The more male CEOs and corporate recruiters see women launching and leading thriving companies, the more change will accelerate. As Sheila Johnson has it, just imagine the innovation and new products and services that change will unleash.
Only Hollywood would turn sadomasochism, a complicated sexual performance, into a white college girl's extracurricular activity. And only whiteness would allow for the whipping to be seen as elective in a coming-of-age narrative rather than as unavoidable in the violent history of slavery.
This award is unique by giving general moviegoers (not just industry professionals) the opportunity to vote for the best blockbuster film (among the top 10 box office movies), based upon each blockbuster's artistic quality (not simply your favorite).
I read in Variety that 12 Years a Slave will now be taught in U.S. high schools. What an achievement. I learned a great deal from the film and am thrilled others will have the opportunity to engage in both the written form as well as the cinematic portrayal of Solomon Northup's story.
A statuesque woman, Jones started riffing with Colin Jost (the new male anchor of Weekend Update) on the subject of beauty vs. "being useful," mentioning how the ultra-slender Lupita Nyong'o was just named "Most Beautiful Woman" by People magazine.
For most Americans, 12 Years provided a glimpse into the humanity that inflicted and endured the institution of slavery. For many blacks, however, the experience was a sort of out-of-body, first-person experience.
Human aggression did not vanish from the face of earth in 1945, any more than it did in 1865. We have not reined in human nature. All we have managed to do is to peel out of its clutches many of its victims.
In terms of accuracy and vivid depiction of a real story -- a free man captured and held in slavery for 12 years -- this movie is said to be unparalleled. It is brutally accurate, with vivid heart-wrenching depiction of pain, blood, whippings and cruelty.
I'm wondering if talking about things you don't know anything about is a biological, instinctive human trait, like anger or hunger or sympathy for George Clooney because he just can't seem to find the right woman.