Writer/Producer Lena Waithe (@HillmanGrad) is flipping the script and ushering in a fresh era of black film and television. She gives us complex characters and boldly dismantles racial stereotypes in “Dear White People” and “Twenties”. Check out the trailers!
The 90’s were a fantastic time—hip-hop brought us people like Notorious BIG, Jay-Z, Nas, Tribe Called Quest and Tupac. Fashion brought us the curvaceous and healthy supermodels: Naomi, Christie, Linda and Cindy. It also ushered in a wave of black cinema and multifaceted characters that showcased more than an old lady with a bad attitude and not to mention a bad wig. We had films like Higher Learning, Dead Presidents, Love Jones, Menace II Society, The Wood, Jason’s Lyric and others. Then the new millennium rolled in and something happened—the richness and artistry in black film stalled and instead of digesting substantive scripts that highlighted the intersectionality and richness of the black experience we were subjected to fast-food entertainment— black movies and television that were light on substance and heavy on stereotypes and buffoonery.
Dear White People, a satire created by Justin Simien about what it’s like to be the only black face in a white space, may just help revive black cinema and movies in general. As one of the producers of the film, Lena Waithe said last night on Politini, “we’re trying to be the Obama of film and change the game”. With this movie and her next project Twenties, a show about three black girls trying to figure out life and themselves, we have no doubt that these black artists are getting ready to flip the script and start a much needed black renaissance 2.0. Check out our convo with the fabulously talented writer/producer Lena Waithe.
Note: To ensure that Twenties gets it’s shot on the small screen share the pilot and this episode of Politini with at least twenty of your fabulous friends!
Twenties ah-mazing trailer:
Dear White People coming to a theater near you!
Now, without further ado here is your Poliwood Round-Up:
Number 5: Keeping up with Rehab?:
Some reports have the embattled basketball star Lamr Odom in rehab for drug use and others have him on lamb… pun intended. Whatever the case we hope the best for Lam Lam
Number 4: Schools in but Locs are Out:
7-year-old Tiana Parker was sent home from a Tulsa, Oklahoma charter school for failing to comply with school policy. Her violation? Tiana, who is African American, has dreadlocks and school rules state “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”
Number 3: 50 Shades of Anger:
After the announcement that Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson were set to play the leads in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie, angry fans went to Change.org and started a petition to get the actors replaced. The petition has 17K signatures and counting.
Number 1: It’s Getting Syria-ous:
A resolution authorizing military force against Syria barely made it out of the hawkish Senate Foreign Relations Committee — with the majority of Republicans opposing it — and now is facing withering skepticism in Congress