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Boy, Bye! Director Antoine Fuqua Doesn’t Think Hollywood Is Racist, Says Some Are Just ‘Unqualified To Do The Work’
It feels as if it is every other day that a Black Hollywood actor comes forward telling horrible tales of racist encounters they’ve experienced while working in the industry. Olympus Has Fallen director Antoine Fuqua, however, seems to think that unfair treatment experienced by Black actors is less about color and more about being “unqualified.” He also implies that people who perceive Hollywood as racist are “ignorant” to the culture, and had no qualms about expressing this to The Voice while on a press tour in the U.K.
“I wouldn’t use the term racist, as much as I would say the playing field is not even in Hollywood. But ultimately, you have to put in the work [...] It’s very easy to cry racism when you’re not qualified to do the work or your work isn’t transcending to where you want it to be.
Hollywood is a business and you have to look at it that way [...] I do see other things – like people who don’t understand or are ignorant to our culture. But I wouldn’t call them racist. If anything, it’s our job to expand their minds to our experience
There are no African Americans that run major studios and most of the executives at the top level are not African American. So when the people in those jobs are developing stories, nine times out of 10, their stories won’t be about African Americans – they’ll be about people who look like themselves. To say that those people are racist is not necessarily the case.
99.9 per cent of the people that have given me my opportunities in this business were not African American [...] Denzel [Washington] gave me a great opportunity when we did “Training Day” together, and I also became friends with Mr. Sidney Poitier, who has given me great counsel and advice. But in terms of people in the studio system, most of the people who have given me my jobs were not African American. So I can’t sit back and say Hollywood is racist.”
While there are no official statistics on Hollywood marriage, a fool can see that the celebrity divorce rate is even more out the box than the already-high one for us regular folk. That’s why these long lasting Black power couples give us the ‘warm fuzzies’. We salute them for keeping their love strong in an industry that makes healthy relationships almost impossible to sustain. If you need a little inspiration when it comes to love today, check out our list of long-lasting Black Hollywood couples! Read the rest of this entry »
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A biopic of Tupac Shakur is set for the big screen. Although there have been 14 documentaries chronicling the rapper’s life and death, this is the first one to star a full cast of actors. Antoine Fuqua, best known for his award-winning film Training Day, will direct the project and Shakur’s mother Afeni will serve as executive producer.
The film will detail Shakur’s rise to fame as a musician and actor, including his tenure Baltimore performing arts high school, his imprisonment and his involvement with Death Row records. The film is scheduled to start shooting this summer. Although casting has begun for the roles of Jada Pinkett Smith and Kidada Jones (Quincy Jones’ daughter), the actor who will portray Shakur hasn’t been announced.
Which actor is fit to play Tupac in this feature film?
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(Black Voices) — In an interview with UK’s Digital Spy, director Antoine Fuqua mentioned that his next film will be a biopic on slain rap legend Tupac Shakur. Morgan Creek Productions will produce the film, with shooting to start in September. No actor has been tapped to play Tupac yet as Fuqua stated in the interview, “That’s the goal, I want to discover someone new… I want to discover a lot of new people if I can. Obviously I’m going to have to put some people in it that you know, just because actors have different skills. I want to go to the streets and find him anywhere he might be in the world.”