Listen: Hollywood, Director, Jim Crow discussed on Black Agenda Radio
"I would agree with that. My research with the hollywood. Jim crow looks at this from examining how jim crow hierarchy that you talked earlier still exists today and not only just in society but also in the film industry and what i found found that there's this language of anti blackness so this language of racism that exists in hollywood and a lot of these narratives do suggest that black films are on bankable black films don't make money they do stigmatize blackness in a way that is very hurtful to black filmmakers to their craft and also to their employment and their possibility of being a longtime director of course that logic could be used to justify racist practices in any sector of the economy or in society -iety saying that well we do because it makes us money. That's really the danger. I think when you talk about the slippery slope of using these economic comic logics that are very tied to racism and very anti blackness because then we're using this language of profit to justify oppression so how far is that from saying that we you can't hire a black president of a university because we don't think that person would attract donors so how far some of that language from other industries and businesses if it's down in hollywood than where go from there yes germs of black theme and black actor packed movies. We just saw the phenomenon called. Look we did and black panther was such a huge phenomenon because there had not been a superhero film especially with the marvel comic series. He's didn't have i think it was the eighteenth movie in that series and they didn't have any kind of black star in the movies prior to that we saw such a global phenomenon over a billion dollars exclusively at the box office and that was one example where we had a black actor in a black director and black cast that made a lot of money out of global scene so that really she does contradict this logic that hollywood does perpetuate but of course black panther was backed by white billionaires and that seems to say that despite the hollywood maxim that lack films are bankable when two white billionaire forces get together they can undo something black and make billions yeah exactly. There's a lot of other examples. Jordan peele is one that comes to mind whose films are successful successful on very small budgets so we do see the the opposite of that which is black films and black cast films can make money even when they're not backed by these these huge studio so these huge protections so get out was one example with the production but it being four point five million and that would be made over two hundred fifty five million worldwide and more recently he he released the movie us which was made on a twenty million dollar budget and then also made over about two hundred fifty million dollars worldwide so."