs.
I was very moved by the KC and Jo-Jo’s “Come Clean” reality show. I am looking forward to the return of “The Game” even though the CW ditched it, it is very good! I also like Monique’s night time talk show. Though she can be a bit over the top! Monique’s guests are not the over circulated stars we see on all the other night time outlets. We are treated to good music from historical icons and current major players or up and coming’s from the celebrity world. Even Martin Lawrence is returning to TV on the TV 1 Network with Tatyana Ali in “Love That Girl.” TV1 also premiered last season the series “Unsung” which showcased artists who you really wanted to get to know, or wondered whatever happened to?
I am glad to see that Bill Cosby’s show was not the last of great black performance and entertainment. Now that BET has been taken over, we can see noticeable improvements to the network lineup that broaden the audience base from the teens and that “rap/hip hop” mess or whatever they want to call it, it’s not music! These two networks are offering something for everyone. They depict black folks in dramas, situations, reality, and comedies that are up to our standards and relatable to the everyday, middle class black family or the single sensible adult. It is sad is it has taken so long, but I see hope and change in TV land.
So to answer the question, “are we there yet?” We are getting there but not quite there yet. Once we start to see businesses and corporations show commercials without squirrels hangin like hood rats and people enjoying their product without pumped up bass lines, then maybe we will be one step closer to being depicted and advertised as we truly are!
All of us have seen a Disney movie. Whether it was Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, Pocahantas, or The Little Mermaid, we have all seen Disney’s attempts to make movies that include all ethnic groups. But is each ethnic group being represented fairly in these films? Or are Disney’s representations of these groups simply a misrepresentation that we continue to feed to our children?
Are our own representations of ourselves–ie Tyler Perry films–correct? Is it ok for Tyler Perry to depict us in a demeaning light (constant cheating, abuse, Madea being a “mammy” type character) because he is Black? I often hear it’s ok for him because he is telling “the truth”, it’s some type of reality. He is often looked at as some type of hero. That’s not my truth. My dad didn’t beat up my mom and my mom wasn’t a prostitute or alcoholic and my grandmother didn’t tote a gun in her purse. I’m sure white families have abusive men, disobedient children and deadbeat fathers as well…but don’t see them highlighting it in their films quite often.
I’d like to take the time to examine what we are feeding to our children in the media. Movies, pictures, TV shows & scripts–it’s no secret that TV has taken somewhat of a teaching role to our kids.
How do you feel about racism in the media? Is it alive and well? Or are we being too sensitive about things? Is it ok for white people to write films about various ethnic groups and present them to our children? Is it ok for black writers to constantly show us in a negative light because they are black? Where do we draw the line…or is there no line to draw?
Here are just a few of the Disney movies noted to be racially offensive. Source: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1329215/disneys_most_racist_films_and_characters_pg2.html?cat=25
The Jungle Book
In The Jungle Book, based on the Rudyard Kipling story of the same name, Mowgli stumbles upon a group of monkeys (or possibly orangutans) who leap down from the trees and begin singing about their desire to be human. This is viewed by many as a humorous highlight of the film: monkeys are always amusing, right?
It is painfully obvious, and beyond coincidence, that the apes are the only characters in the film voiced by African Americans. All the refined characters speak in British or white-American accents, but the monkeys swing down from the trees, speaking in jive and jibberish. This makes them seem sub-human, even compared to the other animals in the jungle. When children hear this, they will most certainly learn to recall the image of crazed monkeys the next time they hear someone speaking in Ebonics.
A long-time favorite film about a mute baby elephant who learns to fly, Dumbo contains several unfortunate racist scenes. Perhaps the most memorable is the scene in which Dumbo encounters three black crows (one of whom is named “Jim Crow”) who portray every existing stereotype of black American culture. They smoke cigars, speak in jive, and spend all their time doing nothing but observing the more civilized world.
The Princess & The Frog
Most people applauded Disney for finally creating a film centered around a Black princess. But this is how the execs felt about it:
“We’ve been making movies since Steamboat Willie in 1929. After 80 years, we felt it was finally OK to do something that focused on black people,” said Disney executive Kristin McMurphy. “Plus, with Obama in the White House, it was time to replace old black stand-ins like the crows from Dumbo and the jive-talking monkeys from The Jungle Book.”
Felt is was finally ok huh, since Obama is in office? Guess we earned our right to a Disney film…
I plan to make a documentary surrounding this topic soon…
Wow, I can’t wait to see this movie. I think it will make a powerful statement and open some eyes!