Cathy Hughes: To Jamie Fox - "Do you feel that you have raised the bar for Black male characters who defend their women?" (Through the blessing of Quentin Tarantino) "You have proved that there is nothing that a brother would not do to save his woman".
Though it is hard at times to get through my long, winding dispatches on my various blogs - WHAT IS THE PRIMARY THEME that is expressed, regardless of the subject?
- "WHO Has The AUTHORITY To 'Speak For Black People"?
- "What Is The INSTITUTIONAL INTEGRITY That They Must Submit To For Their Work To Be Considered Authentic, Respectful, Organically Uplifting?"
- "Where Are The SYSTEMS That CHECK One Individual Or A Network Of Conspirators From 'Having Their Way With OUR CONSCIOUSNESS"?
- You have the question of AUTHENTICITY as seen with "The Cosby Show" and its depiction of two Black professionals with problems that are akin to few other Black families
- You have director/actor Spike Lee taunting fellow director/actor Tyler Perry for his catalog of "Chicken Circuit" productions.
- I know that Lee and Tarantino have previously expressed words about the gratuitous use of the word "Nigger" in his productions. "DJango" seems to fit that same mold except this time it is Jamie Foxx rather than Samuel Jackson defending its use in a Tarantino film
- Spike Lee has also gotten into a dust-up with another White producer named Clint Eastwood for his use of "racial themes" (ie: Tarantino's "Jackie Brown" and Grand Torino" in which a Hispanic gang terrorized an old White male). I'll have to keep an ear out about what Mr Lee has to say about "DJango"
- "SLAVERY" - the "Third Rail" of Black sensitivities. Reference such as "lazy, monkey, the list goes on" still reside in that sensitive area for Black people that even Jamie Foxx mentioned in another interview. Since "DJango Unchained" is by self-admission a "Western hero movie" that uses slavery as a backdrop it is NOT an authentic reference to the slavery experience for Black people. This should be understood in the context of the "Kill All White People" reference that was recently made which has the effect of appeasing many Blacks, knowing that - at least in this film version of slavery - "The Slave" got to strike back and shed some blood of the oppressor
Jamie Foxx Vouches That "Our Ancestors" Would Have APPROVED Of This Content And Consciousness And Thus They Struggled For Our "Freedom"
The justification from Foxx and Tarentino is that this "delicate subject" must be handled sensitively but deliberately.
Kerry Washington and Cathy Hughes reminds us that "we now own property", "we no longer work in the fields".
As we move from the movie set and back to the real world - the most fundamental challenges to the Black Community that has thus far been left relatively unchecked by effective governance of our community during our FREE STATE - that entertainment and appeasement has not cured.
WHO GETS TO DEFINE WHAT IS BLACK AND PERMISSIBLE?