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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Yes, I'm A Deadbeat; But Here's A Good Story


OK, pathetic! I was reading my blog today and see I have posts on the FIRST PAGE that are from Christmas! Christmas for Christ's sake! (I guess that was an unintended pun).

So I'll be posting just to get these old ass posts off of my front page...let me start with an email from someone, who gives a very telling story of the YT view of us in Hollywood (at least a lot of studios):

I'm a screenwriter in waiting (still)...mostly because the establishment doesn't value or even acknowledge audiences who aren't just like them and I don't write for them. I write for us.

My day job is in the legal department at one of the mini-major studios. We just cast Cicely Tyson in a small role and folks on the set had no idea who she was. They spelled her name wrong and everything. I even overheard my boss refer to her as "some old Black actress." They've never heard of any black actors except Denzel, Will, Morgan, Laurence or Halle. It's infuriating. I call them out all the time and, of course, they think I'm overreacting.

Sometimes, the insensitivity and invisibility can be a drain...which is why I'm so glad I discovered your blog! I'll have to check back frequently so I can laugh at the situation instead of getting so pissed. Write on!

Take care,

(madame invisible withholds name to protect the innocent and informative)


the woman was married to miles davis (and that was the least of it)! at least know that you asses :-(

9 comments:

-GØØD MØRNiNG BLU∑Z- said...

SO GLORIOUS TO SEE THAT EBONY COVER BECAUSE I HAVE THE PICS OF HER IN THE WIGS FROM THE INISDE, BUT IVE NEVER SEEN THE COVER! SHE WAS GORGEOUS AND STILL IS TODAY!

msladydeborah said...

That is too bad for those around you who do not know who Cicley is. That only indicates that their education and cultural awareness is lacking. I have no douvt that you will school them. There is nothing like being one up in the valley of come up n's.

Cicley Tyson is one of America's cultural treasures. A talented performer and gracious, intelligent woman. She has been a cultural icon for decades. One of the things that I have always liked about her role selection is the female characters that she has protrayed. They were brave, pioneering or survivalist. They were dignified and they stood steadfast in their beliefs of what is right. I can remember a time when Cicley's apperance in a film or television show was a guaranteed must-see moment. She knows how to deliver a powerful performance. I suspect that they will learn this if they see her work. If they don't-flip 'em off because that means they are content to be blissfully ignorant.

-GØØD MØRNiNG BLU∑Z- said...

Honey ^^^ let me tell you, Ive had people look at these here pictures of cicely and ask...WHO IS THAT WOMAN? I say CICELY TYSON...and just SHOCK goes over their faces....lol I love it every time. They really have no idea how big this woman is and was then.

Invisible Woman said...

^^hey ladies:

i wholeheartedly agree. and she's so naturally dignified that i can't see why that level of disrespect was even present in the first place.

i never noticed how much she looked like kimberly elise when she was younger until i saw this pic.

Villager said...

Cicely Tyson was a remarkable actress who had a powerful run of movies for awhile back in the day.

re: your blogging inactivity. I keep your blog in my RSS-feed because I know you'll be back and your content is always outstanding.

But, just in case...

Merry Christmas!

peace, Villager

V-Knowledge said...

From one blog "deadbeat" to another, I'm with ya, IW! Just working up the interest and the brainpower to post more material is a task-and-a-half sometimes, for me, anyway.

I'm not too surprised that those folks have no knowledge of who Cicely Tyson is and her legacy. For them, any media featuring people-of-color at the fore would be considered as something either unworthy of their attention, or even not "for" them regardless of quality.

When I was in grad school, I was shocked at meeting four other students who...get this...have never, EVER heard of Good Times or Sanford and Son! It made me wonder if they had severe tunnel vision, or weren't familiar with basic TV history. Either way, it was quite weird.

Invisible Woman said...

@villager: and THAT comment is why i love you! lol!!

@ v-knowledge: hey! i just took your link down like last week cause i thought you stopped blogging....should i keep the faith and put it back up?

V-Knowledge said...

Hey IW, you can put my link back up if you wish, although it's probably unlikely that I'll be posting new stuff anytime soon. Like I've said, just working up the motivation to write is kind of a chore for me. I dunno...if and/or when I start posting again, it would be sporadic at best.

How do you stay motivated to keep yourself immersed in the blogosphere, IW?

Invisible Woman said...

^@v-knowledge: are you being facetious? i've had an average of about 1 1/2 posts per month this year! lol