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April 19, 2019 at 8:02 pm #1202859496
The more I think about it, the more I realize how great and important her win is.
There has been a lot of discussion about the roles given to Black women in Hollywood. When you look at the Black female oscar-winning roles, most of them were stereotypical (which doesn’t change the fact that most of these performances are great)
Hattie McDaniel : Typical mammy. I mean, that’s literally how they call her.
Whoopi Goldberg : The “magical negro” meant to entertain white audiences. This said, this one is in the upper-end, especially since the other characters would be nothing without her.
Halle Berry : Jesus. This one is easily the worst and most demeaning. A poor, uneducated, hypersexualized abusive mother who literally falls for the racist white cop who executed her inmate husband. It’s like they just said fuck it and compiled all the worst stereotypes on black women.
Jennifer Hudson : This one doesn’t really go beyond the big voiced, church black girl but it wasn’t much problematic imo.
Mo’Nique : An abusive, extremely violent and vulgar abusive mother who would rather torment her daughter than standing up to her rapist man. This said, that needed to be shown and her performance was so powerful that i’ll always cherish this win.
Octavia Spencer : A sass talking maid
Lupita N’yongo : A tortured slave
Viola Davis : This one wasn’t really stereotypical. The theme of the loyal housewife who gave up on her dreams to stay loyal to her husband isn’t exclusive to black women
And then we have Regina. A loving, brave, supportive matriarch, who appears to be equal to her husband. She fights for her daughter, her grandson and son in law. Even if she ultimately fails, everything she said and did in this movie was very inspiring and held so much power. I think this explains why her performance was so acclaimed. Regina may not have given the best performance per se, but she surely had the best role.
I think this win was very important and will inspire many filmmakers to write better roles for black actresses.
Wow, what a demeaning way to undermine the few Black women who’ve actually won Oscars. Had all of these roles been played by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, or Cate Blanchett, no one would be giving thumbs up to your comments.
But as Black people, we have a tendency to over analyze our portrayals. Which is understandable. Considering the lack of representation we’ve had in the past.
Yet, it’s disheartening to see these particular roles dismissed based on stereotypical notions of race and outside the context of each of their films.
We [as in Black ppl] have many stories to tell. Good and bad. The women who won DESERVED their recognition. People have a right to disagree on the quality of a performance. But to simplify some of their work down to being lazy caricatures of women of color is an injustice to objective criticism…and kind of racist. :/April 19, 2019 at 7:43 pm #1202859490
Adele said she’s learning choreography and trying on new wigs for the ‘30’ era. Most of the production is done by Metro Boomin.April 19, 2019 at 7:38 pm #1202859488
Madonna is performing at Billboard Awards! Maybe she will win Millennium Award (?).April 19, 2019 at 3:15 pm #1202859318
Lizzo is #1 on iTunes. 😉
She’s coming for an Urban Contemporary slot.April 19, 2019 at 3:13 pm #1202859316
Earth reminds me of We Are the World 2.0! Remember that spectacular crap fest of a remake!? LOL.April 18, 2019 at 9:51 pm #1202858548
The remix to Con Calma feat. Katy Perry is surprisingly good! I would not be shocked if that smashes on radio :-OApril 18, 2019 at 8:39 pm #1202858493
I will be shocked if J.Cole misses Rap Performance/Song for “Middle Child”. That song has been top 10 for a while.April 18, 2019 at 8:37 pm #1202858491
Jonas Brothers are performing 😀
They should announce tour dates afterwards.April 18, 2019 at 8:36 pm #1202858489
Medellìn is top 10 on iTunes. For an artist in her 60s, that’s very impressive. Unfortunately the song will free fall in a week or two.
The teaser for the music video looks artsy. Maybe MTV will nominate it for technical categories.April 18, 2019 at 8:31 pm #1202858486
Old Time Road will be the juggernaut #1 of 2019. Taylor is gonna need blockbuster streaming numbers to secure that top position. It’s possible. But the anticipation doesn’t feel the same as Reputation.April 18, 2019 at 8:27 pm #1202858480
Lizzo is the only new artist in contention who peaks my interest. Her single “Tempo” feat. Missy Elliott is fiyah !!April 17, 2019 at 10:39 pm #1202857435
It’s not impossible. But it’s also not guaranteed. Sam Smith didn’t do so hot with nominations on his last album either. And he’s a safe, predictable, Grammy bait artist.April 17, 2019 at 10:09 pm #1202857422
Normani also had a top ten hit … with a popular male singer … last year and was completely snubbed.
She needs to release a solo single and boost her exposure. She has potential to be a huge star.April 17, 2019 at 9:46 pm #1202857406
The 90’s was a more diverse era of music. Today’s generation are fickle, impatient, and constantly jumping on one bandwagon to the next. Plus streaming helps newer artists establish a microwave fan base.
A lot of younger listeners are also incredibly ignorant when it comes to legacy acts.April 17, 2019 at 8:35 pm #1202857351
Madonna hasn’t been nominated for a Grammy since Confessions on a Dance Floor.
I think her chances are slim to none. They’ve seemed to have fallen out of favor with her.
Her best shot would be for a Lifetime Achievement award.