It depends on what the meaning of the word "PROGRESS" is.
Queen Latifah - Evil That Men Do
Res - They Say Vision
Beanie Sigel - Man's World
Helene Smith - Got To Be A Man
It has been 42 years and a day since our fellow citizens took it upon themselves to CHANGE their world. One step at a time, they took their baton blows and tear gas, as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, on their way to Montgomery, hoping to find salvation for a country that desperately needed it.
Fast forward to the year 2007. The remaking of Hairspray marks a pivotal moment in American cinema and, perhaps, American culture. No longer is the Black man the only person allowed to fulfill the role of the man-in-a-lady-suit. No longer is the Black man the only person eligible to be emasculated on screen. No longer is the image of a Black man dressed up as a woman only available to Black men. This is the YEAR 2007, people.
John Travolta, the pioneer, has opened up numerous avenues for White actors across the country. If a roll involves dressing up a man as a woman (preferably in a fat suit), no longer do we read "whites need not apply" on the job notices. We have come a long way since those dark times. Hollywood, once again, has helped the American public see the light. Hollywood is so far ahead of its time. When a fat suit, wig, jewelry, and makeup are necessary for your role, don't let your race hold you back. On-screen emasculation is no longer Black-only. Line up Whitey, there's money to be made!