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With all due respect, I think Ms. Cush Jumbo is way wrong.


LINK TO ARTICLE: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-40569406 



BBC did an interview and reported: “English actress Cush Jumbo says British black actors are being given roles in America over their US counterparts because "we are better”.”  


Ms. Jumbo needs to sit with a Black American veteran of “the business” who can help her see the “real”.  I suggest she learn something about the quirky nature of many in the American film business who undervalue talents of historically steeped-in-Black American Culture, homegrown Black actors—in favor of “something else”.  


Ironic that Ms. Jumbo complains of being “undervalued” in her native Britain for being “Black”, while blindly(and ignorantly/wrongly) undervaluing the talent of Black American actors she is given “quirky” preference over.  Some of whom, I KNOW, are better suited for some roles based on—if nothing else, deep understanding of the nuances of being a generations-deep “historical Black” in America.  I’ve seen Ms. Jumbo—she's talented, no doubt.  But she's got nothin' on Angela Bassett(talk about an under-utilized talent)... and a whole bunch of other "Native" Black American actresses.    


I would even go so far as to suggest there are many—who can portray Black American women with far more “authenticity” than you, Ms Jumbo.  Same with Black American men actors.  I’ve seen guys come through auditions who are far more dynamic, commanding, charismatic—and just as well-trained—as some of the British fellows who’ve gotten preference via the “quirkies”.  


And then there is the “business” side belief that foreign distribution might be better served by having “foreigners” in place of “Americans”; particularly “Black” Americans.  


Have some respect.  There's work for you because a lot of folks you dissed have worked over generations to "create" opportunities. Opportunities you, apparently, do not have in your native Britain.

I COULD BE WRONG, BUT...
Colin Kaepernick being "chumped" out of work by the "controllers" of the NFL speaks loud and clear to  just how marginal, compromised, powerless and chumped  "Native" Black Americans have become in the America of "today"...

Players--If you feel Kaepernick was unfairly "Black-Balled", consider avoiding all touchy-feely, friendly, smiley interactions with owners and staff who ranked on Kap.  Approach management in  "strictly business" fashion. This should especially be the case with Roger Goodell.  No huggy-photo crap on draft day with the guy. He is not your friend. A respect for the game and being drafted "handshake" is enough.  Save your hugs for real Family and Friends.    

FOR THOSE WHO AGREE that Kap is sincerely trying to do good for those with less "voice"--speak up in support(even if his way may not be YOUR choice of expression). 

Bottom line; the issue and problem is real.  Kap put his butt on the line to address it.   
"Black Lives Matter"is a terrible 
phrase. 

There are many that would be better. It is polarizing, non-inclusive, 
excluding, limiting, lacking in pride/integrity, pity-begging, subservient, speaks to lower self-esteem, harmful to young psyches. It begs condescension. It is "weak". Basically, it is a bad way to frame the issue--and even, I suspect, many in other organizations(NAACP) have tried to put the damn thing to rest. 

The conflict-seeking media--in conjunction with the trio of women who coined the phrase... who've expressed motives BEYOND cops killing folks as their initial hope(immigration)... have conspired(possibly inadvertently) to promote this thing along at the 
expense of folks in misery, looking for ANYTHING to help their situation. 

Fact is, the phrase has done more harm than good. Think about 
this--it's effect is max polarizing/alienating when chaos, murder, conflict is at its highest. 

I challenge other organizations to supplant the BLM bad idea with 
something better-conceived to address the issue. 

There is a HUGE problem, no question. 'Been going on for years. 
But BLM is NOT the best solution. It is a badly conceived idea. 
There are far better, MORE EFFECTIVE ways to frame the issue.

Art Washington - Editor 


NOTHING BETTER THAN A GOOD COP.  NOTHING WORSE THAN A BAD ONE. MOST ARE NOT THE CLOWN PORTRAYED, ABOVE.  A BETTER JOB MUST BE DONE TO WEED OUT THE INCOMPETENT WHO SNEAK IN, GET BADGES AND GUNS, BUT WHO ARE NOT POLICE MATERIAL. 

SOLUTION: PAY COPS A LOT MORE, DEMAND MORE OF THEM.  ATTRACT THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST--
AND HOLD THEM TO THE HIGHEST STANDARD.  'WON'T NEED AS MANY.  SUB-STANDARD WANNA BE'S MAKE 
LIFE DANGEROUS FOR THE COMMUNITY AND DANGEROUS FOR "REAL" POLICE OFFICERS.
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                                               "FENCES" and "ALMOST CHRISTMAS"

Saw 2 excellent Native Black American movies this week that spoke to generations-deep
Black American Legacy in a nuanced, refreshing way.  FENCES and ALMOST CHRISTMAS.  
"FENCES" captures a time and place, perfectly.  Being from a very small Western Pennsylvania 
town not too far from Pittsburgh, I can testify that Denzel and excellent cast nailed it 
with their portrayals of August Wilson's "folks" from his monumental theatrical achievement. 
Possibly should have been BEST PICTURE instead of the one that was; certainly Denzel 
was, hands-down, BEST ACTOR.  
 Not even close.

And on ALMOST CHRISTMAS?!  Wow!  Had it all.  Comedy, drama, deeper meaning, "legacy"
--and a fantastic cast giving first-rate performances all-around.  

Thank you.  We needed that... 
4-6-17
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