Listen: Hollywood, Octavia Butler, University Of South Alabama discussed on Black Agenda Radio
"I think increasingly though there have been a lot more acceptance and a lot more projects in which blacks are able to do more of their work well. That's the i guess <hes> <hes> paternalism of hollywood jordan appeals work might be one example of that where he's able to do more of his work and get it distributed in a way that we haven't seen in prior years so i would hope that things are getting more inclusive for black filmmakers and i hope that it it increasingly becomes more inclusive. I think black panther would be one example where you have this mainstream picture but on the lower scale blacks are looking to have their own personal stories made in hollywood just like romantic comedies thrillers miller things outside of the superhero genre and also outside of the comedy and action genre but trying to find out how you can have these other movies where blacks features there's sometimes adapted from works octavia butler and science fiction looking outside of the norm to find work that could be adapted for hollywood so i think there's room to grow but there's also a lot of improvement in the industry. Today i would just add that look the hollywood jim crow and the question about hollywood and is it inclusive for a black directors and black filmmakers. I think it's important point where we're questioning. The form that integration has taken because we're fifty or sixty years passed the civil rights. It's era and that's right. Era really did promote this idea of integration and we would have this. I guess racial harmony where everyone was actively participating hating. I guess this is a good point really ask ourselves how well is integration work than some of that comes up with the democratic political debates recently but how well is integration recent work in hollywood is one way of examining that and we can look at another spheres in order to see what would make the most sense for inclusive politics does do people i really want to see a mirror of society or a society as they would like it to be or a cleansed society a sanitized version of where they now live exactly one one scholar at the university of south alabama or you can just say one scholar scholar who studies film and media studies chris warner talks about this color blindness and television today and color blindness and film and media so what vision of society do b. The is it a sanitized whiteness. Is it a whitewash vision or can we have this unapologetic blackness and that just be part of the american cultural canon and that's it for."