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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 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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Baggage Claim takes you on a pleasant, yet predictable trip



By Charles Hallman

Staff writer


Baggage Claim is a delightful but predictable movie that hit theaters September 27. The David E. Talbert movie is like one of lighthearted screwball fare that I can sit and watch on Turner Classic Movies all day long. However it probably won’t make the channel’s line-up simply because of its mostly Black cast, which in itself destines the film for a future small-screen premiere on BET, TV One or Bounce TV. The cast, or for that matter the movie itself, isn’t on the same scale as the classic Uptown Saturday Night (1974) that boasts an all-star Black cast of legends, but Paula Patton headlines a notable cast nonetheless. Aaron Park, of Brooklyn Park, calls Baggage Claim “a nice refreshing movie” after seeing it at the September 23 special preview that the MSR — among others — co-sponsored. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

JXTALICIOUS -Last of Summer Happy Hour

Friday, Sept. 27, 6-9 pm • JXTA Artists’ Cooperative at 1108 W. Broadway. Mpls.• Join the 1108 Artists in a late summer studio crawl. Stroll through nine artist studios while enjoying refreshments by Tabota Seyon of Right on Thyme Catering. Check out our spaces and learn about the diversity of art forms represented in the co-op. Continue Reading →

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GLBT characters of color on the big and small screens


It’s hard enough finding straight people of color — including Black folk — on TV and film, never mind non-hetero depictions. Here’s a thumbnail sketch roundup of positive portrayals. In the interest of being thankful for small favors, let us acknowledge that pitiful as it is, some progress has been made. True Blood, the HBO hit pitting vampires versus werewolves with humans stuck in the middle, against a rural Louisiana backdrop, saw a gay Black man not only as a principal character, but also one with strong dimension. Nelsan Ellis (who, by the by, plays Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2013’s The Butler) plays pragmatic hard-a** with a heart of gold Lafayette Reynolds. Continue Reading →

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