Category Archives: Film

ON: Why I Can’t Abide With Tyler Perry

The name Tyler Perry appearing above any move should, by now, be tantamount to a warning sign: This movie will at best be crap, possibly deeply problematic, or, most likely, both.

No matter how hard I try, I can’t abide Tyler Perry because:
1) He is a marginally “talented” who get’s results, meaning money, and because of this he gets press.

2) While employing a gay gaze—I mean seriously, have you seen the men he casts? And how often they are just shirtless candied objects? I am not sure any other director has so extensively and continuously feteshized the black male body—his films drip with homophobic jokes and messages. (Did anyone else see For Colored Girls? Not only is the DL man HIV positive and infects his successful black wife, his sexual liaisons is rather illicit and carry the hallmarks of a transaction, which, if someone thinks, could point to sexual exploitation, but we don’t know because there is no fleshing out of this; the only point of the gay sex act was to show another abhorrent Black male and introduce HIV).

3)  I have yet to hear of a positive gay character in any Tyler Perry film.

4) Though Tyler’s films are marketed mainly for Black women, he rarely features successful black women without demonizing them. If a positive successful Black woman does exist in his film then she is a counterpart for the main successful black woman who is somehow severely flawed. Actually, she is portrayed as either a “bitch,” “slut,” “emasculating,” and ultimately she is due a comeuppance.

5) He lacks talent.

6) He makes me agree with Spike Lee

7) He is only a success under capitalism.

8) He is the result of the Hollywood machine because due to their willful ignoring of communities of color and their underemployment of actors of color, he is able to employ actors of color, at cheaper rates, thus making his movies bottom line a little lower, and he can market his films to a starving community.

9) He and Oprah did this:

No, Miss Sophia’s struggle was against racism and sexism and physical violence; she was not a billionaire struggling to promote a mediocre network.  Miss Sophia was not Oprah’s, she was ours. Miss Sophia appeared in a pro-black women piece of art, Madea is the product of a man whose films make money off the backs of women he mocks.

10) He bastardized For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf

11) Did I mention he has no talent?

12) He has money so he could easily buy rights to projects and hire directors and writers with more talent and vision than he, but he does not seem to.

13) HE LACKS TALENT!
 

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ON: No Queens Allowed?: The DL Chronicles Returns

Take a listen to the creators of The DL Chronicles give a long and in-depth interview on Discreet City promoting The DL Chronicles Returns

While I find much of what they speak of enlightening and on point, I would be remise if I did not cite the part of the interview that makes me cringe: The section about Fem Boys (about the 41 minute mark). They claim that most depictions of black gay male characters are of fem black gay males and this is laughably untrue, particularly within the last decade or so. The interviewer actually suggests 90-95% of gay characters are effeminante and flamboyant, and the creators say the reason for this is that the effeminante character is familiar.  Now, the reality is, no, people are not comfortable with effeminante gay men. Effeminante gay men are rarely, if ever, really allowed to be multidimensional and sexual and shown to be desirable. And, if we look historically, no, effeminate gay men originally existed to illicit horror and disgust and the failed male person. Now if we look at the vast majority of black gay stories, these stories tend to be  geographically are located in urban environments (Seriously when was the last time you saw a black gay story set in the suburbs or the country but not the South?)  and the characters are either relatively affluent or rather poor, the middle does not really seem to exist, and the vast majority of the male characters are decidedly masculine. There exists some need, an odd need, to disavow the existence of the fem gay boi and uphold the masculine gay guy who is able to be “just like others except for this one aspect.” Now admittedly this is a rather simplistic casting of the issue but at times getting to the bare facts of the matter is important.  Even in the DL Chronicles, there is not a single episode dedicated to a feminine gay male, and this is a decision right? When the interviewer says using feminine gay characters is creatively lazy, I agree if all you do is have the effeminante person just be flamboyant, but it is also creatively lazy if all you do is write masculine characters and act as if they have no femininity to them. Many of us have experiences with and know those men who are so masculine in the streets and feminine at home, and the drag queen who is one of the butchest mother fuckers around. If you really want to be creatively daring and challenging, show us a couple that is both masculine and feminine, or better yet, don’t waste your time falsely claiming that you “are not pushing a masculine versus feminine point of view” (you actually are; just because you tell me that you are not trying to hit my face, that does not mean my cheek is not stinging from the slap) instead give us a black gay effeminante man and make him complex and compelling and dare to show him and present him as desirable. A fem desirable black boi, now that is real danger.

But until then I guess I will just have to ignore this part of the interview and just wait eagerly for season 2.

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The Door: BEAUTIFUL!

Gabriel Union, Adepero Oduye (serving Nina Simone Realness), Goapele, Alfre Woodard, and Emayatzy Corinealdi in Ava DuVernay‘s “The Door”; I love how open for interpretation it is. AND I NEED THE SOUNDTRACK!!!!! I found this through Yolo Akili ; if you don’t follow him I must ask you: Why the hell not? He’s brilliant.

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I’m just saying.

Ethnic Notions

Color Adjustments 

 

Basically, I am still saying Happy Birthday Marlon.

Happy Birthday Fellow Aquarian Marlon Riggs

Yolo Akili is also posting about marlon riggs brilliance on his website under the post “A moment for Marlon”; I had to do my own post because if there is any academic I relate to the most it is Riggs. Black, queer, dark, religious background, military ties, hard fought self love, interest in media representations, being one of the few black amongst white people, he is a part of me or I am a part of him, one of his children. here are some links:

Story of Marlon Riggs

 

Affirmations

 

Black is Black Ain’t (this was essential for my survival; I was an undergraduate in university and I had started to feel more of a distance between my white friends and myself, many of whom would tell me how they forgot I was black, and yet many of the black people I met would assert that for reasons x and y I was not “black enough.” Despite my skin, which other black people informed me was/is dark skin and therefore somehow in someway less desirable less worthy, I wasn’t black enough, I wasn’t really black. While colorism was new for me, the accusations about my blackness echoed my childhood when I was called an oreo; when I first started befriending other black people in college I had to frequently defend/prove my blackness. This documentary saved me because it confirmed for me blackness and what I have always known. Blackness is vast and complex and there are many ways to be it, to perform, and we all come at it differently. Gumbo.):

 

Tongues Untied (Seeing this was one  the most profound moments in my life; I can honestly say that I don’t know if I would of came to terms with my sexuality without it, and not just my sexuality but the way I performed it as if it were disconnected from my blackness. Marlon Riggs saved me.)

gone too soon

I look up to you

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Must See (NSFW) (Film, Documentary)

I am all for discussing sex, sexuality, and we need more discussions about kink.

My Boyfriend(s) Tonight: TMC

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yes, these two men just did/do something to me:
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To be Clear, Quentin Tarantino is NOT Your Slave.

That moment when the white gay says to the POC, “I am not your slave; I am not your monkey,” while trying to promote a movie about slavery. Accuses said reporter of trying to get ratings after saying that the interview is a big commercial for his movie.
The Django-heads will cheer; I just scratch my head and think *side-eye*
Sidenote: Were you aware that we dealt with our American Indian holocaust?

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