Don't worry, even Barry's mom questioned his sexuality in Flashpoint. :P
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Marvel seems to make more of an effort, but a lot of their black heroes are not superhero-y enough for me. Falcon and War Machine have no mythology of their own, Luke Cage isn't Power Man, Black Panther is cool but not American... Blade isn't really a superhero--more of a supernatural action star... Miles Morales is awesome but derivative....
DC feels like they are being forced to promote their black heroes--not like they really want to. DC has Green Lantern (John Stewart) but they don't push him--starting to change now I suppose... Cyborg isn't an empowering image when he's standing next to all these older, more experienced, more beautiful people who have their own books and more mature friends... Black Lightning is forgotten... Static isn't really theirs...
Then again, Marvel has Storm, who seems to be the most prominent woman of color in comics. Vixen is awesome, but DC does nothing with her...
Hard choice. I'll give it to Marvel for now, but it was DC in the early 2000s.
Color Commentary (No Pun Intended) - Start at 19:01
In addition to details about contracts, executive salaries and unpublished scripts that have emerged from leaked internal emails from Sony Pictures, another recently released exchange between a Sony executive and a producer has brought renewed attention to another open secret: Hollywood has a race problem.
In an exchange published by BuzzFeed Wednesday evening, Sony exec Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin run down a list of films they think the president has enjoyed -- all of which prominently feature African-American actors and storylines, such as "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Django Unchained" and "Ride Along."
Pascal and Rudin both issued apologies on Thursday for their comments, with Pascal describing the emails as "insensitive and inappropriate" and Rudin saying that the notes were "written in haste and without much thought or sensitivity."
MSNBC host and political activist Al Sharpton released a statement Thursday saying, "What is most troubling about these statements is that they reflect a continued lack of diversity in positions of power in major Hollywood studios. The statements clearly show how comfortable major studio powers are with racial language and marginalization," and called for studios to show a greater respect for African Americans in their hiring practices.
The practical result of current hiring practices were examined earlier this year in a study by the University of Southern California that examined 100 of the top-grossing films of 2013. The research found that only 6.5 percent of those films had a black director, and that films without a black director had black characters in only 10.8 percent of speaking parts. Black directors, however, cast black characters in nearly half of their films' speaking roles.
"The lack of diversity behind the camera is notable as we have again demonstrated an association between the presence of a Black director and the percentage of Black characters on screen," researchers wrote. "While this relationship may be due to the nature of the content that Black directors are given or choose to helm, adding diversity in the director's chair may influence what we see on screen."
In July actor Larenz Tate talked to HuffPost Live about the limitations on the types of roles that are usually available to black actors, and on the challenges that face movies that depart from those stereotypes. "What happens with movies that star African Americans or the African-American story, you get one group of directors or producers and it just stays in that lane," he said. "And we are very diverse, our stories are very different."
And this limited representation on and behind the screen continues despite that fact that a Motion Pictures Association of America presented data in March that showsAfrican Americans are an increasing percentage of the movie-going audience.
More recently comedian and director Chris Rock commented in a Hollywood Reporter article on how personal relationships have had a role in his own success, noting that the chances of landing a new role as an African-American actor depends on one's opportunities -- and arguing that those opportunities are much easier to come by for white actors.
“Now I'm not [Eddie] Murphy, but I've done fine," Rock wrote. "And I try to help young black guys coming up because those people took chances on me. Eddie didn't have to put me in Beverly Hills Cop II. Keenen Wayans didn't have to put me in 'I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.' Arsenio didn't have to let me on his show. I'd do the same for a young white guy, but here's the difference: Someone's going to help the white guy. Multiple people will. The people whom I've tried to help, I'm not sure anybody was going to help them.”
Rock continued, "It's a white industry. Just as the NBA is a black industry. I'm not even saying it's a bad thing. It just is."
Representatives for Rudin did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
1. How can people continue to deny race-based issues in the media?
2. Why are black actors/characters inherently seen as less valuable or bankable?
- Will John Boyega and Michael B. Jordan have any impact on this view?
- See Box Office predictor's surprise at Idris Elba's box office popularity
- See Will Smith's refusal to work with big names to make sure he knows Hollywood doesn't give credit to others for being a bigger draws
- See the fewer and less diverse roles available to minority actors
- Or see the view the Black actors are only good for attracting a Black audience, not audiences generally
- See the need to racebend rather than promote black characters
3. Why is Hollywood keen on not representing stories of Blacks in in positions of power, respect, and self-sufficiency (Memnon, Toussaint Louverture, Fred Hampton, the bangle lady)--as opposed to slaves and people in low positions (see racial controversy in Exodus)?
- And will Black Panther change this?
4. Why are Asian, Native American, and Latino voices usually drowned out in race discussions--leaving only a black-white binary?
5. Will Al Sharpton ever stop trying to be the voice of blacks generally?
- Can discussions of race take place without the idea that each race has a single, monolithic view on the world?
6. Your views on Sony's hacked emails generally?
- But especially on the topic of race...
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1. Club 2099 :D
2. Love the Jheri Curls and Miami Vice vibe
3. I love how the artist made young Jefferson look like an older Miles, haha
Can't wait to pick this up!
@reverendhunt: Yeah, the Sinestro issue didn't really explain it. I think John only used the Sapphire power to teleport; he may still have have the ring, but he doesn't want to be a part of that Corps. He may not have any Sapphire energy left after the teleport either... *Shrug*