The Oscars around the corner and all the actors and actresses rushing to get their très chic outfits for the event, booking sessions in salons and spas in their more immediate environment, Hollywood, and with Vanity Fair ALL WHITE line-up for the next decade, there is very little to say.
Here we are mirroring a recent article in the Guardian written by Hanna Pool, which we have shared on Facebook with the following:
"Are you from Mars, Hanna? Hollywood is known by all and sundry to "anglo-saxonize" everyone in their products. with the odd Black Princess every ONCE in a while...to just sort set things 'straight'...and all"
Is not that the plainest truth? Granted that, every now and then, black actors will have their day gracing the covers of glossy magazines and that, fortunately, they have gone past their "token" roles. Do you remember those takes where they used to show black faces in the background? They might be a thing of the past. Or are they?
"Bearing in mind it takes an army of people to put a Vanity Fair cover shoot together, this leaves us with two conclusions. Either no one noticed that their "stars of the next decade" cover effectively says there isn't a single up-and-coming black actor on the planet they considered worthy of ruining the aesthetic of their alabaster line-up, or they did notice but simply didn't care. I'm not sure which is worse."
Neither am I. However, it takes one half-way, in-between mutt in the skin-colour spectrum, like this writer to raise hell, rather, awareness and tell those people that publish glossy magazines:
HAVE THEY NOT NOTICED THAT THE UNITED STATES IS NOT THE LILLY-WHITE FAIRY-TALE IT USED TO BE AT THE TIME OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS, AND EVEN WAY BEFORE THAT, THE COUNTRY WAS POPULATED BY BLACKS AND NATIVE AMERICANS AND EVEN LATER WITH THE MASS IMMIGRATIONS THAT COUNTRY IS NOW COS-MO-PO-LI-TAN, A MELTING-POT?
Should my blood pressure peak, I know just whom/what to blame.