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It’s always disturbing when racism rears it’s ugly head via social media, especially towards a child. It appears that the casting of Quvenzhané Wallis in the Annie remake has brought out the Jim Crow some people. The first trailer for the movie which will be released in theaters on Christmas Day was recently met with a whole lot of backlash.
Twitter reacted violently with some being blatantly racist:
“Annie was a freckled face redhead, not a nappy head parasite…”
While others expressed dissatisfaction with the stray from the original characters:
“A black Annie- really? should we now have a white Aunt Jemima?”
“Black Annie…? No… Annie always will be and always should be a ginger! #notracist just traditional”
“They turned Annie black. I have no problems with black people. I have a problem with a non-ginger”
These were just a few of the tweets catalogued by blogger Matthew Elliot that were featured in a post on Raw Story.
With so much in the world to be angry about we can’t believe people are using their 140 characters to get up in arms and spread ignorance about a beloved childhood character. Thankfully Twitter didn’t exist when Keshia Knight-Pulliam played “Polly” in place of Hayley Mills or when Diana Ross was skipping down the yellow brick road in The Wiz.
We don’t understand what it is about some people and their desperation to preserve tradition and hoard history they feel belongs to them and not other races. The last time we checked this country was built on the backs of many shades, not just the lighter ones. Either way they need to take their fight to where it belongs and off Twitter being associated with what should be a happy film and a great opportunity for Wallis to yet again display those awesome acting chops of hers. We have to remember that it’s not just a character who’s being attacked, but there’s also a little girl with brown skin in real life who’s playing her.
Did you see this coming?
We can’t wait for the “Annie” remake to hit the theaters! Anticipation is mounting for the modern remake of “Annie” starring Quvenzhane Wallis, so the folks at Sony Pictures have decided to tease us with an awesome “Annie” trailer to keep us going for the next nice months!
There are so many cute shots of the 10-year-old actress (an Oscar nominee in 2012 for Beasts of the Southern Wild) running New York City with her friends, dog Sandy and yes, those songs that we know and love, like “Tomorrow” and “A Hard Knock Life.”
Wallis stars in the film as the famed orphan, this time from Harlem, appearing alongside Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan and Jamie Foxx, who stars as the remixed Daddy Warbucks character, Benjamin Stacks. Stacks develops a relationship with Annie in order to boost his political career, but slowly starts to care for the charming young girl.
It’s produced by Will Smith and Jay Z and also features Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
The little star proved she was still a kid who wants to play on her iPad when it came to her movie star perks. Word from TMZ is that Quvenzhane was given unlimited WiFi in her trailer as a part of her deal to star in the film. She was also paid $750,000 to appear in “Annie” (incentives and percentage points could raise her total income from the feature to well over $2 million).
Remember when Willow Smith was first being talked about as the star of “Annie”? Her dad Will stayed on as producer, but looking at the trailer, it seems Willow was probably growing out of the right age for the role. Quvenzhane seems like a great fit!
With Jay Z as a producer, we’re also looking out for the movie soundtrack. Pharrell did his thing with the Despicable Me soundtracks, so the pressure is on Jigga!
The movie hits theaters at Christmas.
Are you excited to see the film?
If you didn’t already have 10-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis on your radar–she who at 9-years-old is the youngest ever Best Actress nominee in Oscar history for her stirring, debut role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” she who hit the red carpet for the awards show with a puppy purse, she who is starring in the upcoming “Annie” with Jamie Foxx–get ready to fall in love with the young star as she spits knowledge in her Maserati Super Bowl commercial. Kudos to the marketing team that put this together and to Miss Wallis who continues to rock.
Quvenzhane Wallis Maserati Ad: Super Bowl Success
In the ad that carries the tagline, “We Have Prepared. Now We Strike” for Maserati’s Ghibli model, Quvenzhane says: “The world is full of giants. They have always been here, lumbering in the schoolyards, limping in the alleys. We had to learn how to deal with them, how to overcome them. We were small, but fast. Remember? We were like a wind, appearing out of nowhere. We knew that being clever was more important than being the biggest kid in the neighborhood. As long as we keep our heads down, as long as we work hard, trust what we feel in our guts, our hearts, then we’re ready. We wait until they get sleepy, wait until they get so big they can barely move, then we walk out of the shadows, quietly walk out of the dark…and strike.”
We’re looking forward to more big things from this actress, including her stint in Annie, due in theaters Dec. 19.
What kind of perks did Quvenzhane Wallis receive for playing the title little orphan? According to TMZ, she was given unlimited WiFi in her trailer as part of her deal to star in the Will Gluck film. She was also paid $750,000 to appear in “Annie” (incentives and percentage points could raise her total income from the feature to well over $2 million).
Forbes magazine’s annual ‘30 Under 30‘ list recognizes 30 people under the age of 30 in 15 different fields–from business and technology to entertainment, education and sports. This year, an incredible 14 African-American women made the list.
Issae Rae, the 28-year-old creator of the hit YouTube comedy series on “The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl” made the list. As did 10-year-old Oscar-nominated actress Quevenzhane Wallis, who is starring in the upcoming musical of Annie, and innovative singer Janelle Monae, 28. WNBA star Brittney Griner, who is openly gay, of the Phoenix Mercury was named as well, along with pop star Rihanna, 25. (There are also a number of black men on the list, including Fruitvale Station star and director Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler, 26 and 27 years old respectively.)
The list not only includes celebrities, but other women who have made their mark in their industries, such as Katrina Craigwell, 28, the Global manager of digital marketing for General Electric; 26-year-old Lauren Wilson, who as policy counsel for Free Press fights major broadcast mergers; LaToya Peterson, 29, owner and editor of Racialicous, an online media outlet that covers race, politics and culture; and Jessica Matthews, 25, CEO of Uncharted Play, who we profiled.
Haven’t heard of Uzoamaka Maduka, founder and editor in chief of literary magazine The American Reader? Forbes has and they picked the 25-year-old for the list. Mandela Shumacher-Hodge, the director of Startup Weekend Education also appears on the list, as does Jessica Holsey, who is the 29-year old co-founder of Sutsy Party, which makes eco-friendly, compostable tableware.
Don’t think black women are making strides in tech? Well, Aminatou Sow, the 28-year-old co-founder of Tech LadyMafia, is proving disbelievers wrong and Forbes recognized her. Tech LadyMafia is a group for women in tech to bond and support one another.
[h/t The Grio]
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
These brown beauties are coveted for their style, their talent and yes their absolute cuteness. From the first family girls to Hollywood celebrity spawn, to gold medal Olympians, check out 10 of the most popular and celebrated Brown It Girls!
Most kids were in bed by the time last night’s BET Awards aired, but not 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis. The Oscar nominee had a funny little skit during the show with Kevin Hart where she confronts him about playing her on an early Saturday Night Live skit.
Growing up with the name Ashley Iman I was granted a sort of flexibility. When I wanted to appear racially ambiguous I would simply write Ashley and when I felt more comfortable I’d write the full Ashley Iman. Ashley is an Old English name and my spelling is very common in the United States across races. Iman, on the other hand, is Arabic, meaning faith and although I know a couple Iman’s now as an adult and it’s not quite as common. In the wake of September 11 I decided to drop Iman altogether not picking it up again until nearly ten years later. As a child, I was trying to seem as “American” as possible. But what is an American name? Furthermore, what defines American?
Too often “American names” are thought of as traditional European names; Ashley, John, Brittany, and Frank are just a few examples. Meanwhile, traditional African or Arabic names are labeled as foreign and the assumptions that come with that label can be questionable at best and downright racist as worst. Then, there’s a third category. These names are more traditionally African American names, newly created and nearly always creative. These names can be combinations of beloved relatives’ names, twists on traditional European names, or new takes on positive abstract concepts (ex. Neveah, which is Heaven, spelled backwards.) Unfortunately, the third category tends to experience the most bias in this country. From the everyday microagressions like coworkers refusing to learn the pronunciation of your name to systematic discrimination like the refusal to hire applicants with distinctly African American names, there is no doubt that America has a long way to go toward racial equality. However, despite all of the negative aspects, we are now living in the age of Quevenzhanè and I’d like to make a case for why you should consider giving your child a name from that second or third category.
Before I make my case I want to put this in perspective, all names were created at one point or another. Our language is constantly evolving, for example Ashley was first considered a boy’s name but with time it evolved to be used mainly for girls with multiple different spellings. So when we hear gripes from those that wonder why you wouldn’t just choose an existing name we have to wonder how much of this is simply shaming African Americans for being African American. We all know that doing anything while black is likely to bring criticism.
Read more on MommyNoire.com.
Jada Pinkett has been using her Facebook page to air out all sorts of social commentaries lately. Last week, she asked why so many heterosexual women were turning to other women as a last romantic resort, on Saturday, she talked about the oppression men have been forced to endure, and on Sunday she spoke out on what she considers to be bullying towards young celebrities at the hands of the media. She wrote in her post titled, “Are We Bullying Our Young Artists,” which included a photo of Rihanna, Justin Beiber, Taylor Swift, and Quvenzhané Wallis:
How can we ask for our young stars to have a high level of responsibility if we are not demonstrating that same level of responsibility towards them?
This last week, I had to really evaluate the communication in regard to our young artists in the media. I was trying to differentiate cyber-bullying from how we attack and ridicule our young stars through media and social networks. It is as if we have forgotten what it means to be young or even how to behave like good ol’ grown folk. Do we feel as though we can say and do what we please without demonstrating any responsibility simply because they are famous?
Is it okay to continually attack and criticize a famous 19 year old who is simply trying to build a life, exercise his talents while figuring out what manhood and fame is all about as he carries the weight of supporting his family as well as providing the paychecks to others who depend on him to work so they can feed their families as well? Does that render being called a Douchebag by an adult male photographer as you try to return to your hotel after leaving the the hospital? Or what about our nine year old beautiful Oscar nominee who was referred to as a Douchebag as well? Or what about being a young woman in her early twenties, exploring the intricacies of love and power on the world stage? And should we shame a young woman for displaying a sense of innocence as she navigates through the murky waters of love, heartbreak, and fame? Are these young people not allowed to be young, make mistakes, grow, and eventually transform a million times before our eyes? Are we asking them to defy the laws of nature because of who they are? Why can’t we congratulate them for the capacity to work through their challenges on a world stage and still deliver products that keep them on top.
We all know how hard it is to keep our head above water, even in the privacy of our own homes let alone on the world stage. Imagine yourself, at their age, with the spotlights, challenges and responsibilities. Most of us would have fallen to the waste side before we could even get to a crashed Ferrari, a controversial romance, several heart breaks, or an Oscar nomination at NINE. We WISH we could have had the capacity to accomplish HALF of what they have accomplished along with ALL these challenges they face. But…maybe THAT’S the problem…we WISH we could have or even…we WISH we could.
I don’t know if I would put Rihanna in the same boat as a young actress like Quvenzhané, but I do get the point Jada is trying to make — though at some point I think we need to ask whether some of these stars have made their own beds long before the media got a hold of their rude boy behavior.
As a general rule though, name calling is never an appropriate exchange among anyone personally or professionally, particularly when there is a marked age difference between the parties, but someone needs to take it upon themselves to educate these young artists on the type of consequences that come along with acting out under such a huge spotlight. The blame can be equally split between these two parties.
What do you think about what Jada wrote?
Black Folks And The State Of Comedy: On Kevin Hart, The Lack Of Black Female Representation On SNL, And Black Men In Drag
Kevin Hart on gay jokes:
“The repercussions for saying certain words are harsh, and careers have been shut down. I can understand how people could be affected by certain words and slurs. I get it. My way of showing respect is to not play around with it, not mention it, not joke with it at all. I understand how serious it is.”
Now Kevin Hart on jokes about dark-skinned women:
“People are stupid. This is something so minute. If you are a Kevin Hart fan, you know exactly what I talk about and how I talk… Last time I checked, I’m as black as a doggone oil can. How can I be racist against what I am? Women, y’all just go off the deep end. Y’all kill me with this whole light skin/dark skin thing… Kevin talks about everybody. Nobody is left off limits… ”
Obviously Kevin Hart doesn’t believe that the “showing of respect” he has graciously extended to the GLBTQA [Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Allied] communities equally applies to that of black women. Obviously Hart is full of crap and his temperance for the GLBTQA communities is probably based more on concerns about the threat that saying the wrong thing might have on his career rather than actual genuine respect. Duly noted.
Speaking of black women and respect; why are there no sisters on Saturday Night Live? Not since Maya Rudolph has a black woman, or half-black woman, graced the comedic stage of the long running sketch comedy series. In fact, there have only been three black female members of SNL, including Ellen Cleghorne and Danitra Vance, in the entire 33 years of the series’ existence. I can understand why some of the more raw comedians like Sommore, Leslie Jones or maybe even Mo’Nique might not seem like a natural fit for the series, which caters to more of a pop audience. However, an Aisha Tyler, or Wanda Sykes or Loni Love can certainly pull off the dry and cheeky humor, which SNL is known for. Heck, Kim Wayans, formerly of In Living Color, and Debra Wilson, formerly of Mad TV, not only have sketch comedy experience, but also have proven that black women can and are in fact, funny too. So the mere fact that our reflection on the popular sketch comedy show is non-existent definitely raises a perfectly arched eyebrow or two.
Or as the website For Harriet said of the issue in December:
In today’s world, Black women are Grammy-award winning pop stars, media moguls, First Ladies, TV show hosts, actresses, sports stars, and more. We are also mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, career women, dreamers, and anything that could be just as funny or as socially relevant as SNL’s current output. To virtually make Black women’s imprint on today’s society non-existent on a platform like SNL is highly negligent in my perspective. Even more cutting is when Black women are parodied, distorted, and exaggerated by Black men in drag. As a Black woman, that only leaves me feeling like the butt of the joke, not an active agent in the humour.
And yet, SNL continues to perpetuate the idea that black women can only be funny if black male comedians in drag are parodying them, such as the case of Kenan Thompson or Kevin Hart, who as first time host of the show last Saturday, donned a blue dress to play Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis. I sent the clip to many friends, who absolutely hated the sketch. Outside of any offense to Hart’s imitation of Wallis, who has already had a tough few weeks with the whole Onion/c-word incident, there was an undercurrent of anxiety over what is believed to be a conspiracy against black manhood. More specifically, that Hollywood is aiming to feminize black male actors by making them wear a woman’s apparel. This conspiracy against black manhood is a long held belief in some more paranoid circles, however, it has gained traction over the years thanks in part to comedian Dave Chappelle, who appeared on Oprah back in 2006 and spoke very candidly about the time when he was asked, and ultimately declined, to wear a dress for a part in a major motion picture film. His reasoning also involved a belief in the Hollywood/black man in drag conspiracy.
Sure there are black men like Eddie Murphy, Flip Wilson, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, Wesley Snipes and the entire male half of the Wayans family who have all explored their feminine side for the purpose of a few laughs. But to be fair, men across the racial line like Dustin Hoffman, Tom Hanks, John Travolta, Robin Williams, Michael J. Fox, etc…have all rocked a skirt and heels too. Hollywood seems to have a strange relationship with men in drag period. For some reason, it is supposed to be funny. Or as Chris Rock once said:
“I mean, hey, lots of comedians dress up like women, not just Black. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book. Men in drag…There was Mrs. Doubtfire. [Adam] Sandler’s next movies is Jack and Jill. He plays his brother and sister. [The Black community] doesn’t have that many movies, so if there’s only four Black movies in a year and two of them star Black men in dresses, I could see how that would upset some people. But that’s a job for some people. Tyler Perry is great in a dress, but I don’t want to see Denzel or Will Smith in a dress. And I don’t think we’re in any danger of seeing that.”
It’s a cheap laugh – although a stupid and sexist one. If anybody should be offended it should be women, who have to sit around and watch men reinforce certain stereotypical images (particularly the finger snapping, eye-rolling flamboyantly dressed black woman) and basically have to endure what is best described as the gender equivalent of black face – or if the character happens to be black: blackface. So before we can talk about Hollywood’s nefarious grand scheme to feminize black men, let’s not ignore how black women have been completely censured, mis-characterized and eventually erased comically not just by the white decision makers, who deny them platforms, but also with assistance from our very own black brothers, who seem more than willing to sell out our image for a check. Perhaps I am making a big deal out of what is just a joke. However, as Hart says, there are repercussions for offensive material and perhaps for all the talk about “respect,” it’s about time that black women start demanding some of our own.