March 08, 2007

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!

1 Comments:

Blogger Baby Grandpa said...

Hey there Vik! Too bad about the Alma Matters shut down. Read the commentsheet there to know what i think and feel... In the meantime you might want to check out my blog. It had been up for a while, but now it's out in the open:

Baby Grandpa

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