Message to Hollywood: NO More “Slave” Movies!

12yrs django-unchained-poster3 Roots_25th_Anniversary_Edition

Nick Cannon recently made headlines when he stated that he was sick of seeing movies about slavery and servitude. He received a lot of criticism for it, but I’m right with him 100% on this. It’s especially refreshing to see an actor/celebrity with influence taking a risk to make such a stand.

This is how hollywood and these billion dollar industries view us. They have us fooled into thinking it’s some sort of compliment or display of empathy, to the point where we embrace and promote the releases, relive the horrendous scars, and criticize anyone who doesn’t do the same! By repeatedly telling us the same story, they are sending us the same message; a subtle reminder of what we once were and where we once came from. Subconsciously, it leads people to believe that blacks have always been oppressed and whites have always been the dominant race. It’s an underhanded “diss” that goes right over people’s heads.

Let’s not forget, this is a business, and these movies are intended to be profitable for the companies. The fact that so many movies of this nature have been released in recent years illustrate that, as all have been profitable. Don’t be naive enough to think that hollywood movie companies actually care about our history and genuinely would like to educate the masses and “right the wrong” here. George Lucas was unable to get anyone to finance Red Tails and had to put up $58 million of his own money for production costs and another $10 million for marketing before 20th Century Fox agreed to distribute it. This is George Lucas! One of the most legendary film producers in Hollywood, who has achieved incredible success with projects such as the Star Wars series since the 1970’s! Yet no one was willing to help him finance a positive black historical film with an all black cast. What’s more is he lost money on the film, as it only grossed $48 million. This is about money! So it’s interesting that films showing blacks in slavery or servitude consistently have huge box office returns:

12 Years a Slave – $20 million budget; $37+ million box office

Django Unchained – $100 million budget; $425+ million box office

The Help – $25 million budget; $211+ million box office

The Butler – $30 million budget; $161+ million box office

Even…

Driving Miss Daisy – $7.5 million budget; $145+ million box office

The Roots TV Miniseries still stands as the 3rd highest rated TV program ever. There are positives in this; The Help and The Butler were stories that needed to be told, as were others. So I’m not saying these films shouldn’t have been produced; I am saying that we’ve hit the quota and other stories are being painfully ignored.

If there truly are positive intentions in the release of these “slave” films, why not release films showcasing the other side of our history? Ancient Egypt was the most civilized and dominant country in the world for 10,000 years. The ancient Egyptians invented the first 3 written languages of the world: The Medu-Netcher (Hieroglyphics), Hieratic Demotic, and The Phonetic Alphabet (today known as the Greek Alphabet). Future languages would be based on Egyptian languages and influence. The Greeks and Romans had no language or culture prior to visiting Ancient Egypt and studying in the Egyptian Mystery Schools. Today’s religions use concepts, passages, and ideas that existed in ancient Egypt for centuries. Artchitecture (the Great Pyramids), Astrology, Geometry, Philosophy, Science, the Calendar, Clocks, Papyrus (a form of paper), Irrigation, even Makeup, Toothpaste, and Breath Mints were all invented by the ancient Egyptians. Where are the films telling the stories of Pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti? To which King Tut could be included? Where is the film about Imhotep, one of the first architects, engineers, and physicians in recorded history? (He built the first Egyptian Pyramids). Where is the film about Queen Hatshepsut, one of the first powerful female rulers in history? How about Mulai Ismael, a legendary leader who ruled Morocco for 50 years? Mansa Musa? King Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye? Hannibal Carthage, one of the greatest military leaders of our time, does have a movie in the works about him from what I understand. Vin Diesel is supposed to be a part of that. There are literally countless examples, but I think you get my point. THESE stories are not being told, yet the slave and servant stories consistently are. The result? I grew up thinking my ancestors were only slaves and prior to that were uncivilized savages who ran wild in the jungles with spears.  We come from Kings and Queens! We should recognize this for what it is and not mistake these movies as compliments or positive reflections. If Hollywood truly cared about our history and wanted to paint a positive picture of our past, there are countless stories such as the FEW I listed here that could be told.

Advertisements


Categories: education, History

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 replies

  1. If nobody says anything, you say the white people want you to forget what happened and… WE WON’T FORGET, NEITHER FORGIVE FOR WHAT THEY’VE DONE TO US! (Demoniac voices).

    Now, if people are talking about, reading or watching movies about OUR own history (it’s not only YOUR history), you say, Aw they want to oppress us remembering us the place we came from!

    You’re a fucking idiot. Grow up.

    Like

    • Haha. You’re entitled to your opinion.

      The problem is though… (as the article states) many, many movies and renditions have been made that tell this story. It’s told in schools. That point has been accomplished and beaten as a dead horse. However, virtually none tell of the brilliance so many ancient civilizations and contributions that black and brown people across the globe have accomplished. So many dynasties, leaders, and great minds are not taught in schools or known, but we all know about Zeus, Poseidon, Apollo, Hades, and Medusa. Many of us find that insulting. Tell the OTHER stories…since you’re truly genuine.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: