Cause we all know Lisa deserved a more viable love interest than Screech. #TokenTuesday #Tt
Introducing #TokenTuesdays. Honoring Black faces in white places throughout History….
#DearWhitePeople at Lays, this does not count as celebrating Black History Month. Unrelated side note: I’ll take 7… (at Ralphs)
The shooting schedule’s coming together…mostly :)
The shooting schedule for DWP. What’s the word for frightened and excited?
Make this Black Friday EXTRA Black with a Dear White People T-Shirt!
My Take on Dear White People
As a recent graduate from a liberal arts college in the northeast, or, in the words of black face in a white place, Dear White People, I already know this film will touch on lived experience. Although written as a satire, the irony and sarcasm used in the script is not very far fetched at all. In fact, people have asked me if my hair was “weaved” and if I was “black enough” for the Black Student Union. (Don’t be quick to assume this is just white on black; lines have come from everyone.)
The trailer is hilarious for those who have been in this setting, provides “ah-hah” moments to those who might not have picked up on racial undertones in college life, and is eye opening to those believing Obama’s presidency was the final step towards a “post-racial” America.
I personally hope to see this film reach the big screen. It is media like this that I hope to produce, bringing these small conversations to a wider public audience. Being involved in African American cultural groups on campus and attending talks meant to spark conversations that question everyday behavior taught me that conversations aren’t enough. In fact, those conversations can be annoying, especially as a black person.
And this is why…as much as I love the professors and cultural groups that host these talks, the same audience comes and the narrative becomes that of a victim. What good is a conversation, however controversial the topic, when those who need to hear it aren’t (are never) present? As much as I wanted to be a part of a dialogue that promoted change, the recycled complaints get old and burdensome. Frankly, no student has time for that. I want to be proactive. It is not enough to say an institution is racist or even point out concrete examples of institutionalized racism. In fact, I believe it can be more damaging. The question should be what can we do differently? Because it iseveryone’s (black, white and in-between)responsibility to intentionally promote change.
Judging from the trailer, the movie doesn’t answer that question. But it is entertainment that teaches; entertainment that hits on stereotypes and then explodes them. It is that explosion that will combat the stereotypical yet still-believed-to-be-true stereotypes of African Americans. Coming from a world of higher education, I’m excited for this film. I know it will spark meaningfulconversation.
So… “Forget Tyler Perry.
Can we get a movie with characters in them instead of stereotypes wrapped up in Christian dogma?”
…Check out Dear White People.
If you can support this film, I highly encourage it.