Just like Seinfeld's comedic line, "Not that there's anything wrong with that," when referring to homosexual behavior, "Is it racist," has become the new tagline to uncomfortable words ushered between people.
Even on the most triumphant Oscar night ever for someone of Hispanic heritage, Penn's joke reinforced Latinos' perception--borne out of history and experience--that Hollywood believes our community does not belong at the Academy Awards.
Gee, thanks so much for taunting me and showering me (no pun intended) with an endless parade of freshly-cleaned, coiffed and manicured individuals of both genders, none of whom is wearing stickers.
The Tribute salutes filmmaking as a collaborative effort, led by the director who guides the cast and crew in creating a film that moves you.
The actresses were the subject of much scrutiny and criticism, mostly around their physical appearance. The people doing the bashing? Women. All women
Modern masculinity is measured not by a stoicism that makes us resemble an inanimate object (a rock, a pillar) but by a capacity for feeling, a capacity to be moved -- even moved to tears. It may once have been true that, as the Cure sang, "Boys don't cry." But not anymore. Today, real men cry.
At the very least, you can make a movie next year about white women and gender inequality and have the Oscars rally around you. It is never the same for gay people and people of color, as evidenced by the lack of color in this year's Oscar movies.
Hollywood awarded its greatest honors Feb. 22, doling out prizes for excellence in movies at the 87th Academy Awards. It was also a big night for Illinois -- at least three of the award winners come from the Prairie State.
The oversight is irrelevant, as Nightcrawler garnered Rene Russo unprecedented critical praise for her work, and renewed attention from millions of fanboys. And this coming from an actress whose appeared in the MCU, Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It didn't hurt Sunday night's ratings to have only one angry white woman of a certain age refuse to turn that dial (so to speak). We won't get Hollywood's attention -- or any other institution of power -- until all of us are angry.
As we end Black History Month, let's celebrate our accomplishments and add to that list an 18-year-old girl who had the confidence and courage to address insensitive, stereotypical remark of ignorance head on.
There are moments when the stars align and magic happens. Moments when everything simply "clicks" and an unforgettable red carpet gown is born. So what separates these one-of-a-kind fashions from the rest?
In the midst of these projected possibilities, one thing is certain: the power of Hip Hop is immense and unwavering. But, how the art form is used from this point forward will determine the type of power we truly want to have.
I was very contemplative on my recent flight home from Colorado, traveling back from a week with my Mom as we try to manage some challenges that often go along with a vibrant life that is in it's eighth decade.
Here are a few observations on current shifts in our cultural zeitgeist -- and how they found a reflection in some of Sunday night's best picture contenders at the Oscars.
Lately I've found myself wanting more from film-- the new, the feminine, the "other." In an ideal world, this year's Oscars would help catapult radical change in the industry.