Showing posts tagged with “being black”
I need someone to write a story based on black mermaids and their help in saving black captives who attempted suicide by jumping overboard during the slave trade. I need this book written. I need it to have some Yoruba feels to it. I need it. and then I need a film based on it.
“[T]he young cop, Abbie Mills, is played by Nicole Beharie, an up-and-coming African-American actor who made a splash as Jackie Robinson’s wife this spring in the film 42. Suddenly, the show was anchored by a strong black woman who gets to kick down doors, tote a trusty sidearm and play skeptical Dana Scully to Ichabod Crane’s witchcraft-wise Fox Mulder (for the uninitiated, that’s an X-Files shout-out).
When the show featured a storyline centered on Mills’ sister, we got to see two black women in an action/adventure setting, fighting the bad guys instead of waiting to be rescued or seduced. It was exactly the kind of diverse casting I had been waiting for since 1999, when the issue hit a crisis point as the broadcast networks offered a fall slate of new TV shows without a single character of color.”
WE DEMAND JUSTICE FOR RENISHA MCBRIDE
Dearborn Heights — Police sent a request to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday asking for charges to be filed against a resident accused in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old Detroit woman Saturday in a case of suspected self-defense gone bad.
Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old Detroit woman, was shot in the head with a shotgun by a resident of a home in the 16000 block of Outer Drive near Warren Avenue early Saturday morning after she is believed to have sought help at the home.
The family of McBride said she went for help after a car accident around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Her cellphone battery had died, her family said.
McBride’s maternal aunt, Bernita Spinks, said the shooting was not justified even if the resident believed her niece was an intruder looking to break into the home.
“He shot her in the head … for what? For knocking on his door,” said Spinks on Tuesday. “If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911.”
Spinks praised the latest police’s decision to seek charges against the resident in the shooting of her niece saying “Thank you Jesus! I’m very happy there is progress (on the case).”
Spinks said the family met with officials from the Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday. Spinks said she believes her niece was the victim of racial profiling.
“You see a young black lady on your porch and you shoot?” Spinks said. “He killed my niece and he needs to pay for it. He needs to be in jail.
“There was no window broken. My niece didn’t bother anyone. She went looking for help and now she’s dead.”
Preliminary autopsy information from the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office indicates Renisha McBride was shot in the head with a shotgun. Spinks said the young woman was shot in the back of the head as she turned to walk off the porch of the home where she sought assistance.
A vigil for the young woman, who recently started a job for Ford Motor Co., is scheduled today for 4:45 p.m. in front of the home where she was shot to death.
Services for McBride will be 11 a.m. Friday at House of Prayer and Praise, 16520 Wyoming in Detroit.
Wow, Black life really means NOTHING to people.
When this person gets away with shooting a woman in the back of the head while she was walking away, and calls it self defense or preventing a robbery, will this country admit we have a serious problem?
See the incredible true story of Solomon Northup, from visionary director Steve McQueen. In theaters Friday!
went to an advance screening last night. i absolutely see now why people walked out at tiff. not that i agree with walking out, but i get it. quite honestly, a large sector of the world’s population needs to be strapped down and forced to watch this with their eye lids held open. but if you’re planning to see this voluntarily, DO IT. just be forewarned that it is unapologetically brutal and graphic. i don’t like spoiling people in the slightest usually but that’s put aside this time. you’re gonna walk away from this shaken. if you don’t…you should see someone about that.
chiwetel’s stellar acting doesn’t surprise me anymore, but i’m always grateful for it. this is steve’s best work so far. i wanted more alfre. and quvenzhane. thanks fassbender for going wherever you had to to make your character the utter scum that he is. but real talk, forget all of you: the scenery was my favorite character.
lupita nyong’o is a treasure.
thank you for telling your story 160 years ago, solomon northup.
i tried so hard to finish the book before i saw it. i’m about 3/4 of the way through and now of course even more interested in seeing how much book / film differ.
“Let a black person have…”
African American Proverb—usually said after a white person commits a ridiculously illegal or immoral act and remains in possession of his life, fortune, and/or freedom. Ex: “Let a black person have run up on some cops like 'I'm on 'shrooms!' Dead in two seconds. Two. Tasers? Chile, please.”
For maximum effect one must lean forward and point vigorously during the words let, black, and person.
- "But let my black ass have…"
- "Now you know damn well if one of us had…"