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A few months ago, we told you about the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. biopic set to star Jamie Foxx, directed by Oliver Stone.
Well, it’s looking like that’s not going to happen. According to Shadow and Act, Oliver Stone took to Twitter on Friday to confirm that the project has been canceled. He explained: (Read from the bottom up.)
I’m conflicted on this one. I have my own issues with the respectable black community, of which I’m an occasional member. I know and understand the pressure and desire to appear perfect and unflawed in the eyes of the mainstream– white people. It’s a survival mechanism, really. If I can prove to you, white person, how “good” I am then maybe you’ll treat me properly, like a human being. If I exhibit any real human emotion like anger or rage or hell, just want to have fun and goof off, I’ll be seen as brutish, animalistic, foolish, unintelligent, subhuman.
I hate the respectable black community to which I belong because a racist is a racist is a racist. And I shouldn’t have to stifle my real, human emotions just to prove to you that I’m a human being, worthy of respect. But that’s the world in which we live.
And while I’m constantly striving to be my authentic self, good, bad and in between in front of all people, without worrying about their judgement, I also understand the interest of those who want to protect the “respectable” image of Dr. King.
After all, how many black leaders’ images have been tarnished in the media? Dr. King is perhaps the last man we can point to as our beacon of hope, righteousness, progress…essentially goodness. To many in the black community, he represents the best in us, the fact that we are worthy and do deserve respect. And while we know he was human and imperfect, he’s still ours to protect.
But then the other part of me worries that the respectable black community feels that Dr. King’s entire legacy could be tarnished by a single movie, a mere interpretation of his actual life. At this point, I wonder honestly who doesn’t know Dr. King had extramarital affairs? And while that sucks for he and his family, it doesn’t change the work that he did for the nation and even the world following his example.
I believe the more we know about the imperfections of our heralded leaders, the easier it is for today’s young people to look at themselves and know that while they are not perfect they can still make a significant contribution to the world. And hopefully at the end of their own lives, people will remember more of the good you did than your indiscretions.
Still, I don’t know if I all the way trust Stone and his motives. There’s no shortage of history of movie executives exploiting a story for financial gain. I can’t say that was the case here but it’s probable. And we want to be able to protect what little piece of shine white people readily recognize, even though it’s high time we stop waiting for their validation. I wonder if the respectable black community would have received an Oliver Stone type of script if it had come from a black screenwriter, one who is more in touch with the responsibility we still feel to protect our leader after nearly 50 years since his passing.
What do you have planned today to appreciate the life and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr? Whether you’re watching some films about him, visiting his monument in the National Mall in D.C., reading about him, or taking in his words, whatever you do, the family of the late civil rights icon, who was assassinated in 1968, ask that you keep it peaceful.
In honor of Dr. King’s holiday on today, Dr. Bernice King, his daughter (who is the CEO of the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta), is asking for a “no shots fired” day and that churches ring their bells in support of non-violence. Bernice tells Reuters that her father’s message of nonviolence is more necessary today than it was years ago with all the school shootings, violence in media, YouTube videos of young people fighting, bullying and more:
“America has an enormous appetite for violence. I don’t know why we have such an affinity for that, but I do know it has to stop.”
To help with this message of non-violence, the Atlanta branch of the NAACP is doing a gun buyback program today to help get as many weapons as they can off of the streets.
In addition to this, to help honor Dr. King’s memory in Georgia, where he was born, lawmakers in the state put together a bill to have a new statue placed on the steps of the Georgia Capitol of the civil rights leader, and have it replace a statue that was moved of the late Senator Thomas Watson, reportedly known for racist, and anti-Semitic views.
Many big moves are being made to honor the life of an amazing man, and he definitely deserves it.
From Black Voices
We absolutely love this video that surfaced last week showing the cast of “Annie” performing “Tomorrow” on the streets of Harlem in New York City.
The film’s star-studded cast– including Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne and more — look like they’re having a blast as they sing and dance along with a full band to the production’s iconic tune.
Produced by Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment, in association with Jay Z, the revamped “Annie” has been in production for the past few months and is set to be released by Sony Pictures in December 2014.
To see the cast of ‘Annie’ performance, see more at BlackVoices.com
The memory of Trayvon Martin was front and center in Hollywood recently, all due to Jamie Foxx. The Oscar winner opened up his home for a special fundraising event in honor of the slain teen. Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, were in attendance along with several celebrity guests including Harry Belafonte, Russell Simmons and Tyrese, among others reports The Grio.
Belafonte delivered a speech at the event while Simmons presented Martin’s parents with a six-figure check addressed to the Trayvon Martin Foundation, according to Extra.
Launched in honor of Trayvon, who was shot to death by volunteer neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in February 2012, the foundation aims to create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims and to provide support and advocacy for those families.
Foxx has been vocal in his support for Martin’s family in the past and has vowed to keep Martin’s memory alive. And he did just that earlier this year at the 2013 BET Awards, making a statement with a Trayvon Martin T-shirt. At the awards ceremony, Foxx beat Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson to win the evening’s prize for lead actor for his role as a revenge-seeking freed slave in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. During his acceptance speech, Foxx’s fashion and political statement was front and center, the shirt bearing “a stylized black-and-white version of the now-iconic close-up of Martin in a hoodie,” reports The Los Angeles Times.
Foxx previously sported a shirt featuring Martin’s image at the MTV Movie Awards in April. And he participated in a protest commemorating the one-year anniversary of Martin’s death.
There’s sadly a need for a group like the Trayvon Martin Foundation. The Week questions whether the recent shooting death of Renisha McBride, which has been deemed a homicide, is the latest incident to mirror that tragic killing.
From The Grio
Jamie Foxx opened up his home last weekend and held a special fundraising event in honor of Trayvon Martin.
Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, were in attendance and they were joined by several celebrity guests including Harry Belafonte, Russell Simmons and Tyrese, among others.
According to Extra, Belafonte delivered a speech at the event and Simmons presented Martin’s parents with a six-figure check addressed to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
The foundation was launched in honor of the late teen, who was shot to death by volunteer neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in February 2012. The event later led to a racially-charged case in which Zimmerman was ultimately acquitted of all charges in the death of 17-year-old Martin.
According to the foundation’s website, the purpose of the non-profit organization is to create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims and to provide support and advocacy for those families in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Read more at TheGrio.com
The check may have looked nice at the time but after further thought, and maybe a few bad reviews, these celebrities had a change of heart and turned on their very own projects. Here are 15 actors who bashed their own work.
LL Cool J
LL Cool J got his start as the hardcore lip-licking rapper back in the 80’s but after conquering the music industry, the Queens native set his sights on Hollywood. Determined to be the next action hero, LL, real name Todd Smith, signed up to star in the 2002 movie Rollerball. A remake of the original sci-fi action flick, Rollerball co-starred Chris Klein and Rebecca Romijn but the movie still bombed at the box office. Ranked as one of the worst films of all time, the movie cost over $70 million to make but only grossed $26 million worldwide. Despite his best efforts to keep the truth to himself, LL let the cat out of the bag the following year in an interview with Conan O’Brien. “Rollerball sucked, Conan!” he exclaimed to the delight of the host and the audience.
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After watching this year’s Emmy awards, many people felt as if actress Kerry Washington was robbed. After losing out to Claire Danes in the category for “Best Actress,” the “Scandal” star took it in stride but here is a list of other actors who were passed over for their stellar roles.
Denzel Washington: Malcom X
Denzel Washington has had a long and stellar career in Hollywood that has spanned almost four decades. In addition to playing various characters, Washington also had to flex his acting skills when it came to playing real-life people. He received critical acclaim for his portrayals of Steve Biko, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Melvin B. Tolson, Frank Lucas, and Herman Boone but it was his starring role in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X that should’ve earned the native New Yorker an Academy award. Although he was nominated for Best Actor, Washington lost out to Al Pacino. Lee was very vocal about his feelings saying, among other things, “I’m not the only one who thinks Denzel was robbed on that one.”
The movie will reportedly be brought to life by DreamWorks (along with Warner Bros.), who had major success last year with the film Lincoln. According to reports, both of the studios have been trying to get a picture on Martin Luther King, Jr. made for years now, dating back to 2009. The story would follow King from his early days as an activist and go all the way to his assassination in 1968. The script has already been put together by Kario Salem, and producers behind the project include Steven Spielberg, Suzanne De Passe, Madison Jones and Samuel Nappi.
As Variety pointed out, for both Oliver Stone and Jamie Foxx, biopics are pictures they do some of their best work in. Of course, Foxx picked up an Academy Award for his role as Ray Charles in Ray, and Stone is known for his biopics, including, JFK and W.
As talented as Foxx is, do you think he would be a good fit for Martin Luther King, Jr.? Would you go see it? Or are you too through with the stream of biopics coming out these days?
From Black Voices
Students at Carrick High School in Pittsburgh planned to wear hoodies to school on Wednesday to honor the life of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was the same age as many of them when he was killed.
The school called it “Trayvon Martin Day,” as part of its homecoming spirit week, but the announcement was met with mixed reactions from parents, ultimately leading to its cancellation, according to a report from CBS Pittsburgh.
“I am a little worried about that with the different people, how they’re going to react,” said parent Jennifer Kagle.
Explaining her thoughts to a reporter about why she believed it was the event was important, one student asked “Is George Zimmerman in jail yet?” To which the reporter responds, “No,” prompting the student to simply say, “That’s why.”
Since the incident, Martin’s hoodie has become a symbol worn in remembrance of the slain teen.
In March of last year, a group of California lawmakers made headlines after wearing hoodies in a legislative session, while countless celebrities, including Jamie Foxx and Diddy posted photos of themselves in hoodies, to raise awareness about what the teen’s death has meant to many.
Read more at BlackVoices.com
Out of all the truly interesting and moving speeches that were given during the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington, we had to highlight one from singer/actor Jamie Foxx, which challenged famous folks to step it up and stand for big things like Martin Luther King Jr., Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and others did before the original march on Washington and after. But it was also a major call for such celebrities, as well as young people in general, to have more respect for their elders, who sacrificed and paved the way for them. Here’s what Foxx had to say in his speech (which you can watch below in case you missed it).
“I’m here to celebrate what Dr. King did 50 years [ago], I’m not even probably going to read from the teleprompter because I’m just going to speak from my heart. I’m going to tell you right now, that everybody my age and all the entertainers, it’s time for us to stand up now and renew this dream. That’s what we got to do. I was affected by the Trayvon Martin situation. I was affected by Newtown. I was affected by Sandy Hook. I’m affected by those things, so it’s time for us now to pick up. Harry Belafonte saw me at the Image Awards and he asked me what am I willing to do. He took it a step further and we went to dinner and my daughter who is 19 years old –I said, ‘Listen, if you want to get inspired, come listen to this man speak.’ When I sat with Mr. Belafonte, he asked my daughter [in Belafonte voice], ‘How old are you?’ And my daughter said, ’19.’ I said, ‘Mr. Belafonte what were you doing at 19?’ He said, ‘I was coming home from World War 2 and when I got back to America I wasn’t allowed to vote. I love America, but I realized I had more work to do. So myself, Al, Jesse, and Martin, we marched.” I said, ‘Wait a minute man, you sound like you’re naming a boy band group, what do you mean? Who are these guys’ names?’ He looked at my daughter and he said, ‘Martin Luther King, have you heard of him?’ And we sat there and we cried.
What we need to do now, is pick it up now so when we’re 87 years old talking to the other young folks, we can say, ‘It was me, Will Smith, Jay Z, Kanye, Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington,’ the list goes on and on. Don’t make me start preaching up here. Last but not least, I have to recognize Mr. Berry Gordy, and not only did Harry Belafonte bail Martin Luther King out of jail so that he could march he also paid for all of Coretta Scott-King’s bills as long as she was on this planet. Young folks let’s have some respect for our elders, ya’ll…”
He definitely made some good points, especially when he touched on the fact that we need to have respect for our elders. With Jay Z walking around calling Belafonte “boy” in his lyrics, it’s clear said respect is lacking these days. What did you think of Foxx’s speech?