It's not easy being gifted and of color and American but I know it is easier then being female in the far east or even the middle east so we have very little to complain about. Yesterday on Facebook I opened a firestorm of discussion regarding racism and bad content in the media. It isn't so much that Tyler Perry sucks (he does) it's that it reinforces our negative stereotypes. Of course it doesn't surprise me that Lionsgate produces him they are a company run by the lowest denominator of human being. It is painful the success he has because is this all the man has to offer, Madea? As a group we have diversity in everything, not everyone has to be uptown and educated for certain but we need a balance we need to have a diverse representation. Okay I understand showing the fierce woman of color and her strengths being all that. We do get sick of seeing us down trodden Ho's or worse crack addicted whatever/s. I have shared in portraying my fair share certainly. Still it's about diversity and opportunity. I haven't always made the right choices in roles and I regret some of those choices. Mixed into this one has to make a living. Still no excuse but it is one just the same?...I still think if we are sourcing the material we have more responsibility to stretch and delve and expand the experience. It is broad and gorgeous and I for one hope with the paradigm shift in the highest place of power (Washington) we can celebrate it in the media. It is time we came out of the shadows end media tokenism on Television and Film and stepped up our visibility to at least 25% of content since that is what we represent in the population and people we must support the material but only if it warrants it. The tragedy of Hawtorne is that it could/should have been produced by the best and I am certain regarding Hawthorne the producers were afraid to say it sucked (Will and Jada being royalty) when it does. So now it will be a LONG LONG time until another women (of color) gets a chance to do a show as important as that.
That is why I am so personally hurt by this flop.