Why is it that we can see B-list white actors, such as Gerard Butler, Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Geoffrey Rush and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Egyptian gods and kings? Better yet, why is it that they can see themselves in those roles? But not A-list black actors such as Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Idris Elba or Kerry Washington?
Beauty is something that must come from within. It emanates from inside of you and shines like gold. There is nothing more beautiful and glorious than someone with a wonderful spirit and soul. It is unfortunate in this day and time that little black children are still unconsciously misled to believe they are less beautiful than others.
I am no longer confident in his ability as a Black journalist, he is no longer an inspiration for Black journalists who are working just as hard as he did. Mr. Lemon should know better; he is one of the few African-Americans in that field and yet he is adding fuel to the constant fire that we are working tirelessly to extinguish.
Between each of the four excerpts of dance pieces the audience previewed, Mr. Battle gave an overview of what we were about to see and paid tribute to those who inspired the work. He talked about the man himself, Alvin Ailey, who was a genius and an inspiration to Mr. Battle, as well multitudes of dancers through the years.
Many have criticized the involvement of the athletes and Coach Pinkel, despite issues of race that directly affect the players on a human level. And yet, these dissenters are the same folk that buy tickets to the games, hoping to be a part of the sports madness so long as the players remain silent to marginalization.
I have lived in Columbia and been at the university for almost 18 years. During this time, I have been called the n-word too many times to count. Yes, we are better off now than we were in the '50s, but to some extent, we are taking many steps backward by ignoring or not talking about the racial issues.