For Black women, combating negative cultural and media imagery has been an uphill climb. For Worldview’s occasional series, Images Movies and Race, we reflect on this Martin Luther King Day with a look back to a compelling and award–winning 2010 conversation on racial imagery in American media and film. Richard Steele will talk with historian and media analyst, Brenda Verner.
Playwright Lynn Nottage and director Chuck Smith discuss By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, a “sharp-toothed comedy” (The Wall Street Journal) that offers a glimpse into the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African American actress who begins a career in the 1930s, at a time when her only shot at success lay in stealing small scenes in big Hollywood blockbusters.
In the world of Hollywood or wherever there are minorities heavily present, rarely is there anyone who comes out as a Republican supporter. This is because there are so few and if they are Republican, they are afraid to openly talk about it. If a person of color in Hollywood were to come out as a right-wing supporter, how will that change their image, and why would it?
Hollywood is often accused of whitewashing when it comes to its casting choices. Offenses range from the mundane - sitcoms with all white casts and the token “best-friend–character-of-color” - to the brazen. Take for example the movie 21.