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Modeling agency offers positive images of women of color

“No one,” highly-skilled veteran actor Lisa Gay Hamilton (Honeydripper, Jackie Brown) told my MSR colleague Charles Hallman for an article on the scarcity of work for Black women, ”is making millions of dollars — maybe one or two…are but the rest of us are struggling to make it work. It’s an awful casting wheel that you would like to get off of. “I graduated from Julliard in 1989. Things have gotten worse since I graduated from school.”

Fact is, there’s more than one or two bagging the biggest paychecks. But, yes, it’s a short list — you’ve got Beyoncé, Halle Berry, Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington, Paula Patton — a lot shorter than the one for men, i.e. the likes of Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Jamie Foxx, Will Smith and more. Continue Reading →

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Few acting roles for Black females




By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

Final installment of a four-part series

12 Years a Slave made five out of nine top-10 films of 2013 lists by movie critics, and Fruitvale Station made two such lists; these two movies featured Black males as leads.  However, only two Black females — Halle Berry (The Call, Sony Pictures) and Paula Patton (Baggage Claim, Fox Searchlight) — were leads in movies released by major Hollywood studios in 2013. “Critics don’t look at a film and notice that every one of the lead roles is White,” Uptown Magazine Editor Ronda Racha Penrice said in an October CNN.com article. A UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies released the “Hollywood Diversity Brief” in October and it stated that there is “a dearth of gender, racial and ethnic diversity in film and television — both in front of and behind the camera.”

Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow) and Kerry Washington (Scandal) are the only Black female leads on prime time network television this season. “I’m 5’1 and an African American woman. I just didn’t think anyone would have me to play the cop,” said Beharie of her character in an Essence magazine interview. Continue Reading →

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Halle, Wesley, and the voice of Elmo: Did you know…. by Mel Reeves




Wesley Snipes is free
The “Bladerunner” couldn’t outrun the feds. TMZ was the first to report that he is out on supervised release after serving two years in a Pennsylvania prison for failing to file tax returns. Snipes reportedly made $37 million between 1999 and 2004. He will serve out the rest of his time — he was sentenced to three years — under house arrest in New York. One can’t help but think “really” ya”ll had to put Wesley in jail? Continue Reading →

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This week’s entertainment spotlights

TU Dance

Nov. 16-18
The O’Shaughnessy
2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, 651-690-6700
or http://oshaughnessy.stkate.edu
 Founded by Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands,
TU Dance combines modern dance, classical ballet,
African-based and urban vernacular movements. Tickets are $18-$31 for general admission
and $14-27 for students/seniors and SCU/UMN community members. Dragon Feathers

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