Sunday, December 16, 2012

I Have Decided To Only Watch A Bootlegged Version Of "DJango" As It Is A Bootlegged Version Of "Black History" For The Purposes Of Propaganda At The Expense Of Our Ancestors

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"?

I am right now watching a TVOne broadcast featuring Cathy Hughes discussing the upcoming moving DJango - produced by Quentin Tarantino and starting Jamie Foxx.

As I cut through to the underlying justifications for the movie - as heard from Foxx, Tarantino and affirmed by Ms Hughes - I hear a SELF PROCLAIMED AUTHORITY to make use of these otherwise sensitive points of "American Slavery" with the normal ramifications put in check.

Let's place a framework upon the appraisal of the typical Black cinematic or artistic effort
  1. 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 
  2. You have director/actor Spike Lee taunting fellow director/actor Tyler Perry for his catalog of "Chicken Circuit" productions.   
    1. 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
    2. 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" 
  3. "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
This last bullet item defines my problem with the film.
The usual "its not authentic" challenge (see "Red Tails") will likely be muted by the fact that the Black audience was ENTERTAINED because the "hero slave" got to kill the oppressor - HISTORY BE DAMNED.   The point is that Black people then are not offended by IN-AUTHENTICITY   A particular clique enjoys the right to define WHAT IS OFFENSIVE in-authenticity and which passes the test.
(This bit of arbitrariness is my #1 problem with what I call "The Black Racial Services Machine".  You don't have to be RIGHT you only need to be POPULAR.)

Further on in the interview Jamie Foxx makes reference to thugged out rapper Rick Ross being invited to the movie set and then compelled to create a rap song because of how the environment called for his creativity to be stimulated as such.

Again - I recently commented on a Rick Ross video in which he did a video performance in a modern day ghetto, talking about "slang'in dope" because he needed money.   With Jamie Foxx and Tarantino as the JUDGES - Rick Ross was deemed "acceptable" as a musical accouterment to this film.   This despite the fact that "our ancestors", upon hearing his lyrics would smack their child and say "Around Here We Believe In GOD And We Don't Play That Foolishness On Our iPhones,  What Comes Through Your Ears Gets Stuck Within Your Soul".

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.


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