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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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‘Ordinary African American woman’ LisaGay Hamilton has an impressive acting resume



By Charles Hallman
Staff writer

Second in a multi-part series

Despite her impressive filmography, LisaGay Hamilton humbly points out that her name isn’t a household one. “I’m an ordinary African American woman,” she told the MSR in a recent phone interview. “Personally I am not exotic looking. I’m not curvaceous… I just have to be really great — really, really good.”

Hamilton nonetheless pointed out that she tries not to take acting jobs “just to make money. Continue Reading →

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Book explores, honors powerful African American women

It doesn’t take a clairvoyant to predict Lakesia D. Johnson’s Iconic: Decoding Images of the Revolutionary Black Woman (Baylor University Press) is headed for sustained popularity. It may take a minute, since college publishers don’t have the publicity machinery of big houses. But, once word gets around, Black women, more than a few White ones and brothas with the sense to be interested in what’s going on for sistahs are going to snatch this up like it’s tomorrow’s news. The writing’s a bit clunky and on the academic side (after all, Johnson, J.D., Ph.D., is assistant professor of gender, women’s and sexuality studies and gender, women’s and sexuality studies  at Grinnell College in Iowa). But, don’t hold that against this timely, at some points invaluable, study. Continue Reading →

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Wu-Tang Clan founder’s new film a ‘dream come true’

RZA becomes a director with The Man with the Iron Fists


By Demetairs Bell

Contributing Writer


Wearing the triple crown in his feature film debut as a director, co-writer and leading man, RZA, the founder of the Wu-Tang Clan, gives you The Man with the Iron Fists, a movie he describes as “an action-packed adventure about brotherhood and loyalty.” He also says, “There’s humor and drama in the film.”

Those that have followed RZA and the Wu-Tang Clan know he’s a fan of kung fu films, he told me some of his favorites include Godfather of Hong Kong, Fists of Double K and Five Deadly Venoms. As a music producer for the Wu-Tang Clan he mixed in sound effects from kung fu films creating his groundbreaking signature sound. The Man with the Iron Fists is a story of warriors, assassins and a lone hero whose paths collide in a village in China where they battle for a fortune in gold and to win the heart of a love interest. Calling this project “a dream come true,” RZA stated this was something he has been determined to get out to moviegoers for quite a while. He began his film career acting in the 1999 cult classic Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. RZA has had a number of supporting roles over the years, most notably as a detective in American Gangster opposite Denzel Washington. Continue Reading →

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