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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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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!

 

 
The Music
 
Nicole Henry
Fri., June 7, 7 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • Nicole Henry has firmly established herself as one of the most acclaimed entertainers in jazz. Her powerfully expressive voice and her soulful, sophisticated and uplifting energy has earned her three top-10 albums.

 

 

 

 

 
Onyx
Fri., June 7, 9 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or www.cabooze.com • East Coast hardcore hip hop group Onyx makes an appearance in the Twin Cities • W/SSK of Homegrown Crew and Desdamona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Tyga
Sat., June 8, 7:30 pm • Myth, 3090 Southlawn Drive St. Paul, 651-779-6984 or http://mythlive.com/ • Currently touring in support of his new album Hotel California • W/ Mod Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis 

Tues., June 11, 7 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • Hugh Masekela is a world-renowned African flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and defiant political voice. His music protested about apartheid, slavery, government, and the hardships individuals were living.  

 

 

 

 

 

 
Jay Young’s Tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire
Fri., June 14, 8 pm  • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • Jay Young is a monster on the bass, and one of the most versatile musicians to come out of the Twin Cities. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!

 

 
The Music
 
Kings of the Mic Tour 
Thurs., May 30, 7:30 pm • Target Center, 600 First Ave. N., Mpls., 612-673-1600 • Two-time Grammy-winning recording artist, LL COOL J featuring DJ Z-Trip, will headline the “Kings of the Mic” Tour, which will prove to be this summer’s ultimate hip hop music experience. Joined by legendary artists Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul.  

 

 
Coolio
Sat., June 1, 9 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or www.cabooze.com • W/ Level Heads, The Anchormen, and DJ Applejews.  

 

 

 

 
Rebirth Brass Band
Thurs., June 6, 7:30 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • The Rebirth Brass Band has been at the forefront of the brass band revival that they helped kick off almost 30 years ago and have become one of the most beloved brass bands in New Orleans and around the world. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!

 

 
The Music
 

 
Soundset 2013

Sun., May 26, 11 am — 8:30 pm • Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd. Shakopee, MN, 952-445-7223 or www.soundsetfestival.com/ • This years Soundset Festival features nine hours of hip hop music all in one day – rain or shine. Performers include Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion, Busta Rhymes, Atmosphere, P.O.S., Greg Grease, A$AP Ferg, Tech N9ne, Joey Bada$$, Dizzy Wright, Sean Price, The ReMINDers, and many more. Memorial Day Blowout Soundset After-Party
Sun., May 26, (doors open at) 9 pm • Insert Coins, 315 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 651-564-4016 or www.insertcoinsmpls.com • Hosted by Snoop Dogg and featuring a live performance by MN Fats and music by DJ D Mil. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!

 

 
The Music
 

 
Kool G Rap and DJ Polo 
Fri., May 17, 10 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Avenue S., 612-338-6425 or www.cabooze.com • Kool G Rap is regarded as a hugely influential golden age rapper. He is often cited as one of the most influential and skilled MC’s of all time • With special guest Empire Status, (Bobby Raps & Muja Messiah), and Long Doe (Tony Bones, Big Wiz, Mike the Martyr & DJ Nimo the Hooligan) and dj’s King Otto & Just Nine.  

 

 

 

Dennis Spears & Ginger Commodore
Sat., May 18, 8 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • Spears and Commodore, both known for their contribution to Moore by Four, as well as being gems of the Midwest music and theater scenes in their own right, join forces for a night of sizzling soul and powerful vocals.  

 

 

 

 
The Blu Ice Soul Session featuring. Erica West w/DJ Smoke D
Tues., May 21, 8 pm • Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave. Continue Reading →

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Don’t fall for the ‘deception’: Lack of Blacks on TV still a ‘scandal’

Network shows with African American female leads don’t come close to true diversity, experts say
 
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Meagan Good (Deception) and Kerry Washington (Scandal) are two Black women who are starring in their respective prime-time dramas. LL Cool J co-stars in another network series. And Jada Pinkett Smith was executive producer and star of her own series on cable for three seasons. “They are few and far between when it comes to Black voices or the Black perspective” on television, declares Southern Illinois University Media Professor Beverley Love. “It’s sad that we don’t have more, and I am not sure why it is.”

The characters Good and Washington play on their shows recently were debated on The Root.com. Continue Reading →

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The N-word unchained: Film controversy calls for some education

 

By Charles W. Davidson

Guest Commentator

 

By now, movie-goers across the country are embroiled in heavy social media discussions or water-cooler arguments about Quentin Tarantino’s use and Spike Lee’s criticism of said use of the infamous N-Word in the blockbuster hit Django Unchained. There are those who believe that the word is grossly overused in the film starring Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kerry Washington. Then there are those who believe that the film’s utterances help to present a sometimes painful yet accurate depiction of pre-Civil War America. No matter which side of the discussion you find yourself, you probably agree that Whites should not be letting that word escape their lips in 2013. During the last couple of decades there has been an interesting ongoing dialogue concerning the use, misuse, and exploitation of the so-called N-Word. Continue Reading →

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Unchained to portray Black slavery? Was there a politically correct way for Django Unchained to portray Black slavery?

 

The start of 2013 is making it difficult to avoid one of America’s greatest sins — slavery. We’ve just marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and a plethora of films, documentaries and TV specials are scheduled to address slavery. One blockbuster hit that’s playing in cinemas now, and is likely to walk away with several Golden Globes and Oscars, is Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Django Unchained depicts a slave-turned-bounty hunter (Jamie Foxx) who fearlessly treks across the U.S. to find his wife (Kerry Washington) in order to rescue her from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). The film is classic Tarantino: a homage to the spaghetti western with romance and revenge narrative. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!

 The One Love Movement:
End of the Year Smokeout with DJ VERB X

Mon., Dec. 31, 8 pm
First Avenue & 7th Street Entry
 701 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-332-1775 or www.first-avenue.com
Tickets $5 advance, $20 at door. 18+

Christmas with Alexander O’Neal

Sat.-Sun., Dec. 22-23, 7 & 9 pm
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com
Tickets are $36 for the 7 pm show and $32 for the 9 pm show. Continue Reading →

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