By Sexual Correspondent Andrea (AJ) Plaid
I really, really wanted to like CNN’s Black in America 4: The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley (which premiered last night) as well as Miss Representation, a documentary currently airing on OWN. Both, however, left me feeling the same way, which looks something like this:
A couple of synopses before I state why I felt this way:
“It matters to Elba that while this diversity of work is available in TV drama, the same is not yet true of film. ‘Imagine a film such as Inception with an entire cast of black people – do you think it would be successful?’ Elba asks. ‘Would people watch it? But no one questions the fact that everyone’s white. That’s what we have to change.
“His solution – apart from continuing to play roles that require a good actor rather than one who is necessarily black – is to take matters into his own hands. Elba sees himself increasingly as an entrepreneur, with his own record label, TV and film-producing projects, and says he intends to set about producing the kind of films he thinks are missing. ‘I’ll direct myself and I’ll be colour blind and gender blind,’ Elba proclaims. ‘I’ll show that it can be done.”
–Excerpted from “The god in Idris Elba.”
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